Meat Loaf is the stage name of popular American musician Michael Lee Aday. Other than being a musician, Meat Loaf is also a songwriter, actor, and record producer. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time in the music history. Let’s dive into deeper to know more about the career, biography, and net worth of Meat Loaf in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Meat Loaf was born as Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. First, he changed his name to Michael Lee Aday and then took up his stage name. His father, Orvis Wesley Aday, was a former police officer and his mother, Wilma Artie, was a school teacher. He didn’t have a pleasant childhood because his father was a big alcoholic. Meat attended Thomas Jefferson High school and completed his high school. Then, he enrolled at Lubbock Christian College but later moved to North Texas University.
Like his professional career, Meat Loaf also has a balanced love life. So far, he has been married has twice and divorced once. His first wife was Leslie Aday whom he married in 1979. The two had two kids before their divorce in 2001. He married for the second time in 2010. His wife’s name is Deborah Gillespie. As of now, they are together and have no kids.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
Meat had a terrible childhood. After the death of his mother, he moved to Los Angles and found his solace in music. He founded the band ‘Meat Loaf Soul’. The band couldn’t do much for Meat, and he had to disband it after a few years. Following that, he continued to collaborate with other musicians. Soon, he became popular, and this helped him to make his acting debut. He first gained huge public attention with the film ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’.
After the quick success of this film, he released his album ‘Bat Out of Hell’ which turned out to be the biggest success of his career. Then, he released the trilogy of this album, and they all were the smash hits. He sold nearly 40 million copies of this album worldwide. Following that, he released many blockbuster music albums. He also appeared in numerous films and gained the success too. So far, he has released more than ten albums, and most of them are a platinum hit.
Over his successful career, Meat has won several awards. He is the recipient of Grammy Awards, NME Award, Echo Award, Brit Award, and Danish Music Award. Other than these awards, he also won many other award nominations.
Net Worth & Earnings
Meat holds nearly a 5-decade-long career. Over his career, he has enjoyed the mainstream of success which certainly helped him to earn huge money. His album series ‘Bat out of Hell’ alone has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and it still sells nearly 200,000 copies annually. With the figure, you can have an idea about the net worth of Meat Loaf. Well, the legendary musician holds a staggering net worth of $50 million at present. He has made the major amount of money through the music. Acting is also a source of his income.
After having sold more than 80 million records worldwide, Meat Loaf is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He also made the 96th place on the list of ‘100 greatest artists of hard rock’.