Who is Willie Nelson and how much his net worth? Willie Nelson is a singer who has produced several records in his career. He is a musician, songwriter, actor, poet, author, and activist. He has released several successful albums like ‘Shotgun Willie’, ‘Stardust’, and ‘Red Headed Stranger’. He has also acted in more than 30 films and has co-authored several books. Nelson is an activist for the legalisation of marijuana. He made his first record in 1956. His acting debut was in the film ‘The Electric Horseman’ in 1979. In 1988, he released his first book entitled ‘Willie: An Autobiography’.
Willie Hugh Nelson was born on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. He was born during the Great Depression. He was born to parents Ira Doyle Nelson and Myrle Marie. In 1929, his parents moved from Arkansas to look for work. His father was a mechanic and his grandfather was a blacksmith. Soon after his birth, his mother left and his father got remarried.
He was raised by his grandparents along with his sister Bobbie. His grandparents made them learn music and when he was six, he got his first guitar. At the age of seven, he wrote his first song. At nine, he used to play guitar for the local band called Bohemian Polka.
He started earning by age 13 by performing in honky tonks and dance halls. Nelson went to Abbott High School where he used to play basketball and baseball. In 1950, he joined the US Air Force and then he joined Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He dropped his studies in pursuing a career in music.
From 1952 to 1962, Willie Nelson was married to Martha Matthews. They had three children together, Willie “Billy” Hugh, Jr., Lana, and Susie. In 1963, he married Shirley Collie. They divorced in 1971. In 1972, he married Paula Carlene Nelson and have a daughter named Amy Lee Nelson. The couple divorced in 1988. In 1991, he got married to Annie D’Angelo. They have two sons together named Jacob Micah and Lukas Autry.
Willie Nelson was recruited in Vancouver, Washington by KVAN. In 1956, he recorded “Place For Me”. He used to perform in clubs and also worked as a radio announcer. In 1961, he signed with Liberty Records and recorded the singles “Willingly” and “Touch Me”. His first album ‘…And Then I Wrote’ was released in 1962. In 1964, he signed with RCA Victor and recorded the album ‘Country Willie – His Own Songs’.
In 1973, he released his acclaimed album ‘Shotgun Willie’. His single “Bloody Mary Morning” was a hit from the album ‘Phases and Stages’. In 1975, Willie Nelson released the album ‘Red Headed Stranger’. A year later, he released his album ‘Wanted! The Outlaws’. It became his first platinum certified album. In the 1980s he released many hit singles like “Midnight Rider”, “On the Road Again”, and “We are the World”. He then went on to release albums like ‘The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?’ and ‘The Essential Willie Nelson’.
In 2013, he released the album ‘To All the Girls…’ which featured Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton and Norah Jones. In 2014, he released ‘Band of Brothers’ and in 2017, he released ‘God’s Problem Child’.
Willie Nelson has won the Grammy Awards 12 times. He has won 5 American Music Awards and 9 CMA Awards. He has won a total of 37 awards in his career. In 1993, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Willie Nelson Net Worth
Willie Nelson has recorded several albums in his career. By doing so, he has gone to accumulate good wealth for himself. Willie Nelson’s net worth is an estimated $28 million. He owes this fortune by venturing in different professions. In his career, he has appeared in 43 films. He has recorded 72 studio albums, 10 Live Albums, and 37 compilation albums.
He has also recorded 2 soundtrack albums. Many of his albums have been certified as Gold and Platinum status. They have topped the chart lists in many countries in the world. He has written and co-written 337 songs in his career. Nelson has also released 110 singles and 35 music videos. He has done several concerts and has written 9 books.
Nelson has been arrested many times for the possession of marijuana. He is an activist and has been associated with a number of issues.