Born Robert James Ritchie, he is a Southern rock performer who achieved popular success with the release of his debut platinum album Devil Without a Cause.
He helped pick apples and care for horses at his family's orchard. As an escape from boredom, he listened to rap music and taught himself how to breakdance.
He was named Soundscan's top-selling solo artist of the 2000s.
He married Pamela Anderson on August 3, 2006, but they got divorced on February 1, 2007. He had a son named Robert James Ritchie Jr. with Kelly Russell.
He co-wrote and recorded the country song "Picture" with Sheryl Crow in 2001.