What To Know About Oliver Anthony, the Man Behind the Song ‘Rich Men North of Richmond’

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Country singer Oliver Anthony’s viral song "Rich Men North of Richmond” has won him millions of plays and views. Now, people want to know more about the man who went from a virtual unknown to a household name overnight.

For decades, people have been fascinated by musicians and actors. How else do you explain the continued popularity of something like the E! Entertainment Network and TMZ? Not only is there an interest in their work, but people want to know about the person acting in the movie or television show or singing their favorite song.

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For those interested in the man behind the viral song with a populist message about taxes and working long hours for less-than-optimal pay, there are some things to know about Oliver Anthony.

Oliver Anthony Real Name

For starters, Oliver Anthony isn't even his name, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The outlet reports that the "Rich Men North of Richmond" singer's actual name is Christopher Anthony Lunsford. The singer's stage name, the one everyone knows him by, Oliver Anthony, belonged to his grandfather.

Oliver Anthony Age

In addition to his actual name, another crucial fact to know about the country singer is his age. While his long, bushy beard may age him a bit, Christopher Anthony Lunsford is only 31 years old, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

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Where Is Oliver Anthony From

Billboard reports that 31-year-old Christopher Anthony Lunsford, who used to work in a factory, owns and lives on a farm in Farmville, Virginia. Though from Virginia, he actually grew up in North Carolina. In 2010, he dropped out of high school at age 17 but got a GED from Spruce Pine, NC. After spending some time working multiple plant job in North Carolina, a bad fall at work fractured his skull and sent him back to Virginia, where he now owns land in North Dinwiddie.

Oliver Anthony Music: Other Songs And Upcoming Shows

While his tune "Rich Men North of Richmond" may be the song grabbing all the headlines and attention at the moment, the 31-year-old country singer does have other music. In fact, a quick search on Spotify of "Oliver Anthony" turns up 10 songs from the young man. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports these songs can also be found on other music streaming platforms like iTunes and YouTube music.

Also, those interested in seeing him in person also have the opportunity to do so. His official website, OliverAnthonyMusic.com, lists a handful of upcoming shows for the young man, including appearances at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and the Poppy Mountain Music Festival.

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"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."Colossians 3:16

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h/t: The Richmond Times-Dispatch,OliverAnthonyMusic.com, Billboard, YouTube.com/RadioWV

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