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Transcript of George Strait
Mom- Doris Couser Strait
Sister- Pency Strait
Brother- John Jr. Strait When he was 10 years old his parents divorced, and his mother moved away with his sister. They lived on a two-thousand acre cattle ranch outside of Big Wells, Texas Musical preference soon turned to country with singers Hank Williams, George Jones, and Hank Thompson influencing his style Married Norma Voss on December 4, 1971 in Mexico U.S. Army Stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii He performed with an Army-sponsored band while he was there George and Norma had their first child, Jenifer Honorably discharged from the army in 1975 Development of music career During college he joined the country band Stoney Ridge performed in different honky tonks and bars around south and central Texas Recorded several strait-penned singles including "That Don't Change The Way I Feel About You" for the Houston-based D label the song did not achieve any recognition but he continued to work at his family ranch to make some extra money MCA records He continued to play with his band and he became friends with Erv Woolsey who operated one of the bars that Ace in the Hole band played and who had worked for the major label MCA records Woolsey got the MCA group to come to Texas and watch George MCA quickly signed Strait to a recording contract in February 1981 Spring of 1981 he released his first single "Unwound" "Unwound" was on the top ten of the Hot Country Songs that year "Unwound"--> Year of 1982 released his first album "Strait from the Heart" first number one single Made his first appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo he has now made more than twenty appearances at the Rodeo Recorded 17 subsequent #1's in the decade First number one album and the CMA awarding-winning "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" Career In 1985 he won CMA award for top male vocalist and released his first greatest hits compilation
three straight number one albums In 1986 won CMA vocalist once again fourth straight number one album His 13 year old daughter was killed in a car accident Released eleven straight number one albums The first one being "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her" "Ocean Front Property" was the first country album to ever debut at number one on the charts by any artist Strait finished the 1980's decade winning the CMA entertainer of the year award in 1989 1990 he won the award again Career Acted in the film "Pure Country" Recorded different hit songs for the films soundtrack "I Cross My Heart, "Heartland," Where the Sidewalk Ends," and "The King of Broken Hearts" In 1995 released the four-disc career retrospective titles "Strait Out of the Box" which five million copies were sold Strait holds the biggest-selling boxed set in the country music history 2000's In September of 2000 his album titled "George Strait" yielded the hit singles "Go On," "If It's Gonna Rain" and "She Took the Wind From His Sails." Two tracks from 2001 "The Road Less Traveled," "She'll Leave You with a Smile," and "Living and Living Well" reached the number one spot on the country charts and the album went platinum 2003 hits "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" and "Cowboys Like Us" received the National Medal of the Arts from President George W. Bush In 2006 "It Just Comes Natural" won two CMA awards and was inducted into the CMA's Hall of Fame 2000's In 2008 "Troubadour" was at the top of the country album charts The recordings first single "I Saw God Today" also became number one on the country charts In September 2008 he won two CMA awards, one for album of the year and one for single of the year In 2009 he earned a Grammy award for "Troubadour" also got the Artist of the Decade award from the Academy of Country Music He has also been nominated for four CMA's in 2009 Other Interests He had several other interests including steer roping, golf, hunting, riding motorcycles and skiing In honor of his daughters life, the family founded The Jennifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which raises money for children's charities in the San Antonio area His son Bubba is a graduate from Texas A&M and is pursing a career as a professional team roping competitor End of Career On September 26, 2012 he announced that he is retiring from touring He released a new single in October 2012 "Give It All We Got Tonight" In 1981 had his son George Strait Jr., known as Bubba George is also a member of the PRCA and partners in team roping competitions Other Interests He is a big fan of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and can be seen at many of the basketball games He is known to be driving Chevrolets, and is spokesman for a local Texas Chevrolet dealership Since 2010 he as served as a spokesman for the Wrangler National Patriot program The Wrangler National Patriot program is a campaign designed to raise awareness and funds for America's wounded and fallen military veterans and their families In February 2012, he became a grandfather of a baby boy, as his son George Jr and his wife had their first child End of Career "The Cowboy Rides Away" 2013 tour is his final tour to end his career Accomplishments Top country artist of the past 25 years Accomplishments In 30 years of recording, all recording have been spent with MCA records. George has gotten 59 number one songs on all country charts He has more number one hits then any other artist in any genre He is the first artist in history of Billboard magazine to have at least one single enter the top 10 of any Billboard chart for 30 years Has sold more than 68.5 million albums in the United States Certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums http://www.biography.com/people/george-strait-9542120?page=2 http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1R2GG Best country album: Troubadour Artist of the decade 2000's Holds all time record for the ACM awards with 19 winds and 81 nominations Single of the Year: "I Saw God Today" Album of the year: Troubadour Album of the year: "It Just Comes Natural Single record of the year: "Give It Away" Song of the year: "Give It Away" Holds the record for most CMA wins with 22 and 79 nominations Vocalist of the year- 5 times Only artist in history to be honored in two differnt decades August 11 2009 in the album "Twang" he and his son wrote three songs with trusted songsmith Dean Dillion He and his son put together the song "Shame On Me" by themselves He will end his last concert playing at San Antonio He is also known as the "King of Country" and has been a living legend Name: George Harvey Strait http://www.georgestrait.com/gs_biography_02.asp