John Royce Mathis, more popularly known as Johnny Mathis is an evergreen American singer widely famous for his contribution to different genres of music. It was in the year 1956 that he entered into the music industry and has been active ever since. His music ranges from pop to soft rock, county as well as Spanish and Brazilian.
Although, most of his creations are of the romantic attribute. Beginning from the mid of the 20th century to this day, John Mathis has kept music top priority his entire life. Now let’s have a close look at John Mathis’s net worth in 2018.
John Mathis was born on the 30th of September, 1935. He spent the initial years of his life at Gilmer, Texas, where he was born; and then he moved to California where he was eventually raised. The first of his group performances, which was also the starting point of his musical journey, was in a band formed by his high school friend Merl Saunders. John wasn’t only a great singer but also an exceptional athlete.
He was a high jumper, a hurdler, and also quite well at basketball. Although he found himself on crossroads with both of his talents when he was selected for Olympic trials for high jumping and had to choose between going for the trials or staying back in NYC in order to record his first album. He eventually chose music as his ultimate passion and recorded his first album in the year of 1956.
After all these years, he is still considerably dedicated towards sports and is an avid golfer. He organises various athletic and sports events till date. He has taken to rehabilitation in the past for alcohol as well as drug addiction. He has also rendered support to various social organisations such as NAACP, YMCA and YWCA etc.
John Mathis’ is considered the 3rd largest selling artist of the 20th century. His first ever record album was released in 1956 and was named- ‘Johnny Mathis- a New Sound in Popular Song.’ Although his songs are more inclined towards soft pop and romance, his albums consist of varied genres. One of his albums- ‘Mathis Magic’ even includes some disco songs. At the beginning of his career only, John Mathis recorded two of his most popular songs- ‘Wonderful! Wonderful!’ and ‘It’s not for me to Say.’
In 1978, he recorded a duet with singer Deniece Williams called ‘Too Much, Too Little, Too Late’ which was his first number one hit on the top charts after the 1957 ‘Chances Are’. Over the years, John Mathis has recorded several albums out of which 73 have made the Billboard chart after their releases. The grandeur of John Mathis’ music career can be seen from the fact that he has recorded over 200 singles in his lifetime. He has contributed a great amount to the music industry and has made a lasting impression over the current music tastes of the masses.
Achievements and Awards
After spending almost 70 years forming and producing varied kinds of music, John Mathis has left a mark on many aspects of this field. He has been rightfully awarded many times for the same:
• Nomination for ‘Academy Award for Best original song’- for the song ‘The Last Time I Felt Like This’ (1978)
• Grammy Hall of Fame- ‘Chances Are’ (1998),’ Misty’ (2002), ‘It’s not for me to say’ (2008)
• Lifetime Achievement Award (2003)
• Hit Parade Hall of Fame (2007)
• Great American Songbook Hall of Fame (2014)
Net Worth of John Mathis
Being the 3rd largest selling and one of the most popular singers of our time, John Mathis has the net worth equivalent to $420 million. His annual earnings were about $50 million at the time he was professionally active.
Johnny Mathis has contributed invariably to the field of music. At the age of 82, he still reigns and upholds the essence romantic genre irrespective of changing generations. Now after successfully emerging as one of the biggest figures in the music industry he has made a peaceful retreat for a calm and quiet personal life.