George Strait praised his native state while accepting the honor of “Texan of the Year,” given to him by the Texas Legislative Conference.
The country hitmaker addressed lawmakers, former U.S. Presidents and other influential attendees at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 23.
“I’m so proud to have grown up in the great state of Texas and so proud to be here today to accept this unbelievable honor,” he explained. “Texas is a big place filled with amazingly talented, smart people. How’d I end up here?”
Aside from his own career achievements, Strait has worked hard to give back to the Lone Star State over the years. Most recently, he helped to organize the “Hand in Hand” Texas benefit concert and telethon last fall. The event, which also featured Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton, raised over $22 million towards Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
“Last year was a tough one for our great state,” Strait said. “We’re still continuing to recover and with the help of the many loyal, kindhearted Texans, we will get these communities back on their feet again. It’s never surprising, but always amazing how in times of need, how generous the American people can be.”
Although Strait has snagged 60 No. 1 hits and broken records on the charts, the honor bestowed upon him from his own state was truly special.
“I’ve had a great career and always been supported by the people here in Texas,” he noted. “This great honor is the tip top of my list.”