Famous blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa became a household name in America as a result of his impeccable success in the music industry, having released about 15 solo albums with 11 of them reaching the number 1 position on the Billboard Blues Charts. However, his incredible body of work was publicly recognized as he clinched a nomination in the Grammy Awards, following his outstanding collaboration with Beth Hart which yielded the sensational album ‘Seesaw’. In addition, Bonamassa went on to become the winner of Instrumentalist Guitar for Blues Music Award in May 2013.
Read on as we bring more details regarding the early life, earnings and marriage of the great American guitarist.
Joe Bonamassa’s Biography (Age)
Joe Bonamassa was born as Joseph Leonard Bonamassa in Utica, New York on 8th May 1977, to his parents Len and Debra Bonamassa. He has a sister whose name is Lindsey Bonamassa. The talented guitarist is a holder of American nationality and belongs to the Italian ethnical background. He began to play the guitar at the age of 4. Seeing his potentials, his father encouraged him to seek a career in music. Joe Bonamassa was greatly influenced by the exceptional works of the British blues-rock records of legendary Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, all thanks to his father who has been the backbone of his music career right from the get-go and also put him under the tutelage of the great American guitarist Danny Gatton at the age of 11. While still in school, the talented guitarist formed his own band ‘Smokin Joe Bonamassa’. He was 12 at the time and toured Western New York and Pennsylvania on weekends because of his weekday school activities.
In 1989, the amazing guitarist started pursuing his professional music career by performing on stage with B.B. King. Similarly, he joined the band called Bloodline which was formed by the sons of other musicians namely; Robby Krieger, Berry Oakley and Miles Davis – he was 18 years old at this time. The gifted musician dropped his first studio album titled ‘A New Day Yesterday’ in 2000. The album comprised of some original tunes and covers of artists such as Jethro Tull and Rory Gallagher which went on to gain the number 9 spot on the Billboard Blues Charts. From 2002 to 2006, Bonamassa’s three studio albums clinched number 1 on the Billboard Blues Charts and likewise, all his five solo studio albums were among the top 10.
In addition, the talented singer further realized his childhood dreams of performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London when he did a duet with the legendary Eric Clayton at the aforementioned hall in 2009. A few years later, he performed his first full acoustic concert for the first time in his career with the aid of his producer, Kevin Shirley. Later on, he dropped his live acoustic album titled ‘An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House’.
Furthermore, the talented songwriter collaborated with three famous songwriters namely: James House, Jonathan Cain and Jerry Flowers, to release the album ‘Different Shades of Blue’ which further went on to announce his presence in the music industry as it attained number 1 on the Blues Chart, number 1 on the Indie Chart, as well as number 8 on the Billboard 200.
Almost soon afterwards, he collaborated with the singer Beth Hart to release many successful albums including the sensational Seesaw album that clinched the Grammy Award nomination in the Best Blues Album category. Bonamassa has gone ahead to cite Jethro Tull, Eric Clayton, Mick Abraham, Texas Flood album by Steven Ray Vaughan and Irish Four and Goodbye by Cream album from Rory Gallagher, as his musical influences. However, his collaborations with Beth Hart and winning the 2015 Blues Music Award in the category of Instrumentalist Guitar was among the highlights of his career in music.
Joe Bonamassa has also been involved in charity work as he owns a non-governmental organization known as Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation with the goal of enhancing music education and rendering its resources to schools that need it.
Joe Bonamassa is known to be living a luxury lifestyle, thanks to his successful endeavors as a musician. Notably, he has spent more than two decades in attaining such feat. After many years in the industry, the talented guitarist has gathered huge wealth, with his net worth estimated to be about $20 million.
Joe Bonamassa’s Family – Wife/Girlfriend
The award-winning musician is currently single. He was previously in a romantic relationship with Sandi Thom for a very long time but the love affair hit rock bottom in 2015 and Sandi has moved on with her life as she is presently married to Matt Benson.
He has not been linked to any romantic relationship since Sandi, perhaps, he is keeping them away from the public eye.