Is Willie Nelson married? Yes, he is. His wife’s name is Annie D’Angelo (born on August 27, 1956). Nelson and D’Angelo have been enjoying their conjugal life since 1991. Together, the pair have welcomed two children both sons named Lukas Autry (born on December 25, 1988) and Jacob Micah Nelson (born on May 24, 1990).
Annie D’Angelo isn’t the first wife of Nelson as he was previously married to other three women. His first wife’s name is Martha Matthews with whom he married in 1952 and divorced in 1962. They had three children together named Willie “Billy” Hugh, Jr., Susie and Lana. It was said that Nelson was assaulted by Matthews who even beat him with a broomstick after sewing him up in bedsheets.
Following the divorce, he was romantically linked with Shirley Collie with whom he celebrated his wedding in 1963. They couldn’t continue their relationship making them got divorced in 1971. After that, he married Connie Koepke with whom he welcomed a daughter named Amy Lee Nelson. The couple got divorced in 1988 ending their 17 years of conjugal life. Nelson had seven children from his four wives. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and biography of Nelson:
Who is Willie Nelson?
Born as Willie Hugh Nelson, he landed the planet on April 29, 1933, which makes his age be 87 years old as of 2020. By profession, he is an American musician, actor, author as well as a renowned activist. As an actor, he has been starred in over 30 movies and has co-authored multiple books.
Early Life and Education
Nelson was born in 1933 and his place of birth is in Abbott, Texas, the United States of America. Talking about his family background, he was born to the parents named Myrle Marie (née Greenhaw) Nelson (mother) and Ira Doyle Nelson (father). One of his ancestors named John Nelson has contributed to the American Revolutionary War as a major. His parents were originally from Arkansas who moved to Texas in 1929.
His father used to work as a mechanic whereas his grandfather named William was a blacksmith. He has a sister named Bobbie and the siblings were raised up by their grandparents as their parents left them early. His grandfather William bought a guitar for him when he was six years old. Nelson used to sing gospel songs in the local church alongside his sister.
At the age of seven, Nelson wrote his first song and started playing guitar for a local band named Bohemian Polka when he was just nine years old. From an early age, he started earning money by singing in taverns and dance halls. He was highly influenced by Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.
Talking about his education and academic achievements he went to Abbott High School where he was active as a sports boy being a guard on the basketball team, halfback on the football team as well as shortstop in baseball.
Career and Professional Life
Nelson initially worked as a relief phone operator in Abbott and later joined the local electric company as a tree trimmer. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 after leaving school. He married Martha Matthews in the early 1950s and later attended Baylor University where he studied agriculture. He continued working as a nightclub bouncer, tree trimmer as well as a saddle maker and auto house partsman.
Later, he moved to Pleasanton, Texas with his family where he went for a DJ audition at KBOP. He made two recordings using the station’s instruments. He also garners the experience of working at KDNT in Denton as well as KCNC in Fort Worth. He used to play in nightclubs and taught Sunday school. He had struggling moments during his early age.
He was hired by KVAN in Washington making frequent appearances on a television show. His first recording was made in 1956 but the recording failed. He used to sing in Vancouver clubs making an appearance in a Colorado nightclub in addition to working as a radio announcer. He even sold vacuum cleaners as well as bible door to door. Later, he turned as the sales manager after being hired by the Encyclopedia Americana.
After signing a contract with D Records, he moved to Texas in 1958. He wrote songs like Funny How Time Slips Away, Crazy, Hello Walls and Pretty Paper. Later, he signed with Pamper Music after moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1960. He recorded his first album in 1962 which was titled “…And Then I Wrote”. He initially retired from the music industry in 1972 but returned back the musical journey after being inspired by the ongoing music scene of Austin.
He signed a contract with Atlantic Records in 1973 through which he released two studio albums called Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Phases and Stages (1974). He switched to Columbia Records in 1975 through which he recorded albums like Red Headed Stranger and The Sound in Your Mind (1976). Later, he joined the country supergroup The Highwaymen along with Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
American singer Willie Nelson has been married four times. His first wife’s name is Martha Matthews with whom he enjoyed conjugal life for ten years from 1952 to 1962. The following year of his divorce, he married Shirley Collie and got divorced in 1971. His third wife’s name is Connie Koepke with whom he was married from 1971 to 1988. He is currently married to Annie D’Angelo since 1991. From his relationship, Nelson is father to six children. Nelson’s religion is Christianity.
Willie Nelson stands at an average height of 5 feet and 6 inches or 167.5 cm. His weight is 73 kilograms or 161 lbs making him have a balanced BMI calculation. His thin lips, hawk nose type, hooded eyes and long jawline are his major distinctive features. There is no information about him being ill. He is a fitness conscious person and is reported to have developed an interest in martial arts from his early childhood days. He loves to practice kung fu and is the second-degree black belt in taekwondo.
Salary and Net worth
American musician/ actor/ singer/ activist Willie Nelson has an estimated net worth of 25 million USD. He is active in the music industry since 1956 for which the music world appreciates him for his decades of long contributions. The Internal Revenue Service seized his assets in 1990 and his debt was later cleared by the auction of Nelson’s assets. He explored genres like blues, folk, jazz and reggae.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of Willie Nelson is prepared by various wiki sites including IMDb and Wikipedia. He is active on Twitter @willienelson where he has garnered more than 700k followers. Join him on Instagram @willienelsonofficial where he has garnered over 600k followers.