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Trisha Yearwood is an award-winning country music artist known for such hits as 'She's in Love with a Boy' and 'I'm Still Alive.'
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In 1982, after graduating from Piedmont Academy, Yearwood attended a two-year junior college, followed by a semester at the University of Georgia. Unhappy with campus life, she transferred to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. While working toward a degree in business administration, Yearwood interned as a receptionist for MTM Records. Upon her graduation in 1987, she was hired as a full-time employee. That same year, she married musician Chris Latham.
Benefiting from the company's resources, Yearwood recorded a handful of demo tapes and worked as a backup singer for some up-and-coming artists. Most notably, Yearwood sang backup on Garth Brooks' No Fences (1990) album. Brooks introduced her to his producer, Allen Reynolds, who in turn introduced her to producer Garth Fundis. Soon after, Yearwood landed a deal with MCA Records.
Yearwood secured success again with the 1992 release of Hearts in Armor, which featured the hit singles "Wrong Side of Memphis," "Woman Walk the Line," as well as a duet with Don Henley titled "Walkaway Joe." Her next record, The Song Remembers When (1993), was accompanied by a cable television concert and yielded a chart-topping title song. That same year, Yearwood was the subject of Lisa Gubernick's biography, Get Hot or Go Home: Trisha Yearwood, the Making of a Nashville Star.
Three years after her divorce, Yearwood married Robert Reynolds, the bass player for The Mavericks. Her 1994 Christmas compilation, The Sweetest Gift, and her 1995 album, Thinkin' About You, sold well. Her next LP, Everybody Knows (1996), received a mediocre response from audiences and music critics alike.
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