July 03, 2015 - January 03, 2016
The exhibit chronicled Yearwood’s life, career, and critically acclaimed musical achievements.
The story began in her tiny hometown, Monticello, Georgia, followed by a move to Nashville, where Yearwood becomes a music business major at Belmont University. In the Music City, the future three-time Grammy award-winning artist began her career in music, spending time first as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and as a receptionist at a record company. Now, millions of albums and countless accolades later, Yearwood is among the best-selling female artists in country music history. With a powerful voice and inspiring music, she became the first female country singer to have a debut album sell one million copies in its first year, driven by her first #1 single ‘She’s in Love with the Boy.’
The Grand Ole Opry member has since established herself as a lifestyle maven with three New York Times best-selling cookbooks, including Trisha’s Table, and as host of the Emmy-Award winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, which is currently in its sixth season. In the spring of 2014, Yearwood released a new line of cookware, Trisha’s Precious Metals, and unveiled her own line of furniture, The Trisha Yearwood Home Collection, in partnership with Klaussner Home furnishings.
In the museum’s exhibit Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When, visitors could peruse a vast array of artifacts and memorabilia as they reviewed Yearwood’s story, from her small-town roots to her life as an award-winning country music star and bestselling author.
A few highlights of the exhibit included:
- 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.”