Trisha Yearwood Arrived With “She’s in Love With the Boy”
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Even though she hasn’t had a record out in seven years, Trisha Yearwood remains one of country music’s most recognizable stars. She’s bringing fans into the kitchen with a popular Food Network series, and she’s also married to the best-selling country artist in history, Garth Brooks.

Before all of that, though, she was a talented young woman from Monticello, Georgia, who grew up with a fondness for Linda Ronstadt and Tammy Wynette. She attended Belmont University in Nashville and worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Shortly after earning a record deal with MCA in the early 1990s, she arrived at country radio with an instant classic: “She’s in Love With the Boy.”

Written by Jon Ims, the song tells a story that holds up well: She’s crazy about a young fellow that isn’t worth a lick — at least, according to her dad. Luckily, her mother provides a little bit of romantic perspective. The wistful tune spent two weeks at No. 1 in the summer of 1991 and remains her signature song. Yearwood joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1999.

Her look wasn’t too flashy in the early days — big hair, brown blazer, black dress — but there was no denying that superb, expressive voice. With a new RCA Records contract announced this week, Nashville’s still in love with her, too. Check out her debut video, “She’s in Love With the Boy.” It’s always worth a lick — er, a look.