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Rick Astley is a multi-talented British musician, songwriter, and internet sensation known for his cool and soul-touching voice. The award-winning artist became extremely popular after the release of his song Never Gonna Give You Up in 1987. The song was commercially successful; hence, becoming number one on music charts in twenty-five countries. He also received a Brit Award for his wonderful performance.

In addition, Rick also garnered a lot of attention in 2007 following the release of the music video for his song Never Give You Up. The video received positive reviews and was voted the best video at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in 2008. Read more about the English singer below.

Rick Astley Bio: Everything You Need To Know

The music star was born as Richard Paul Astley on the 6th day of February 1966 in Newton-le-Willows City of Lancashire, England. He was born to English parents Cynthia Astley and her husband Horace Astley. Rick experienced an unstable childhood as his parents went their separate ways when he was just five years old. At the time, the young Rick shared his time between his father and mother. He developed an interest in becoming a musician at an early stage and when he was ten, Rick started singing with the church choir.

During his high school days, Rick formed a local band along with David Morris who is a guitarist. Soon after his graduation, he started working as a driver for his dad who was into market-gardening business. Rick also featured as a drummer for local bands including FBI and Give Way. They performed at different shows and also won several competitions at the time.

Musical Career

Following the departure of the FBI Band’s lead singer as well as guitarist, Rick Astley became the front man for the band. While he was performing at one of their shows, Rick was discovered by a renowned record producer named Pete Waterman in 1985. He was recruited along with other members of the FBI band. Joining Stock Aitken Waterman production team, Rick worked as a tea boy in the studio before he got his professional music career to a start.

Rick released his first single When You Gonna featuring Lisa Carter in 1987. The song failed to find a place on the UK music chart as it received little promotion. He then followed it up with his first solo work Never Gonna Give You Up which was released in August 1987. The song became incredibly successful, hence, hitting the number one position on the UK music chart upon release. For his amazing performance, Rick won the best single award at the 1988 Brits awards.

Subsequently, he released even more successful albums including Whenever You Need Somebody in October 1987 and Hold Me in Your Arms in 1988. He changed from dance pop music genre to soul music in 1991 after which he released another album Free featuring Elton John. Astley took a temporary hiatus from music in 1994 and returned in 2001 with another hit album Keep It Turned On. He followed it up with the Greatest Hits compilation in 2002. Rick Astley has continued to make a huge impact in the British music industry and his other recent albums include Portrait which was released in 2005 and his 2018 album tagged Beautiful Life.

Net Worth: How Much is Rick Astley Worth?

The talented British musician has really done a great job as a songwriter as well as a singer. Having produced so many commercially successful hit songs, you’d believe when we say Rick is currently enjoying a lavish lifestyle. The music star has amassed so much wealth from the sale of his musical albums and musical shows. Rick Astley’s net worth is currently penned at $16 million.

 Rick Astley’s Wife

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Astley with his wife Lene

The successful English musician is happily married to a woman named Lene Bausager. Lene is a Danish film producer best known for her work on the 2006 movie Cashback for which she received an Oscar nomination. Interestingly, she is the founder of the London-based film production company called Ugly Duckling Films. The company was formed in the year 2000 and has produced notable movies including The Broken, Coherence, Ginger and Rosa, Cashback, among others.

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Rick and his beautiful wife met each other as far back as 1988. At the time, Lene was working as a promoter with the American record label RCA.  Later on, the lovebirds announced their engagement and due to busy schedules, they never made it down the aisle until after fifteen years. They tied the knot in a secret wedding which took place in London in 2003. Prior to their wedding, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Emilie Astley in 1992. Now in her early twenties, their daughter is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and frequently visits her parents in the UK. Rick and his family currently reside in the London suburb of Richmond.

Family Facts

  • Rick Astley was born in Lancashire and his parents separated when he was five.
  • Astley first started singing when he was ten years old.
  • Rick and his wife Lene Bausager were engaged for fifteen years before their marriage in 2003.
  • Their daughter Emilie was born in 1992
  • Rick and his family reside in the London suburb of Richmond.
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