Soon, his band was given the opportunity to record several Strait-penned singles including "That Don't Change The Way I Feel About You," and "I Can't Go On Dying Like This" for the Houston-based D label.However, the songs never achieved wide recognition, and Strait continued to manage his family cattle ranch during the day in order to make some extra cash.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.Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 19, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 19.He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main 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.
He gave the band notice that he was leaving, but after a discussion with his wife, she convinced him to give music one more year.Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a rock and roll garage band.The Beatles were popular when Strait was in high school. "I listened to them a lot and that whole bunch of groups that were popular then".By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty, and giving him more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music.
making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Not long afterward, MCA signed Strait to a recording contract in February 1981. If the single did well, the label would then consider doing an album.