Luke Combs: The Country Singer Is Worth A Lot More Than You Think

Luke Combs is the country singer-songwriter whose meteoric rise to one of the most sought-after performers in the genre surprised nobody more than him. The North Carolina native has been on the scene since 2014, however it was his debut studio album, This One's For You, released in 2017, that really put Combs on the map (via Billboard). The record hit #1 on the U.S. Country Chart, #4 on the Billboard 200, and even broke the top 10 in Canada for good measure.

Hit singles "Hurricane," "When It Rains It Pours," "One Number Away," and "She Got the Best of Me" blew up country radio, too, all of them reaching #1 on the U.S. Country Airplay charts and declared platinum or higher. In 2018, Combs was rightfully awarded the New Artist of the Year trophy at the CMAs (via Taste of Country). To top it all off, the singer-songwriter was nominated for a Grammy in 2019, and again in 2020.

Luke Combs is shocked by his own success

Still, for the self-proclaimed kid from Asheville, it still feels like a total whirlwind. As Combs admitted in an interview with Forbes, conducted right at the end of his career-making 2018, "It's been a pretty wild year. We've done so much that it's hard to even make a top ten list of things that we've done this year as far as the cool factor goes." The country star hadn't had the time to even process yet, let alone take stock of everything.

He's immensely grateful for his success thus far, of course, describing it as more than he could've ever imagined. Combs wasn't ever in doubt about his own abilities, however, he admitted, "I never would have imagined it being to this extent. I think my real goal was just to be able to make a decent living playing music. Everything else on top of it is so awesome and so amazing. My team and I are thankful for everything." 

Luke Combs' meteoric rise has paid off massively for the country singer

Although Combs' European tour was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he appreciated the opportunity to take a break, telling Rolling Stone in 2020, "I haven't had any time at home for three or four years now. I definitely wish we were out doing shows, but it's like hitting the reset button for me." The North Carolina native was grateful to enjoy a simpler existence, at least for a little while, describing himself as "living the redneck dream" in quarantine.

Even if Combs' incredible rise to the top of the country pile was stymied the tiniest bit, there's no doubting he's made a serious mark in the short time he's been around. The singer-songwriter hasn't just made a name for himself either, Combs has made some serious money, too. Celebrity Net Worth puts his earnings at $5 million to date. Not too shabby for someone who never dreamed he could make it this far in the first place.