GEORGE STRAIT’S FAITH AND OVERCOMING FAMILY TRAGEDY

Country music superstar George Strait‘s faith has remained strong over the years despite facing hardships. More on the icon’s private life, here.

photo: c/o The Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation
photo: c/o The Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation

Out of all the songs country music legend has recorded over the years, one in particular is deeply personal and touches upon George Strait‘s faith. “You’ll Be There” came along over two decades after George and Norma Strait’s 13-year-old daughter, Jenifer, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on June 25, 1986. She was riding with friends when the driver lost control of his Ford Mustang as he attempted to take a turn too fast. The car rolled over and Jenifer, who did not have a seat belt on, was killed instantly. George arrived at the scene shortly after being notified of the accident. It has now been 35 years since this tragedy struck.  After Jenifer’s death, the Strait family helped form The Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates funds to various children’s charities around San Antonio, Texas.

“That song hit home for me for obvious reasons. I’m a religious person. I honestly believe we will see each other in heaven someday. I wanted to do the song badly. The writer, Cory Mayo, held that song out because he knew I wanted to do it, and he waited until I had the chance. It was kind of him to do that,” the country superstar told USA TODAY back in 2007.

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