Musicians would be nothing without their fans! It is impressive to see how wealthy they have gotten thanks to the demand for their musical output. Just so you know, there is actually plenty of money in the genre of country music. In case you thought otherwise, these musicians are here to prove you wrong. You are going to find the likes of Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, and more on the list! If you are not a fan of the genre just yet, we hope that this list will convince you to give it a chance.
George Strait ($300 million)
The “King of Country” has been killing it in the industry for four decades now! He has 60 chart-topping hits and has sold over 100 million records across the globe. In the ‘80s, George Strait made waves in the industry as a country musician. The 2000s proved to be big for him since he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was deemed the Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music. A charitable guy, he is known for raising money for various children’s charities in San Antonio, Texas.
Dolly Parton ($500 million)
Everyone knows that Dolly Parton is a country music legend! She is one of the highest-paid singers in the genre! Aside from singing, she has also done a handful of acting gigs in the past. The talented woman has ten Grammys and twelve CMS under her belt. Did you know that she is also the godmother of Miley Cyrus? In 1966, the singer tied the knot with Carl Thomas Dean. Since 1964, she has released 110 charted singles and enjoys global digital downloads of over 100 million.
Johnny Cash (Deceased – $60 million)
One of the most iconic musicians in history, Johnny Cash sold over 90 million records. He made music in the country, gospel, and rock genres. It is pretty amazing to think that he has been inducted into three different Halls of Fame! He formed the Landsberg Barbarians after he served in the American Air Force. He has established a big name for himself and raked in thirteen Grammys, four AMAs, and eight CMAs. He has four kids with Vivian Liberto and then another one with June Carter. He passed away in 2003.
Loretta Lynn ($65 million)
This country music veteran got her start when her husband gifted her a guitar in 1953! The instrument has led to a career that spans six decades. With her experience, it would take us too much time to talk about all her awards and accolades. Let us just say that she has 48 studio albums, 25 compilation albums, and 160 songs to her name. She is truly an incredible person!
Willie Nelson ($25 million)
This is the man behind Stardust and Red Headed Stranger! Did you expect that Willie Nelson would be worth more money? Sadly, that did not happen because of his taxes. The IRS seized his assets since it claimed that he owed over $32 million in back taxes. It consumed a significant amount of his money.
Reba McEntire ($95 million)
We have another country music legend in our midst! Reba McEntire has been performing ever since she was in high school. She made it big after signing with Mercury Records in 1975. She released a solo album two years after that, and the rest is history! She is now signed with MCA Nashville Records. Apart from her musical career, she also had a sitcom of her own called Reba!
Kenny Rogers ($250 million)
No one should be surprised to find Kenny Rogers on the list! After all, he is not only talented, but he is also very business savvy. Over the years, he has produced over 120 hit songs that cross over a number of musical genres. He is known as an influential country music artist, but he is a doting family man at the same time. In 2015, he said that he would stop performing to spend more time with his family!
Shania Twain ($400 million)
How on earth could we make this list without mentioning Shania Twain? The “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” is responsible for introducing feminist and romantic tunes to the genre. With her dedication and talent, we are not surprised to hear that she has a lot of money to her name. After all, the country music superstar has made albums that sold millions and were certified Diamond!
Trace Adkins ($19 million)
In 1996, Trace Adkins kicked off his career in the music industry. It is pretty surprising to hear that his net worth is this low after such a long time. At any rate, he has enjoyed a great career. He released eleven studio albums and dipped his toes into acting at some point in the past. At the moment, he is signed with Capitol Records in Nashville. He was also in Celebrity Apprentice in the past!
Conway Twitty (Deceased – $14 million)
The name Harold Jenkins might not sound familiar to you, but we are sure that Conway Twitty does. In the early ‘70s, he won several CMAs thanks to his work with Loretta Lynn. He also entered the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of fame. He was even featured in Family Guy! The musician has released over 50 singles that topped the country music charts.
Sheryl Crow ($40 million)
When it comes to female country rock artists, Sheryl Crow immediately comes to mind. She has eight studio albums to her name and has toured here and abroad. She is best known for hits like “If It Makes You Happy,” “Storng Enough,” and “All I Wanna Do.” On top of that, she has nine Grammys to her name as well! In the past, she has been linked to various high-profile men such as Lance Armstrong.
Keith Urban ($75 million)
Fun fact: the only non-American country musician on the list is Keith Urban. He hails from Australia, but he is adored in the United States as well. He launched his music career in 1999 with a self-titled album. It is certified platinum album at the moment! Aside from that, he has also been on the panel of judges on shows like American Idol and The Voice. He is currently married to Nicole Kidman.
