Table of Biography

Aaron Neville is a renowned R&B and soul singer, and musician from the United States. Aaron Neville is best known for his hit singles such as “Tell It Like It Is,” “Everybody Plays the Fool,” and “Don’t Take Away My Heaven.”

Early Life

Aaron Neville was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the United States, on the 24th of January 1941. His full name is Aaron Joseph Neville and he holds American citizenship.

According to the astrology, he has a birth sign of Aquarius and is 83 years old as of 2024. In addition, he belongs to the African-American ethnicity and belief in Christianity religion.

He was born to his parents Arthur Neville Sr.  (father) and Amelia Neville (mother). Moreover, he grew up with his three siblings Cyril, Charles, and Art.

Aaron Neville – Childhood Life

Even though the family was poor, the children were reared in a cheerful environment. Their mother was a lovely and caring woman who frequently sang to the children and developed their blossoming interest in music. Aaron received his passion for life from his mother, whom he described as a lovely woman.

Aaron grew interested in music after seeing his brother Art perform in parks and street corners. Inspired by his sibling, he began singing and eventually started a band while still in school. He knew he wanted to be a musician since he was very little.

Caption: Aaron Neville with his brothers (Source: People)

As a youngster aspiring to be a singer, he frequently got into problems. Growing up in a struggling and impoverished environment surrounded by drug misuse and violence, Aaron acquired a drug addiction and even got himself into legal problems for his actions.

In terms of his academics, he seems to be an educated person but he has not disclosed the name of the school or college from where he completed her graduation.

Professional Career

Since 1960, Aaron Neville has been active in the musical industry. Along with his brothers; Cyril, Charles, and Art, he formed an R&B group called “The Hawketts.” The group began performing in New Orleans in the mid-1950s.

In 1954, their song ‘Mardi Gras Mambo’ became a local smash, giving them some small recognition. Aaron was well on his way to becoming a popular musician, but his drug use and terrible company hampered his career.

In 1958, the youngster was caught for automobile theft and sentenced to six months in jail under harsh conditions. Following his imprisonment, he restarted his musical career.

Neville released “Over You” in 1960, and it became his first record to receive airplay outside of New Orleans. It peaked at number 21 on the national R&B charts. Even though he had small singles in the years that followed, his first significant smash came in 1966.

In 1967, his single “Tell It Like It Is,” which was issued on a small New Orleans label, topped Billboard’s R&B chart for five weeks and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over a million copies and marked Aaron Neville’s breakthrough as a successful singing celebrity.

His fame grew over the years, and he had very productive partnerships with vocalists such as Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray, and Trisha Yearwood.

Continued his successful career

In addition to his solo career, he was a member of the Neville Brothers group, which had his brothers Cyril, Charles, and Art. The trio formed in 1977 and had numerous popular albums, including “The Neville Brothers” (1978), “Fiyo on the Bayou” (1981), “Uptown” (1987), “Yellow Moon” (1989), “Brother’s Keeper” (1990), and “Family Groove” (1992).

Caption: Aaron Neville performing in the concert (Source: Billboard)

Neville’s other singles were “Everybody Plays the Fool,” his 1991 adaptation of the 1972 Main Ingredient song, which peaked at number eight on the Hot 100; “Don’t Take Away My Heaven,” “Hercules,” and “Can’t Stop My Heart From Loving You (The Rain Song).”

His career spans six decades and includes work for television, film, and athletic events. He sang the national anthem at the WWF SummerSlam in 1993 and the WCW Spring Stampede in 1994, as well as in the 1996 film “The Fan.”

Neville, Aretha Franklin, and Dr. John performed ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ during Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan, in 2006. On October 27, 2006, he appeared on an episode of the soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” In 2011, Neville, together with The Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples, toured New Zealand. His sixteenth studio album “Apache” was released in the year 2016.

Aaron Neville – Awards

During his career, he has won several awards and nominations. Neville and Linda Ronstadt received a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for ‘Don’t Know Much’ in 1990.

The following year, the pair received the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a pair or Group with Vocals for ‘All My Life.’ In 1992 and 1993, he won the Rolling Stone Critics’ Poll for Best Male Singer. Neville and Trisha Yearwood won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Vocal Collaboration in 1994 for ‘I Fall to Pieces.’

Neville was honoured into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010 while performing at Baton Rouge’s Manship Theater at the Shaw Center. In 2015, he received the University of Notre Dame Laetare Medal for his commitment to the Catholic Church and society.

Net Worth 2024

In 2023, Neville’s net worth is expected to be $8 million. However, he has yet to disclose his salary, annual income, or assets. Beyond that, he looks to lead a wealthy and affluent lifestyle.

Relationship Status

On the 13th of November 2010, Aaron Neville married Sarah A. Freidman, an American photographer. With the marriage, the couple has two Ernestine, and Aaron “Fred.”

Caption: Aaron Neville with his wife (Source:

In the past, he was married to Joel Roux-Neville on 10th January 1959. The couple has been dating since their high school. The couple has two kids; Ivan and Jason Nevilla. His elder son Ivan is also a musician, who has released an album, “If My Ancestors Could See Me Now” in 1988. Meanwhile his wife Joel on 5th January 2007 due to Lung Cancer in Nashville, Tennessee.

Body Measurements

This American singer stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 82 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of black eyes with the same colour hair and has a browny complexion.

Social Media

On the Instagram page ‘@aaronneville’ there are over 23.3k followers. Likewise, there are over 27.6k followers on his Twitter page ‘@aaronneville’, and over 341k followers on his Facebook page. He has also a self-titled YouTube channel, and there are over 114k subscribers on his YouTube channel.

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