Lyle Pearce Lovett was born in Klein, Texas. His parents, William and Bernell Lovett raised him as a Lutheran. Lovett attended Texas A&M University, where he enjoyed studying German and journalism.
The career of Lovett, started out in the songwriting business. He signed with MCA Records in 1986, and released his debut album. Lovett is known as a country music artist, but his music fits into every genre of music from country music to jazz, folk, blues, swing, and gospel. He won a Grammy in 1989 for Best Country Male Vocal.
In 1994, Lovett won a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal, with the Texas swing group Asleep at the Wheel. Lovett also received a Grammy in 1994 for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration.
Another Grammy he won was in 1996 for Best Country Album. His music abilities have crossed over all the music genres, and he continues to maintain his popularity in each.
His ability to act was proven in several films, including Robert Altman’s films: The Player, and Short Cuts, Cookie’s Fortune, and others. He also acted in The New Guy and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In television acting, he was on Mad About You, Brothers and Sisters, and Dharma & Greg.
While acting on the film “The Player”, Lovett met actress Julia Roberts. After a three week romance, the couple eloped and married in Marion, Indiana. The marriage broke apart after two years. The two still remain very good friends.
In 2002, Lovett’s small town life was again brought to the attention of the public when he was caught by a bull and rammed into a fence on his uncle’s farm in Texas. He fully recovered after six months, and began touring again in 2003.
In 2010, at the general commencement ceremony of the University of Houston, Lovett was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Looking on, was his mother, who had received her bachelor’s degree in 1960 from the same university. His late father was also a graduate of the University of Houston.
Lovett has thirteen albums and 21 singles to his credit. He has four Grammy awards. Esquire magazine said of Lovett, “The secret of Lyle Lovett’s endurance comes down to the three C’s: class, charisma, and consistency. In the studio and on stage with his giant orchestra, he’s spent two decades gracefully matching genuine songcraft with A-list musicianship”. Esquire magazine presented Lovett an award called an “Esky” for Surest Thing in Esquire’s 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue.