If country music was a country, Zac Brown would have been its leader. As far as this music genre is concerned, the Atlanta-born American enjoys a fan base on a global scale. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist of his eponymous band, and also the main man behind its formation. An award-winning singer, Zac has been very active since 2002 in a musical journey that would see him take home more than a couple of Grammys. Here is all you need to know about his career progression, family, net worth, and what have you.
How Zac Brown’s Country Music Career Took Off
The singer was born Zachary Alexander Brown on July 31, 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia. It was, however, in Lake Lanier that he was brought up by his mother and stepfather.
Coming from a very large family as the 11th of 12 children, he seemed to be cut out for music as his family was a music-loving one. While his dad was into playing folk guitar, his brother Wynn was a bluegrass guitar and banjo player. What this means is that by the time Zac Brown was able to start talking, he was also singing.
Even before going to high school, Zac was trained in playing guitar; he was only 8 then and would later be tutored on vocals as well. For his education, the country music star went to the University of West Georgia. He began a solo career when he was in high school.
Later on, he formed his band and they released their first album titled Far from Einstyne in 2004. Their second album titled Home Grown dropped the following year. They would go on to have more albums like The Foundation (2008), You Get What You Give (2010), Uncaged (2012), Jekyll + Hyde (2015), and Welcome Home (2017).
The band has received many nominations and several awards including the Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and iHeartRadio Music Awards. The group has also taken home 3 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist of 2013, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and Best Country Album.
Net Worth and Earning Profile of The Musician
The Zac Brown band frontman has worked very hard over the years, recording many songs that have been accepted globally with the members of his band and winning series of accolades. Thankfully, his efforts have also been rewarding financially.
According to the Forbes’ Country Cash Kings of 2014 report, the Zac Brown band netted $29 million to stay at the 6th spot. Their achievement that year was mainly as a result of their Grammy-winning album of 2012. Again, it was reported that his band earned a combined amount of $40 million from their various businesses between 2018 and 2019. The band made it to the 95th position on the 2019 Forbes Celebrity 100 Earnings list with $38.5 million.
As an individual, Brown has an estimated net worth of $25 million. He has been able to make his fortune as a member and lead singer of his band. More so, he has made a lot of money with his band from their different endorsement deals with Bose, Bai, and Jack Daniel’s partners.
Meet The Family of Zac Brown
We have mentioned above that Zac Brown’s family was a big influence on his musical career since it’s made up of people who love music. Let’s pay some attention to those family members of his and what kind of relationship he has with them.
My Old Man, a song Zac released with his band, tells of his father Jim Brown and all that he taught him as well as the examples he has set for him to follow. Although he is from a broken home, Zac has great regard and love for his dad. Interestingly, at almost every time he performs the song, Zac finds himself choking back tears. Without a doubt, this goes far in revealing the kind of deep bond that existed between the artist and his father.
As for his mother, we can’t say what kind of relationship he had with her. But then, it seems obvious that the relationship was not quite cordial – at least, not as cordial as the one he had with his dad. This is probably because of the divorce that happened between his parents which kept his mom at a distance from him, preventing any emotional attachment from developing between them. Zac has a brother named Wynn Brown and he also influenced his career as a musician.
Who Is The Singer Married To?
The country singer has been married since 2006 to Shelly Brown. Like many things about him, his relationship story with Shelly is very interesting. He met his wife on a New Year’s Eve after his date stood him up. He was taking a walking after a show and was wondering if he was not going to kiss anyone that night. That was when he met the woman that would go on to become his wife.
Shelly gave him the first kiss that night as the world welcomed a new year and with the kiss, the singer knew he had found the woman who would be with him as his life partner for years to come.
In 2006, they got married and from then on, Shelly Brown has not only continued running her jewelry business but has also supported her husband’s music. The two have five kids: a son named Alexander Frost Brown and 4 daughters who are Justice Brown, Lucy Brown, Joni Brown, and Georgia Brown. The oldest, Justice, was born in 2007 while the youngest, Alexander, was born in 2014.
Unfortunately, in late 2018, the couple announced that they were separating following a mutual agreement.