Lyle Lovett is a Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor who has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career spanning 14 albums and more than four million records sold. In addition to over two decades of acclaimed work and seven Top 10 albums on the Billboard charts, this Texas-based musician has acted on stage, television and screen, appearing in 13 feature films, including four Robert Altman-directed movies. Despite these departures, Lovett always returns to the music world. His stories and songs remain a powerful reminder that he possesses one of the most distinctive artistic voices today.
Lovett began his music career while attending Texas A&M University in the late '70s, where he graduated with Bachelors' degrees in journalism and German. From his 1986 self-titled debut to his newest album, Natural Forces, Lovett has taken one artistic chance after another while crafting songs that resonate with fans and critics across the globe. He is a versatile songwriter with a wry sense of humor for which he's known. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, he fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.
Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album and Best Country Male Vocal. He has received the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and recently was named the 2011 Texas State Musician.
Lovett's feature films include The Player, The Opposite of Sex, Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story and most recently, When Angels Sing. Among his television acting credits are Mad About You, Dharma & Greg, Brothers & Sisters, and Castle. In theater, he participated in three Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles productions including Much Ado About Nothing (2010) opposite Helen Hunt.
In 2006, Esquire magazine said of Lovett: "The secret of Lyle Lovett's endurance comes down to the three C's: class, charisma and consistency."
Lovett resides in North Harris County, Texas in the farming community of Klein, named after his great-great-grandfather and where he was raised.
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