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Name: Lyle Lovett                                                                     
Birth name: Lyle Pearce Lovett                                                       
Born: 1 November 1957 Klein, Texas, United States                                     
Lyle Pearce Lovett (born November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter and       
Lovett was born in the unincorporated region of Klein, Harris County (suburban       
Houston), Texas, the son of Bernell (nee Klein), a training specialist, and           
William Lovett, a marketing executive. He was raised as a Lutheran. Lovett           
attended Texas A&M University, where he studied German and journalism, and lived     
next door to Robert Earl Keen.                                                       
Lovett's music career began as a songwriter, but he soon signed with MCA Records     
in 1986 and released his eponymous debut album. While typically associated with       
the country genre, Lovett's compositions often incorporate folk, swing, blues,       
jazz and gospel music as well as more traditional country styling. He has won         
four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album (1996 for The Road to Ensenada),     
Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal (1994 for "Blues For Dixie" with the Texas         
swing group Asleep at the Wheel), Best Pop Vocal Collaboration (1994 for "Funny       
How Time Slips Away" with Al Green) and Best Country Male Vocal (1989) for Lyle       
Lovett and His Large Band).                                                           
Lovett has acted in a number of films, including Robert Altman's film The Player     
(1992), Short Cuts (1993), The Opposite of Sex (1998),                               
Cookie's Fortune (1999), and composed for Dr. T & the Women (2000). More             
recently, he has acted in The New Guy (2002). His television acting forays           
include Mad About You and Dharma & Greg.                                             
Lovett was given an Esky for Surest Thing in Esquire's 2006 Esky Music Awards in     
the April issue. The 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".