Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens
Real Name/Full Name Harold Ray Ragsdale
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Ray Stevens
Birth Place: Clarkdale, Georgia, U.S.
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 24 January 1939
Age/How Old: 85 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 173 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 107 Kg
In Pounds – 235 lbs
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Light brown
Parents Name: Father – Willis Harold Ragsdale
Mother – Frances Stephens Ragsdale
Siblings: John Ragsdale
School: Druid Hills High School, South Cobb High School & Albany High School
College: Georgia States University
Religion: Christianity
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Penny Ragsdale
Kids/Children Name: Suzi Ragsdale & Timi Ragsdale
Profession: Singer-songwriter, arranger & comedian
Net Worth: $15 million
Last Updated: June 2024

When it comes to pop and country, Ray Stevens is a household name. He is a singer, songwriter as well as a comedian. His major works include The Streak, Gitarzan, Misty, and Everything is Beautiful, just but to mention a few. Some of them have won awards, whereas others have earned him overwhelming recognition. In addition to comedy, singing, and songwriting, at one point, Ray Stevens has been a television host, music arranger, and producer.

Well, how well do you know about Ray Stevens? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Ray Stevens’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Ray Stevens to date.

Biography and Early Life

Born to Frances Stephens Ragsdale and Willis Harold Ragsdale, Ray Stevens was born on 24th January 1939. His place of birth and birth name were Clarkdale, Georgia, and Harold Ray Ragsdale, respectively. He has a brother who goes by the name John Ragsdale. As early as his high school days, Stevens was already part of a band. As a matter of fact, he was its founder. Its name was The Barons, and the genre was rhythm and blue. It is clear that his interest in music goes way back.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Ray Stevens in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Ray Stevens’s age is 85 years old as of today’s date 15th June 2024 having been born on 24 January 1939. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 173 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 235 lbs in Pound and 107kg in Kilograms.


Before graduating from high school, Ray Stevens had attended several schools. They included Druid Hills High School, South Cobb High School, and Albany High School. Eventually, he completed his studies and decided to further his studies. Consequently, he enrolled at Georgia State University. His major was music, which was a good foundation for his career.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Ray Stevens With Wife Penny Ragsdale
Ray Stevens With Wife Penny Ragsdale

Sometimes back, it was hard to tell anything about Ray Stevens’ family. That is something that many celebrities find hard to do, probably since they are always in the limelight. Eventually, it became known by the public that he was a married man, and his wife’s name is Penny Ragsdale. However, the date of the marriage ceremony as well as its venue, remains a mystery.

Ray Stevens has two children comprising of a son and a daughter. Their names are Suzi Ragsdale and Timi Ragsdale.

Is Ray Stevens Gay?

The sexual orientation of Ray Stevens is straight. Therefore, he is neither gay nor bisexual. All facts show that he is a family man. He managed to keep his family out of the public eye, which often requires many efforts if someone is a celebrity. That means he really loves them. He understands that the public can be demanding on celebrities and their family at times and wouldn’t want his wife to go through that.

Professional Career

Upon turning 18, Capitol Records signed Ray Stevens. While with the label, he released a Silver Bracelet single and a cover of The Cello’s Rang Tang Ding Dong. After Bull Lowery founded the National Recording Corporation, be brought Stevens on Board. NRC offered Ray a platform to perform background vocals, arrange music and play various band instruments.

His next label was Mercury Records in 1961. It helped him produce several hits, including Ahab the Arab, Santa Claus Is Watching You, Funny Man, and Harry the Hairy Ape. The Sunday Morning Coming Down and Have a Little Talk with Myself were his first singles on the country music charts. Other hits include We the People, Bad Angel, The Spirit of ’76, and 9-CD The Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music box set.

In 2015, on 24th March, Ray Stevens released the Here We Go Again album. Its singles include Come to the USA, and Taylor Swift is Stalking Me featuring Taylor Swift. He also debuted in television series with Ray Stevens Nashville, which he later relaunched as Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville. Since early 2018, he has also been an owner of a performance venue by the name CabaRay.

The work that saw him earn a Grammy Award or nomination included Gitarzan; Everything is Beautiful, Love Lifted, Misty, I Need Your Help, Barrow Manilow, and Would Jesus Wear a Rolex.


Thanks to his excellence, Ray Stevens has won 2 Grammy Awards and earned up to 10 additional Grammy Awards Nominations. Other awards include several BMI awards, Music City News Awards, and a Country Weekly Golden Pick Award. His songs have gained recognition, such as Platinum Home Video, Ten Times Platinum Home Video, and Billboard Home Video of the Year. Other highlights are induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, Christian Music Hall of Fame, and Country Music Hall of Fame.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Ray Stevens in 2024

Ray Stevens Net Worth
Ray Stevens Net Worth

As of 2024, Ray Stevens’ net worth is approximately $15 million. It doesn’t come as a surprise because Stevens has been in the industry for quite a long time. Such a considerable net worth has seen him rank on top of the list of highest-paid singers globally. Given the fact that his music sales have made him receive gold albums, the figure doesn’t come as a surprise.

His home is worth a significant amount of money as well. As a singer, he makes earnings ranging between $21k and &208k. His YouTube channel and acting career also earn him $3.9k to $62.7k and $19k to $208k, respectively. With such earnings, the net worth is easy to come along.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • The official name of Ray Stevens is Harold Ray Ragsdale
  • According to the People with Money magazine, he was the world’s highest-paid singer
  • In 2016, he bought a home worth $2.85 million
  • Besides being an artist, Ray Stevens is also a person who has several investment ventures

He remains relevant in an industry for over half a century, especially as an artist, is often a rare occurrence. However, Ray Stevens, more than 60 years later, still makes a significant impact in the music industry. He is a Jack of many trades with several careers. He has won awards for apparent reasons. What do you expect when an artist is releasing a hit after a hit. Since hard work pays, he is among the highest-paid singers with a huge net worth.


  1. Ray, I have been listening to Misty non-stop forever. I believe you are NO 1. The G.O.A.T.
    Keep on churning them out Ahab!


  2. I was going thru some papers and found a letter from your staff dated 4-1-1971. They had sent the letter mentioning that you had heard my husband play lead guitar and wanted to know if he would be interesting in working with you. At the time he was playing for George Jones and Tammy Wynette. I was thrilled when I found the letter and just wanted to tell you about it.


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