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Brooks launches satellite

Thursday, July 7, 2016 – Garth Brooks will launch his own SirusXM channel in September, he announced today.

SiriusXM announced today that America's best-selling solo artist of all time, Garth Brooks, will launch his own SiriusXM channel on September 8.

The Garth Channel will be curated and presented by Brooks. The channel will feature music from Brooks spanning four decades, along with songs from the artists that influenced his career.

The Garth Channel will also include regularly hosted shows and behind-the-scenes commentary from Brooks, guest DJ specials hosted by Brooks' fans and friends, live concert recordings and other rarities from Brooks' archives.

"It's rare to be handed an opportunity that can grow as big as you can dream. That is exactly what SiriusXM has just done," said Brooks. "I speak for myself and the entire team when I say we are very grateful for this opportunity and very excited about its potential."

"In music, there are few groundbreaking artists, but there's only one Garth Brooks. We are thrilled to have him running his own full time channel at SiriusXM," said Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer, SiriusXM. "And we are so excited that our subscribers will now get Garth in their cars 24/7 and have a place to get Garth on their phones and online - something that has not been available in the past. Garth's addition to SiriusXM makes our country music offering second to none."

Brooks is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour has sold almost 5 million tickets.

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