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The album in question, titled "It Just Comes Natural", is being released in a year that marks Strait's 25th anniversary as a recording artist, and coincides with the announcement that he is the most recent addition to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's also coming out alongside the jaw-dropping news that George Strait has become the all-time leader for Number One Country singles, as the album's opening track, "Give It Away," recently became his 53rd song to top the charts. But rather than rest on his well-deserved laurels, the legendary Texas troubadour is back with one of the strongest and most well-rounded collections of his career.
George Strait knows those charts well. His 1981 debut single "Unwound" was a Top 10 hit - and he has had at least one single hit the Top 10 every year since. His statistics are nothing short of astonishing, with more than 62 million albums sold in his career. He has 13 multi-Platinum, 30 Platinum and 33 Gold albums - more Gold albums than any other artist in Country Music, which ties him with no less than Frank Sinatra in eighth place for the most Gold albums of any artist in any musical genre. The timeless songs on "It Just Comes Natural" represent the kind of consistency, range, and power that have defined George Strait for all these years - the reasons he has now been given country music's highest tribute, election to the Country Music Hall of Fame. "Being inducted is the highest honor that you can get in this business," says Strait. "To have that happen while I still feel like I'm competitive, while I can still walk up and accept the honor without any help, is just amazing to me. I've been waking up in the morning and thinking about what it means - it's hard to put into words because it's so big. Maybe in the back of my mind I've had it as a goal, but you can't ever expect anything like that."
Despite all the Top Ten hits, all the sold-out arenas, all the trophies and honors, though, George Strait denies that the title of his new album is any way autobiographical. "I wouldn't say that this all just comes natural to me," he says. "It's always an effort. I'm fortunate to be able to sing, but I don't think I could be so bold as to say it comes natural." - With all due respect, millions of George Strait fans probably disagree.