Taylor Swift ($400 million)
Up next, we have the youngest person on the list. Even though she is younger than the other entries, she is still one of the richest people in the country music scene. She moved to Nashville to pursue a country music career when she was 14 years old. She signed with Big Machine Records and released a studio album. The talented woman has since made a lot of hit songs and enjoyed plenty of success. Aside from that, the media and the general public seem to enjoy speculating about her love life!
Jason Aldean ($80 million)
In 2005, this musician signed a contract with Broken Bow Records. Jason Aldean has since made seven studio albums and 24 songs. His net worth mostly comes from two albums: My Kinda Party and Night Train. They are a quadruple-platinum album and a double-platinum album, respectively. He would not have been this successful without his hard work and talent! We bet that his net worth will still grow.
Carrie Underwood ($85 million)
After making it big in American Idol, Carrie Underwood has been one of the biggest stars in the genre. With her good looks and amazing voice, the nation was captivated. She has released many successful singles such as “Before He Cheats,” “Blown Away,” and “Jesus Take the Wheel.” She has also won 7 Grammys, 11 BMAs, and 15 AMAs. It goes without saying that she is an incredibly talented artist!
Thomas Rhett ($5 million)
The truth is that country music runs in the blood of this family. His father is Rhett Atkins, so it makes sense that Thomas Rhett would also be talented. He first got a taste of success after co-writing a song with Jason Aldean in 2010. Not long after that, he signed with Big Machine Records. He now has two albums to his name: “It Goes Like This” and “Tangled Up”. This is only the beginning for him!
Alison Krauss ($16 million)
At the age of 10, Alison Krauss won talent shows and entered the industry. She was 14 years old when she recorded her very first song! It was a truly impressive debut, so we are not surprised to hear that she has been successful. After all, she has a great portfolio to her name. Her music was even used in Brokeback Mountain, which is why she got to perform during the Academy Awards in 2004.
Patsy Cline (Deceased – $10 million)
Thanks to her strong personality, Patsy Cline was thought to be among the first female rebels in the scene. She pretty much paved the way for those who came after her! On top of that, she is a talented vocalist who managed to transition into pop music. Sadly, she passed away at the tender age of 30. Thanks to bad weather, her plane crashed and killed a number of musicians aboard the plane.
Wynonna Judd ($20 million)
The ‘80s had been a great time for mother and daughter duo, Naomi and Wynonna. The Judds, under Curb Records, released seven albums! This shot Wynonna to stardom. After her mother retired in 1991, she decided to give a solo career a shot. She has enjoyed a great music career and released bops like “I Saw the Light,” “She Is His Only Need,” and “No One Else On Earth.”
Luke Bryan ($140 million)
It would be a very dismal world if we did not have Luke Bryan and his music. In 2007, he released his first album under Capitol Nashville. He has since been making hits for his huge fan base. At the moment, he has five amazing albums to his name and five huge tours to go with it. We are not at all shocked to hear that he has brought home wins from the AMAs, ACMAs, BMAs, and more!
Emmylou Harris ($15 million)
This country music legend has inducted into the Hall of Fame and won 14 Grammy awards in the past. Emmylou Harris is probably one of the most beloved artists in this genre. Her roots are in the Greenwich Village of New York City, where she used to perform folk songs. She decided to try country music in the early ‘80s, however. She has recorded the Trio album with Linda Rondstadt and Dolly Parton in the past.
Alan Jackson ($75 million)
Did you know that Alan Jackson has humble beginnings that revolved around the tool shed of his grandfather? It is amazing to see how far he has come since then! From then, he has become a two-time Grammy Award winner who is admired by other people in the country music scene. He is now known as one of the top-selling music artists in history. With his talent, this should not come as a surprise.
Tanya Tucker ($60 million)
We all know that child stars do not always find it easy to transition into adulthood. Luckily, we have Tanya Tucker to prove us wrong! She has been in the industry for four decades now, which is impressive enough on its own. She got her big break when she was 13 years old after releasing a song called “Delta Dawn.” Over the years, she has also bagged two Grammys, two CMAs, and three ACMs.
Brad Paisley ($95 million)
With his charming smile and cowboy hat, Brad Paisley is the classic cowboy next door. He got his start with an album called Who Needs Pictures in 1999. After that, he continued to impress fans by releasing eleven more albums that are now certified Gold. He has been touring nearly every year since 2006! Somehow, he still found the time to publish and co-write a book called “Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me.” He is married to Kimberly Williams and has two sons.
Sara Evans ($16 million)
In 2000, this famous country musician shot to stardom after a successful third studio album called Born to Fly. It went platinum twice and sold two million copies in the USA alone. Sara Evans has won various awards from the BMAs, BMIs, ACMs, and CMAs. She has worked with Mindy McCready, McBride, Vince Bill, and others! Now a mother of three, she performs with her two kids in the Barker Family Band.
