Michael Stipe is an internationally renowned musician. He has gained his reputation as the lead singer of the rock band called R.E.M. He is credited with the popularizing of ‘mumbling’, which is a particular style of singing. He is also identified for his distinctive political views. He has had a very significant role to play in creating a distinctive look for the band by managing its album art. He has even directed some of R.E.M.’s music videos. To know more about Michael Stipe’s net worth as of 2018 continue reading.
Michael Stipe Early Life
Michael Stipe’s father worked for the United States’ army. He comes from a family of Methodist ministers. According to his own confession, he comes from a very religious background. Due to his father’s job, their family had to move around a lot. These frequent relocations formed a significant part of the singer’s childhood. Michael Stipe was born on the 4th of January, 1960. He was born in the city of Decataur, Georgia, U.S.A. As mentioned earlier, he had to move around a lot, and thus had stayed in various places like, West Germany, Texas, Illinois and Alabama etc. His sister, Lynda Stipe who is two years younger than him is also a musician. Lynda Stipe is the lead vocalist in her own band known as “Hetch Hetchy”. Michael went for his graduation to a high school in the city of Collinsville, Illinois. After this, he decided to study in the University of Georgia. It was during this time that he met Peter Buck, who at that time worked at a record shop. It was Peter Buck that helped Michael Stipe in finding his music. The duo started making their own music very early. When Bill Berry and Mike Mills tagged along with them in the process of music making they started a band, which they named R.E.M.
Michael Stipe Career, Awards & Achievement
The band’s debut single “Radio Free Europe” was first broadcasted on a radio station called, “Hib-Tone”. The song became a huge hit, especially among college goers. This was in the year 1980. Three years later, the band released its first album under the banner of I.R.S. records. This album called “Murmur”, got several great reviews. The following year, they released their 2nd album, “Reckoning” which again was a big hit. Their third album was recorded in London. This one was called, “Fables of the Reconstruction”.
Shortly after the release of the band’s first album, Michael Stipe was cast in a film called “Just Like a Movie” in Athens. Michael Stipe in fact, has had a very eventful career. He has not only been a part of several joint projects with contemporary rock musicians, but has also been involved in composing hit sound scores for movies. He has been executive producer for films, like “Man on the Moon” and “Saved.” He has appeared in a few television series as well and has also lent his voice for characters in animated T.V. shows and movies. Some of these are pretty popular and critically acclaimed.
Awards and achievements
Michael Stipe’s vocals and lyrics for the album “Murmur” got widespread appreciation and later, it won the Rolling Stones Album of the Year Award beating Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In 2007, Michael Stipe’s name went into the Rock and Roll, Hall of fame.
Net worth of Michael Stipe
Apart from being a successful musician, Michael Stipe is the co-owner of COO films. Much of his earnings come from the revenue of his company and the royalties from the music covers. All this adds up to make the net worth of Michael Stipe to be a considerable $75 million.
The story of Michael Stipe effectively delineates how sticking to ones beliefs, howsoever radical they may be, is not necessarily a hindrance to the success of individuals professionally. We wish him all the luck for his future.