|Source of Wealth:
|Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer
|May 18, 1952
|George Harvey Strait Sr.
|5ft. 9in. (1.77m)
George Strait is an American country music singer, music producer, actor, best known as the "King of Country" and for his neotraditionalist country style. He was named by the Academy of Country Music as Artist of the Decade and had his first won of Grammy Award for the album "Troubadour".
George Harvey Strait Sr. was born on May 18, 1952 in Poteet, Texas. He is the son of John Byron Strait Sr. and Doris Jean Couser. His father owned a 2,000 acre cattle ranch in Pearsall and was a junior high school mathematics teacher. His parents got divorced when he was still in fourth grade.
He started to develop an interest in music while attending high school in Pearsall High School, and played in a rock and roll garage band. Strait stated that the rock band The Beatles were popular in his high school and listened to them a lot, his musical preferences completely fell to country with artists such as Merle Haggard, Hank Thompson, and Hank Williams.
Strait joined a band called Stoney Ridge during in college. He became the lead and renamed the group as Ace in the Hole Band. His band was given an opportunity to record several singles. Unfortunately, the group never achieved much recognition, and Strait resumed to earn a living by managing during the day his family's ranch.
Strait was about to give up music when his wife convinced him to try again. Not long after, he was offered by MCA a recording contract in 1981. Strait released his first single titled "Unwound" in the spring of 1981, which was a massive hit at number six on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, and the single was included to his debut album Strait Country. In 1982, he released his second album "Strait from the Heart", featuring his first number-one single "Fool Hearted Memory". In 1985, he won the CMA award for top male vocalist and released his first greatest hits compilation.
In 1986, Strait and his family was devastated when his thirteen-year-old daughter was killed in a one-car accident. The incident caused Strait to limit his contact with the media. However, it did not affect his performances, and continued to top several album charts.
In 1990, he released his 10th studio album "Livin' It Up" with his first multi-week hit single "Love Without End, Amen" and later starred as the main character in the film Pure Country, which he made the film's soundtrack. In 1999, Strait released his the album "Always Never the Same", scoring 17 number-one hits on the Billboard country for the decade.
Strait released his self-named album in 2000, which also has chat-topping singles including "Living and Living Well". His album did not go well as it is his first album to not be certified platinum. Despite of it, Strait continued to produced his singles and on April 2009, he received the Artist of the Decade Award by the Academy of Country Music.
In 2016, Strait was selected as one of the artists to perform for a mashup track of "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "I Will Always Love You", and "On The Road Again" on Forever Country, which celebrates the 50th years of CMA Awards.
In December 1971, Strait married his high school sweetheart Norma. The two had their first child, Jennifer, on October 6, 1972 and their son, George Strait Jr., on 1981.At the age of 13, their daughter Jennifer was killed in an automobile accident, which happened on June 25, 1986.
Strait became a grandfather in February 2012 as his son George and his wife Tamara, had their first born.
Strait as one of the best-selling artists of all time, with over 100 million sold of records worldwide. He is also titled as the 12th best-selling artist in the US history. As celebrated as "King of the Country", George Strait has an estimated net worth of $295 million, as of today 2020.