Produced in Texas in 1952, country singer George Strait started performing in a group while serving in the U.S. Army. He got a recording contract in the 1980s with MCA records and made numerous hit albums throughout the following three decades. Known for remaining true to traditional country sound, he’s won multiple awards and contains the largest-selling packaged set in country music history.
Country singer George Strait was created on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas. Strait is among country music’s most popular modern vocalists, well known for remaining true to the original country sound. Strait eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma, before joining the military. While stationed in Hawaii, he started singing in the Army-sponsored band called Rambling Country. After returning to Texas, he put together his own group, Ace in the Hole, which got a fairly remarkable local following.
After years of ineffective efforts in a record contract, Strait signed a solo contract with MCA Records in 1981. Featuring the hit single “Unwound,” his first record, Strait Country (1981), was powerful in raising the radio play of more conventional, less pop-affected country music. In 1989, Strait was named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, a feat he duplicated in 1990.
In 1995, Strait released the four-disc career retrospective titled Strait Out of the Box, which had fantastic sales that surpassed five million copies. To date, Strait Out of the Box holds the remarkable distinction of being the largest-selling packaged place in country music history.
Released in September 2000, his record, titled George Strait, given the hit singles “Go On,” “If It’s Gonna Rain” and “She Took the Wind From His Sails.”
As the brand new millennium started, Strait stayed a powerful draw for country music lovers.
“Good News, Bad News,” a duet with Lee Ann Womack also featured on the record, won the CMA Award for Musical Event of the Entire Year in 2005.
It Only Comes Natural (2006) contained several chart toppers, for example, title track and “Give It Away.” Strait won two CMA Awards for that record and was inducted to the CMA’s Hall of Fame.
Strait remains a favorite power in country music nowadays. Released in 2008, Troubadour debuted in the very top of the country album charts. The record’s first single, “I Saw God Today,” also became number one on the country charts. In September 2008, Strait was honored with two CMA awards, one for Record of the Year, and Single of the Year. In 2009, he earned a Grammy award for Troubadour, as well as landed the Musician of the Decade award in the Academy of Country Music.
The exact same year, Strait went on his last tour called “The Cowboy Rides Away.” He gave his closing concert performance in Dallas, Texas in June. More than 100, 000 fans packed AT&T Stadium for the show. While he might have stepped from the stage, Strait has five more albums on his contract with MCA Records.
Outside of his music career, Strait has several interests, including steer roping, golf and skiing. He along with his wife Norma have one son named George, Jr., who’s pursuing a career as a professional rodeo competition. His daughter, Jennifer, died in an automobile crash in 1986. In honor of her life, the family founded The Jennifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which raises cash for children’s charities.