Lee Ann Womack is an American country music songwriter and performer, most famous for her 2000 hit single “I Hope You Dance”. She has been compared to singers such as Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. She was born on the 19th of August, 1966, in Jacksonville, Texas. She is of English, German, and Irish ancestry.
With a career in the music industry spanning over twenty years, how rich is Lee Ann Womack? Sources indicate her net worth at $20 million.
Lee Ann Womack Net Worth $20 million
Womack’s parents were both teachers, though her father was also a part time disc jockey. He encouraged his child’s early interest in country music. After matriculating from Jacksonville High School in 1984, Womack started a course in Country Music at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas. She left after a year to attend Belmont University in Nashville, studying Music Business, though once again, she left this institution before graduating. During her time as a student, she interned with MCA Records.
After leaving college and before beginning her singing career, Womack made ends meet by waitressing, and working in a day care centre. She then began writing songs for other artists under Sony/ATV Publishing. She signed her first recording contract in 1996 with Decca Records, later moving to MCA Nashville in 1999.
Womack’s first album, eponymously titled, was released in the May of 1997. She wrote many of the tracks that featured herself, though other artists, including Ricky Skaggs, and her first husband, Jason Sellers, contributed. In the same year, she won awards including “Best New Female Vocalist” at The Academy of Country Music, and “Favourite New Country Artist” at The American Music Awards, amongst others. She followed the album up in 1998 with “Some Things I Know”, which reached a peak “US Billboard Top Country Album” chart position of 20.
Her first major hit came with the 2000 track “I Hope You Dance”, also the name of the album on which the single appeared. Womack toned down her country roots during this period and embraced a more “pop” sound. The song charted on the “Billboard Hot 100” at number 14. She performed the song, which was inspired by her children, in June 2000 on “The Tonight Show”. She continued with this pop sound in the album “Something Worth Leaving Behind”, but failed to achieve the same success as with “I Hope You Dance”, experiencing her first flop.
In addition to her music career, Womack has also acted in television programmes, including “The District” in 2003, as the character Haylie Adams, and in “Noble Things” as Claire Wades. Her songs have appeared in the soundtracks of popular shows such as “American Horror Story” and “The Family that Preys”.
In her personal life, Womack married for the first time in 1990 to fellow musician, Jason Sellers, whilst she was still attending college. They had one child together in 1991, a daughter, and divorced six years later. Her second husband is music producer Frank Kiddell, with whom she has a second daughter, born in 1999.
Her 2002 duet with legendary country singer/songwriter Willie Nelson, "Mendocino County Line," was that year's Country Music Association's Vocal Event of the Year. The duet also served as Nelson's first major country hit in more than a decade.
Her only Billboard No. 1 hit is "I Hope You Dance," a five-week No. 1 country hit (and also multi-week No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts), which served as her introduction to pop-oriented artists.
Her first country hit was 1997's "Never Again, Again." However, she didn't break into the top 10 of Billboard magazine's country singles chart until later that year with "The Fool," which peaked at No. 2. She continued to score several more top 5 hits during the next two years, including "You've Got to Talk to Me" and "A Little Past Little Rock" (both 1998) and "I'll Think of a Reason Later" (1999).
According to experts and other industry officials, among the few country singers who prefers the traditional sound of country as opposed to the pop-oriented sound embraced by other acts.
worked as an intern at MCA Nashville while attending classes
single 'Does My Ring Burn Your Finger' was named 'song of the year' in 2001 by USA Today
her self-titled album produced her 1st #1 single, 'The Fool'
graduated from high school & entered college at 17
enrolled in Belmont University's music program in Nashville after 1 year in West Texas
attended South Plains Junior College's music program
attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas
Album, 'I Hope You Dance' has sold 3 million copies
1 child, with Sellers, Aubrie Lee Sellers (b. 1991)
1 child, with Liddell, Annalise Liddell (b. 1999).