Phil Balsley is glorified as the singer and musician for one of the greatest musical bands of the 20th century, The Statler Brothers. Dubbed as "The Quiet One" in the group, he worked and toured for the band from 1955 to 2002.
His incredible amount of net worth is proof of his massive success in the mainstream gospel genre.
Phil Balsley Bio, Age
Born on 8 August 1939, famous Country musician Philip E Balsley is 79 years in age. The Virginia native is a founding member and legendary singer-musician of the American country music band, The Statler Brothers.
His contributions to the band and music itself have not gone unnoticed as he, along with his band members, was recently rewarded with an exhibit honor at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in 2019.
Although his net worth is not disclosed, Phil's multi-million dollar home in Swoope, Virginia, showcases his luxurious lifestyle.
Phil Balsley Wife & Family
The most challenging part of life is when someone has to continue living despite losing their beloved people.
In all the 79 years of his life, Phil has gone through the death of many, but the hardest for him was undoubtedly the deaths of his son and wife.
Phil had a happy family life before the two tragedies struck him without any prior indication.
His son Greg Balsley died a tragic death at the very age of 49 in June 2012. Greg was on his vacation to the Outer Banks when he accidentally drowned in the Atlantic Ocean. After Greg’s death, his social media pages became full of condolences and tribute by his friends and families.
Just like any parent who outlive their children, Greg’s death marked one of the worst nightmares for Phil and his whole family life.
In addition to the pain of his son’s death, the veteran musician again had to live the demise of his wife, Wilma Lee Balsley. She died in Augusta Health, Virginia in December 2014, nearly two-and-half-years after their son’s death.
Though Wilma's death was a natural one, it was one of the most unfortunate times of Phil’s life as he had to live the death of the person, with whom he had lived most of his life.
Facts About The Statler Brothers:-
The 1995 formed boy band consisted of five members during its formation; Phil Balsley, Don Reid, Harold Reid, Lew DeWitt, and Jimmy Fortune.
The group started as gospel musicians for Church.
The group was previously called The Kingsmen. Later, after the other band with the same name got popular, they elected themselves as The Statler Brothers.
- Johnny Cash was the one who originally discovered the group. In the beginning, The Statler Brothers regularly gave the backing vocals for the opening acts of The Johnny Cash Show which got them a high level of fame. Later, the group wrote a tribute song for Johnny Cash for introducing them to the industry.
- Further, in 1991 the band did their own show, The Statler Brothers Show after they became famous.
Phil Balsley with his band members in their band-titled show "The Statler Brothers Show" (Photo: TheStatlerBrothers)
The Statler Brothers first ever hit was Flowers on the Wall, which peaked the popularity in 1966. Later, in 1971, their socially conscious song “Bed of Rose’s” rose to the height of popularity. After their two hit releases, there was no looking back for The Statler Brothers.
Their later songs like Elizabeth, My One Love, Too Much on My Heart, Do You Know You Are My Sunshine were the Billboard chart hits. The band did a lot of successful tours with all of their hit songs. After their last tour in 2002, The Statler Brothers finally announced their retirement as a band on 26 October of the same year.