One Sturgill Simpson was born on the day of 8th June 1978 in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky. He was the only child of a secretary and a state policeman, who formerly worked undercover narcotics. Due to his father’s occupation, Simpson’s family moved to Versailles, outside Lexington, where he graduated from Woodford County High School.
Sturgill Simpson Parents And Early Life
His mother’s family was made up of coal miners, as a matter of fact Simpson is the first male on his mother’s side of the family to not work in a strip mine or deep mine. After three years in the United States Navy, Simpson spent some time in Japan, then lived in Everett for a bit, Washington, and then finally moved back home to Lexington, Kentucky.
Sturgill Simpson Marriage Details
Sturgill Simpson married Sarah Simpson in 2010; they have three children together and have been living in Nashville since his band ‘Sunday Valley’ disbanded.
Sturgill Simpson Education Details
Simpson attended Woodford County High School. He went through a rough patch after his parents divorced when he was in the seventh grade. This affected him to a point where he started indulging in the use and distribution of drugs for a brief period which luckily came to pass.
He enlisted in the US Navy right after his graduation and spent three years before being posted on a warship. He never had to face a battle but he did spend several days camped on different ports with the possibility of going to battle any day.
Sturgill Simpson Career And Awards
His music career started taking off around August of 2017 when he released three albums as a solo artist. He released two albums independently; ‘High Top Mountain (2013)’and ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music(2014)’. His second album is notable for being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, being listed 18th on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2014,” and also being named among “NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2014.” His third studio album, ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’, was released on Atlantic Records and was Simpson’s first major-label release, later earning him Best Country Album at the 59th Grammy.
Sturgill Simpson always had an undying passion for music and used to write songs often. In 2004, he formed a band, ‘Sunday Valley’, with a few of his friends which essentially made rock and country music. For a brief period, they performed together in local festivals after which Simpson left music and took up a job at the Salt Lake City railroad freight-shipping yard and later became a manager for the Union Pacific Railroad. After being persuaded by his wife and his friends, Simpson decided to go back to making music and took up the roles of being a vocalist and guitarist for his band ‘Sunday Valley’.
The band did many tours, performed at local gigs, and later released an album. However, it was disbanded in 2012 and Simpson decided to pursue a solo career in music.
On June 11, 2013, Simpson self-funded the release of his debut album ‘High Top Mountain’ which was produced by Dave Cobb. The album featured 12 tracks, including a few by Ray Cline, Ralph Stanley, and Steven Fromholz. The album peaked at number 11 on US Heat seekers Albums (Billboard) list. The track, ‘Life Ain’t Fair and the World is Mean’, became one of the most popular tracks by Simpson.
Simpson started producing his own touches to country music, and his style became very popular within a short span of time. His second album, ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’, was described as an unorthodox approach to traditional country music and went ahead to sell over 228 thousand copies in the United States and featured in the top 10 list of The Billboard charts for US country music.
His third album, titled ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’, was released in April 2016. It received rave reviews from all over the world and made to the top of Billboard’s charts for US Rock, US Folk, and US Country music. The album won multiple awards, including the 2017 Grammy Award for the Best Country Album.
Since then Simpson has also appeared in three feature films, ‘Orca Park’, ‘The Dead Don’t Die’, and ‘Queen & Slim’, in his career. He has also magnificentlyportrayed the character of ‘Ken Fry´ in the American thriller series ‘One Dollar’. It’s also key to mention that the inspiration for one of Simpson’s most successful works, the album ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,’ came from a letter his grandfather had left for his grandmother when he went to war. It therefore goes without saying that Simpson attributes a lot of his musical success such as winning a Grammy Award and an Americana Music Award to this letter from his grandfather to his grandmother which in itself is a very noble way to remember his grandparents.