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Garth Brooks Visits Oprah in Amarillo; Donates Seven Days of His Earnings From "Sevens" to "Oprah's Angel Network"

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Feb. 9, 1998--When Garth Brooks taped his first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Amarillo on Friday, he did more than treat the audience to songs from his current record-breaking release, "Sevens." During the show (which aired today), Winfrey announced that Brooks would donate his earnings from the sales of "Sevens" for seven days, commencing February 9, to "Oprah's Angel Network." The donations will go toward funding college scholarships for students in need.

During the course of the show, Brooks talked to Winfrey about his legendary concert in Central Park, now available on the video "Garth Live From Central Park." The video was released by EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties and is distributed in the U.S. by Orion Home Video. Brooks provided each member of the studio audience with a free copy of the video.

Brooks also shared a clip from his upcoming 2-hour NBC special, "Garth: Ireland & Back," which airs on March 4 at 8:00 p.m. (EST). The special was filmed during Brooks' trip to Ireland last May for three sold-out concerts at Dublin's Croke Park. The first 90 minutes focuses on the shows at Croke Park, and the last 30 minutes will include new performances from "Sevens."

In addition, Brooks and Winfrey talked about Brooks' outlook on life and success, his marriage to wife Sandy and being a father to his three daughters. They talked about clips from his videos "The Dance,""The Thunder Rolls," and "The Red Strokes." And Brooks performed "Ain't Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)," his current hit single "She's Gonna Make It," and the No. 1 hit "Longneck Bottle."

Winfrey also took the opportunity to surprise Brooks for his birthday (Feb. 7) by bringing his parents, Raymond and Colleen Brooks, on the show. She presented Garth with a pair of custom-made pajamas and a personalized, leather-bound "grateful journal."

 


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