Who is Melia McEnery?
Melia McEnerey was born on 1 February 1976, in Columbus, Ohio, USA, of Korean, Irish, Scottish and English descent. She is best known for being the wife of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame three-time inductee Eric Clapton. Her husband is considered one of the top guitarists of all time, and has won numerous awards throughout his career.
The Wealth of Melia McEnerey?
How rich is Melia McEnerey? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $2 million, earned through success in her various endeavors.
Happy Anniversary Eric Clapton and Melia McEnery! The legendary guitarist and his wife are celebrating 16 years of marriage today!
However, her association with her husband Eric Clapton means that she very probably shares in his fortune estimated at over $300 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career
Melia is an only child – her father worked in construction while her mother stayed at home. Growing up, she showed a flair and talent towards the arts, which was utilized during her high school days, and teachers encouraged her to join numerous state-level art competitions, of which she won several.
Although her father wasn’t sure that she could make a living just by the arts, her mother encouraged her to continue.
She graduated from an unnamed college with a bachelor’s degree in art, and then moved to California to pursue that type of career. Over the next two years she worked odd jobs, finding her way in the design industry. Eventually she was hired by the fashion company Armani to become a member of the design department.
Her work included hosting events for the company, performing general administrative work, and couriering designs to work sites.
Husband – Eric Clapton
Eric began his career in 1963 with the English rock band The Yardbirds, which would become known for starting the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists including Clapton, plus Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, with all three becoming listed in 100 greatest guitarists. During Clapton’s time, the band was known for focusing on blues though later branched out to other genres. Popular songs they made include “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul”.
In the mid-1960s, Eric left the Yardbirds to play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, which is known for becoming another incubator for later popular rock and blues musicians. Other members who found popularity with the band included Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Peter Green. After Eric’s run with Mayall, he formed the power trio Cream alongside Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, continuing with blues improvisations and blues based psychedelic pop. Their album “Wheels of Fire” become the world’s first double album to go platinum, and the band is regarded as the world’s first successful super group.
Eric Clapton’s Latter Career and Solo Career
After Cream broke up, Clapton formed the blues rock band called Blind Faith alongside Ric Grech and Steve Winwood. It was another super group that was highly anticipated by numerous media outlets. However, the band only released one album and did one tour before also breaking up. In the 1970s, he began his solo career, which this time held more mellow influences such as that of J. J. Cale and Bob Marley. He released his own version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff”, which is credited for helping reggae reach a mainstream audience.
A few of his most popular releases during his solo career include “Layla” and “Crossroads”; he also wrote the song “Tears in Heaven” after the accidental death of his son. Over the course of his career, he has won 18 Grammy Awards and a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. He was inducted into the British order of chivalry at Buckingham Palace for his services to music. Other awards he’s won include four Ivor Novello Awards, one of which was the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his solo career he’s sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.
— Eric Clapton (@EricClapton) December 16, 2019
For her personal life, it is known that McEnery met Clapton in 1998, when he was invited to perform at a party which she organized for her bosses at Armani. While she was instructed not to talk to the guests, she had to talk to Clapton to get an autograph for her uncle. Shortly after their meeting, the two dated quietly for a year before going public, revealing their relationship in 1999. They married in 2002 at Clapton’s birthplace – they have three children together. She is not his first marriage, as Clapton was married before to Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of Beatle George Harrison.
He’s also had public relationships with numerous notable people during his career.
One of the reasons why there is very limited information about her is because she doesn’t have any accounts on any of the major social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In this way she preserves her privacy as well as the privacy of her children. The family has been spotted on vacation numerous times, while she has also appeared alongside her husband at red carpet events.