Kid Rock

About Kid Rock

He may hail from up north in Michigan, but Kid Rock has a country soul.

Born Robert James Ritchie, the polarizing entertainer is one of the most successful acts in the rap/rock/hip hop pantheon, but has also been embraced by country fans who’ve connected with such hits as “All Summer Long” and the Sheryl Crow duet “Picture.”

Kid Rock’s rise to fame can be traced back to his early days in the late ’80s performing with a hip-hop group called the Beast Crew. By the time he was 17, he had signed with Jive Records and released his first solo album, “Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast.” Kid Rock continued recording for different labels, releasing additional albums and steadily building his fan base.

His 1998 breakthrough album, “Devil Without a Cause,” sold 14 million copies and spawned the hit single “Bawitdaba.” His follow up album, “Cocky,” included “Picture,” a country ballad that earned him his first taste of crossover success. He continued to court country music fans when he invited outlaw David Allan Coe to open on his 2001 “American Bad Ass” tour. In 2003, he contributed to I’ve Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings,” recording “Luckenbach, Texas” with Kenny Chesney.

In 2007, Kid Rock released his seventh studio album, “Rock N Roll Jesus,” which became his first to hit No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. The hit single from that album, “All Summer Long” became a multi-format smash. In subsequent years, his albums “Born Free,” “First Kiss” and “Sweet Southern Sugar” have featured a decidedly more country flavor. The latter album, released in late 2017, marks his first release since signing with Nashville-based Broken Bow Records.

Kid Rock divides his time between homes in his native Michigan and a sprawling spread outside Nashville. Kid Rock has one son, Robert James Ritchie Jr., and a granddaughter. Though frequently touted as an “American Bad Ass,” the role Kid Rock relishes most these days is doting grandpa. He is engaged to longtime girlfriend Audrey Berry.

In addition to music and family, he also has a passion for politics and is an outspoken Republican. He teased fans in 2017 by hinting he would run for the U.S. Senate, but later claimed it was a hoax. Whether sharing his political views or writing a new song, Kid Rock never hesitates to speak his mind, which has proven a surefire way to keep fans guessing and engaged.

Kid Rock bares his musical soul in a stirring new video Videos Kid Rock bares his musical soul in a stirring new video , Senior Country Correspondent 12:59pm, February 27
Kid Rock makes a strong statement saying what this senator did was wrong News Kid Rock makes a strong statement saying what this senator did was wrong , Rare Country Contributor 9:37am, January 26
Kid Rock is forced to make some changes as a result of lawsuit News Kid Rock is forced to make some changes as a result of lawsuit , Senior Country Correspondent 2:41pm, January 11
Kid Rock lands in hot water over this over-the-top promotion for his new show News Kid Rock lands in hot water over this over-the-top promotion for his new show , Senior Country Correspondent 11:06am, December 26
Kid Rock and Dolly Parton respond to shocking allegations of sexual assault surrounding their publicist News Kid Rock and Dolly Parton respond to shocking allegations of sexual assault surrounding their publicist , 11:54pm, November 2
The queen crowned a country music prince, and “The Gambler” dealt a full house Top 5 The queen crowned a country music prince, and “The Gambler” dealt a full house , Rare Country Contributor 9:52pm, October 27
Kid Rock spews an obscenity as he finally comes clean about Senate run News Kid Rock spews an obscenity as he finally comes clean about Senate run , Senior Country Correspondent 3:49pm, October 24
Kid Rock just released one of his oddest music videos ever Videos Kid Rock just released one of his oddest music videos ever , Senior Country Correspondent 8:24pm, October 20
Kid Rock goes off on a rap-heavy political rant News Kid Rock goes off on a rap-heavy political rant , Rare Country Contributor 4:12am, October 16
Kid Rock challenges country to change following “senseless” Las Vegas tragedy News Kid Rock challenges country to change following “senseless” Las Vegas tragedy , Senior Country Correspondent 5:18pm, October 2
The latest news on Kid Rock’s potential candidacy might not be what you expect News The latest news on Kid Rock’s potential candidacy might not be what you expect , Rare Country Contributor 4:13am, September 13
Kid Rock starts week with a scathing political post News Kid Rock starts week with a scathing political post , Senior Country Correspondent 5:42pm, September 11
Kid Rock drops some new country music on unsuspecting fans Music Kid Rock drops some new country music on unsuspecting fans , Senior Country Correspondent 5:20pm, September 8
Kid Rock gets political in explosive new concert rant News Kid Rock gets political in explosive new concert rant , Senior Country Correspondent 2:14pm, September 7
Kid Rock just might have found himself in a heap of trouble News Kid Rock just might have found himself in a heap of trouble , Senior Country Correspondent 6:10pm, September 5
Sheryl Crow releases new song inspired by Kid Rock’s potential political bid News Sheryl Crow releases new song inspired by Kid Rock’s potential political bid , Rare Country Contributor 7:30pm, July 30
Kid Rock’s political saga just took a turn with aggressive “Po-Dunk” video News Kid Rock’s political saga just took a turn with aggressive “Po-Dunk” video , Senior Country Correspondent 5:26pm, July 14
Kid Rock drops a big hint about his political future News Kid Rock drops a big hint about his political future , Senior Country Correspondent 10:05pm, July 12