Who is Troy Gentry?
Troy Gentry was born 5 April 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky USA, and is a singer and musician, best known as one half of the country music duo called Montgomery Gentry, alongside Eddie Montgomery. The two had great success in the country genre before Troy’s passing in 2017.
Out boating with the folks from Tommy's outside Orlando. Gearing up for show time. Thanks y'all. pic.twitter.com/HrfuCreNal
— Troy Gentry (@T_RoyMG) November 8, 2013
The Net Worth of Troy Gentry
How rich is Troy Gentry? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $8 million, earned largely through a successful career in the music industry. He released numerous albums and projects with his music partner, and all of his achievements ensured the position of his wealth.
Early Life, Education and Career Beginnings
While little information is available about Troy’s childhood and his family, it is known that he grew up with a brother as well as a sister. When he was 13 years old, he became a part of a band Eddie Montgomery founded, called Early Tymz alongside John Michael Montgomery. However, the group soon disbanded, but briefly performed together as Young Country.
After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky, later completing his college education at Lexington Community College. After their lead vocalist went to pursue a solo career, Troy won a Jim Beam National Contest which led him to perform as an opening act to Tracy Byrd and Patty Loveless. He initially wanted to pursue a solo career, but was unable to land a record deal, which led him to reunite with Montgomery and create the duo entitled Deuce which played at local nightclubs. They later changed their name to Montgomery Gentry before signing with the Columbia Records’ Nashville division in 1999.
In 1999, they released their debut single entitled “Hillbilly Shoes” which reached 13th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 country charts, the success leading to their debut album entitled “Tattoos & Scars”. Their next single was “Lonely and Gone” which reached fifth spot on the country charts, and the duo continued to release charting singles, leading them to win the Top New Vocal Duo or Group Award from the Academy of Country Music. In the 2000s, their successful recording helped their album reach platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album received good reviews thanks to the southern rock influence.
In mid-2001, they released their second album – “Carrying On” – with the lead single “She Couldn’t Change Me” reaching second spot on the country charts. They released the song “Didn’t I” which was also included in the film soundtrack of “We Were Soldiers”, and gained good reviews, plus being certified gold. They started working on a new project entitled “My Town” on which they had the option to use session musicians. They released tracks such as “Speed” and “Hell Yeah” which reached high numbers on the charts, and attracted further positive reviews for their work.
Continued Music Releases
Their fourth album was entitled “You Do Your Thing”, which contained their first number one single “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”, which was followed up by another number one single, “Something to Be Proud Of”, and the single “Gone” which reached third spot. The album became their third to rate platinum, and again had a lot of favorable reviews. Their next project was “Some People Change” which tackles issues of family, neighbors, and relationships; their single “Lucky Man” was a number one hit and was nominated for a Grammy Award, despite which it was their lowest selling album at the time.
In 2008, they worked on the album “Back When I Knew It All”, which contained the number one hit “Roll with Me”, and in 2009 planned another album entitled “Freedom”, but it was later scrapped in favor of the EP “Hits and More: Life Beside a Gravel Road”. The duo then signed with Average Joes Entertainment, and released their seventh album “Rebels on the Run”. A few of their latest projects with Gentry involved include “Friends and Family” and “Folks Like Us”.
Personal Life and Death
For his personal life, it is known that Troy married Angie McClure in 1999 and they have a child together. This is his second marriage, as he was previously married and had a child in that one but which ended in divorce. In 2004 he was fined $15,000 and was forced to give up hunting, fishing, as well as trapping, because of his purchase of a black bear from the Minnesota Wildlife Connection which he subsequently shot inside an electrified enclosure; he was also forced to forfeit the bear’s remains. He later apologized for his actions and the unethical manner of which he treated the bear.
In 2017, Troy passed away in a helicopter crash while on a tour of Medford, New Jersey before the duo were to perform that evening. The Twitter page of the duo later released the statement of his death, and a memorial service was held at the Grand Ole Opry. The following year, a report was released by the National Transportation Safety Board, stating that the accident was due to the pilot’s inability to maintain rotor rpm which resulted in an uncontrolled descent. Despite his passing, his partner Montgomery still holds on to the band name and releases music.