Garth Brooks ($330 million)
We are impressed with the wealth of Garth Brooks. Oh well, we know that he deserves it! After all, he has been working hard after he made his debut in 1989. He has since worked on 21 albums. In 2001, he retired from the industry. Luckily, he came back in 2005. That was the same year that he wed Trisha Yearwood. He is now one of the top-selling musicians on the planet with more than 17 million sales.
Kellie Pickler ($5 million)
In 2006, Kellie Pickler finished in sixth place on American Idol. She made it big after she released a debut album called Small Town Girl and has appeared in Dancing with the Stars, I Love Kellie Pickler, VeggieTales, Rachael Ray, and The Queen Latifah Show. Even though she is not yet as wealthy as the others, it is only a matter of time!
Eric Church ($14 million)
In 2005, Eric Church made it big after signing with Capitol Nashville Records. He has since released five studio albums and topped the Billboard country charts a number of times. Some of his hits include “Drink in My Hand,” “Springsteen,” and “Hell on the heart.” People love his personal blend of rock, country, and bluegrass. In the past, he has collaborated with other country musicians such as Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.
Natalie Maines ($50 million)
As the lead vocalist of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maine made a name for herself in the genre of country music. In 1995, she replaced the original lead singer and took the band in a new direction! This was how the Dixie Chicks went on to win 13 Grammys and 10 CMAs. In the end, however, she left the band to try a solo career. She is a very outspoken person when it comes to her liberal politics!
Martina McBride ($38 million)
In case you did not know, some people call Martina McBride the Celine Dion of Country Music. She has 13 albums under her belt over the course of her two decades in the country music scene. The musical artist has bagged four CMAs and three ACMs in the past. She was able to revitalize her career by successfully entering the country-pop genre.
Dierks Bentley ($30 million)
He is going about it slowly, but Dierks Bentley is definitely making a name for himself in the world of country music. His smooth singing voice earned him a contract with Capitol Nashville. He has been making amazing music since 2003. Since then, he has released seven more albums. Some of his famous songs are “Every Mile a Memory,” “Feel That Fire,” and “What Was I Thinkin.’”
Kacey Musgraves ($10 million)
If you need some inspiration, look no further than Kacey Musgraves! She self-released three albums before she got to appear on a reality TV competition called Nashville Star. Even though she placed seventh, her skills had been enough to land her a contract with Mercury Nashville in 2012. Under the record label, she released two albums that had hits like “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow.”
Waylon Jennings (Deceased – $7 million)
Best known for making outlaw country music popular, Waylon Jennings added heavy rock influences and gritty notes to his songs. He used to be in a country music group called the Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. According to his son, he was full of joy and creativity. Kristofferson, on the other hand, said that he was tough on the outside but soft on the inside. He died from diabetes complications in 2002. The year before that, he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Toby Keith ($365 million)
Are you aware that Toby Keith is one of the wealthiest people in the country music scene? In 1993, he released his first album that he followed up with three more. The “How Do You Like Me Now?” singer was also the man behind the most-played ‘90s country hit: “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” After DreamWorks Records shut down, he founded a record label under the name Show Dog Nashville. In 2009, it was renamed to Show Dog-Universal Music and has since signed many big names in the genre.
Barbara Mandrell ($45 million)
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Barbara Mandrell made a name for herself as a country musician. She has a few Billboard top hits such as “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” In 2009, she entered the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has won two Grammys, four ACMs, and four CMAs in the past. Aside from singing, she has also tried her hand at acting! At the moment, she is happily married to Ken Dudney.
Tim McGraw ($85 million)
In 1997, Tim McGraw made his debut in the country music scene. He has since released 15 studio albums, ten of which earned the top spot on the Top Country Albums charts! Real country music fans will know that he is married to Faith Hill. In the past, he has bagged 14 ACMs and three Grammys. After a while, he also dipped his toes into acting. You might have seen him in The Blind Side! We think that it is sweet that he and his wife collaborate when they could. That sounds like true love to us!
Jessie James Decker ($1.5 million)
If you are a fan of country pop, you probably know Jessie James Decker. At the age of 15, she was already composing songs and reaching out to record labels in Nashville. She did not give up and persisted. In the end, she signed a deal with Mercury Records. In 2009, she released her first studio album with the record label and has since produced great music. She is now married to Eric Decker of the NFL. The couple has two children between them.
Chris Stapleton ($12 million)
When Chris Stapleton was 23 years old, he moved to Nashville to try his luck in the world of country music. By 2018, he had co-written and written more than 170 songs already. He has also worked with various artists such as Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, and Vince Gill. He has seven ACMS, five Grammys, and ten CMAs to his name. He is happily married to Morgane Stapleton. They have five kids together!
Naomi Judd ($25 million)
We have already talked about one-half of the Judds earlier. Aside from Wynonna, Naomi also made it to the list! Aside from winning five Grammys as a duo, Naomi has also won a Grammy of her own. She has more than 20 million album sales to her name. Sadly, the Judds split up after she found out that she has Hepatitis C. Her chronic condition has made her turn away from the industry since 1991.
