Sturgill Simpson is a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actor. He is recognized widely as one of the best American country music artists. He is also known for his roles in movies like Orca Park and The Dead Don’t Die.
Early Life and Education of Sturgill Simpson
John Sturgill Simpson was born on June 8, 1978, in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Simpson’s father was a trooper in Kentucky State Police and was a former undercover narcotics officer. His mother came from a family of coal miners. Due to his father’s job, Sturgill moved to Versailles, just outside the city of Lexington, Kentucky.
He is the only child in the family and hence, has no siblings.
Sturgill attended the Woodford County High School. Due to his parent’s divorce, he hugely suffered and began selling drugs to other students in seventh grade. Sturgill later confirmed that he also experimented with the hallucinogenic drug, LSD.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in his senior year in high school and graduated with great difficulty. After working for three years in the Navy’s Combat Information Center, he visited Japan and spent some time there.
After Japan, he returned to the US and lived in Washington and then Seattle for a while. After waiting tables at IHOP in Seattle, Sturgill moved back to his roots in Lexington, Kentucky.
How old is Sturgill Simpson?
The country artist’s age is 41, as of 2019.
Personal Life: Marriage, Kids
Sturgill married his girlfriend Sarah Simpson in 2010. The couple lives in Nashville, Tennessee since their marriage. The Simpsons have a son together, as of 2019.
Sturgill is very protective of his privacy and does not post many pictures of his family on any of his social media. However, he wrote a touching song for his wife called Oh, Sarah. In the song, he talks about his life on the road and distancing himself from his love and getting lost.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, he also said that prior to his Grammy-nomination, Sturgill almost quit music to be with his son.
Nowadays, Sturgill has managed to make time for his family as well as his music and has been going on in many tours.
Sturgill Simpson‘s Career
Simpson involved himself in a career in music when he joined the Country/Rock band, Sunday Valley, as a Guitarist and Vocalist in 2004. He then quit music and started working for Union Pacific Railroad. His wife Sarah convinced him to focus on singing and songwriting and make music for a living.
With his band, he toured once and made an album but disbanded again in 2012 after he and his wife moved to Nashville.
Simpson released his solo debut album, High Top Mountain, in 2013. The album was initially self-funded and self-released but was signed later to the Loose label.
In 2014, Sturgill released his second album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, which was loved by the fans worldwide and was labeled as the best album of the year by America Songwriter.
Simpson’s third album, A Sailors Guide To Earth, was released on March 2016. This album was nominated for Album of the Year in Grammy and proceeded to win the Best Country Album title in the 59th Grammy Awards. Brushing aside the thought of taking a break, Simpson has started touring and performing again.
The 41 years old artist has also acted in several movies like Orca Park, Black Hog Gut, and The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Selena Gomez and 2018-TV series, One Dollar. He also appeared in SNL alongside fellow singer Camilla Cabello and comedian Pete Davidson.
Net Worth of Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson has a very successful career as a music artist. He has accumulated impressive wealth over the year.
His third album, Sailor’s Guide to Earth, still earns him pretty well. After the release, more than 55,000 units were sold alone in the first week. As of 2019, over 1 million copies have been sold of the album.
Simpson also earns through his acting. Though he has not involved himself in many projects, he has been part of quite big productions. His latest movie The Dead Don’t Die released in 2019.
Looking at all his involvement in music and acting, Simpson is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million.