The New Trisha Yearwood, A New Lifestyle Guru
Reinvention is the name of the game for country maven Trisha Yearwood. Yes, she can definitely sing, of that there is no question. But what many people are just starting to realize is that she's also growing an empire that includes everything from cookware to furniture to perfume with the Trisha Yearwood Home Collection, which was announced earlier this year.
Since her 1991 music debut, Yearwood, 52, has sold over 15 million albums worldwide, collected an impressive amount of accolades, including three Grammy Awards and in 2000, was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. A girl with humble beginnings from the small town of Monticello, Georgia, she admits that never in her wildest dreams did she ever think she'd achieve the level of success she has.
She had a busy 2016 with her own endeavors, in addition to joining her husband, Garth Brooks, with whom she's been married since 2005, on his tour earlier this year. Brooks has sold more than 160 million records worldwide, making him one of the bestselling artists of all time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, he's the top-selling artist in U.S. history with 138 million units sold domestically, more than Elvis Presley.
She authored three bestselling cookbooks, which segued her into a successful cooking show. Yearwood is also hard at work with her cookware line, furniture brand and perfume, the latter of which she says is her favorite item thus far.
Her home collection line was kismet, beginning with a phone call from a furniture company, which led to an initial meeting she took solely as a professional courtesy. That meeting morphed into a successful home décor line that includes furniture, rugs and cookware.
As for those cookbooks, she was approached by several publishers hoping she'd pen an autobiography, but she respectfully declined. She was, however, interested in writing about her love of cooking. She never thought she'd end up on the New York Times bestseller list.
The first cookbook was a family project to honor her father and two books followed. She's currently working on a fourth. The books segued into an Emmy award-winning television cooking show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen on the Food Network.
She doesn't discuss numbers in regards to her business ventures, but has confirmed these as licensing deals. She plays a large role in the creation and design of everything she puts her name to. "I do things I feel a connection with. I don't put my name on just anything," she explains. "If you're going to wear that perfume, I'm going to wear it!"