Everyone knows that singers and musicians have the potential to become incredibly wealthy, depending on how popular they are and how hungry their fanbase is for their music. While this is true for all genres of music, one of the most popular and enduring genres in the US is country music, which has produced some unbelievably rich singers and seems to only get more popular each year.
Some of the richest country singers include legends such as Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and George Strait. Even some of the lesser-known country artists like the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, and Blake Shelton are still relatively rich compared to the average person.
We're going to take a look at the 17 richest country singers and how they got to where they're at now. While most are nearly household names, you may be surprised to see some names here that are relatively new and making waves in the country music scene.
Zac Brown Band – $25 Million
A relatively new artist, the Zac Brown Band has only released 6 full albums at the time of writing, but of their 16 singles released to date, 11 have made it to the top of the charts. The Zac Brown Band has earned an estimated net worth of more than $25 million, and with the progress they've made so far, it doesn't look like they're slowing down.
George Jones – $35 Million
Retired Marine George Jones was best known for losing himself in his lyrics and penned the classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today" as well as more than 150 other hits. He died in 2013 at 81 and had been playing the guitar since age 9. Not only famed for his solo career, but he was also well-known for performing alongside other artists in duets.
Blake Shelton – $60 Million
Already singing by the age of 12, Blake Shelton was taught how to play guitar at an early age by his uncle and had already written his first song by the age of 15. At 16 he won his first award, and by 17 he had graduated and started to pursue his music career. Since then, he has made his own way in the industry, releasing several albums and topping the charts with singles.
Keith Urban – $75 Million
Born in New Zealand, Keith Urban has been making music since his first self-titled album was released in 1991. He started his career as a member of the band The Ranch, which only released one album and had two singles chart. Since he started his solo career, he has released 9 albums, and more than 35 of his singles have hit the Hot Country charts, with 18 of them hitting #1.
Faith Hill – $80 Million
A famous country musician who has sold millions of albums worldwide and topped the Hot Country charts 3 times. She is one of the few country singers to be able to successfully crossover between genres, charting in both country music as well as pop, with two pop albums and several hits. She has also won several Grammy awards.
Alan Jackson – $96 Million
Not only a country singer but a writer of many of his own songs, Alan Jackson is one of the most diverse country artists out there, as well as one of the richest. He has put out 16 albums in country and gospel genres; he has sold more than 80 million records during his long and successful career. From his releases, a staggering 66 songs have made it to the Hot Country charts, with 38 of them breaking the top 5. In 2019 he was admitted into the Country Music Hall of Fame,
Reba McEntire – $98 Million
Born in Oklahoma, Reba McEntire taught herself how to play the guitar at an early age, eventually singing at rodeos with her siblings. Her first release sold 1000 copies and eventually helped to launch her career. She has released 6 studio albums and has even been the star of a hit sitcom for 6 years. Her career has resulted in the sale of over 85 million albums worldwide.
Brooks and Dunn – $100 Million
This famous duo shares equally in the success of their brand, each contributing vocals and songwriting talents. They have been touring since 1990 as a duo, but both had solo careers before joining forces. So far in their career they have released 50 singles, and 20 of those have topped the Hot Country charts, and an additional 19 have broken into the top 10.
Johnny Cash – $120 Million
One of the most popular and well-known country singers of all time, Johnny Cash is famous for his countless hits like "Ring of Fire" and "Walk The Line." He frequently dressed in all black, which eventually earned him his famous nickname, "the man in black." His voice is one of the most recognizable voices to this day, and he was responsible for influencing a lot of the rockabilly genre, as well as blues, rock, and of course, country.
Kenny Chesney – $190 Million
Tennessee native Kenny Chesney is a country music staple and has been at the helm of an incredible career resulting in more than 40 singles reaching the #1 spot on the Hot Country charts. During his career, he has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and has been the recipient of many awards.
Kenny Rogers – $196 Million
One of the artists that are considered an icon in the country music scene, Kenny Rogers has been retired since 2015 after a successful career that has given him an incredible 9-digit net worth. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 100 million records around the world. He is another country singer that has been able to demonstrate success in other genres as well, notably pop.
George Strait – $300 Million
Texas native George Strait is not only one of the richest country singers, but he's also a songwriter, producer, and actor. Not only one of the richest, but Strait is also widely regarded as one of the most influential artists and is known for being a true cowboy at heart. He has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is also a Grammy award-winning artist, having more number one hits than country legend Conway Twitty.
Garth Brooks – $330 Million
With more than 135 million records sold over his career, Garth Brooks is one of the most popular solo country artists of all time and has released album after album that has topped charts and gone platinum. He is also known for putting on incredibly large live shows and is the only artist ever who has achieved seven diamond albums, selling more records than Elvis.
Tayor Swift – $375 Million
A country singer that does far more than simply sing, Taylor Swift also writes her own songs and has been the only female artist to win the Album of the Year Grammy award twice, as well as the youngest recipient. She is also the only artist, male or female, to have three albums sell 1 million copies in the first week of release. Despite being under 30 years old, she is one of the most accomplished singers in all of country music.
Shania Twain – $400 Million
One of the most popular female country singers of all time, Shania Twain has been dubbed the "queen of pop country" and has a sales history of more than 85 million records, putting her near the top of the list for the best-selling female country artists of all time. She has officially been retired since 2004 and retreated to her home in Switzerland.
Toby Keith – $515 Million
With a career that reaches the music, acting, writing, and production industries, Toby Keith released his first album in 1993 and has produced multiple chart-topping singles, eventually beginning an acting career in 2006. During his music career, he has released more than 20 albums and has more than 40 million records sold, making him one of the richest country singers of all time.
Dolly Parton – $590 Million
A living legend and the head of a business and philanthropy empire, Dolly Parton is a household name, and for good reason. She has been a staple in country music for decades, recording some of the biggest hits of all time, such as "9-5" and "Jolene." Her accomplishments only begin with music, and they extend to a career in acting, managing a successful theme park, and even restaurants. She is also a writer and producer, and committed enormous resources to covid efforts. Not only is she the richest country singer of all time, but she's also perhaps the most beloved as well.
The Richest Country Singers
While most people that are into country music probably have a good idea of who are the most popular and successful artists, sometimes seeing the net worth of some of your favorite artists can come as a surprise. Dolly Parton is rich and famous, but even for a legend like her, more than half a billion dollars in wealth is simply staggering.
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Shawn Manaher is a former financial advisor, has founded 5 online businesses, and is a coach, speaker, podcast host, and author. He's been featured on Forbes, The Consults Corner on TAE Radio, The Writing Biz, What's Your Story, and more.