George Strait is an American country singer who is one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known in the genre as a neo-traditionalist, wearing cowboy attire to most of his live shows, and his claim to fame is being one of the first artists to bring country music back to its roots from the pop country era in the 1980s dominated by artists including Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks. To the recording industry, he is known as the "King of Country" and has been elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Strait is the 12th highest-selling album recording artist in the United States overall, and alone has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His albums, which include the classics "Strait Country," "Strait from the Heart," "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind," "Ocean Front Property," and "If You Ain't Lovin' You Ain't Livin'" have gone multi-platinum 13 times, platinum 33 times, and gold 38 times. He has achieved more number one songs than any other artist, and has won a Grammy award for the album Troubadour.
George Strait began his career in a rock and roll garage band formed to capitalize off the popularity of the Beatles and the British Invasion sound, but after being exposed to singers Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, and Hank Williams, he moved into playing country music full-time.
In 2012, George Strait announced that he would be retiring from touring, and arranged the Cowboy Rides Away Tour as one last hurrah. With a star-studded set of opening acts including Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and Little Big Town, shows spanned through 2013 and 2014 and concluded in Arlington, Texas in front of over 104 thousand fans, setting the record for the largest gross revenue at a single-show country concert, over $18,000,000.
George Strait has a net worth of $300 million. His San Antonio house is also mapped on this site.