“Garth’s first two records really affected me. They came along at a time when I had grown tired of country music. I was a young teenager, and I guess it just wasn’t cool to listen to country at that age. But when a friend of mine played me Garth’s song The Dance, I went, ‘Who is this?’ It really got to me – it sounded so fresh. My friend was like, ‘You don’t know who this is? This is Garth Brooks!’ I was a little late to the party. But I went out that weekend and bought Garth’s first two records.
“He’s a brilliant singer, a great interpreter of other people’s material, a fantastic writer. He brought me back to country music – and I think he introduced a lot of people to the genre, as well.”