It’s no secret that musicians have the ability to become very rich. , depending on their popularity and the demand for their music, among other aspects of the business, they can grow quite a net worth. It doesn’t matter what genre of music, if they’ve got it, they can do very well for themselves, financially. Country music has become more and more popular over the years. There are a lot of big names in the industry that most people know or recognize, whether they are big country fans or not. You may even be able to make some educated guesses at who has really done well as a country singer, when it comes to who are some of the wealthiest country singers of all time. But if you have ever wondered who has topped the payroll in country music over the years, we’ll take a look at some of the most successful country music singers. Here is a list of the top 20 richest country singers of all-time.
20. Zac Brown Band – $26 million
Some of the country music musicians have been around a while, ad this isn’t one of them. The Zac Brown Band consists of several musicians with Zachry (Zac) Alexander Brown being the lead singer. He was born in May of 1978 and together, the band has released six albums of catchy tunes. They’ve also released sixteen singles, which eleven have reached number one. He grew up on Lake Lanier in Cumming, Georgia and at the age of eight, he was given his mother’s guitar and started lessons. By high school, he was performing in local venues and by age 19, he was touring the southeast with the foundations of what would later become the Zac Brown Band, nine years later. His first album, Home Fried, was released in 2004 and since then, Zac Brown has earned a net worth of $26 million and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for this band’s future.
19. Brad Paisley – $30 million
Born in 1972, Brad Paisley is an American country music singer and songwriter who has been hitting the country music charts since his debut in 1999. He’s released ten albums as well as a Christmas compilation and he’s hit the top 10 on the US Billboard Country Airplay 32 times. In 2009, Paisley set a record for having the most consecutive singles to make it to the top ten. He’s accrued a huge net worth due to his 12 million-plus albums that have been sold. Brad Paisley is a popular name in country music and has won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and two American Music awards. He has a net worth of $30 million.
18. Blake Shelton – $30 million
Blake Shelton was born in June of 1976 in Ada, Oklahoma. His mother was a beauty salon owner and his father, a used car sales man. At the age of 12, he was already singing and was taught how to play the guitar by his uncle. He wrote his first song at the age of 15, and by 16, he had received his first award, the Denbo Diamond Award, in his state of OK. He moved to Nashville after graduation, at age 17, to pursue his singing career. He was able to get a contract with Sony Music, in 1997, with the help of Bobby Braddock and began releasing albums, with his first single debuting in 2001, titled, Austin. Since then, Shelton has carved out quite a career for himself, releasing multiple albums and singles that have topped the Country music charts and today, he has a net worth of $30 million dollars.
17. George Jones- $35 million
The former Marine, George Jones, is best known for his song, He Stopped Loving Her Today, but has many country music hits to his name. He was born in September of 1931 and died in April of 2013, and was often referred to as the greatest living country singer. He was recognized as being one who totally immersed himself into his lyrics, and you could feel his every mood that he would try to convey through his music. He started playing the guitar at the age of 9, and during his life and career, Jones had more than 150 hits to his name, both as a solo artist, as well as those that were duets with other country music artists. When he died, he had a net worth of $35 million.
16. Kenny Chesney – $40 million
Born in March of 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Kenny Chesney is a well-known name in the country music business. He has sold millions of albums during his career and has won many awards. He graduated from high school in 1986, and received his first guitar for Christmas, which he used to teach himself how to play, however, he went on to college at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and studied advertising. He didn’t record his first self-released demo album until 1989, which was recorded at the Classic City Recording Studio in Bristol, Virginia, which subsequently had a sale of 1,000 copies. After graduation he moved to Nashville and began a string of performances in local bars that led to the beginning of his amazing career, producing more than 40 top 10 singles, selling of 40 million albums, world-wide, and winning multiple awards. He has a net worth today, of, $40 million dollars.
15. Brooks and Dunn – $46 million
This country music singing duo consists of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn who are both vocalists as well as songwriters. They got their start in 1990 as the duo, but prior to, both has been on their own as solo recording artists. As a duo, together they started hitting the charts in 1991 and signed to Artista Nashville that same year. They have released fifty singles, as Brooks and Dunn, which twenty of them have made it to #1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Nineteen more of them reached the top ten list. A lot of their music has been said to have the traditional, Honky-Tonk sound, and they have collaborated with many other country music artists through their career, including Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Mac Powell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Vince Gill. among others. Together, they have created a country music sensation with their music and they have a net worth of $46 million.
