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The Net Worth of These Country Music Stars Prove They’re Way Richer Than We First Thought

From toe-tappin’ and knee-slappin’ performances to Stetson hats and boots, there’s no doubt about the fact that the country music scene has shaped the music industry as a whole. With countless sub-genres and artists young and old, country music has resonated with fans across the globe – not just southern belles and cowboys. Thanks to this popularity, country artists have been able to rack up a pretty penny in the process.

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Yes, whether they’re mainstream country singers able to dominate the worldwide charts or whether they’re quietly taking over the Nashville country scene, these guys are pretty darn rich. And while we can all agree that buying a new guitar won’t break the bank for these famous country singers, they often keep their millions under wraps…Until now. These country music stars are so much richer than you’d think.

Brad Paisley – $95 Million

You probably don’t need us to tell you that Brad Paisley is a country legend. After releasing his debut album, Who Needs Pictures, in 1999, he’s risen through the ranks to become one of the most successful recording artists of all time. And it’s not hard to understand why. His songwriting skills have landed him a whopping 32 top ten singles on the US Billboard County Airplay chart, which is no easy feat for any artist.

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Thanks to this, he’s won countless awards and even become a member of the Grand Ole Opry – the ultimate sign of country music success. So, it’s no wonder he’s been able to rack up an impressive net worth of a cool $95 million. From his 11 million album sales to sold-out tours and even his many television performances, he probably has a constant flurry of paychecks in his mailbox.

Randy Travis – $9 Million

After suffering a serious stroke and legal issues in 2012 and 2013, Randy Travis is in the process of making a slow and steady return to the country music world. And it’s fair to say that we’re so ready for him. This man has made waves with his talent and his music, and his blend of country and gospel tones have earned him countless fans across the globe.

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And considering he’s been out of action for so long, a $9 million net worth is a huge achievement for this country music legend. But it’s also very well deserved, as he’s recorded over 20 studio albums and had 16 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In 2016, he was honored when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Garth Brooks – $330 Million

Garth Brooks famously said that “You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy,” which is pretty confusing coming from a guy who is worth $330 million. But there’s no doubt about the fact that Garth Brooks has worked hard for his money, and he’s built himself a country music legacy that will live on for the rest of time.

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This singer-songwriter is perhaps most famous for his country-rock-fusion, and it’s this unique take on country music that has made him so popular. In fact, in 2020 he broke a record formerly held by the Beatles by bagging himself nine diamond-status albums. To put this in perspective, the Beatles only gained six, so Garth Brooks is well worth his mega-fortune.

Maren Morris – $5 Million

Although Maren Morris first made her way into the country music industry in the mid-00s, it wasn’t until 2015 that she really started to get her name out there. That year she self-released her very first self-titled EP and racked up a whopping 2.5 million Spotify streams in just one month. When record labels learned of this success, they were itching to sign her.

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Since signing with Columbia Nashville, Maren has continued to rise through the ranks of country superstars and her 2019 song “Bones” has been her most successful to date, ranking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. But Maren isn’t just a solo artist. She’s also a member of the country music group, The Highwomen, and these different ventures have resulted in a $5 million net worth.

Kenny Chesney – $190 Million

While many people know Kenny Chesney for the infamous horse incident that took place in 2000 – where he tried to ride away on a police horse – even run-ins with the law can’t distract us from the fact that he is a country music icon. Kenny has been in the country limelight since the late 1980s, and since then, he has released over 20 albums.

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But Kenny hasn’t just succeeded as a solo artist. Over the years he has collaborated with the likes of Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, and more. This has put him on the map as one of the best in the business, but did you ever think that he was worth $190 million? That’s more money than most of us could comprehend, and while we knew he was rich, we didn’t know he was that rich.

Reba McEntire – $98 Million

Reba McEntire is a singing superstar, songwriting legend, and actress extraordinaire, and it seems as though there really is nothing she can’t do. What you might not know about this leading lady is that she’d already landed herself a recording contract by the time she made her way to college. Since then, fans have listened to songs like ‘Consider Me Gone’ and ‘Back to God’ on repeat.

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Considering she’s now 65 years old, she’s had plenty of time to rack up her $98 million net worth. This incredible wealth has come from 75 million record sales – which is why she’s often called the “Queen of Country” – her Broadway appearances in the likes of Annie Get Your Gun and South Pacific, and her acting work. In fact, she had her own sitcom, Reba, from 2001 until 2007, which made her a household name.

Shania Twain – $400 Million

Shania Twain may feel like a woman, but we have a feeling that she also feels like a serious millionaire. That’s because this iconic country singer has been able to stack up $400 million in the bank, which makes her one of the richest country music icons of all time. And while some would call this Canadian singer more of a pop superstar, there are others that say she’s become the “Queen of Country Pop.”

