Ray Stevens Net Worth 2020, Bio, Education, Career, and Achievement
Ray Stevens, who is of American origin, is a singer-songwriter in the genre of country and pop music, and a comedian as well. He’s majorly known for his Grammy Award-winning compositions- ‘Misty’ and ‘Everything Is Beautiful,’ and also for songs like ‘The Streak’ and ‘Gitarzan,’ which are his comedic hits.
Way back on January 24 of 1939, Harold Ray Ragsdale, who went on to be famous in the name- Ray Stevens, was born in Clarkdale, Georgia, USA. He was taken to and raised by his parents Wills Harold Ragsdale- his father and Frances Stephens Ragsdale- his mother.
While he was just a teenager attending his high school, he formed a Rhythm & Blues group and named it ‘The Barons,’ which has his first band as well. After he was graduated, he decided to study music and thus enrolled himself as a music major at Georgia State University.
People of very high stature have always preferred to have their personal life private, and here Ray Stevens is just no exception. He has always chosen to live his life away from the eyes of the media, and thus not much information has ever been available about his personal life.
Though, it’s known that he’s happily married for a long time and has a great little family. He has a beautiful wife named Penny Jackson and two daughters named Suzi Ragsdale and Timi Jones.
Just at the age of 18, in 1957, young Ray Stevens signed to the American record label- Capitol Records and even went on to produce a single- ‘Silver Bracelet’ and a cover of the song ‘Rang Tang Ding Dong’ which was initially recorded by the doo-wop group ‘The Cellos’ in that same year.
Luckily, both of the singles received quite positive reviews from the Billboard, and thus it can be said that he couldn’t have had a better beginning.
Just in the next year, in 1958, the National Recording Corporation(NRC) was created by entrepreneur Bill Lowery, where he hired Ray not only to perform the background vocals for its band but also to arrange music and play various instruments. That was an excellent opportunity for him in his early career.
A man as gifted as Ray Stevens, who has contributed in the field of music for over five decades, is quite obviously supposed to be extremely rich in all means. He has worked throughout his life in various roles and has earned a lot of money and respect as well.
It’s known that he earns around $100,000 per year, and his net worth is something about $8 million as of September 2020. Though these figures look lovely and huge, we must also think how hard he might have worked to reach this zenith of his life, with sheer dedication and passion towards what he loves to do.
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