He was born in Pensacola, Florida, but soon moved to a farm in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.
He got his boot in the door in Nashville by working as a songwriter for Acuff-Rose, where he co-wrote songs for Charley Pride, David Ball, and The Kingsmen. His first big hit, written with Mark Collie, was a cut for Garth Brooks called "Something With A Ring To It."
Shortly after landing a record deal with RCA Records, he released his first Top 10 hit, "You've Got To Stand For Something
." The patriotic tune earned him an invitation to perform on comedian Bob Hope's USO tour, which brought him to entertain crowds of Desert Storm soldiers. One particular soldier went on to become a mission commander at NASA and brought one of Tippin's albums into space.
After his first marriage ended in divorce, Tippin married Thea Corontzos in 1995. Thea became his business partner with their company Tip Top Entertainment and co-wrote his hit "Kiss This." They have two sons, Ted and Tom. (Tippin also has a daughter, Charla, from his previous marriage.)
Before heading to Nashville, he was an airline pilot. In 2013, he became a certified flight instructor.
He won a Telly Award for 2015's Aaron Tippin - 25 Years, the accompanying documentary to his 25th anniversary album of the same name.
He posed for Playgirl magazine in 1998.