George Strait Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 15 Nov, 2019
Facts of George Strait
Date of Birth: 1952 , May-18
Age: 67 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name George Strait .
Birth Name George Harvey Strait Sr.
Father John Byron Strait Sr.
Mother Doris Jean Couser
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Poteet, Texas
Profession Country musician, actor
Net Worth $326 million
Famous for The Soldier, Pure Country, Grand Champion, King of the Hill, Pure Country 2: The Gift.
Married Yes
Married to Norma Voss
Children George Strait Jr., Jenifer Strait
Divorce No
Education Pearsall High School
Awards Grammy for Best Country Album- 2009
Movies The Soldier, Pure Country, Grand Champion, King of the Hill, Pure Country 2: The Gift.
Sisters Pency
Siblings John Jr.
Albums Strait from the Heart. He went on to release Right or Wrong, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, Something Special, Ocean Front Property, Beyond the Blue Neon
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George Strait is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and producer known for his contributions to country music. He is one of the most influential artists of all time, and is credited with singlehandedly return country music back to its traditional roots and away from pop. 

George Was Inspired By The Beatles During His High-School Days 

 George Strait was born George Harvey Strait Sr. on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas. He was born to father John Byron Strait Sr. and mother Doris Jean Couser, along with his sibling-sister, Pency and brother, John Jr. His parents divorced when he was in fourth grade, and his mother moved away with his sister, leaving him and his brother to live with their father in Pearsall, Frio County, Texas.  

George attended the local high school, Pearsall High School, where he realized his love for music listening to such artists as Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. He explored his musicality with his rock and roll garage band while in high school.   

George was enlisted in the United States Army in 1971. While stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, George joined the Army-sponsored band, Rambling Country.   

George would go on to serve in the military for the next four years and retired with the rank of Corporal in 1975.  

George Is A 1-Time Grammy Award Winner And 14-Time Nominee 

George’s career took off with a contract with MCA Records in 1981. He released his first album, Strait Country. Under MCA’s banner, George released his second album, Strait from the Heart. He went on to release Right or Wrong, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, Something Special, Ocean Front Property, and Beyond the Blue Neon in subsequent years. All his albums were critical and commercial successes, being certified platinum or multi-platinum.  

Over the next thirty years, George would go on to make a total of 30 albums with 61 songs that all peaked at number 1 on all country music charts. He holds the record for the most successful number-one Hits in any genre of music.  

As of 2019, George has sold over 100 million records worldwide. His albums have been certified multi-platinum 13 times, platinum 33 times, and gold 38 times. He is recognized in the Country Music Hall of Fame and has won numerous awards, including a Grammy for his 2009 album, Troubadour.

Additionally, he has been nominated in the Grammy awards 14 times and named the Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music. He has had more nominations in the Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music than any other artist.  

George has also appeared in such motion pictures as The Soldier, Pure Country, Grand Champion, King of the Hill, and Pure Country 2: The Gift. 

George is credited with being at the forefront of country music’s return to its traditionalist roots. His neoclassical country music inspired a return to traditional roots at a time when country music was rife with pop influences.   

George Is A Multi-Millionaire 

As of 2019, George Strait’s net worth is $326 million. One of the most influential artists of any genre and best-selling artist, George’s primary source of revenue, is his more-than-four-decades-long career in music. His albums are as beloved by critics as they are commercially successful.  

He has sold more than 100 million records as of 2019, and his extensive touring career- which is still ongoing- has also bolstered his income. His Strait Tours alone has generated $99 million in three years.  

The table below shows his yearly revenue starting from his professional debut in 1981: 

No. 

Source of Revenue 

Year 

Income (In $) 

1 

Record Sales 

1981 

1,130,000 

2 

Record Sales 

1982 

1,140,000 

3 

Record Sales 

1983 

1,150,000 

4 

Record Sales 

1984 

1,160,000 

5 

Record Sales 

1985 

1,175,500 

6 

Record Sales 

1986 

3,460,000 

7 

Record Sales 

1987 

5,660,000 

8 

Record Sales 

1988 

1,330,000 

9 

Record Sales 

1989 

1,350,000 

10 

Record Sales 

1990 

1,190,000 

11 

Record Sales 

1991 

2,400,000 

12 

Record Sales 

1992 

1,200,000 

13 

Record Sales 

1993 

2,400,000 

14 

Record Sales 

1994 

2,300,000 

15 

Record Sales, Value of his property in Dominion County, Texas 

1995 

11,000,000, 

3,000,000 

16 

Record Sales 

1996 

3,500,000 

17 

Record Sales 

1997 

3,600,000 

18 

Record Sales 

1998 

2,400,000 

19 

Record Sales 

1999 

1,948,000 

20 

Record Sales 

2000 

3,056,000 

21 

Record Sales 

2001 

1,200,000 

22 

Record Sales 

2002 

1,700,000 

23 

Record Sales 

2003 

1,770,000 

24 

Record Sales 

2004 

4,000,000 

25 

Record Sales 

2005 

1,230,000 

26 

Record Sales 

2006 

2,520,000 

27 

Record Sales 

2007 

587,000 

28 

Record Sales 

2008 

1,300,000 

29 

Record Sales 

2009 

639,000 

30 

Record Sales, Miscellaneous 

2011 

24,000,000 

31 

Record Sales 

2013 

650,000 

32 

Miscellaneous 

2014 

26,000,000 

George Is A Cousin Of The Wealthiest Man In The World, Jeff Bezos

George eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma Voss, and subsequently, the pair got married on December 4, 1971.

George with his wife, Norma SOURCE: Heavy

The couple was blessed with a daughter, Jenifer, on October 6, 1972, and a son, George Strait Jr., in 1981.  

Their blissful life came crashing down when Jenifer was killed in a car accident on June 25, 1986. She had only been 13 at the time.

CAPTION: George with his daughter, the deceased Jenifer SOURCE: Texas Hill Country

George set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation to honor her daughter’s memory. The charity foundation donates money to the less-privileged children in the San Antonio area.  

George’s son, George Strait Jr., better known as “Bubba,” would go on to become a cowboy and perform at rodeos. Bubba is married to Tamara, and together, they have their son, George H. Strait III. 

George is a cousin of Amazon’s CEO and the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, through Bezos' maternal grandmother.  

George is a philanthropist and is part of such charity initiatives as the Wrangler National Patriot program, which works for the welfare of the families of military veterans killed or otherwise maimed in combat. He was also instrumental in raising funds for the rehabilitation of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

George also founded the Vaqueros Del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Concert with his friend and business partner, Tom Cusick. The event raises money for the Troops First Foundation for the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers and their families. 

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