Brooks Doubles As Fictitious Music Superstar

Imagine a younger looking Garth Brooks with longer and darker hair dangling in front of his much thinner, high-cheek-boned face. It’s the look you’ll see on the Academy of Country Music’s new Artist of the Decade and Entertainer of the Year’s next album artwork. Brooks has been working on the soundtrack for the upcoming film The Lamb, which features the fictional character of struggling rock superstar Chris Gaines. “Chris Gaines exists,” said Brooks at Monday’s L.A. press conference. “It’s weird, (but) if you’ll go for the ride, you can actually accept that his voice does sound younger on the older stuff.” Brooks, who is, in fact, the voice of Gaines, extended his Hollywood visit recently to further plan and announce specific details for the movie and its soundtrack. Paramount Pictures, which will release the movie that’s being developed by Brooks’ film company, Red Strokes Entertainment, initiated the idea that Brooks take on the character for an album that will help support the film’s promotion. Long-range plans include first releasing a Hits album in October that features Gaines’ 15 years of stardom. Brooks hopes the music world will take an interest in the album and become better acquainted with Gaines’ character and his music before the actual movie — and soundtrack — hits the box office next year. The disc is produced by Don Was, who produced the Hope Floats soundtrack, which featured Brooks’ “To Make You Feel My Love” hit. Close to 300 pop, rock and CHR radio programmers were earlier invited to Paramount to hear all the details of the project. The event also featured a preview of the album entitled Garth Brooks In The Life of Chris Gaines. Since the music from the album will be aimed at the rock radio listeners, there are no plans for country radio singles.