Category:American pop guitarists
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1. Kris Allen – Kristopher Neil Kris Allen is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes, Allens Idol coronation song, No Boundaries and his version of Heartless both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allens post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17,2009, the album debuted at number eleven on the U. S. Billboard 200. The albums lead single, Live Like Were Dying, was released on September 21,2009, Allens second major-label album Thank You Camellia was released on May 22,2012, and the lead single The Vision of Love was released March 26,2012. Allen released his studio album, Letting You In, on March 18,2016. Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Kimberly and Neil Allen and he is the elder of two sons, his younger brother, Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach. Allens interest in music very early. Additionally, he himself to play the guitar at age 13. His musical influences, as stated in his Idol confessionals, include the Beatles, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, Pat Monahan, John Mayer, Allen played publicly for several years before trying out for Idol, even opening for earlier Idol contestant Sean Michel on multiple occasions. He has described his decision to audition for American Idol as a last hurrah before giving up his pursuit of a music career. After high school, Allen moved to Conway, Arkansas, to attend the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a business major and a member of Chi Alpha campus ministries. During college, he participated in Christian missionary work around the world, including in Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. Allen also served as a leader for New Life Church in Conway and Little Rock, AR. He dropped out of college in the middle of his year to pursue music professionally, performing in local bars. Allen planned to go back to college to finish his degree and get a real job, Kris stated that If I had not made it through in American Idol, I would have gone back to college and gotten my business degree. Allen realized during college that he wanted to play music professionally and he worked as a shoe salesman at a sporting goods store during the day to make ends meet and continued playing gigs in Little Rock and Fayetteville at night. In 2007, Allen wrote and self-produced an album entitled Brand New Shoes with college friends and bandmates Michael Holmes and Chase Erwin. The albums title makes reference to Allens days as a shoe salesman, Allen auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky, with his brother Daniel, who did not make it to HollywoodKris Allen – Allen in New York City, June 2009
2. AM (musician) – AM is an American songwriter, musician, composer and producer born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, raised in New Orleans, and currently residing in the Los Angeles Echo Park neighborhood in California. AM or A. M. refers to his band and is also the moniker for this artist, known for his seamless fusing of pop, soul, funk and world music, recording artist AM has released several critically acclaimed albums and toured the world. AM has toured with such as the French band AIR, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Thievery Corporation, Caetano Veloso, Shawn Lee. AM DJs under the moniker George Ben Sun, AMs side project creatively entitled AM & Shawn Lee is a collaboration with London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee. After AM heard Lees Music and Rhythm album on the radio in Los Angeles he decided to out to Lee on Myspace. The two became quick friends sharing a love for 60s psychedelia and 70s Italian soundtracks. AM credits KCRWs Nic Harcourt who started playing AMs demos for being the first to play his music on the radio show Morning Becomes Eclectic, future Sons & Daughters was released on Filter US Recordings in the USA and in the UK on the high fidelity label Naim. Side By Side- Duets Vol.1 was a project he conceived of as a way to work with songwriter friends including, Tina Dico, Meiko, Rick Garcia, Buddy, Susie Suh. Side By Side- Duets Vol.2 is in the works, AM has been featured many times in the Indie Spotlight under Alternative and Singer/Songwriter in the iTunes Store. AM won the Best singer/Songwriter of the Yearaward at the LA Weekly Music Awards where Brian Wilson also accepted the award for Lifetime Achievement, iTunes named AMs debut album Troubled Times Best Singer/Songwriters Album of the Year on iTunes. AM is an alumnus of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and has a degree in Philosophy. AM performed on the stage at the 2009 and 2011 Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans with Duran Duran, Flaming Lips. AM performed on the stage at Dfest in Tulsa, Oklahoma with The Roots, All American Rejects. He has been compared to Wilco, Beck, Jackson Browne, John Lennon, Coldplay, Nada Surf, Pete Yorn, Phoenix, The Fruit Bats, and the late Elliott Smith. AM has cited The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jorge Ben, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, McCoy Tyner, and Lou Reed among his influences. Duets album featuring AM performing duets with friends and notable singer-songwriters Buddy, Meiko, Julianna Raye, Tina Dico, Susie Suh, and Rick Garcia. The film was released under the name L. A. Gigolo in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as Toy Boy in France, Germany and the Netherlands, American Playboy in Spain and S-Lover in South Korea. The film was released on 17 January at the Sundance Film Festival and was released on August 14,2009 in theatersAM (musician) – AM
