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Lyle Lovett Biography


Lyle Lovett
Image Courtesy of Curb/MCA Records

Basic Facts:

  • Name: Lyle Pearce Lovett
  • Birthday: November 1, 1957
  • Birthplace: Klein, Texas

Country Style:

Texas country. Lovett's music also embraces elements of jazz, gospel, and the blues.

Marriage to Julia Roberts:

Lyle Lovett was briefly married to actress Julia Roberts. After meeting during the filming of The Player, they got married in 1993; the pair divorced in 1995.

Early Years:

Lyle Lovett was born in Klein, Texas, and began playing music when he attended Texas A&M University. He majored in journalism and was a classmate of Robert Earl Keen. After studying abroad in Germany, Lovett returned to Texas where he built up a following at clubs. He was signed to MCA Records in 1986 on the strength of his demo record.

Debut Album:

Lovett released his self-titled album the same year. But his mainstream and commercial breakthrough was his second album, Pontiac. It was less country-oriented than the previous release.

Pushing Boundaries:

The singer went further in an eclectic musical direction in subsequent releases, especially as Lovett began recording with his swing-jazz flavored Large Band -- complete with horn section and pianos.

After experimenting in R&B and gospel (not to mention the married life with actress Julia Roberts), Lovett returned the country fold with The Road to Ensenada in 1996.

Free Agent:

After over 25 years with Curb Records, Lovett fulfilled his contract with the label with Release Me in 2012.


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