How much is Gary Allan worth?
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
|Date of Birth:||December 5, 1967|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Gary Allan
After years of working the honky tonk circuit in his home state of California, Gary Allan, burst onto the national country music scene in 1996 with the release of his gold-certified debut album, Used Heart for Sale. His sound was a mix of traditional and contemporary, and he brought a fresh edge and originality that proved an immediate hit with country fans. A tireless and captivating performer with an uncompromising and honest attitude about the music he makes, Allan has carved out a wonderful career that shows no signs of slowing down.
Origins and Early Musical Successes
Born Gary Allan Herzberg on December 5, 1967 in La Mirada, California, music was always a big part of Allan’s life growing up. His mother insisted that the family’s guitars always remained out in the open to encourage his musical exploration. He was just thirteen when he began playing in the local honky tonks with his father. A&M; Records took notice of young Allan’s talents and offered him a recording contract when he was just fifteen. His parents supported his musical aspirations, but they insisted he get complete high school before jumping full-time into music, so A&M;’s offer was rejected.
After high school, Allan continued performing music in the local clubs with his band, the Honky Tonk Wranglers. In 1993, he was introduced by talent scout, Jim Seal, to producer/songwriter, Byron Hill, who brought in an A&R; person from a major label to see Allan perform. Everyone was knocked out by his performance, so Hill encouraged and helped Allan create some demo recordings that could be circulated through the industry.
Allan’s Debut Album Goes Gold
Immediately after signing with Decca Records in 1996, Allan went into the studio to begin work on his debut album, Used Heart for Sale. Hill co-produced the album with Decca producer Mark Wright. Allan’s first single, “Her Man,” a song previously recorded by Waylon Jennings for his 1990 album, The Eagle, climbed all the way to No. 7. The album’s next three singles failed to crack the top 40, but Used Heart for Sale still climbed to No. 20 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and was certified gold.
Allan released his sophomore album, It Would Be You, in May of 1998, and it spawned three hit singles, including the title track, which hit No. 7. The next two singles were “No Man in His Wrong Heart” and “I’ll Take Today.” During that time, Allan dabbled in acting, landing roles in the television mini-series, Shake, Rattle and Roll, as well as a part in the CBS television show, Pensacola – Wings of Gold.
Allan’s Third Album Goes Platinum
After Decca Records folded, Allan moved over to MCA, along with fellow Decca label mate, Lee Ann Womack. He released his third album, Smoke Rings in the Dark, in 1999. The album saw Allan incorporating a richer and more orchestrated sound, and the result proved successful as all three of the album’s singles cracked Billboard’s top 40. The album’s title track climbed to No. 12, while “Lovin’ You Against My Will” hit No. 37. Allan achieved his highest chart position to date with the album’s third single, “Right Where I Need to Be,” which climbed to No. 5. Smoke Rings in the Dark peaked at No. 9 on its way to platinum status.
Allan’s Career Skyrockets
Allan saw his career really take off with his next three albums. In 2001, he released his second consecutive platinum album, Alright Guy, which spawned three consecutive hit singles, including “Man of Me” (No. 18), “The One” (No. 3) and his first No. 1 country hit, “Man to Man,” which also crossed-over to No. 25 on the pop charts. Alright Guy climbed to No. 4 on Billboard’s country Albums chart and No. 39 on the all-genre chart. He released is fifth studio album, See If I Care, in 2003, and the major hits kept coming. “Tough Little Boys” became his second consecutive No. 1 hit, while “Songs about Rain” hit No. 12. “Nothing On but the Radio” became his third No. 1 hit.
Allan released his sixth studio album, Tough All Over, in 2005, and though the album only achieved gold status, it became his first No. 1 album. Two of its singles were top 10 hits, including the Vertical Horizon cover, “Best I Ever Had” (No. 7) and “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” (No. 4). After Allan’s next album, Greatest Hits, shot to No. 1, he returned with his seventh studio album, the gold-certified, Living Hard, which spawned three more hit singles, including “Watching Airplanes” (No. 2), “Learning How to Bend” (No. 13) and “She’s So California” (No. 24). His eighth studio album, Get Off on the Pain, is due in early 2010.
Set You Free
Gary Allan has skated on the edge of Nashville acceptability, but challenging country music conventions admittedly doesn’t take much. For Allan, it meant recording songs by alt-folkie Todd Snider, and throwing in a bit too much West Coast grit for some delicate tastes.
His new album Set You Free is on the slicker end of the scale.
Every Love Ballad (Runs Out of Metaphors)
Living Hard is was Allan’s first #1 country album since 2005’s Tough All Over. This new record matches its forerunner’s crisp sound and enthusiasm for downbeat ballads.
Those impulses find perfect expression in “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” even if it points listeners to the silver lining in life’s proverbial storm clouds. The tune became Allan’s first #1 country single since 2004’s “Nothing On But the Radio.”
More mournful is “You Without Me” and “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” in which a man blames his drinking on bad memories. (I’ll have to remember that one.) Liquor is likewise flowing in “Sand in My Soul,” as a man checks himself into a Hotel California for heartbroken boozers.
Next up on the energy scale is “Hungover Heart.” The fine tune lays down the rules on getting over the end of an affair. Hint: “Hair of the dog” will only compound your problems.
Don’t get too high on love
Or addicted to her touch
Don’t get hung up on forever
Cause there ain’t no such
Thing aren’t going too hot on “Good as New” either. At least not on the surface.
I had a broken watch on a broken chain
I had a roof that leaked every time it rained
I had an old guitar that wouldn’t stay in tune
Everything is broken, but this being that type of song, a little love fixes everything.
Since I’ve met you
Well, I’m good as new
Let There Be Rock
Breaking up the pity party is “No Worries,” a Kenny Chesney-style island islandeer. Also amping up the atmosphere is the tough Southern rocker “Bones.” The bracing opener “Tough Goodbye” and “Pieces” feel a bit like alt-rocky outtakes from Tim McGraw‘s Emotional Traffic.
Certainly, Set You Free can use these jolts of energy, but Allan still seems at his best — and definitely in his comfort zone — when he’s maudlin, morose, and three sheets to the wind. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Most Popular Gary Allan Songs
- “Man to Man”
- “Tough Little Boys”
- “Nothing on but the Radio”
- “Watching Airplanes”
- “Best I Ever Had”