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With songs like “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Forever and for Always,” and “From This Moment On” she has been able to captivate fans across the globe. So much so that she’s sold over 100 million records and won a whopping five Grammy Awards. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also made her debut in TV shows and movies like the 2020 biographical movie, I Still Believe.

Sturgill Simpson – $1 Million

If you love outlaw country and bluegrass music, then you’ll know who Sturgill Simpson is. This American singer-songwriter may not be as mainstream as some of the other country singers on this list, but he’s still become a legend amongst his many fans across the globe. He’s released six albums over the course of his 15-year career, and this has helped him amass a net worth of $1 million.

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Simpson is perhaps most known for songs such as “Sing Along,” “A Good Look,” and “In Bloom” and he’s become somewhat of a legend in his home state of Kentucky. In fact, it was a great achievement for the singer in 2018 when he was made a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. His $1 million net worth is extremely well deserved.

Blake Shelton – $60 Million

Although Blake Shelton has kept himself pretty busy over the years thanks to his judging duties on The Voice, that hasn’t stopped him from maintaining his place within the realm of country music legends. Since his debut single and album in 2001, both called Austin, Blake has become a leading figurehead within the musical genre.

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Over the years, he has landed 40 singles within the Billboard Country Music chart, and 28 of those managed to make their way to the number one spot. Although Shelton donates much of his wealth to numerous charities each year, including a recent donation of $150,000 to feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic, he’s still sitting pretty with a net worth of $60 million.

Keith Urban – $75 Million

Hailing from Australia, Keith Urban made his mark on the Australian country music scene before making his way across the pond to Nashville. But he wasn’t always a solo singer. In 1997, Urban formed his very own country band called The Ranch, and while they released a self-titled album that led two of its singles to the Hot Country Songs chart, the band split a few years later.

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This certainly worked in Keith’s favor, though. Since then, he’s released 11 studio albums as a solo singer and bagged himself 18 number ones. His best-known songs include “Sweet Thing” and “One Too Many,” and his appearance on television shows like The Voice Australia and American Idol have all helped his net worth. Yes, it currently stands at $75 million. His wife, actress Nicole Kidman, has an even bigger net worth of $250 million.

Carrie Underwood – $200 Million

Country music will always have a place on American Idol, and Carrie Underwood has this show to thank for her success and $200 million net worth. This singing songstress won season four back in 2005, and she made history just a short while after she signed her recording contract. That’s because her debut single, “Inside Your Heaven,” made her the first country artist ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Known for blurring the lines between country music and mainstream pop, Carrie has blown the whole musical world away with her country twang. Songs like “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus Take the Wheel” have opened up the world of country music to those who may have not been interested in the past. Now, she’s even made the move into clothing design and writing.

Tim McGraw – $85 Million

Is there anything this country music star can’t do? He’s a hugely accomplished singer-songwriter, he’s made his way into the world of acting, and he’s also married to fellow country star, Faith Hill. Yes, with his trademark cowboy hat and his v-neck sweaters, Tim McGraw has become known as one of the best-selling country music artists of all time.

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To be more precise, he’s sold over 80 million records across the globe, released 15 studio albums, won 11 Country Music Association awards, and embarked on 11 headlining tours. Thanks to this, he’s not only been able to reap the personal rewards of life as a country legend, but also the financial rewards with a net worth of $85 million.

Margo Price – $1 Million

Considering she only released her debut album in 2016, we have to congratulate country singer Margo Price for her $1 million net worth so soon into her career. While she may not write her songs and perform in front of millions for the paychecks alone, she does get a little help from the Pricetags – her backing band.

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Since writing her debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, in just three days, Margo has since released a further two albums. She’s also become recognized by Rolling Stone Country as “a fixture of the East Nashville music community.” While she’s still up-and-coming amongst the big leagues of Nashville, Margot has proved to be extremely popular in the UK. She even played Glastonbury Festival in 2017.

Kacey Musgraves – $10 Million

There are so many different sub-genres of country music, and Kacey Musgraves is undoubtedly more of a modern interpretation of this traditional genre. Although Kacey self-released her own music in the early ’00s, she really started to get her name out there in 2007 when she came seventh in the singing competition Nashville Star. Five years later, she bagged herself a record deal with Mercury Nashville.

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Today, Kacey has released four albums, and her most recent album release, Golden Hour, won all four of the Grammy Awards it was nominated for. Not only did she win Best Country Album, but she also won Album of the Year in 2018. Thanks to this, Kacey has accumulated a huge number of fans, while also accumulating a huge net worth of $10 million.

