Most people know that country music legend, George Strait is one of the bestselling artists of all time. Many people also know that he has released many multiple-platinum albums, and received numerous awards, all in the course of his magnificent career. However, did you know that Strait once thought of walking away from music when he failed to get a breakthrough? It was no other than his wife, Norma Strait, who convinced him to hang on; and the rest, as they say, is history. Want to know more about this incredible lady? Then, read on!
Norma Strait’s Age and Bio
Norma Strait was born in the year 1954 in Pearsall, Frio County, San Antonio, Texas. There is not much information about her early life or family background. Strait grew up in Pearsall and obtained her high school diploma from the local high school. Meanwhile, husband – George Strait Jr – was born on the 18th of May 1952 in Poteet, Texas. His father’s name is Strait Sr while his mother’s name is Doris. The country music legend also has two siblings namely, Pency and John Jr. George Strait grew up in Pearsall and equally attended Pearsall High School.
About Her Marriage and Husband
Norma Strait first met her future husband while they were both students at Pearsall High School. They knew each other having grown up in the same small town, but they were not really friends. All these changed one day when the singer asked her out on a date. After that one date, the couple did not see each other for quite some time. George later realised that he was missing out on something special and asked Strait out again. They recommenced their relationship and eloped to Mexico where they tied the knot on the 4th of December 1971.
The couple subsequently returned to their hometown where they did a church wedding. After the nuptials, Strait’s husband joined the army and the couple moved from one army base to the other. While they were stationed in Hawaii, George Strait joined an Army-sponsored country group known as Rambling Country. He performed at various venues with them and gained a measure of recognition.
Strait’s husband left the army after five years and soon formed another country band known as Ace in the Hole. While playing and touring with them, he was busy looking for a recording deal. He, however, found it hard making a breakthrough as all the record labels in Nashville turned him down. The despondent George decided to quit music altogether but his wife advised him to give it one more year. He heeded her words and not long after, he landed a recording deal with MCA in February 1981.
George dropped his debut album, Strait Country, in 1981. The album was both a critical and commercial success and spurned several charting singles. Since then, George Strait has gone on to establish an accomplished music career. He has released over 30 albums, out of which 13 have been certified multiple-platinum. He has also received numerous awards including artist of the decade (2000s) from the Academy of Country Music.
Meet Norma Strait’s Children
Norma Strait and her husband have two children out of which one is now deceased. The couple’s first child is a daughter named Jenifer who was born in October 1972. Jenifer sadly passed away on the 25th of June 1986 after being involved in an automobile accident. Her death predictably devastated her parents and her dad dedicated his 2005 single, You‘ll Be There, to her.
Strait and her husband also have a son named George Strait Jr (known as Bubba) who was born in 1981. Bubba is an alum of Texas A & M University and is a professional roper for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He is also a talented songwriter and has contributed songs to his father’s album. Bubba is married to a realtor named Tamara and they have two children together.
Other Facts about George Strait’s Wife
– She has two grandchildren courtesy of her son. They are Jillian Louise and George Harvey Strait.
– Her husband holds the record for the most number-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart – 44.
– She and her family set up the Jenifer Strait Foundation in honour of their late daughter. The foundation assists children-related charities in Texas.
– She appeared in the music video for her husband’s 2018 single, Codigo.
– She and her husband own a ranch in Cotulla, Texas. They also own a custom-built mansion in The Dominion, San Antonio.
– Her husband was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.