The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will examine the career and personal journey of three-time Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood in a summer exhibition, Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When. The exhibit opens July 3 and runs through December. On Thursday, July 9, the museum will host an Interview and Performance with Trisha Yearwood in the CMA Theater. Passes for the program may be reserved ahead of time with museum membership or pre-purchased admission to the museum.
“It’s such a thrill to see my life and career milestones displayed in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, from the first guitar I ever played to the dress I wore to the Grammys on the night I won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “How Do I Live.” I’m so happy to be able to share these memories with my country music family,” said Yearwood. “This special exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is truly an honor.”
The exhibit chronicles Yearwood’s life, career, and musical achievements, beginning with her upbringing in idyllic Monticello, Georgia. Growing up, Yearwood sang in church and at home. She eventually made what would prove to be a life-changing move to Nashville, where she attended Belmont College and studied in the music business program. She also worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and as a receptionist at a record label. Yearwood signed with MCA Records in 1990, and her career took off quickly. Her initial single, “She’s in Love with the Boy,” became the first debut single by a female artist to reach #1 on the Billboard country singles chart in eighteen years. Her 1991 album, Trisha Yearwood, sold a million copies in a year—a first for a female country singer.
A few highlights of the exhibit include:
• 1997 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “How Do I Live”
• 1997 CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year
• 1991 ACM award for New Female Vocalist of the Year
• Dress she wore to the 1992 ACM Awards show
• Gown she wore to the 1997 Grammys, where she won Best Female Country Vocal Performance
• Jacket worn in the music video for “Walkaway Joe,” which starred a young Matthew McConaughey
• Outfit worn in Yearwood’s first music video, “She’s in Love with the Boy”
• High school yearbook from 1982, for which Yearwood served as editor
• The copy of her first album that she bought the day it came out—a tradition she has continued with all of her albums
• Handwritten receipt for her first demo recording in 1983, paid for by her father
• Wedding gown worn by Yearwood when she married Garth Brooks in 2005
• Manuscript for Trisha’s Table, Yearwood’s third cookbook, which was released in early 2015
• Letter from Johnny Cash to Yearwood, in which he says that she has “what it takes to make it big—and stay there.”
Events surrounding the exhibit include a July 11 Songwriter Session with Gary Harrison, who has written several hits for Yearwood including “Everybody Knows.” On July 12, the museum will screen two short films, A Portrait of Trisha Yearwood, which illustrates the singer’s rise to country music stardom during the early 1990s, and Full Access: On Tour with Trisha Yearwood, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Yearwood and her band on tour. Additional programming will include a Songwriter Session with Kim Richey on September 5. Richey also wrote several songs for Yearwood, including the #1 hit “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” and “Those Words We Said.” On October 10, veteran producer Garth Fundis, who produced Yearwood’s record-breaking debut album in 1991, will be featured in the Music Masters series, a multimedia interview program in the museum’s Ford Theater. For more details, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.