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Country music, particularly in its pop-country form, is having a moment once more. A new generation of artists is coming at pop country from several angles, from mixing in rock and rap production to dragging old styles back into the spotlight. Chris Young exemplifies this new path to country stardom, from his reality show beginnings to his current membership in the Grand Ole Opry. And his net worth reflects that.

How does Chris Young make his money?

Chris Young performs on the Raised on Country World Tour at MGM Grand Garden Arena on August 17, 2019, in Las Vegas
Chris Young | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Young’s stardom grew from modest beginnings signing in clubs and dance halls in Texas. His albums sell well, but like many musicians, he makes most of his earnings from touring and performing at festivals. According to Celebrity Net Worth, that’s how he amassed a fortune of approximately $4 million.

The reasoning behind this estimate hinges on the current state of music streaming. Most artists, with few exceptions, don’t make deals with services such as Spotify. Not everyone is Taylor Swift, after all. Most artists, including many famous names, make a small portion of their earnings from streams. Young’s touring work and membership in the Grand Ole Opry likely account for much of his net worth.

Who is Chris Young?

Young’s beginnings as a professional musician were relatively austere. According to AllMusic, he worked as the house singer in a dance hall in Arlington, Texas. But in 2006, friends pushed him to give the reality singing competition series Nashville Star a shot. He won the show that year, immediately landing a record contract with RCA Records Nashville.

Young released his first single, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” later that year. It performed well enough to persuade RCA to put a big push behind his self-titled debut album. From there, the burgeoning pop-country star released albums and EPs every couple of years. He collaborated with ever-bigger names and continued to see consistent chart success.

Firmly established as one of the leading names in pop country, Young received a rare honor in 2017. He accepted an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry, essentially branding him a permanent part of the country music canon. His latest album, Famous Friends, was released in 2021. It includes a collaboration with Kane Young, the face of the next generation of pop-country musicians. It’s this instinct that likely explains the former reality TV competitor’s rise to fame. 

How does he spend his money?

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Young doesn’t flaunt his wealth. Country Countdown USA reports he bought a house in 2019, although he didn’t have to pay extra for the fixtures. Apparently, he was happy with what was already there. By that account, it’s a relatively large home with a spacious yard.

His main expensive hobby involves muscle cars, according to CMT. He even prefers to use vehicles from his collection in his music videos, which probably makes Young’s label happy to enjoy the savings on his promotional budget. He enjoys fixing up older cars, including the Dodge Challenger in his “I’m Comin’ Over” video.

In following the tradition of many country artists, Young puts plenty of money toward donations. He supports long-running charities such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Stars for Stripes. In addition, the singer-songwriter donated a large sum to victims of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. He also campaigned heavily for fundraising efforts after the disaster, MusicRow reports. And he’s made headlines for participating in GoFundMe fundraisers over the years.