14. Carrie Underwood – $48 million
Carrie Underwood got her real start into the music industry when she appeared in the 4th season of, and won, the popular talent show, American Idol. She is a singer, songwriter, and actress who was born in March of 1983. After her win, Underwood made her debut album, Some Hearts, which was released in 2005. Since then, her success has sored in the country music business, creating such hits, like Jesus Take the Wheel, and Before He Cheats. The album, Some Hearts, was the fastest-selling debut album in Nielsen SoundScan history as well as the best-selling country album of the previous 14 year history. She has won several awards since starting her career, including, Best New Artist and three Grammy Awards. All of her first five albums made to the number one or two spot on the Billboard 200, which made her the only artist to ever have that accomplishment. Underwood is one of the most successful artists in any music genre and has sold more than 65 million records globally. She has a net worth of $48 million dollars.
13. Keith Urban – $50 million
The New Zealand-born, Australian-American country music singer and song writer was born in October of 1967. He released a self-titled album, his first, in 1991 in Australia before he moved to the US the next year. He worked as a session guitarist before he started a band that was known as The Ranch and recorded one studio album under the name. The Ranch had two singles hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Since his career began, Urban has released nine studio albums. Thirty-seven of his singles have charted on the US Hot Country Songs, and 18 of them made it to the #1 spot. He has won three Grammys and he is currently married to actress, Nicole Kidman, whom he has two children with. Keith Urban has accumulated a net worth of net worth of $50 million dollars in his career.
12. Tim McGraw – $65 million
The American singer, songwriter and actor, Tim McGraw, is one of the most famous names in country music. Not only because of his music, but that he’s married to yet another big name in the business, singer, Faith Hill. He is also the son of the late baseball player, Tug McGraw. He was born in 1967 and has had quite a career. His sound is a bit different and is referred to a crossover to country-pop and is recognized as one of the first male country singers to make the crossover to pop. He’s released fourteen albums in his career, with ten of them reaching #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. He’s won a number of awards in his career, including 10 American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Choice Awards, three Grammy Awards and 11 Country Music Association awards. He has accumulated a net worth of $65 million dollars.
11. Reba McEntire – $65 million
Born on March 28, 1955 in Oklahoma. She comes from a lineage of champion steer ropers, and her mother was an aspiring singer who worked as a school teacher. She taught McEntire and her siblings how to sing and harmonize at a young age, and McEntire taught herself how to play the guitar. She and some of her siblings sang at rodeos under the name, Singing McEntires. They sang a song, The Ballad of John, which was released under the indie label, Boss. It sold a 1,000 copies. McEntire went on to college and continued singing at rodeos during 1974, when she discovered by Red Steagall, who helped her launch her career in Nashville, TN. Her first solo album was released in 1977 under Mercury Records, and five additional studio albums followed, until 1983. McEntire has won many awards in her lengthy career and had many hit songs and albums. She has also branched out into film and television and had her hit series, titled, Reba, from 2001-2007. She is considered one of the best country singers, ever, with having sold over 85 million records globally and has a net worth of $65 million dollars.
10. Alan Jackson – $75 million
Alan Jackson was born in 1958. He is a singer and songwriter that is most known for his old traditional honky-tonk, mainstream country songs and sounds. He has written many of the songs he sings and has a long list of recordings. He’s recorded three greatest hits albums, along with two gospel, multiple compilations, 16 studio albums and two Christmas. Along with all of the recordings he’s sold over 80 million records through the course of his career and has had 66 of his titles making it on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart. Thirty-eight of them reached the top 5. He will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. He has a net worth of $75 million dollars.
9. Faith Hill – $80 million
Faith Hill is one of the most popular names in country music. She is very well-known for her music, plus her famous relationship with another popular country singer, song-writer Tim McGraw. Together, they have recorded a number of duets, and they both have an enormous net worth. Hill has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has hit the billboard charts with three number one hits. She made the crossover to pop and went mainstream with two albums, Faith (1998), and Breathe (1999). This was a big success for her career. Faith Hill has a couple of Grammy awards to her name, and a net worth of $80 million dollars.
8. Johnny Cash – $120 million
Johnny Cash was born in February of 1932 and is one of the biggest influences to the country music industry. He is recognized for a couple of things one being that he was always dressed in black, which earned him the name, “The Man in Black,” and his deep, baritone voice. He is a man of many talents when it comes to singing. He is best known for his country music, but he also embraced the sound of rock and roll, blues, folk and what is known as, rockabilly styles of music. Due to his versatility, he’s won the rare honor of multiple inductions into the Hall of Fame. He was married to fellow singer, June Carter for many years, and the two died close in time, with Johnny Cash passing in 2003. At the time of his death, he had a net worth of $120 million dollars.
