Who is Chris Isaak?
Born Christopher Joseph Isaak on the 26th June 1956, in Stockton, California USA, he is a musician, singer, songwriter and actor, but probably best known for his hits songs such as “Wicked Game”, “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing”, “Somebody’s Crying”, and “Blue Hotel”, among many others. So far, Chris has released 12 studio albums and has won a number of awards, and been compared to such greats as Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Duane Eddy and Ricky Nelson.
Early Life, Family, and Education
Chris Isaak was born as a son of Joe Isaak, a forklift driver, and Dorothy – of Italian ancestry – a potato chip factory worker. He went to the Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, where was a class president before matriculating in 1974. Isaak then studied at the San Joaquin Delta Community College, transferring to the University of the Pacific and graduating with a Bachelor of English and Communications Arts in 1981.
After university Isaak formed a rock band called Silvertone, and in 1985 released his debut studio album “Silvertone”, under Warner Bros. Records. The album wasn’t a commercial hit, but songs “Gone Ridin” and “Livin’ for Your Lover” featured in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” (1986) starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern.
Rise to Prominence
Chris continued to record music. and his breakthrough came in 1989 with the album “Heart Shaped World”, which peaked at the No. 7 on the Billboard 200, selling over 2.5 million copies in the US and achieving triple-platinum status, while the single “Wicked Game” reached the Top 10.
In 1995, Chris released his fifth studio album – “Forever Blue” – which peaked at No. 31 on Billboard 200, and No. 27 on UK Albums chart. It also achieved platinum status in the US, and was nominated for Best Rock Album. The single “Somebody’s Crying” received a Grammy nomination, while “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” featured in Stanley Kubrick’s final movie “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. By the end of the ‘90s, Isaak had recorded two more albums: “Baja Sessions” (1996) and “Speak of the Devil” (1998).
— Chris Isaak (@ChrisIsaak) April 6, 2018
With the start of the 2000s, Chris focused more on contributing to other artists than on recording his own music. As a result, he released a duet with Johnny Hallyday covering Fats Domino’s hit “Blueberry Hill” in 2006, among many other collaborations at the time. He returned to the studio in 2009, when he recorded the album “Mr. Lucky”, however, it failed both critically and commercially. Nevertheless, he continued to make music and since then has released two more studio albums “Beyond the Sun” (2011), which achieved gold status in Australia and silver in the UK, while in 2015 Chris released his twelfth studio album, “First Comes the Night”, which was popular particularly in Australia, reaching No. 2 on the charts.
An Acclaimed Actor
Aside from music, Chris has other talents, including acting, debuting on film in Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-nominated “Married to the Mob” (1988), starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, and Paul Lazar. He then had a minor role in Demme’s Oscar-winning thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), alongside Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, while in 1992, Isaak appeared in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”, all of which added a substantial amount to his net worth. Also in the ‘90s, Isaak also played in such movies as Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Little Buddha” (1993) with Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda, in “Grace of My Heart” (1996), and in Tom Hanks’ Oscar-nominated comedy “That Thing You Do!” (1996).
From 2001 to 2004, Chris hosted 47 episodes of “The Chris Isaak Show”, and then had parts in John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame” (2004), and in “The Informers” (2008) with Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, increasing further his net worth. Most recently, Isaak appeared in an episode of “Hot in Cleveland” (2014) and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces” (2014).
Chris Isaak Awards
Since the start of his musical career in the early ‘80s, Chris has won a number of prestigious awards, including the MTV Award in the category Best Male Video, Best Cinematography, and Best Video from a Film for his song “Wicked Game”, then California Music Award in the categories for Outstanding Album for his “Forever Blue”, and Outstanding Male Vocalist, plus many other nominations and awards.
Do You Know How Rich Chris Isaak Is?
Since launching his career in the ‘80s, Chris has become a music, film and TV star, earning fame across the globe. His albums “Heart Shaped World” from 1989, and “Forever Blue”, from 1995 achieved double and triple platinum status, which only added a considerable amount to his wealth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Chris Isaak is? Well, as of mid- 2018, Isaak’s net worth is estimated at $21 million, according to authoritative sources. Pretty decent, don’t you think for a music legend who had his peak in the ‘90s.
Do You Know About Chris Personal Life, Wife, Marriage, Children?
When it comes to his personal life, Chris is one of those personalities that tend to keep their private information hidden from the media. However, a few details about Chris’ life surfaced, such as his relationship with Bai Ling, which lasted for a year, between 1999 and 2000, and a romance with Caroline Rhea. Other than that, there is no more information about this legendary singer. He now lives in a beach house in the San Francisco Bay area.
Is Chris Isaak on Social Media?
Chris Isaak can be found on such social media networks as Facebook and Instagram. His official Facebook page has more than 310,000 followers, with whom he has shared his latest career endeavors, such as tour announcements and other details. On the other hand, his Instagram page is far less popular, as he only has around 5,000 followers, and has far fewer posts. So, if you aren’t already a fan of this successful musician and actor, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you, just follow links to his official pages.