John Carter Cash was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1970 as the only child from the marriage of late country music legends, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. He grew up at his family home in Hendersonville, Tenn. He has four half-sisters from his father’s first marriage — Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara — as well as two half-sisters from his mother’s first two marriages — Carlene Carter and Rosie Nix Adams. This makes Carter Cash the only son of Johnny and June. He is also the grandson of legendary singer and guitarist Maybelle Carter.
Carter Cash’s parents are loved and missed by people all over the world for their famous music and their passionate love story, but to him, they’re just mom and dad. And as the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, music was ingrained in Carter Cash’s life from a very young age.
“You know music was always a part of my very lifeblood from when I was young,” Carter Cash told Cowboys & Indians. “My parents put me on stage when I was 3 years old. My father would sing ‘Boy Named Sue,’ and at the end of that, he would call me out and he’d say, ‘Here’s my son, John Carter Cash.’ So I would go to the stage and take a bow. That feeling — the intensity and the energy from the audience — is a beautiful thing and it stayed with me from then.”