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Ricky Van Shelton Net Worth | Wife (Bettye Witt)

Ricky Van Shelton Net Worth – $3 million

What is Ricky Van Shelton’s net worth? Is Ricky Van Shelton married?


Ricky Van Shelton is an American country singer and author who has released nine studio albums (of which four have been certified platinum).


He was born on January 12, 1952, in Danville, Virginia, USA, to Eloise and Jenks Shelton.

Shelton is the youngest out of five siblings – he has two older sisters named Judy and Cacky and two older brothers named Ronnie and Don.

When he was a teenager, Ricky started singing in his brother’s band. In addition, Shelton performed at local gatherings.

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He went to high school in Gretna, Virginia.

After high school, Ricky started to sing in clubs. In June 1986, CBS Records offered him a recording contract after Shelton impressed producer Steve Buckingham during a club performance.

Debut Album

In 1987, Ricky released his debut album, titled – ”Wild-Eyed Dream.” The album contained the hits Somebody Lied, Life Turned Her That Way, and Crime of Passion.

The song ”Life Turned Her That Way” reached #1 on the Billboard Country Music chart. It was previously recorded by Mel Tillis and Little Jimmy Dickens.

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In September 1988, he released his 2nd studio album – ”Loving Proof.” It was certified platinum by the RIAA on December 20, 1989. The singles that reached number 1 on charts are – Living Proof, From a Jack to a King, and I’ll Leave This World Loving You.

In 1990, he released his third album, titled – ”RVS III.” It was certified platinum by the RIAA on April 8, 1991. Some of the best singles from the album are – Life’s Little Ups and Downs, I Meant Every Word He Said, I’ve Cried My Last Tear for You, and Statue of a Fool.

In 1990, Shelton recorded a Christmas album named – ”Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas.” The album includes songs – Christmas Long Ago and Country Christmas.

In 1991, Ricky duetted with Dolly Parton on the song, “Rockin’ Years.”

In 1991, he released another album, called – ”Backroads.” The album was certified platinum. It contained several number one hits, including – Keep It Between the Lines, I Am a Simple Man, and Rockin’ Years.

In the follow-up year, Ricky released an album of gospel music, entitled – ”Don’t Overlook Salvation.” The album was certified gold by the RIAA.

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In 1994, Shelton released his seventh album, named – ”Love and Honor.”

In 1997, he started his own label – ”RVS Records.”

In 1998, Ricky released another album, called – ”Making Plans.”

In 2000, he signed with the Audium label.

In 2000, Shelton released his last album, titled – ”Fried Green Tomatoes.”

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He has written and published a series of children’s books called:

  • 1992 – Tales From a Duck Named Quacker: The Story Begins;
  • 1993 – Quacker Meets Mrs Moo: Tales from a Duck Named Quacker;
  • 1994 – Quacker Meets Canadian Goose.


In 1986, Ricky Van Shelton married Bettye Witt. The couple started to date in 1979.

In May 2006, Ricky announced that he was retiring from country music to spend time with his family.

Ricky and his wife do not have any children.

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In 1992, he admitted that he suffered from alcoholism. Shelton even thought of suicide. During a 1993 interview, Ricky said:

“I was looking for a gun one night to kill myself. I had a .38 special right beside my bed in my bus in a little secret compartment.”

Shelton went on to say:

“Nobody knew, nobody. It disappeared without a trace and I ain’t found it to this day.” 

Shelton added the middle name Van to not be confused with another person (also named – Ricky Shelton) where he had grown up.

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Ricky Van Shelton and Kathy Mattea attend the 25th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 25, 1990 – @Getty

Ricky Van Shelton – Net Worth

So, how much is Ricky Van Shelton worth? Shelton earned most of his wealth from his music. Ricky has released nine studio albums, of which four have all been certified platinum. In addition, Shelton had 10 number-one hits, as well as more than 15 Top Ten Country Music hits. Therefore, Ricky Van Shelton has an estimated net worth of $3 million.

His number one hits are – Keep It Between the Lines, I Am a Simple Man, Rockin’ Years, I’ve Cried My Last Tear for You, Living Proof, From a Jack to a King, I’ll Leave This World Loving You, Don’t We All Have the Right, Life Turned Her That Way, and Somebody Lied.

Moreover, Shelton made some money from appearing in television shows, including – Baywatch, Workin’ Man: a Tribute to Merle Haggard, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hot Country Nights, Live! with Kelly, An All-Star Salute to Country Music, and Hee Haw.

His music has been featured in the following TV series – Maverick, Baywatch, Honeymoon in Vegas, Big Bad John, and Next of Kin.

Also, Ricky makes money from selling his series of children’s books. On Amazon, Ricky Van Shelton sold an estimated 7,000 copies of his books.

On Spotify, he has 229K monthly listeners. 

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Elsie Leydig

Monday 16th of October 2023

I really miss Ricky Van Shelton's singing. He was and always will be my favorite singer. His voice is so smooth and sounds so good. I have most of his albums and know the words to all the songs. This might sound morbid, but I am thinking about having his Don't Overlook Salvation album played at my funeral. It is so nice. I have his three Quacker booksand the one Bette wrote about his life. I just wish you were still singing but I understand why you don't. God Bless you and Bette

Stephanie Wooldridge Shelor

Sunday 23rd of July 2023

This young man grew up near where I was raised. Heard of his singing from local folks that went to some of the places he played. I met him face to face in 1995 on I81 returning from TN. He was heading home to Grit for the Christmas holiday. We met at a VA rest stop. Boy was I surprised to see him to. Miss this young man but probably the best move he ever made for he and his wife.

Pamela Woodberry

Wednesday 21st of December 2022

I don't mean anything by it but did Ricky Van Shelton and his wife ever have any kids? I miss Ricky Van Shelton's singing.


Thursday 22nd of December 2022

@Pamela Woodberry, no children

Judy Harmon

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

I was totally obsessed with Ricky. I saw him in many concerts, usually on the front row because I camped out for tickets. Lots of pictures and visited him backstage after most concerts. He was friendly and wonderfully entertaining at all times. I knew some of his crew and his bus driver. Ricky called me South Arkansas because of my Southern drawl. Lots of fun and I hated when it came to an end. The last concert I attended was at the State Fair in Little Rock. I was alone sitting out front in a rain storm when the attendants came and told me Ricky was headed back to Nashville due to weather. lol

Linda Sawatsky

Sunday 30th of October 2022

I love all your songs!!! Such A Great Voice God gave you. Thank you entertaining us each time we hear you sing!!! You're one of my favorites 😍♥️ Also love your duets with Dolly Parton... Your in good company with Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakum, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson,Kris Kristopherson, Hank Williams Sr and Jr., Joe Stampley, Conway Twitty, Chris Stapleton, Charlie Pride, John Prine. Just a few on my top list How can you tell I love country music? Anyhow have great day. Stay healthy God bless your family.