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From fame to family and back again Garth Brooks is making a comeback
Children are the greatest joy and the greatest heartache youll ever have, Garth Brooks told People Magazine. I told my girls, Dont let the world decide who you are. You decide who you are. - photo by Carmen Rasmusen Herbert
Garth Brooks is making a comeback.

After taking over a decade off to raise his daughters (being a dad theres nothing that can touch that) Brooks has decided to hit the stage in a major way.

What if nobody shows up? he joked to People Magazine. This is not work, he continued. I just love to see people having a good time.

Awarded Entertainer of the Year six times, Brooks has had 19 No. 1 hit songs and 36 in the Top Ten, and he holds the record as the best-selling solo artist in history.

That would be hard to walk away from. But that is exactly what Brooks did back in 2000 when his life was anything but easy.

Everything was telling me I need to be there for my children.

Brooks told the magazine that life away from the stage wasnt easy at first.

(I was) lost as last years Easter egg, he said about parenting. Id just stare at (my daughters). I knew their sweet faces and their dispositions, but I didnt know who they were.

That was my biggest fear when I was in Nashville working toward a music career. What if I make it and then my drive to always be bigger, better, sell more records, make more money and tour more takes me away from having a family of my own?

Garth Brooks had a huge impact on me as an entertainer and songwriter.

When I first heard about Brooks stepping away from his music career, I was shocked. Of course no one wants their family life to turn to shambles, but this was one of country musics most beloved artists. He brought joy, laughter and catchy tunes to millions of people around the globe.

Children are the greatest joy and the greatest heartache youll ever have, he told People. I told my girls, Dont let the world decide who you are. You decide who you are.

Despite an amazingly successful career, Brooks recognized what was most important in his life. That must have taken a huge swallow of pride to step away from the spotlight and focus on being a dad. Luckily, Brooks had the resources to be able to do so for as long as he felt necessary.

Now that his girls are grown up and out of the house, Brooks has felt the pull to get back to what he loves second best: singing.

He has planned a world-wide tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood the love of my life and his ninth album, Man Against Machine, is already certified platinum. He performed at the American Country Music Awards show on Sunday.

I think all of us, deep down, recognize the importance of family over fame and fortune. Sometimes the bright lights may blind our vision and distract us, but when it comes down to it, in the words of Garth Brooks, Kids are the greatest joy.

I am down to the last few weeks of my fourth pregnancy, and his single Mom gets me bawling every time. Check out my favorite song off his latest CD, Man Against Machine, and see Brooks website,, for information about the album.

So hush now baby, dont you cry

Cause theres someone down there waiting

Whose only goal in life

Is making sure youre always going to be all right

A loving angel tender tough and strong

Its almost time to go and meet your mom.