Willie Nelson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career.
Willie Nelson Net Worth 2020 – Willie Nelson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, social activist, and actor. Owing to the tremendous success of his albums ‘Shotgun Willie’ and ‘Red Headed Stranger,’ Willie became one of the most influential names in the history of American country music.
Biography – Early Life/Education/Personal Life
Willie Nelson was born on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas, during the Great Depression. His father, Ira Doyle Nelson, worked as a mechanic, and his mother, Myrle Marie, was a homemaker.
Willie did not have an average childhood. Soon after his birth, his mother left the family, and sometime later, his father, too, abandoned them after marrying another woman.
Willie and his sister, Bobbie, were raised by their grandparents, who lived in Arkansas and taught music for a living. Under their guardianship, Willie and Bobbie started getting inclined toward music.
Willie got his first guitar at the age of 6. It was a gift from his grandfather. His grandfather would take the siblings to a nearby church where Willie would play the guitar and his sister would sing the Gospel. By the age of 7, Nelson started writing his very own songs, and a few years later, he joined his first music band.
By the time he reached middle school, he was playing music all over the state. His family picked cotton during summers, but Willie made money by playing music in parties, halls, and other small venues.
He was part of a local, small-time country music band, ‘Bohemian Polka,’ and learned a lot from that experience. He attended ‘Abbott High School.’ In school, he developed a liking toward sports and was part of the school’s football and basketball teams.
While in school, he also sang and played the guitar for a band named ‘The Texans.’ He completed high school in 1950.
Willie joined the ‘American Air Force’ soon after graduating from high school but was being honorably discharged within a year due to a back pain. In the mid-1950s, he joined ‘Baylor University’ and studied farming, but midway through the program, he decided to quit academics and pursue music seriously.
In the next few months, utterly confused and broke, Willie moved to different places in search of a job. He decided to go to Portland, where his mother lived. He finally reached Portland on a loan of US$ 10 from a driver.
He rose to stardom as one of the key figures of outlaw country at the end of the 1960s. Actually, Nelson was recognized as one of the most prolific artists of this subgenre of country music that developed mainly as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound.
Thanks to the critical nod for the album Shotgun Willie (1973), along with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), Nelson entered the limelight.
Having penned his first song at age seven and having joined his first band at ten, Willie Nelson toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player at an early age.
It was during his two years at Baylor University that he decided to quit college to pursue a musical career. During this time he worked as a disc jockey and he wrote the song “Family Bible”, as well as he recorded the single “Lumberjack” in 1956.
Two years later, he signed with D Records and wrote songs that would become country standards like “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper” and “Crazy”.
He went on to sign publishing contracts with other agencies, served as Ray Price’s band as a bassist and re-entered his music career with the rise of the popularity of hippie music after he announced his retirement in 1972.
In addition to his musical engagements, Nelson has starred in more than 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
Willie Nelson has a net worth of $25 million.