John Mellencamp is an American musician, singer, lyricist, painter and an actor. He is famous for his traditional instrumentation which was emphasized by one of his work “Heartland rock”. He was fondly known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp. Through his singles which was released in the 1980s, rose him to fame and popularity. One of the remarkable facts was that he was a member of Farm Aid, an organisation began in 1985 which aids in raising funds for families who lost their farms.
Ancestry of Mellencamp is German who born with Spina Bifida for which corrective surgery was given during the stages of an infant. He was known for forming his first music band named Crepe Soul at the age of 14, later he joined the local bands as well. In 1972 Mellencamp attended 2-year college in Vincennes, Indiana where he was addicted to drugs.
Completing college, in 1974 he played with many local bands and later got a job in Seymour installing telephones. At that point of time, he gave up his addiction to drugs and concentrated in his music career which made him travel to New York city for signing up a record contract.
After shifting to New York City, he found a good receptive to his music in Tony Defries of Mainman Management who further insisted him to release his first album ‘Chestnut Street incident’ in the name of Johnny Cougar as the German name was too hard to market. However, this album was commercially a failure. In 1985, Mellencamp released ‘Scarecrow’ which peaked the number 2 and peaked on to 5 on top 40 singles. In 1993, he released ‘Human Wheels’ which peaked number 48 on the Billboard singles chart.
John Mellencamp has appeared in four movies with different and attractive roles over many years including his direction in a film namely Falling from Grace, Madison, After Image and Lone star state of Mind. His lead role was more peculiar and became popular with the movie ‘The Idolmaker’. In 2007, Mellencamp was a “guest critic” on ‘At The Movies’.
John Mellencamp won the Grammy Award in 1983 for the Best Male Rock Performer for ‘Hurts So Good’. He was also awarded the Billboard Century Award (2001), the Woody Guthrie Award (2003), and the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award (2007). On October 6, 2008, Mellencamp won the Classic Songwriter Award at the 2008 Q Awards in London, England. He was also encouraged in his music career with Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Special Music Industry Humanitarian Award (1991).
How much is John Mellencamp Net Worth In 2017
Mellencamp’s net worth is of $28 Million US dollars as of 2017. Most of his income was generated by his passion towards music and songwriting skills. He is also an excellent actor who also involved in directing movies. The biggest breakthrough in his career was the release of his album ‘American Fool’ which gave him the highest fame ever and boosted up his music career proceeding which he started earning in large amount through various recording contracts in various parts of the world.
Mellen’s music skills are notorious which was gained through many ups and downs. He is one of the prevailing music stars in the Hollywood industry. All his albums have never missed being in the hearts of individuals listening to it. His multi-talented skills made him the better person what he is today with an exuberant knowledge.