Hank Williams III Bio - Musician
|Birth Name||Shelton Hank Williams|
|Birth place||Nashville, Tennessee, USA|
|Parents||Hank Williams Jr. and Gwen Yeargain|
|Sibling||Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Samuel Williams and Katherine Williams-Dunning|
|Height||6 feet 3 inches|
American musician Hank Williams III or Hank 3 is mostly known as the grandson of famous country singer Hank Williams. Music has always been a big part of his life, and he followed in his grandfather and father, Hank Williams Jr.'s footsteps, and has recorded and released numerous albums.
Due to his striking resemblance to his grandfather, Hank 3 has lived his life under the shadow of the late musician. As a result, he has also garnered attention from many of his grandfather's fans and the general public.
Early Life And Childhood
Hank Williams III was born, in Nashville, Tennessee, on the 12th of December, 1972, as Shelton Hank Williams. He is the eldest son of country star Hank WiIliams Jr. and his first wife, Gwen Yeargain. For a few years, the family was happy, but when Hank was just three-years-old, his parents got divorced.
Hank 3 was raised by his single mother, while his father was rarely around during his childhood. He grew up in Nashville but did not know much about his famous grandfather. Shelton was introduced to punk music at an early age and even joined a few bands in his neighborhood.
Hank Williams III Net Worth and Career
Williams III continued to pursue a career in music, however, he was mostly found playing for punk bands. He reportedly earned $30 per night then and was having the time of his life. He continued to perform with various bands over the years and traveled to different parts of the country.
Hank 3 signed a contract with the country music giant, Curb Records, and his debut solo album, Risin' Outlaw, was released in September 1999. The record did good business, and Williams also performed his songs on various shows around the country with his backup band Assjack.
Hank 3 continued to release numerous albums under Curb Records and even had the first country album to have a parental advisory warning. All of his country albums were successful on their own rights, and he has also released a long-awaited punk-metal record titled, Assjack in 2009. Some of Hank's albums and their prices are listed below:
|Risin' Outlaw||$9.99 (MP3)|
|Lovesick, Broke, & Driftin'||$13.98 (Audio CD)|
|Rebel Within||$9.99 (MP3)|
|Brothers of the 4x4||$8.99 (MP3)|
|Hillbilly Joker||$9.99 (MP3)|
In addition to the income from the album sales, Hank Williams III's net worth includes the earnings from his merchandise sales. Looking at the artist's fan following, it is clear that Hank 3 has earned a significant amount from his music career. As for his father, he has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
Family And Siblings
Williams is not the only child of father Hank Williams Jr. as he has four siblings from his father's marriages to Mary Jane Thomas and Becky White. Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Samuel Williams, and Katherine Williams-Dunning are Hank's half-siblings from his father's side. Among the five children of Williams Jr., Katharine was the only one who didn't pursue music. The youngest daughter of Williams Jr. tragically passed away in an accident in June 2020.
Hank also has an aunt named Jett Williams, who was the posthumous child of his grandfather. Whether the two share any close relationship is unclear, but it is clear that the Williams family is filled with musical talent, which they inherited from Hank Williams.
Also, he is a father to a baby boy who was born as a result of a one night stand. He only knew about his son after three years of his birth, and the mother wanted him to pay $24K for child support. He was still performing with the punk band during the time and did not have enough money to pay the child support. This was the main reason why he picked up country music.
- Shelton Hank Williams only took the name Hank Williams III to pursue a career in country music.
- When his grandfather's friend Minnie Pearl saw Hank, she was astonished by the resemblance and said, "Lord, honey, you're a ghost."
- He reportedly has been cut off from both his father's and grandfather's fortune.