Garth Brooks Talks ‘Shallow’ Duet With Trisha Yearwood and New Album, ‘Fun’

Garth Brooks’ forthcoming album, Fun, has been in the works for quite some time and while no release date has…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 14, 2020

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Garth Brooks’ forthcoming album, Fun, has been in the works for quite some time and while no release date has officially been set for the project, it sounds like it’s going to be well worth the wait.

The superstar, who is set to perform during the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday evening (Oct. 14), recently opened up about the highly anticipated record and shared a few details about what fans can expect from the project.

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“I mean, there’s a reason why we named it ‘Fun’ because every time you were in the studio, and this house been going on for a year and a half, so every time you were in the studio, people go, how’s it going? You go, it’s really fun.’ And it just keeps going that… with songs like ‘Hard Way To Make An Easy Living,’ about guys just thinking they can make it easy living play country music it’s a fun story, it’s exactly the same story we all live, and then you know songs like ‘Party Gras’ and even songs like ‘Amen,’ and just they’re just fun they’re uplifting.

Brooks, who is the No.1 selling artist in U.S. history, went on to share details about one of the album’s most anticipated tracks – his duet with Trisha Yearwood on the song “Shallow,” from the motion picture A Star Is Born. The beloved song was originally recorded by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

“The big one that’s coming is ‘Shallow.’ I think the people kind of talk to us trying that,” he confessed. “I would have never thought of it, but after hearing Trisha Yearwood sing, that’s a record must right there. I’m really proud of that one.”

Brooks, a 19-time Billboard Music Award winner, is set to receive the coveted Icon Award on Wednesday evening. The Oklahoma native will receive the trophy from Cher. He is one of only nine artists to ever receive the prestigious award, following Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.