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Jeffery Wayne Bates was born on 19 September 1963, in Bunker Hill, Mississippi USA, and is a recording artist, best known for his work on country music. Some of his hit songs include “The Love Song” and “Long, Slow Kisses”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today, having been active in the industry since 2002.
How rich is Jeff Bates? As of mid-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $2 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the music industry. He released several albums with RCA Records before moving to the independent record label Black River Entertainment. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Jeff Bates Net Worth $2 million
Jeff attended East Marion High School, and after matriculating, he then pursued a professional music career. He became a songwriter, and one of his first projects was writing the single “What a Memory” which was sung by Tracy Lawrence. He also found popularity locally as he sang regularly for live audiences. He got the attention of RCA, and was signed to their Nashville division in 2003, which led to his debut single called “The Love Song”, which would reach the Top 10 of the Billboard country charts, and was followed by his debut album “Rainbow Man” – co-produced with Scott Hendricks and David Malloy – which found success and helped elevate his net worth. He then released “Long, Slow Kisses” which was his third Top 40 hit in 2005, and would become part of the album “Leave the Light On”. He then made a string of live performances and releases, with other hit songs from the album before he was dropped by RCA.
Bates moved to Black River Entertainment in 2008, and worked on a third, self-titled album. He released three songs from the album and also the Christmas single “That’s What Christmas Is”, a collaboration with Jimmy Fortune who sang background vocals. One of his latest releases was the 2011 EP called “One Day Closer”. Thanks to these opportunities, his net worth further increased.
For his personal life, it is known that Jeff married Kelly Vaughn in 2007, before he signed to Black River Music Group. He has also mentioned that he developed a methamphetamine addiction in 1999, which led him to financial problems; he sold everything he owned and even slid into crime due to the addiction. He was arrested for drug possession and grand theft in 2001 before he was led to undergo rehabilitation. After rehabilitation and jail time, he signed with RCA as a second chance. In 2006, it was also reported that one of his guitars were stolen, but the culprit was later caught by Nashville police, and the guitar was found sold to a pawn shop and was returned to Jeff. Aside from these, he’s also active on social media, particularly Facebook, and maintains a personal website which lists his current projects.