Cole Swindell ($3 million)
Before he started to produce music, Cole Swindell was first a songwriter. He wrote songs for the likes of Scotty McCreery, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan. In 2014, he released his first album and followed it up two years later. “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” made it to the top five of the country music charts. He has headlined two major tours in the past! We can’t wait to see what he does next.
Linda Ronstadt ($130 million)
There is no one like Linda Ronstadt out there! Thanks to her incredible performances, she has won ten Grammys, two ACMs, three AMAs, an ALMA, and an Emmy. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe and a Tony in the past. Throughout her career, she has tried her hand at various genres. Despite this, she remains best known for her work in the country, rock, and light opera genres. In the past, she has been romantically linked to men like Jim Carey, George Lucas, and Jerry Brown. She has two kids.
Ronnie Dunn ($45 million)
In 2011, Ronnie Dunn made a name for himself in the industry after releasing a self-titled album that made it to the top ten of the charts. A record executive, he is the founder of Little Will-E Records. Aside from that, he has released three albums and entered the Country Music Hall of Fame as well. Not many people can say that they have been nominated for the Grammys 15 times. He is happily married to Janine. The couple has a daughter between them, although he was two more kids with his ex.
Blake Shelton ($60 million)
A lot of people immediately think of Blake Shelton when it comes to country music. The ex of Miranda Lambert entered the world of country music in 2001 with a single called “Austin.” His success has been attributed to his manly voice, rugged good looks, and stage presence. He has been nominated for the Grammys nine times in the past! He also appeared on The Voice as a judge fairly recently.
Miranda Lambert ($45 million)
After Miranda Lambert launched her debut album in the 2000s, she has amassed a fortune worth $45 million. You probably know her for songs like “Famous in a Small Town,” “More Like Her,” and “Gunpowder & Lead.” Her albums have enjoyed a lot of success in the past. In 2014, her album called “Platinum” went on to win a Grammy. Aside from that tremendous honor, she has also won awards at the Country Music Association Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards in the past.
Jon Pardi ($8 million)
Country musician Jon Pardi started to write songs when he was 12 years old. Two years later, he formed a band of his own! Considering how talented he is, it is not surprising to see how quickly he shot to stardom. In 2010, he was the opening act for Dierks Bentley. He has released three studio albums, one EP, and ten singles. In October 2019, he surprised everyone when he proposed to Summer Duncan on stage while he was performing a concert at the Ryman Auditorium! Aww.
Dwight Yoakam ($45 million)
Many country fans consider Dwight Yoakam as the pioneer of the “honkey tonk” genre. In the ‘80s, he brought a refreshing twist to the genre. However, he decided to move from Nashville to Los Angeles for the sake of his career. It turned out to be the right thing to do! He has captivated viewers with hits like “Readin’ Rightin’ Route 23.” Aside from his music career, he has also appeared on various TV shows and movies. On top of that, he owns Bakersfield Biscuits. Yes, he named it after “Streets of Bakersfield.”
Faith Hill ($80 million)
While some snobs would say that Faith Hill is more like a pop singer than a country musician, we beg to differ. She is now married to Tim McGraw. They might just be the most famous couple in the history of country music! Her hit singles like “Mississippi Girl,” “The Way You Love Me,” and “This Kiss” helped boost her popularity. The talented singer has five Grammys, six AMAs, and 15 ACMAs to her name.
Earl Thomas Conley (Deceased – $8 million)
In 1942, Earl Thomas Conley made a name for himself in the world of country music. He enjoyed a career that spanned over six decades. He is probably best known for songs like “Brotherly Love,” “What I’d Say,” and “Holding Her and Loving You.” The ‘80s had been nice to him since 18 of his songs topped the Billboard Charts. Unfortunately, he died from cerebral atrophy at the age of 77 in 2019.
Lee Ann Womack ($20 million)
In 1997, Lee Ann Womack shot to stardom after her debut. Three years after that, “I Hope You Dance” made it to the top of the Billboard Country Chart. She is most famous for combining traditional country music with different genres. In 2014, she released an album called “The Way I’m Livin’”, which combined country and Americana. She has five ACMs, six CMAs, and a Grammy to her name. She was once married to Jason Sellers, although she is currently happily married to Frank Liddell.
Randy Travis ($5 million)
Thanks to his soulful baritone, Randy Travis made it big in the genre of country music. He has been recording and performing since 1978. His dad was a fan of George Jones and Hank Williams and encouraged him to give music a shot. Luckily, he followed this advice and saw great success. He was a big country music star in the ‘80s, although his fame started to decline in the ‘90s. Aside from his music career, he also appeared in Touched by an Angel and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.