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CMA Fest – Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood:

Whether on stage, television, or as the CEO of her own lifestyle empire, Trisha Yearwood has a habit of exceeding expectations.

She’s a platinum-selling, multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award winning vocalist with one of the most powerful voices in country music. From the moment her very first single debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart (“She’s In Love With The Boy” in 1991), she has charmed audiences with her warmth, wit and honesty. From selecting the songs that move her, to determining how she was “packaged” by the music industry, she has graciously but firmly stood her ground. Therefore, it’s really no surprise Trisha’s PrizeFighter album cover features the superstar wearing an evening gown, tiara…and boxing gloves!

As a singer, Trisha is a world-class interpreter of emotion. Her many hit songs confirm that. Take for example her version of the song “Broken,” which she performed during The Passion, a live television event that aired in April 2016. Portraying Mary, the Mother of Jesus, she poured her heart out in song. Although it was one of the few times Trisha admitted to nerves before a performance, her riveting delivery stole the show and the song became her highest-charting Adult Contemporary single of her diverse career.

The diversity stems from Trisha’s patient pursuit of her passions. Her first cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, began as a family project to honor her father. When the book debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2008, the amazing reception opened doors that allowed the cookbook to come to life as her own Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. It premiered in 2012, then earned an Emmy Award the following year. It quickly became clear that Trisha was a hit with country AND culinary audiences. No one was more surprised than Trisha, but in looking back, it’s easy to see how everything is related.

Yearwood’s upbringing was one that valued Southern hospitality and kindness over cynicism. Her childhood in Monticello, GA, was classically All-American and she shared a close bond with her parents and sister, Beth. Even when it was time to spread her wings, Trisha always believed that “home is where the heart is.” That guiding principle is apparent in all she does..

“It’s funny. If you asked me when I was five years old, I was so focused on being a singer that I would never have said ‘I want to grow up and have a cooking show, and cookbooks, and furniture, and cookware, and home accessories’” she says with a laugh. “It really just happened when I began doing the things I love. Most of the things in my life that have been successful have been because I had a passion and let it guide me.”

To date, each of her Bestselling cookbooks found the same warm reception as the first (Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood in 2010; Trisha’s Table in 2015) and Food Network is now airing the eighth season of her show. As if that weren’t enough, her Trisha Yearwood Home Collection encompasses her line of furniture for the whole home, a cookware line called Trisha’s Precious Metals, rugs, four different collections of home accessories, and even her own signature Trisha Yearwood fragrance.

Fans can rest assured that if Trisha’s name is attached, she’s at the helm. In fact, the now-common format of cooking with guests wasn’t so common before Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

“All of the cooking shows I was watching, you would see the chef in the kitchen by themselves. I thought it would be fun to have guests and conversation. I’m less about fancy techniques and more about empowering everyone to ignore the pressure to be perfect. Our show was one of the first to have guests like that, be it my sister, my band members, my girlfriends, or my husband. I know the success of our show has sparked others like that, and I’m proud of that.”

The informal feel has proven to be one of the show’s strengths. “The biggest compliment I get is ‘It doesn’t feel like a cooking show, it’s like you’re just hanging out in the kitchen with a friend.’ Which is true…except there’s good hair and make-up,” she says with a smile.

While fans can tune-in each Saturday for new episodes of her cooking show, hundreds of thousands get to see her onstage on The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood nearly every weekend. She says the tour has given her more confidence than ever before and is looking forward to tackling a new studio record, a live album, and even a disc of standards in the coming years.

“I look back at the first year of my career, and there are so many things I don’t remember. At some point, I realized that if you don’t live in the moment and enjoy all the things you’re doing, you won’t keep those moments as memories.”

But as millions of fans can attest, whether it’s a song, her family stories and recipes, or her array of items that make the home a more beautiful place, capturing a moment is her specialty.

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