Country music is often one of the more underrated genres today. As a matter of fact, on the radio and even in stadiums, it cannot be denied that the genre remains supreme. One of the reasons why this music is well-loved by people around the globe is because of downright talented and brilliant country music stars.
The likes of Carrie Underwood, and of course Lil Nas, are very popular today, especially with the younger generations. However, there are also other esteemed personalities in the field who should definitely be given their due recognition. And rightfully so, since many of these country music stars not only earn a huge profit but also have millions under their belts.
Interested who makes what in the genre? Take a look at the list and see who has had a successful career in the music scene. Check this out.
10. Carrie Underwood
Net Worth: $85 million
One of the most in-demand country music stars of today is Carrie Underwood. In fact, she is touted as one of the most successful singers to come from the reality television contest American Idol.
Throughout her singing career, this powerful female artist showed what it takes to make it in the industry. With more than 18 Country Music Television (CMT) awards, she is the most awarded personality in the show’s history.
In 2018, Underwood released her album titled, ‘Cry Pretty.’ She started touring for her concerts in 2019 and still continues to perform in various venues today.
Aside from her music, Underwood also founded a lifestyle brand called CALIA by Carrie Underwood. She is also an accomplished writer for the book titled, “Find Your Path.”
9. Luke Bryan
Net Worth: $90 million
Considered as a concert giant, Luke Bryan proves that country music stars, like himself, will forever pay homage to what they do best. Despite going on tours often, Bryan continues with other music-related endeavors that certainly add to his net worth.
Besides singing and performing, Bryan is also known for his other ventures. He currently appears on the television show, American Idol, alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
He also owns the hunting company, Duck Dynasty, with Willie Roberston. In 2019, Forbes said he earned $52 million, making him one of the highest-paid singers for the year.
8. Reba McEntire
Net Worth: $95 million
One of the industry icons, Reba McEntire is finally getting back to the stage and was planning on headlining her own tour this past March. This would have bee her first headline tour since 2011, so you can just imagine the preparation and effort McEntire and her team put into it.
Some of McEntire’s famous hits include “The Heart Won’t Lie,” Whoever’s in New England,” and If You See Him, If You See Her.” Throughout her 40-year career, she has amassed over 15 recognitions and has topped the charts 59 times.
Fun fact: Reba’s actually related to Kelly Clarkson, who is her stepson’s wife. What a small world, right?
7. Rascal Flatts
Net Worth: $150 million
Perhaps one of the most popular country bands is Rascal Flatts and you might know them from the numerous songs they have done for the Disney franchise. Among their hits for Disney are “Life is a Highway” for Cars, originally sung by Tom Cochrane, and “Walk the Llama, Llama” for The Emperor’s New Groove.
The trio – comprised of Gary Levox, Jay Demarcus, and Joe Don Rooney – has secured 12 number one hits throughout their career.
According to Yahoo! Finance, the band has sold a whopping 10 million concert tickets. Some of the songs you’re guaranteed to know are “What Hurts the Most” and “Bless the Broken Road.”
6. Kenny Chesney
Net Worth: $190 million
Kenny Chesney’s spanking good looks isn’t all there is to him. In fact, most girls would tell you that they have fallen in love with this crooner because of his massive success as a country music star.
As a testament, all of the 20 albums he recorded were certified Gold or attained even higher certifications.
The majority of his earnings came from his record-high sales between 2017 and 2018, where Chesney earned $40 million alone. Aside from making records and holding concerts, he also has a business named Blue Chair Bay, a rum company. His newest album, Here and Now, was released on May 1.
5. Kenny Rogers
Net Worth: $250 million
If we’re talking about one of the greats, Kenny Rogers is surely up there. This hall of famer continues to prove his prowess by remaining as one of the best-selling artists of all time, with hits such as “Something’s Burning,” ‘Lucille,” and “Buy Me a Rose.”
His net worth comes from his extensive music career alongside his acting stints in the past. Today, Kenny Rogers remains active in the entertainment industry. He is even set to unite with Dolly Parton in an upcoming show.
4. George Strait
Net Worth: $300 million
Dubbed as the “King of Country,” George Strait is forever seen as an icon in the music scene. In his 30-year career as one of the best country music stars, Strait has seen 60 number one singles and over 70 million albums sold.
Apart from record-making, Strait is also into making soundtracks for television shows, such as GilmoreGirls and Showgirls. His best-selling hits are “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and “Amarillo by Morning.”
3. Garth Brooks
Net Worth: $330 million
The emergence of Garth Brooks in the country music scene was seen as a threat, especially for the likes of Kenny Rogers. In fact, in 2019 alone, Brooks was still going strong with his career, especially after headlining his own world tour – one that reportedly lasted over three years.
After headlining Stagecoach, Brooks added another $60 million to his bank account. Today, he is recognized for holding the number one spot under RIAA, where he has seven Diamond albums among all other artists.
2. Shania Twain
Net Worth: $400 million
Shania Twain is no stranger to the industry. With cult hits “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” Twain has successfully skyrocketed to fame and cemented her place in the country music industry.
Most of her net worth can be attributed to her Las Vegas residency in 2016, earning her $27.5 million. According to Forbes, this year-long residency allowed Twain to grab the title for the highest-paid woman in country music, having earned millions.
She is currently headlining another residency at Las Vegas through June 2020, reports Refinery 29.
1. Dolly Parton
Net Worth: $600 million
At the number one spot is no other than Dolly Parton, the greatest of the greats. From 2016 to 2017, Yahoo! Finance reports that Parton herself earned $37 million. This includes appearances and concerts in 63 shows.
The hall of famer can also thank her hits, such as “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” as part of her success. However, Parton has other business ventures outside of her music career.
She also has a theme park under her name, a clothing line, and even a number of books. According to Refinery 29, she supplemented her income as she signed a deal with Netflix to create television films based on her hits.
With their impressive career, it comes as no surprise that these country music stars are worth millions. Who among these personalities delivers the right music for you?
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