Allie Colleen is singing the praises of her stepmother, Trisha Yearwood. Nine years old when Yearwood married Allie’s father, Garth Brooks, the rising star counts herself fortunate to have had a front-row seat to the couple’s endearing love story.
“I had the privilege, the amazing privilege to grow up and watch my dad fall in love with this amazing woman and have this amazing relationship,” Allie tells Everything Nash. “We got married; my bonus mom and I, and my sisters exchanged rings when my parents got married, all that kind of stuff. It was such a beautiful relationship to grow up watching. And then my mama, the most deserving, kindest, sweetest woman on the planet, heart on her sleeve, constantly had the hardest time with dudes, and especially with dudes with us.”
Allie included a song, “Make Me a Man,” inspired by her own mother, on her recent Stones album.
“When I have the privilege to get to play the song out, I always have to let everybody know this is not eHarmony for my mom,” Allie says with a laugh. “This is not slide into her DMs. Leave her alone, do not go talk to my mama. I got to see my mom find that amazing person and everything. And so this song, we chose to release it on Mother’s Day for all of the single parents, whether you’re a mom or a dad.”
Allie appeared with her stepmom on an episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, where the two also got to perform together, for the first time, singing “Wildflower,” from Stones.
“The producer of the show that day, we just kept crying and we couldn’t get through the song, and he just goes, ‘Just do this like you do at home,'” Allie recalled. “And Trisha and I looked at him and we’re like, ‘This is the first time in our lives that we are singing together. We have never done this before, ever.’ So it was such a cool moment for me, and also really tough to share that with all the other production people in the room. But that was fun.”
Allie might get her musical talent from her famous father, but she chooses to not go by Allie Brooks as she launches her own singing career.
“I’ve already been called that my whole life,” Allie tells Everything Nash. “It doesn’t really fit me well anyway. It tells you nothing about me. I get so frustrated when the sentences and the titles are ‘Garth Brooks’ Daughter, Allie, Coleen, Nailing It.’ Always very kind, very sweet titles. But the grammatical structure of that sentence — my name is like some sub-afterthought of who I am. No. Absolutely not. I worked my tail off to be Allie Colleen.”
Find all of Allie’s music at AllieColleenMusic.com.