America is great for several reasons but one of those reasons is its relationship with entertainment and art. Through its embrace of art as a pivotal form of entertainment, it has produced several globally recognized names across music and film. The country has done its part in discovering new talents through staging competitions that provide entertainment and produce the NextGen music stars, such as America’s Got Talent, which has produced names like Kevin Skinner, a country singer.
Fans of America’s Got Talent will certainly remember Kevin Skinner as he was the gentle-eyed singer who won the season 4 of the competition, endearing himself to the crowd through his delivery of country music classics and other beautiful songs. Since he won the competition, however, much hasn’t been heard from the singer. Here is a look at his life, and where he is now.
Kevin Skinner Biography (Age)
When Kevin Skinner auditioned to be a part of the contestants on America’s Got Talent, like the rest of the contestants, he hoped to win but he never knew he would be the one living the reality of being the winner of the popular competition. Born on the 25th of February, 1974 in Graves County, Kentucky, it was a spirited rendition of Garth Brooks ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ that would swing the tide in his favor and earn him a chance at being crowned the winner.
Kevin Skinner was raised by his parents, Joe Skinner and an unknown mother in Graves County, and began to play the guitar at the age of 12. The guitar, which was a gift from his father became the calling card of life in music for Kevin.
He began to write and play music from an early age but his breakthrough wouldn’t come until later for the Kentucky-born singer. While he searched and waited for success to knock at his door, he worked as a chicken catcher on a farm, using the job as a stopgap in acquiring his daily needs.
He auditioned for the show in August 2009 and after winning the show, with his delivery of the song, I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith, he proceeded to perform in shows at Las Vegas, and on late-night television, on the show, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
In the following year, he released his first album, Long Ride. The album did not chart on the Billboard 200 or the US Country music chart. Combined with the disappointment of his album and some personal issues, Kevin Skinner decided to take a step back from the spotlight, with no concrete clue by the media as to what his next direction will be.
For a while in his life, he was married to a woman named Kristen Skinner. The marriage, which we cannot determine how long it lasted, produced two children – a daughter and a son, both of whom have their names hidden away from the media.
Unfortunately, the change in fortune that was Kevin Skinner’s America’s Got Talent win did not apply to his marriage and his wife left him shortly after he won. This separation has been considered part of the underlying factors that resulted in his disappearance and reported mental health issues.
When Kevin Skinner climbed the stage for the last time on America’s Got Talent and was declared the winner of the season, he became a millionaire, winning the competition’s highly coveted $1 million prize money. It was a great improvement in the life of the aspiring singer.
In addition to the prize money, Kevin Skinner has also released an album and has played shows across Las Vegas and other parts of the country.
Considering he has spent a considerable amount of time away from the media, with no released music or singles to his name, there is difficulty in ascertaining his net worth. He is however not considered to be poor considering he placed his $1 million prize money in an annuity.
Kevin Skinner is quite the recognizable fella. With a height of 6 feet and a slim body build, accompanied by a goatee, Kevin is easy to pick out from a crowd of people. If his height and the goatee doesn’t do it, he has other distinguishable features which include brown colored hair and dark brown eyes.
Other Facts About Kevin Skinner
- His annuity is expected to pay out as much as $25,000 to him every year.
- His father, Joe Skinner is a fan of Hank Williams, and he got his love for music through his father’s music.
- Kevin Skinner is signed to a label, Cypress Tree.