Dustin Lynch – $6 Million

What might surprise you about Dustin Lynch is that his life could have been very different. When he was younger, Dustin was torn between being a doctor or a musician. So, he chose to study biology at Lipscomb University in Nashville so he could continue learning about medicine while still being able to attend and play at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. In the end, though, he ultimately chose music.

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It’s clear to see that this paid off – and not just because of his $6 million net worth. After landing his first record deal in 2011, Dustin has been able to release four albums and 12 singles. And what’s even more incredible is that of these 12 singles, seven of them made their way to the top of the charts and scored him a number one on Billboard‘s Country Airplay.

Jason Aldean – $80 Million

When you think of Jason Aldean, you might immediately start singing the likes of “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “She’s Country” and “Dirt Road Anthem” in your perfect country twang. He’s released countless hit country songs over the years, and this has allowed him to rack up an impressive list of accolades and awards. Not to mention a mammoth net worth of $80 million.

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In 2019, Jason proved to everyone that he was one of the best in the industry, and he became the sixth country artist in history to receive the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award. This was a huge honor, as this award is only given to artists who are consistent with their chart-topping albums and singles.

Billy Ray Cyrus – $20 Million

Billy Ray Cyrus certainly has some good genes running through his body, as all of his children have gone on to be successful in the music industry – and also in the country music industry. But there’s so much more to Billy Ray Cyrus than just his family. He has a huge career under his belt himself, and now has a hefty net worth of $20 million.

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Overall, Cyrus has released 16 studio albums and 53 singles, but perhaps his most famous song of all time comes in the form of “Achy Breaky Heart.” This song took country music into international charts, and it even reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Alongside this, it also became a number one hit in Australia and charted at number three in the UK. This is a rarity in the country music world.

George Strait – $300 Million

There are countless country stars in the industry, but there’s only one “King of Country” – and many have suggested that title should go to the one and only George Strait. As a hugely influential figure within the country music world, George is best known for his cowboy hat and boots, his neotraditionalist style, and his old-school roots. For many people, he’s what country music is all about.

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So, it should probably come as no surprise to learn that he’s worth a heck load of money. But have you ever wondered how much? George Strait has a whopping $300 million to his name, and this huge chunk of cash has come from his record and album sales, his tour revenue, his business dealings, his many properties, and even his Gulfstream G450 business jet.

Alan Jackson – $96 Million

Since making his way into the country music business in the early ’80s, Alan Jackson has been able to blend the traditional honky-tonk genre seamlessly with a more mainstream pop edge. And this has helped him become an icon, with millions of fans across the globe. He also has millions in the bank, with a net worth of $96 million to his name.

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Jackson is perhaps most well-known in the United States, with 44 million of his 75 million record sales coming from the U.S. But that doesn’t mean that fans across the world don’t know songs like “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.” As you can probably assume, Jackson has also become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

Miranda Lambert – $60 Million

Miranda Lambert is a household name, and not just for country music lovers. After walking away from 2003’s Nashville Star singing competition in third place, it didn’t take her long to sign a recording contract. And the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, Miranda has released chart-topping music and landed herself the title as the most-awarded artist in ACM Awards History.

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Yes, she currently has 35 ACM Awards to her name, and she overtook the legendary Reba McEntire for this title back in 2017 – and she doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Her songs, performances, tours, and general talent have also helped her rack up an impressive net worth of $60 million.

Vince Gill – $30 Million

Vince Gill may be a hugely talented solo country singer, but there’s no doubt about the fact that he has also made a name for himself as an incredible duet partner and band member. Not only has he been able to record 20 studio albums and sell over 26 million of them, but he has also played with bands such as the Pure Prairie League and the Eagles.

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And thanks to his multi-talented ways, he’s been able to bag himself a net worth of $30 million in the process. We have a feeling that he must be pretty proud of this amount, and the fact that he has been awarded so many accolades over the course of his career. He’s been quietly dominating the country scene for decades, and in 2007 he was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Faith Hill – $165 Million

While there’s no doubt about the fact that country music has often been dominated by men, Faith Hill has blown some of her male counterparts out of the water with her talent. And this has allowed her to become a country icon as well as one of the best-selling artists of all time, throughout all genres. It’s no wonder she’s racked up $165 million.

