Singer-songwriter Garth Brooks (1962- ) has achieved phenomenal success in both country and mainstream pop arenas by fusing elements of honky-tonk, country, and rock, with massive lighting and special effect arena shows, effectively rebooting country music to a massive new audience in the 1990s. His record and ticket sales have broken previous country genre expectations. In 2020 at the age of 58, he became the youngest recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life while seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.