Once a well known name, Sandy Mahl is no longer as much in the limelight as she was when she was married to country singer Garth Brooks. Yet Sandy was one of the female songwriters in her own right and has an alleged net worth of $125 million. So what is there to know about this one-time celebrity?
Sandy Mahl’s Background
Born on January 16th 1965 in Tulsa Oklahoma, Sandy Mahl was the child of Pat and John Mahl and had a sister, Debbie. She attended Oklahoma State University, and it was while she was a student there that she met her future husband, Garth Brooks. At that time, Garth went by his original name of Troyal and was working as a bouncer at a local bar, the Tumbleweed Ballroom in Stillwater. He was called to break up a fight between two women in the bathroom and ended up driving one of them back home that night. That woman was Sandy Mahl, and following this incident, the pair began dating. Eventually, the relationship became serious, and the pair got married.
Sandy Mahl’s Marriage To Garth Brooks
Sandy married Garth Brooks on May 24th 1986, after which the couple decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee. They struggled financially but throughout all the difficult time, Sandy persuaded her husband to carry on following his dreams of becoming a famous country singer, being instrumental in his eventual success, having written and co-written many of his songs. Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl had three daughters within the next few years – Taylor Mayne Pearl, born in 1992, August Anna, born in 1994 and Allie Colleen, born in 1996. Unfortunately, her marriage to the singer suffered from his stardom, as Brooks had to regularly go on tour and rumors of his infidelities spread. Although the singer decided to retire from the music industry towards the end of 2000 in order to try to repair his relationship and to spend more time with his children and his wife, this could not remedy the cracks that had appeared in their marriage and the pair filed for divorce in the October of that year. Their relationship ended amicably, however their divorce resulted in an enormous payout for songwriter Sandy, who received a huge sum of $125 million to support and care for their daughters.
Sandy Mahl’s Song Writing Career
Many of Garth Brook’s songs were actually co-written with his then-wife Sandy Mahl. Songs that she has penned have featured on his albums from 1989 right through to 2013, and some of her best known work includes the song That Summer, which reached number one on the Billboard Country Charts in 1993.
Sandy Mahl Today
Today, Sandy is a successful business woman who is focusing on co-parenting and raising her three daughters alongside her former husband. As yet, she has not remarried, although Garth Brooks has since married fellow country singer Tricia Yearwood, whom he had first met just 13 months into his marriage with Mahl, in December 2005. She now lives in Oklahoma, close to her children who have now grown up and had children of their own.