Out of all the songs country music legend George Strait has recorded over the years, one in particular is deeply personal and touches upon his personal beliefs. “You’ll Be There” came along over two decades after George and Norma Strait’s teenage daughter, Jenifer, was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1986. After Jenifer’s death, the Strait family formed 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.
Check out the powerful track “You’ll Be There” below.
Strait’s deep faith traces its roots back to his humble upbringing. The beloved country artist grew up in a religious household headed by his father, John Byron Strait, who was also a Texas rancher and school math teacher. Strait’s mother relocated with George’s sister after divorcing his father.
“My dad, of course, raised my brother and me on his own, and he raised us in a real religious atmosphere,” he shared in a past interview. “We’re all Baptists, and he always told me that the Lord would tell me what He wanted me to do with my life; and I kind of believe that’s really true. So I didn’t worry about it much, didn’t think about it that much.”
King George’s songs “Three Nails And A Cross,” the ninth track from his album Here For A Good Time, and “I Saw God Today” further demonstrate his unwavering faith. Through his rock-solid marriage to his hometown sweetheart, his devotion to his family, and his personal belief system, George has been able to successfully navigate life’s ups and downs.
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