Last night fans got to see Garth Brooks receive his Kennedy Center Honor, and ahead of the broadcast Garth sat down with “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King to reflect on his career.
Garth admits that early in his career “probably didn’t handle” fame all that well, noting, “A nation watches you grow up, right? So you’re gonna make decisions that you go, ‘Man, I wish I could take that one back."” He adds, “But the truth is, now, if changing anything then meant any part of now would change, no thank you.”
Garth took a 14-year break from music to raise his children, and he admits he had some concerns about coming back when he was done. He says he was “scared to death,” about how he’d be received, but “the people were so sweet” when he did return.
“Country is the best place to be,” he shared. “Because, one, you have the most loyal audience there could possibly be, and they will wait for you.”
And as for that Kennedy Center Honors tribute, Garth was celebrated in song by such artists as Kelly Clarkson, who brought Garth to tears with her powerful rendition of “The Dance,” Garth’s fav, James Taylor, who performed “The River” and Jimmie Allen, who performed “The Thunder Rolls” and “Friends in Low Places,” which got Garth, and most of the audience up on their feet and singing along. It wrapped with Gladys Knight who performed “We Shall Be Free.” Garth was also praised by such famous names as Bradley Cooper, Wayne Gretzky, Jason Aldean, and John Travolta.