Jamie Foxx tribute to George Strait on the CBS George Strait special

George+Strait+Norma+Strait+Academy+Country+B9F99BaVpvjlWhile watching The CBS George Strait special, I saw Jamie Foxx give a Tribute to George Strait by singing his song “you look so good in love”. Before Jamie Sang the song he mentioned an experience when he was younger about trying to go see George in the town next over to his hometown. He talked about when he found out that George was coming to his town to preform, that he was going to see him no matter what even if he had to go over the tracks to see him. As Jamie said, unfortunately he wasn’t able to see him but no one believed him that George strait had performed there until he met George Strait and he verified his story.

I enjoyed watching the tribute for one because I love that song but also it shows how much George Strait has influenced country music artist but also other Genre Artists like Jamie Foxx who is an R&B artist. It amazes me how a country artist could influence an artist who isn’t even in the same Genre. This truly shows how country music has shaped music today and how George will be known as one of the greats for all time.

While Jamie was singing the tribute, I saw some similarities and some differences in how he sung it and how George sings it. In Jamie’s version, it has more of a gospel and R&B sound to his voice; whereas with George, it has a deeper tone and a more rustic feel to his voice. The most profound similarity is the way the music flows with lyrics showing that side of Nashville sound and being elegant and smooth in both of their versions of the song.

Although Jamie wasn’t the only person who sung a song in tribute to George i think that his was the most profound due to the fact that exemplifies that country music can cross all boundaries even other genres. As I finished watching the rest of special I started to look back to my past to remember things about George Strait and how much his music has affected me and I am not even a country singer so I knew that some of the people like Jamie, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton , Miranda Lambert, and Taylor swift who are singers, how much he has affected their lives in a tremendous way by either influencing their music or allowing them to be the opening act in his concert for their first concert. George Strait has and will always be an iconic figure in the music business no matter what genre it is and this tribute below shows how this is true.


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3 Responses to Jamie Foxx tribute to George Strait on the CBS George Strait special

  1. Julianne Staine

    I feel very out of the loop because I didn’t even know that such a thing as the CBS George Strait special existed. It’s really fascinating to me when different areas of popular culture mix together that you wouldn’t expect, so I loved seeing that Jamie Foxx was a part of this for George Strait. I had no idea that there would be a connection that would bring them together. I really enjoyed the performance though! And now I am really curious about what else happened at this CBS special…

  2. Shelby Conine

    I’m unfortunately in the same boat as Julianne in that I had no idea that CBS was hosting a George Strait special. However, watching Jamie Foxx perform a song that I’ve only ever heard sung by King George was transformative in many ways, one of which being a comment he made before the performance even began. Foxx mentioned how the country music fan base is predominately white. This was a fact that I hadn’t necessarily considered before, but thinking back I know it to be true. Audience is an all-important factor for artists to consider when making music. Currently, country audiences lack diversity, but perhaps a diversification is on the horizon for country. Inviting a R&B singer who respects George to this event begins to bridge that cultural gap and perhaps will encourage more African-Americans to appreciate or at least listen to country. I know the idea is a bit far-fetched and certainly far off, but I believe that country can have universal appeal if you just give it a chance.

  3. Courtney Gonzalez

    Well let me start off by saying he isn’t called “King George” for nothing. It honestly doesn’t surprise me that he has influenced other genres such as R&B because there is something to be taught in all of his songs. Whether the catchy influences of Western Swing or the story line something can be gained by listening to his music. I do think it is very encouraging for the country music genre to have other artist such as Jamie Fox, acknowledging its impact on them. Jamie had a personal connection with George Strait that led him to listen to his music and become a “King George” supporter. I think listening to music is a personal thing that can’t be forced upon people, but once they gain a connection like Jamie or myself they may find they love a completely different genre than they are use to listening to.

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