‘George Strait’s ‘You’ll Be There’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on August 28, 2005

I heard George Strait's song You'll Be There was about him losing a child. How did he lose her and how old was she?
—Patricia S., Illinois

George and Norma Strait's daughter Jenifer died in a non-alcohol-related car accident in 1986 near San Marcos, Texas. The 13-year-old was riding with friends. Strait, 53, who also has a son, George Jr., does not publicly discuss his daughter's death, but when asked about the song, he recently told the Great American Country cable network, "Obviously, it's a special song for me. You know, the things that have happened in my life and losing my daughter. I believe that someday we will be together again. I think that's what we all strive for; to get to heaven some day." The song about meeting a loved one in heaven was written by Cory Mayo and inspired by the 1999 death of his father, songwriter Danny Mayo.