Garth Brooks hosts a live game of 'Words With Friends' in California

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Country music legend Garth Brooks was in San Francisco on Wednesday to talk about his music and also host a live game of "Words With Friends."

It might seem like an unlikely partnership; Garth Brooks collaborating with a tech company, but Brooks says his love for the cell phone game started with his wife, fellow country singer, Trisha Yearwood.



"She said 'Look, there's this game I've been playing, you want to try it?' And now, 9 years later, I haven't beaten her once," exclaimed Brooks.

During a fireside chat at the Zynga headquarters, Brooks sang a song that he says he's been writing for 20 years and explained how his music and the scrabble-like game technology aren't so different.

"I choose my words very carefully and they have to fit, so it makes all kinds of sense to me that myself, our band and crew, would go together, because it's all about just playing for a living and having fun," said Brooks.

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Brooks, who is the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history, is celebrating the launch of The Legacy Collection, a seven disc vinyl box set featuring music spanning his career. Brooks says after 30 years in the business, he still loves a good concert.

"My favorite song to perform live... I don't know what it is, it just flies under the radar," said Brooks. "But when you announce the next song that you're playing is 'Callin Baton Rouge', the place goes through the ceiling! It's crazy!"



Brooks also shared a few words of wisdom.

"The greatest question they say of all time, is why are we down here? And for me, that's the easiest answer on the planet. We're down here for each other," said Brooks. "That's why there's more than just one of us, so just lean on people. Lean on your friends, they'll be there for you. You do the same for them."

The special Words With Friends event continues with ongoing Garth Brooks-themed activities in the game starting May 5.
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