Sully Erna is best known for his stunning voice as one of the major influences in the music industry in the development of several genres such as alternative metal, nu metal, heavy metal, post-grunge and hard rock. The music maestro started taking advantage of the music industry in 1986 and since then has become a force to be reckoned with among his peers.
For people unfamiliar with the star, Sully is an actor, songwriter/musician with extensive knowledge of instruments such as guitar, harmonica, piano and percussion. He has been a member of the American heavy metal band Godsmack for many years. Since rising to prominence in the music world, he has collaborated with renowned labels Universal Musical Group and Republic Records, as well as famous vocalist Lisa Guyer, power metal band Meliah Rage and Strip Mind.
Erna developed a fondness for music at the age of three when he began to take an interest in drums. As a little boy, he watched his father play the trumpet at home. Over the years, the singer started playing music and had his big hit in 1993 when he signed his first contract with the band Strip Mind. Shortly after, Erna left the band after splitting up to form the band Godsmack in 1995.
Sully Erna’s Bio (Age)
The Godsmack singer was born to his parents Salvatore Erna and Connie Erna as Salvatore Paul Erna Jr. on February 7, 1968 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA. His family has a long musical experience. His father was a prominent trumpet player, while his great-uncle was a renowned music composer in Sicily, an autonomous island in the Italian region. Every year, the island honors Sully’s great-uncle by playing his music and hanging his pictures in museums.
The musician has two siblings whose names are Carlo Erna and Maria Erna. While the former is her brother, the latter is her older sister. Both have been very supportive of their brother’s career from day one.
At the age of eleven, Sully decided to stop playing sheet music and rehearsing with his instructors. This is after discovering that it was easier to listen to songs and listen to them than to read and read what was on the sheet. Immediately after he stopped taking his music lessons, Sully began practicing at home, writing songs for several rock bands such as Rush, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Motörhead.
As a multi-instrumentalist, he has been featured on several shows and albums. In December 2006, Hit Parader Magazine ranked him 47th on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time. Apart from the music scene, he has also done an outstanding performance on screen, having appeared in a series of television series, films, documentaries, live band performances and home videos. His most recent work is The Mansion, in which he was cast as Brett Bayton.
With his bandmates, Sully Erna has produced the following music records: Godsmack (1998), Awake (2000), Faceless (2003), The Other Side (2004), IV (2006), Good Times, Bad Times… Ten Years of Godsmack (2007), The Oracle (2010), Live and Inspired (2012), 1000hp (2014) and When Legends Rise (2018).
Despite his busy schedule and extensive touring, the singer also finds time to record his tracks and personal albums. So far he has written and recorded three solo albums. He released his first album titled: Avalon in 2010 while the last two (Avalon Live and Hometown Life) were released in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Sully Erna also has his personal memoir which chronicles his life and career with the Godsmack band. The memoir titled: The Paths We Choose, was released in 2007.
The Godsmack frontman is valued at $16 million which comes mostly from his burgeoning career. His fortune mainly comes from his involvement in the music industry, his day job, his musical tours and other projects.
Family – wife and daughter
Sully Erna has been married since 2004 when he tied the knot with sweetheart JoAnna Wortham. The multi-talented maestro has a daughter named Skylar Brooke Erna. She was born on December 17, 2001.
Actor Benzin stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 meters) and weighs 64 kilograms which is equivalent to 140 lbs. Although his other body measurements are not yet known, he has the right body features for his demanding career.