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Born in Texas in 1952, George Strait has been a country music icon since the 1980s. The award-winning singer is known for his traditional country sound.
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Somewhere Down in Texas (2005) was another big seller driven in part by the success of such singles as "You'll Be There" and "She Let Herself Go." "Good News, Bad News," a duet with Lee Ann Womack also featured on the album, won the CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year in 2005.
It Just Comes Natural (2006) included several chart toppers,
including the title track and "Give It Away." Strait won two CMA Awards for that album and was inducted into the CMA's Hall of Fame.
Strait continues to be a popular force in country music today. Released in 2008, Troubadour debuted at the top of the country album charts. The recording'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 Album of the Year, and Single of the Year. In 2009, he earned a Grammy award for Troubadour, and also landed the Artist of the Decade award from the Academy of Country Music. He has also been named Entertainer of the Year at CMA Awards three times, most recently in 2013.
Outside of his music career, Strait has several interests, including steer-roping, golf and skiing. He and his wife Norma have one son named George, Jr., who is pursuing a career as a professional rodeo competitor. His daughter, Jennifer, died in a car accident in 1986. In honor of her life, the family founded The Jennifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which raises money for children's charities.
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