About George Strait
In some ways, it’s easy to believe that George Strait has been in the music business for upwards of 40 years: He’s a seamless performer who somehow sounds as good live as on record, and boasts an unmatched ability to woo a crowd. At the age of 67, Strait still has the same energy he was bringing to his performances decades ago.
Known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time, George Strait is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and most prominent country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s.
Strait's success began when his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.
By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty's 40. Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty, giving him more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music.
If you’re looking for looking for pyrotechnics and histrionics, you’re not going to find them at a George Strait show. What you will find is what Strait has offered for many years: a distinctive, evergreen brand of country music, rooted in traditional country and western swing but leavened with more pop-leaning fare, rendered by his snap-tight Ace in the Hole Band, many of whose members have been playing with him since he first set foot on a stage.
Strait is known for his touring career when he designed a 360-degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. His concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014 drew 104,793 people, marking a new record for largest indoor concert in North America.
Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.