Billy Strings Net Worth
Billy Strings has an estimated net worth of $20 million. A master of the guitar, banjo, and mandolin, Billy Strings is a singer and instrumentalist whose music starts with the sound and speed of bluegrass and folds in elements of rock, jazz, and psychedelia. He earns most of his income from album sales, concerts and music streaming.
Billy Strings experienced his golden period after he released his album “Home” on September 27, 2019. It is his most successful release to date. It reached the first number of Heatseekers Albums and Bluegrass Albums charts. The same album “Home” also helped him bag the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the Top Ten New Country Artists to Know in 2017, and he was also named one of bluegrass’ six new rising stars by Acoustic Guitar magazine in February of the same year. He was signed to Rounder Records in June 2019.
To calculate the net worth of Billy Strings, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$200 Thousand|
|Annual Income:||$5 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Guitarist, Musician, Singer|
Born William Lee Apostol, Strings grew up in the tiny lakeside town of Muir in central Michigan, where his childhood seemed an insurmountable obstacle course. His father, Billy, died of a heroin overdose when Strings, his youngest son, was 2 years old. His mother, Debra Apostol, married her first love, Terry Barber, who raised Strings as his own son.
While Debra struggled with depression brought on by her sister’s murder, the couple slipped into poverty. Their home became a 24/7 drug den – “a meth house,” Strings says with a sigh, “with stoners in my living room smoking meth one day and going to prison for 20 years the next.”
The environment, at least, inspired a child so obsessed with music that he slept with his guitar and read rock biographies in class. His stepfather, an excellent guitarist, taught him the bluegrass songbook and Black Sabbath anthems. His mother roamed the trailer with joints, droning Santana or Soundgarden. Strings struggled and matched everything he heard.
“I was a 5-year-old learning to play guitar so my parents would pay attention to him,” Strings says, recounting the epiphany he had in a recent therapy session. “Music is the one thing that has done me well my whole life,” he says.
Before Strings was even a teenager, he began walking to school alone through the snow, foraging for anything he could find to eat, feeling like a pariah of S.E. Hinton, who loved skateboarding and flatpicking. At 14, he moved away from home to stay with friends, kept getting into legal trouble, and kept failing school.
A friend’s mother stepped in and convinced Strings that he could outshine his upbringing. Eventually, he left his hometown and drove three hours north to Traverse City, where he found a new reality. “I came out of a cloud,” he says.
Determined to find a better way, Strings returned to bluegrass music and, after graduating from high school, moved to Traverse City, a northern Michigan town with a vibrant music and arts scene.
In Traverse City, Strings met Don Julin, a local mandolin enthusiast three decades his senior. Their duo specialized in hard, fast, and loud performances of the tunes Strings’ stepfather had taught him.
But Strings discovered the fertile intersection of bluegrass and jam-band culture made famous by the Yonder Mountain String Band and Greensky Bluegrass.
When Strings performed at an open-mike night at a club called Hayloft, local pickers were impressed with his skills, and he soon found a mentor and picking partner in mandolinist Don Julin, who recorded a duo album with Strings called Rock of Ages. (Strings also released a homebrew solo album, Fiddle Tune X, in 2014). He also played in a bluegrass combo called M-23 Strings and earned a reputation as one of the most promising talents in the Mitten State.
In early 2016, Strings left Traverse City for Nashville, where the talented newcomer did not go unnoticed. In September 2017, he released Turmoil & Tinfoil, an album in which he incorporated a wider variety of sounds and influences into his music.
The album was produced by Glenn Brown, who had previously worked with Greensky Bluegrass and Luke Winslow-King. After signing with roots music specialist Rounder Records, Strings returned in 2019 with his second solo album, Home. It won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. It became his most successful release to date, reaching No. 1 on the Heatseekers Albums and Bluegrass Albums charts. It also debuted at #11 on the Emerging Artists Chart.
His touring band includes Billy Failing (banjo), Royal Masat (bass), Jarrod Walker (mandolin), and Alex Hargreaves (fiddle).
In 2021, he performed with James Casey (saxophone) in a series of concerts by Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids.
As a solo artist, he was part of the Newport Folk Festival in July 2021, among other events. On September 24, 2021, he released his third studio album titled Renewal.
Personal Life & Girlfriend
Billy Strings’ longtime girlfriend is Ally Dale. Ally’s Instagram feed is full of sweet and adorable pictures of the two of them as they spend quality time together.
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