John Mellencamp is a Seymour, Indiana-born singer, songwriter as well as a guitarist who has made a big name in the music industry in America with his catchy heartland rock music. Born on 7 October 1951, John J Mellencamp has part-German ancestry. This extraordinary musician has shown prominence in the music industry since 1976.
A Grammy winning singer and a Rock ‘a’ Roll Hall of Fame-inducted musician, how wealthy is John Mellencamp? This rock singer has a net worth amounting to a hefty $25 million as of 2015, with most of his wealth having been amassed from his super-successful musical career. This highly influencial singer has given many hits to the world including “Cherry Bomb”, “Paper in Fire” and “ Hurts so good” among others which have mainly added to his wealth making John a multi-millionaire musician. Selling more than forty million albums worldwide, he has obviously earned a fortune from his outstanding musical talents and passion. This rich musician owns two homes, one in Bloomington, Indiana and another in Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.
John Mellencamp Net Worth $25 Million
As a child, John was very interested in music and he proved his love towards the art by forming a band named “Crepe Soul” at a mere 14 years of age. John attended Vincennes University in Indiana in 1972, two years after becoming a father at the age of eighteen. After graduating from college, he started to focus more towards making a career in music and initially played for local bands. He worked hard for the first few years to get noticed in the music industry, and debuted with the album “Chestnut Tree Incident” with the stage name “John Cougar” which he changed back to his own afterwards. Later, in 1982, John achieved stardom with his album “American Fool” which went on to make him a superstar. He still holds on to the peak of fame he found at the time. This album also gave a kick start to John’s financial success.
Following the album “American Fool”, John made a platform for himself in American Rock ‘n’ Roll music that assured his stability and stardom in the musical field. Given his incomparable talent in music, his other singles such as “Crumblin’ Down”, “Pink Houses”, “Small Town” and others made it into the top ten lists and earned him extensive popularity. One of the best-selling artists of all time, John has released a total of twenty-two albums, most of which have been very successful. These high-selling albums have been adding to his net worth even until today.
As for John’s personal life, he is currently dating famous actress Meg Ryan. Married thrice, John is the father of five children: a daughter with Priscilla Esterline(1970-81), two daughters with Victoria Granucci(1981-89), and to sons with Elaine Irwin(1992-2011). He is noted for being the co-founder of a charitable organization “Farm Aid” which works for raising awareness about family farms and helps make the families with agricultural backgrounds strong and resilient. But for now, this superstar musician has been living a lavish life which is catered for by his current net worth of $25 million.
The albums "Nothin' Matters and What if it Did," "Best That I Could Do," and "Words and Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits" were all produced, engineered, and mixed by Bruce Robb in association with Bruce Robb Productions.
Smoked five packs of cigarettes a day until his heart attack. He still continues to smoke three packs a day.
On April 29 through May 4, in 1999, John Mellencamp's paintings were on display in Vincennes University's Shircliff Gallery of Art. He had 10 paintings in the exhibit. There is a book called "Mellencamp: Painting and Reflections," with 75 of his paintings.
Graduated from Vincennes University in 1973 with an associate degree in broadcasting.
He was born with a mild form of spina bifida.
He won an American Music Award for "Jack & Diane" in 1982.
In fall of 2004 he participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to encourage the defeat of George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election.
Honorary doctorate from Indiana University in May 2000.
Named his son Hud, after Paul Newman's character in the movie Hud (1963).
Suffered a mild heart attack in the midst of a 1994 tour.
Father of Michelle Mellencamp (born December 4, 1970), with Priscilla Esterline; Teddi Jo Mellencamp (born July 1, 1981) and Justice Mellencamp (born 1985), with Victoria Granucci; and Hud Mellencamp (born 1994) and Speck Mellencamp (born 1995), with Elaine Irwin.
Patriotic or working-class songs
[on Jack & Diane] It was 1980, and I was down in Miami again, making a record. We had spent $300,000, and I had three songs done. The record company was not happy. Finally the president of the company came down and was like, "You're spending money like crazy!" He went nuts. The three songs were "Jack & Diane," "Hurts So Good" and "Hand to Hold On To." He hated them. Hated them! He said, "We expect you to become the next Neil Diamond. What is this shit?" "Jack & Diane" was originally about race. I was playing nightclubs and I was seeing new American couples, mixed-race couples. I thought it was cool. The song was my effort to make a song about that, but of course the record-company guy didn't like it. He said, "Maybe if you put some horns on this song and really build the chorus up, then maybe you have a shot. But take the race thing out." I took his advice and made Jack a football star. I think people, particularly in the Midwest, really identified with these characters. I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and said, "I'm Jack and I'm Diane. You wrote about my life." To me, that's a successful song.
[on Crumblin' Down] Radio was my friend after "Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good." I was coming off this huge fucking record, but it wasn't a good one. Very uneven. My task with Uh-Huh was to make a more even record and get away from juvenile topics like "Hurts So Good." But I also knew if I wanted to continue, I had to have more hits. "Crumblin' Down" is a very political song that I wrote with my childhood friend George Green. Reagan was president - he was deregulating everything and the walls were crumbling down on the poor. The song was the last one recorded and the first single. It was a hit immediately. I felt like I was pulling the wool over everyone's eyes.
[on Between A Laugh And A Tear] There's a great line in this song: "I know there's a balance/I see it when I swing past." I suffered severely from panic disorders and anxiety around this time. Still do. I'm also very excitable and get angry very quickly. This was the peak of my success, but I didn't enjoy any of it. I blame it on the fact that I was born with spina bifida. I had one of the first successful operations for it in the world. It meant I had a hole in my spine and all my nerve endings were on the outside of my body. They were all exposed to air, so it's no wonder I go up and down so quickly.
You think I'm an asshole now, you should have seen me when I was drunk.
What Springsteen does is a marathon. What we do is a sprint.
I used to think that eating healthy was ordering a fish sandwich at McDonalds.