Robert James Ritchie was born on January 17, 1971, in Michigan. He is professionally known as Kid Rock, and he is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician, and actor. His musical style altered between hip hop, rock, and country.
Kid Rock’s early life and career
James’ father, William Ritchie, is the owner of multiple car dealerships. James started his professional music career as a member of a hip hop music group called The Beast Crew in 1980. Around that time, he met the rapper D-Nice.
Kid Rock also collaborated with the producer Mike E. Clark, who was impressed by Kid Rock’s energetic performances. In 1988, Kid Rock and E. Clark produced a series of demons, which later led to six major record label offers, including CBS Records and Atlantic.
Even though his career started slowly, it took off after the release of his album “Devil Without a Cause.” It became a huge international hit, and he sold around 13 million records. Some of the songs are “Cowboy,” “Bawitdaba,” and “Only God Knows Why.” After that, he released “The History of Rock”- a compilation of remixed songs from his previous album.
Later, Kid Rock became more country, rock, and blues-oriented. In 2001, he recorded album Cocky. One of the best songs from it is “Picture.” This song a vast country hit. In 2010, he released an album called “Born Free.” Kid Rock has sold over 5 million albums in the United States, and 27 million worldwide. Because of that, he is one of the most successful American musicians of the last 15 years.
Kid Rock’s personal life
When he was in eighth grade, Kid Rock started a ten-year-long relationship with a classmate Kelley South Russell. In the year 1993, she gave birth to a son, Robert James Ritchie Jr. While they were together, they raised three children. Then he found out that one of them was not his, so they split up.
In 2001, Ritchie began dating Pamela Anderson. They got engaged in 2002 but ended the relationship in 2003. However, in July 2006, Ritchie married Anderson. Then in November, she filed for a divorce. In November 2017, James and his long-time girlfriend Audrey Berry got engaged.
Interesting facts about Kid Rock
James has a reputation for breaking the rules and being shameless. Before he started the professional music career, he used to work as a substance peddler.
He caused enormous controversy when he sold vulgar T-shirts supporting Donald Trump at his concert.
In 2007, he was arrested for fighting a restaurant customer.
He is known to have a good relationship with former and current US presidents.
Kid Rock’s net worth, salary, and earnings
In 2023, his total net worth is around $100 million. Most of his wealth comes from his musical career. Up until 2015, he had recorded 27 million albums. His live performances gather a massive crowd, so he earns well from tickets. Besides that, he also invests in many record labels. His wealth is expected to grow even more since he hasn’t stopped working.