The King of Country Music: George Strait George Harvey Strait, commonly known as George Strait, is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. He is known for his unique style of traditional country music and western swing. Born on May 18, 1952 in Poteet, Texas, George Strait has become one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has achieved multiple gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certifications. He is also known as the “King of Country Music” due to his many awards and accolades in the music industry. Early Life and Career George Strait started singing at a young age and even performed with his high school band at local events. He attended Southwest Texas State University where he majored in agriculture. After college, he joined the United States Army where he served for four years before returning to pursue his musical career. In 1975, he was signed to MCA Records and released his debut single “Unwound” which quickly became a hit song on the radio. He released his debut album “Strait Country” in 1981 which became an instant success and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). From then on, his career skyrocketed as he began releasing several albums over the next few decades. Accolades Throughout his career, George Strait has won numerous awards including 13 Academy of Country Music Awards and 16 Country Music Association Awards. He has also been inducted into several prestigious Halls of Fame including the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition to these accolades, he has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1985 and 1989.Collaborations In addition to his solo work, George Strait has collaborated with several other notable artists such as Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, and Martina McBride. He has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts such as the CMA Foundation which raises money for music education programs in public schools. Legacy George Strait is one of the most successful country music singers of all time and will always be remembered for his unique style and timeless songs. His influence on country music is undeniable and continues to inspire many artists today.