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Amazingly, Faith has sold over 40 million albums across the globe, and while many people know all of her songs individually, there is one that really stands out from the crowd. That’s because “There You’ll Be” became the soundtrack for the 2001 Hollywood blockbuster, Pearl Harbor. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also won six American Music Awards, five Grammy Awards, and an incredible 15 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Thomas Rhett – $5 Million

Thomas Rhett may only be 30 years old, but that hasn’t stopped him from creating an impressive legacy for himself within the country music circuit. In fact, he released his first album, It Goes Like This, way back in 2013 and has released three more since then. And that’s before we mention the 15 singles from these albums that have made their way to number one on the Country Airplay Chart.

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And with country legend Rhett Atkins as his father, Rhett has certainly learned from the best over the years. Not only has he released his own music, toured the world, and worked up a $5 million net worth, but he’s also written songs for other famous country singers on this list. Yes, he’s even written songs for Jason Aldean.

Chris Young – $4 Million

Many of the country stars we know and love today once competed in the singing competition, Nashville Star, and Chris Young actually won the show back in 2006. Since then, he’s become a household name in music – and we bet he’s pretty proud of his $4 million fortune after 15 years in the business.

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Fans will know this country singer for songs like “Aw Naw,” “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” and ” Lonely Eyes” and you may even have one of his seven albums yourself. But perhaps his greatest achievement to date came in 2017 when Chris achieved what many legends before him have achieved; he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Lil Nas X – $4 Million

Lil Nas X is only 21 years old and has only been in the limelight for just over two years, but that hasn’t stopped him from changing the course of country history. Although he took the world by storm with his 2019 single, “Old Town Road,” this release caused controversy when Billboard took it off their Hot Country Songs chart. They claimed that it was not a “country” song.

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However, with the support of Billy Ray Cyrus and other prominent country stars, they were able to get the song to number one and it even spent nineteen weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. Since then, Lil Nas X has proved himself within the country music world and released five other singles. That alone has helped him stack a $5 million net worth.

Hank Williams Jr – $45 Million

Let’s be honest; the Williams family are legends in the world of country music. Not only is Hank Williams Jr. the son of an icon, but his own son has also followed in his footsteps to stake his own claim as a singer-songwriter. But Hank Williams Jr. definitely deserves that hat on his head, as he has a hugely impressive career under his belt – as well as a cool $45 million.

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Like many of the stars on this list, Williams Jr. has staked his claim for his musical fusion of country, blues, and Southern rock. His song, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” has helped spur on his career and inspired him to create even more music, and he now has a whopping 57 studio albums to his name. And in 2020, that hard work and talent paid off when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Travis Tritt – $35 Million

Known for his traditional country roots mixed with a pinch of Southern rock, Travis Tritt has been able to build an incredible career for himself over the years. Fans know him for hit songs such as “Foolish Pride,” “Best of Intentions,” and “Can I Trust You With My Heart,” but that’s not all he’s achieved over the years.

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Travis has also found himself in many different acting roles, and when he’s not appearing in movies like Forever My Girl and Fishers of Men, he’s counting his $35 million fortune. As if that wasn’t enough, Tristan has also won two Grammy awards and two Country Music Association awards. It’s no wonder he’s so rich.

Emmylou Harris – $16 Million

At 73 years old, Emmylou Harris is one of the oldest legends in country music – and it seems as though there’s no stopping her. Since making her debut in 1969, she’s continued to top the charts and release album after album and win award after award. For this, she was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

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Over the course of her career, Emmylou has bagged herself 15 number one singles, and, altogether, she’s sold over 4 million records. Thanks to this long-standing experience in the country music industry, her many tours, and her collaborations with other major artists, she’s still on a net worth of $16 million.

Toby Keith – $365 Million

With a net worth of $365 million, Toby Keith is one of the richest country music stars in the industry. But, of course, it’s not hard to understand why. Toby has worked tirelessly as a singer-songwriter over the years to produce high-quality and chart-topping music, and while he’s become known across the world, he’s still considered a traditional Nashville legend.

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Toby has 18 albums certified as platinum, and in 2013 he passed the record to become the fifth best-selling country artist in the US. This title is just one of many, as this legend has won more awards and received more accolades than we could possibly count. And we have a feeling that there will be even more to come.

Chris Daughtry – $10 Million

Since coming in fourth on the fifth season of American Idol, Chris Daughtry has been pretty busy adding to his $10 million net worth. Although he won over the judges and the fans at home with his country style and his solo presence, he ultimately formed the band Daughtry when the show came to an end. Since then, he’s continued to work with the band while working with other artists to truly make a name for himself.

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Fans know this country star for his ability to belt out an emotional song, and there’s no doubt about the fact that his songs are infused with a hint of rock. While he’s been quietly working behind the Nashville scene to produce music since his first claim to fame, Chris really got everyone talking in 2019 when he became “The Rottweiler” in The Masked Singer singing competition.