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Brooks goes satellite

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Garth Brooks is launching on satellite radio.

SiriusXM announced today that The Garth Channel will start with a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM listeners at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It will be the first time in Brooks' career that he has put on a full concert at the Ryman Auditorium.

"Just the thought of playing the Ryman is crazy. The fact that SiriusXM is going to capture the evening makes it even a bigger event for me," said Brooks.

"It will be a special moment for Garth at the Ryman, and we are excited to present this one-of-a-kind performance to our national listening audience. As Garth is showing on his current tour, he holds nothing back, and for him to play the Mother Church of Country Music will be a treasured moment for his many fans," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.

The show will air live on Thursday, Sept. 8 on The Garth Channel, channel 55, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

The Garth Channel marks the first time Brooks' music will be available around the clock in one place on radio or online and will be curated and presented by Brooks. The channel will feature Brooks plus songs from the artists that influenced his career as well as his hand-picked favorites by contemporary performers he admires.

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

SiriusXM subscribers who have had an account since July 11 will have the opportunity to enter to win tickets to the Ryman show beginning July 27, by a radio call-in opportunity and beginning July 28, by online entry.

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