Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens
Celebrated Name: Ray Stevens
Real Name/Full Name: Harold Ray Ragsdale
Gender: Male
Age: 85 years old
Birth Date: January 24, 1939
Birth Place: Clarkdale, Georgia, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.7 m
Weight: 71 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Penny Jackson
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Suzi Ragsdale, Timi Jones)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Ray Stevens Gay? No
Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Comedian
Salary: $100,000 per year
Net Worth in 2024: $8 million
Last Updated: May 2024

Ray Stevens, who is of American origin, is a singer-songwriter in the genre of country and pop music, and a comedian as well. He’s majorly known for his Grammy Award-winning compositions- ‘Misty’ and ‘Everything Is Beautiful,’ and also for songs like ‘The Streak’ and ‘Gitarzan,’ which are his comedic hits.

His identity doesn’t end here since he has also worked as a TV host, a music arranger, and a producer.

Maybe you know about Ray Stevens very well, but do you know how old and tall is he, and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Ray Stevens’ short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Way back on January 24 of 1939, Harold Ray Ragsdale, who went on to be famous in the name- Ray Stevens, was born in Clarkdale, Georgia, USA. He was taken to and raised by his parents Wills Harold Ragsdale- his father and Frances Stephens Ragsdale- his mother. While he was just a teenager attending his high school, he formed a Rhythm & Blues group and named it ‘The Barons,’ which has his first band as well. After he was graduated, he decided to study music and thus enrolled himself as a music major at Georgia State University.

Personal Life

People of very high stature have always preferred to have their personal life private, and here Ray Stevens is just no exception. He has always chosen to live his life away from the eyes of the media, and thus not much information has ever been available about his personal life.

Though, it’s known that he’s happily married for a long time and has a great little family. He has a beautiful wife named Penny Jackson and two daughters named Suzi Ragsdale and Timi Jones.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on January 24 1939, Ray Stevens is 85 years old as of today’s date 18th May 2024. His height is 1.7 m tall, and his weight is 71 kg.


Just at the age of 18, in 1957, young Ray Stevens signed to the American record label- Capitol Records and even went on to produce a single- ‘Silver Bracelet’ and a cover of the song ‘Rang Tang Ding Dong’ which was initially recorded by the doo-wop group ‘The Cellos’ in that same year. Luckily, both of the singles received quite positive reviews from the Billboard, and thus it can be said that he couldn’t have had a better beginning.

Just in the next year, in 1958, the National Recording Corporation(NRC) was created by entrepreneur Bill Lowery, where he hired Ray not only to perform the background vocals for its band but also to arrange music and play various instruments. That was an excellent opportunity for him in his early career.

Awards & Achievements

The beautiful and mesmerizing Ray Stevens has inducted in the Christian Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was even bestowed with gold albums for the immense sales of his songs and inducted into the respectable Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in 2019.

Apart from winning 2 Grammy Awards; one for his song ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ under the category- ‘Best Contemporary Male Vocalist’ and one for his song ‘Misty’ under the category- ‘Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist,’ he was nominated several times for the same award under various types, which should be a matter of immense pride for any artist.

He has also received the BMI Awards numerous times for various songs which he either published, recorded or wrote, some of which includes “Gitarzan,” “Shriner’s Convention,” “The Streak,” and “Everything Is Beautiful.”

Net Worth & Salary of Ray Stevens in 2024

Ray Stevens Net Worth
Ray Stevens Net Worth

A man as gifted as Ray Stevens, who has contributed in the field of music for over five decades, is quite obviously supposed to be extremely rich in all means. He has worked throughout his life in various roles and has earned a lot of money and respect as well.

It’s known that he earns around $100,000 per year, and his net worth is something about $8 million as of May 2024. Though these figures look lovely and huge, we must also think how hard he might have worked to reach this zenith of his life, with sheer dedication and passion towards what he loves to do.

When we speak of people like Ray Stevens, who surely reached the highest points they could ever rise to in their careers, we often think how successful they might be, or how big an estate they might be owning. But actually, we must look at their lives and learn how much a person can achieve just with strict diligence and a dream to keep chasing, till the last breath. Ray Stevens, though now is living his old days, not only has left behind a glorious and admiring life, but also numerous songs which will surely live through the generations to come.


  1. I really love this man ever since I heard the song “everything is beautiful “. I have a few of his songs and wish I had brought them as they came out but didn’t. I have watched his show on TV and when he stood in for Andy Williams on his show and all his videos about his songs. For a man to put in songs the amount of fun and laughter that everyone can relate to is worth his weight in “Gold “Thank you Ray Stevens.
    With admiration and love forever Simon Simpson

  2. My grandmother Evelyn Ragsdale Owen who lived in paulding county Georgia was cosine to Ray stevens Ragsdale’s father I have always wanted to meet Ray as a child. I have always been a fan of his music cause I love to laugh. You are an inspiration to good music.

  3. Wow… a talent never is forgotten. What memories, Ray. We both are the same age & grew up in the 50’s..only I’m in the islands, oceans away but those memories know NO bounds. I just heard “That’s my Desire”… beautiful…they said it was you a great rendition.. Thanks.. you make us feel young again 🙂


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