Johnny Mathis is an American singer, whose discography includes traditional pop, Brazilian, Spanish and rhythm & blues. Mathis regarded the romantic singer of all time has recorded over 360 million sales record worldwide as per Guinness World Records and music charts historian Paul Gambaccini.
Johnny Mathis' early life
Johnny is a native of Gilmer, Texas, the United States born on September 30, 1935, to Clem Mathis and Mildred Boyd. Mathis grew up alongside his six siblings in Richmond Districts, San Francisco, California.
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When Johnny was eight years old, his father gifted him a piano and encouraged him towards music. From that moment he started playing piano and love music. He has mentioned several times that his father is his main inspiration to pursue a career in the music industry.
Johnny Mathis' career and awards
Since his early age, Johnny started singing and dancing for visitors at home, church functions, and school and when he turned 13, he was accepted by Connie Cox, a voice teacher.
Mathis studied with him for six years and learned vocal scales and exercise, operatic singing, voice production and classical.
Talking about his professional career, Johnny Mathis has released a total of 71 studio albums, three live albums, 26 Compilation albums, 3 Video albums, and 100 Singles. He started his career with singles of standard music.
Throughout his musical journey, he became highly popular as an album artist, with dozens of albums achieving platinum as well as gold status and 73 listings in the Billboard charts till the date.
In addition, as per Guinness Book of British Hit Singles writer and chart music historian Paul Gambaccini and other sources out that, Mathis has sold more than 360 million records worldwide. So, this makes him the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century after late musician Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Furthermore, Johnny discography includes Tin Pan Alley, show tunes, traditional pop, Brazilian, Soul, Spanish, rhythm, and blues, country, as well as few disco songs for his album named “Mathis Magic.” Besides this, he has recorded six albums of Christmas music.
Johnny Mathis' awards
In 2003, Mathis was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Apart from this, he was nominated for the Grammy Hall of Fame for three different recordings such as It’s not for Me to Say (2008), Misty (2002), and Chance Are (1998).
Johnny Mathis' personal life and sexual orientation
Exploring his personal life, Mathis is claimed to be a gay as Us Magazine, in 1982, stated Mathis statement: "Homosexuality is a way of life that I've grown accustomed to." At that time, he was undergoing rehabilitation for both alcohol and prescription drug addictions.
Johnny is reported to have many girlfriends in the past which includes Estelle Bennett, Deniece Williams, Patti Austin, Mitch Miller, and Regina Belle and also his boyfriend, George Avakian.
Currently, Johnny Mathis is alleged to be single; furthermore, no reports of his relationship or rumors are out.
Johnny Mathis' net worth
As of 2018, Johnny Mathis' net worth is around $400 million and his annual salary while he was in his music profession was around $50 million. He has earned his wealth widely through his professional career as a singer.
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