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Chris Gaines is a fictional rock singer, created as an alter ego by Garth Brooks. Gaines appeared in the album Garth Brooks In ... The Life of Chris Gaines, released in October 1999 and in a television mockumentary and on Saturday Night Live at around the same time. A film named The Lamb, which was also to feature Gaines, was cancelled.
As the story goes, Gaines (who is similar in appearance to Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis) was born August 10, 1967 in Australia to a pair of Olympic swimmers. He dropped out of his high school to form a band called Crush, which released a popular song called "My Love Tells Me So," being inspired by, not surprisingly, the work of Garth Brooks. After a band member died in a plane crash, Gaines was dormant for several years before releasing a solo album, Straight Jacket, which remained in the Billboard Top 40 for 82 weeks and won four Grammys. Gaines then was involved in a serious car accident and required numerous plastic surgeries over the next two years, before releasing two more solo albums and being declared "the new Prince."