7. Garth Brooks – $150 million
Garth Brooks is a very popular country singer in the United States. He has much success with his country singles and his albums making the country music charts. Multiple of Brooks’ songs have gone platinum and his live performances have been some of the largest of any star. The RIAA has said that Garth Brooks is the best-selling solo albums artist in the US with his 135 million sales here. He leads Elvis Presley in album sales and is only second to the ever-popular Beatles band. To-date, Brooks is the only artist who has achieved diamond status on seven albums. Brooks has racked up a $150 million dollar net worth during his impressive career.
6. Taylor Swift – $200 million
Taylor Swift is a famous singer, songwriter, and a force to be reckoned with. She has been at the top of the charts and is the only artist to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure three times. She is the youngest artist to receive the Grammy for Album of the Year, and she is also, the only female to receive it twice. Another feat is that she is the only artist in music history to have an album hit the one million in sales in the first week, three separate times. She is one of the most ‘real’ people out there who truly cares about the wellbeing of others, has genuine love and caring nature for her fans and is very charitable. She has exceeded and succeeded, not only in the music industry, but in life. At 25 years old, Swift already has a net worth of $200 million dollars.
5. Kenny Rogers – $250 million
A country music icon, Kenny Rogers was born in August of 1938 and recently just retired from touring. He announced on September 25th, 2015 that he wanted to spend more time with his 11 year old twin boys. His career was a long and highly successful one that gave him a $250 million dollar net worth and a bunch of hit songs and awards. He also made into the Hall of Fame, selling over 100 million records worldwide. He has had hits that have stretched across a variety of genres, from country to pop and has topped both the country and pop charts. His career spanned six decades in 2003 and he has set the bar high for other country music singers to model after.
4. George Strait – $300 million
George Strait hails from Texas and was born in 1952. He’s a singer, song writer, music producer and actor. He is revered as one of the most popular, and the most influential artists in the business. He is a cowboy at heart and his look and style have brought the country music industry back to its roots. He was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received his first Grammy in the 2000’s decade. He’s been named CMA Entertainer back in 1989 and by the year 2009, he had surpassed Conway Twitty’s record for the most number-one hits that reached the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. Another remarkable feat was Strait’s ability to attract fans to concerts. During Strait’s tours, he earned a cool $99 million in just three years and he played before a record-breaking 104,793 people in Arlington, Texas back 2014. George Strait has a net worth of $300 million dollars to show for his unbelievable success.
3.Shania Twain – $350 million
Shania Twain is not only talented, but beautiful and she is one of the most popular female country singer artists in the business. She was born, Eilleen Regina Edwards in August of 1965 and has an incredible history in the music industry, including being titled, “Queen of Country Pop.” Twain has sold over 85 million records, which puts her at the number position for best-selling female artists in country music history. In 2004, Shania Twain retired from the business and retreated to her home in Switzerland, and when she did, she retired with a net worth of $350 million dollars. Shanie isn’t as much a part of the music scene as she used to be but that doesn’t mean she didn’t have a tremendous influence on what today’s country singers bring to the table. It’d be nice if she graced the stage again soon though, wouldn’t it?
2. Dolly Parton – $400 million
Who doesn’t know the name, Dolly Parton? One of the biggest stars ever, this lady has been around the music business and Hollywood as an actor. She has a net worth of $450 million dollars and it’s not hard to see why, with everything that she has accomplished, not only in music, but acting, theme parks and restaurants. She is a savvy entrepreneur and business woman. She also has written books, acts as a philanthropist and is a record producer. She started her music career in 1967 and her sales began to really peak in the 1970’s and followed her into the 1980’s. She has won numerous awards, including nine Grammy’s, ten Country Music Association Awards, and had two Academy nominations. She is also one of only seven female artists to ever have won the Country Music Association’s Country Music Entertainer of the Year Award. Her acting career has landed her roles on both television and in feature films. She has had a remarkable career and has an amazing net worth to prove it by being the second richest country music singer of all time.
1. Toby Keith – $500 million
Toby Keith was born in July of 1961 and is not only a singer, but a songwriter, record producer and actor. His first record release was a studio album back in 1993, titled, Toby Keith, followed by Boomtown in 1994, Blue Moon in 1996, and Dream Walkin’ in 1997. He’s produced several singles that hit the charts and made his acting debut in 2006. Through the course of his country-singing career, Keith has released seventeen studio albums, four compilation albums and two Christmas albums. He has had an incredible number of albums sold, reaching over 40 million sales worldwide. His net worth is $500 million dollars, which makes Toby Keith the richest country music singer of all time.