3. Alexis Babini – Alexis Babini is an American Pop recording artist. Alexis Babini grew up in Easton, Connecticut, with music influences including Brazilian bossa nova. He began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and he is also known as a native of New York City. In 2009 he self-released the album Breaking It In and he toured the US in support of the album with artists including Boz Scaggs, Dan Hicks, and Blues Traveler. He played songs from the live on television as well, including the Comcast Network. Babinis songs have featured in media including The Real World, D. C. In 2011 he released the album Paint and Paper, and performed live on networks including NBC. He also toured in support of the album, opening for Aaron Carter, in 2013 Babini released the single Shut up and Kiss me as the first single of his new album Pioneer Spirit. Babini is a supporter of Musicians on Call, a charity where musicians sing at local hospitals to sick children and he has described his music as a blend of Folk, Acoustic, and Pop. In November,2013, using just an iPhone, Babini created a music video for the second single off his debut album. The video was featured shortly after on American Songwriter In 2016 and his song Gimme Sunshine was featured on the TV show Bringing Up BatesAlexis Babini – Photo of Alexis Babini by Vladislav Grach
4. Madilyn Bailey – Madilyn Bailey is an American singer and songwriter. She has released albums containing covers of songs and one EP of original material entitled Wiser. Bailey has toured together with other YouTube performers. She was born in Boyceville, Wisconsin, to Greg Wold, who works for an advertising firm and she has English and Irish ancestry. Bailey began to play music and write songs at the age of seven and she played in the marching band of Boyceville High School, and graduated in 2011. Before becoming an artist, Bailey worked as a nursing assistant. She began her career after graduating, by covering popular songs and posting them on YouTube, in 2012, Bailey joined Keep You Soul Records to assist with the production of her material and moved to Los Angeles in 2013. Madilyn toured the United States and Canada with Boyce Avenue in the half of 2013. She later described it by saying It was an experience being on the road for the first time. In 2014 she married Jimmy Benrud, a photographer, in 2015, her rendition of the song Titanium by David Guetta, gained airplay on Virgin Radio in France. This led to a contract with PlayOn in France, a label of Warner Music Group. The song charted in France and Belgium as did the follow-up, in October 2015, Bailey released an album of covers in France, entitled Muse Box, supported by the single Rude feat. A fourth single, a cover of Chers Believe appeared in early 2016, in July 2016 she released a five track EP of original material entitled Wiser. She has stated that she has been inspired by Michelle Branch, *Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip chartsMadilyn Bailey
5. Rick Barrio Dill – Rick Barrio Dill is an American musician. He has performed, engineered and produced under the names Rick Dill, Keylow D, RBD, currently, he is an active member of the band Vintage Trouble. He has also been a member of 2nd Day Crush and The Ty Taylor Review, Barrio Dill is also a frequent freelance contributing writer for Recording Magazine. Born Richard Andrew Dill in Tampa, Florida, he spent his years in the nearby town of Brandon, Florida. Dill attended both Bloomingdale Senior High School and Brandon High School, graduating from the latter and he went on to graduate from the University of South Florida, majoring in Business Marketing with an emphasis on Music Theory. Dill took music as an interest early on in life and Dills parents recall that he picked up his first guitar when he was 7 and his musical growth was supported by a home filled with the sounds of records, and Dill remembers being influenced by his parents music collection. This collection included early rock such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as well as Tom Jones and his first musical instrument was a recorder, then a violin, and was soon followed by the electric guitar. He immediately started imitating legends Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai, at age 16, Dill was exposed to Sly & The Family Stone, particularly the heavyweight bass guitar sounds of Larry Graham and shortly after, he became a bass player. At age 17, he discovered Prince, Motown Records and vintage soul and it was this early rhythm and blues and 70s funk music that served as the catalyst for his growth as a bass guitarist. This is best reflected by his current musical project Vintage Trouble, martini made live cameo appearances in early incarnations of Barrio Dills rock/funk band Starbaby, as well as contributed tenor sax to the song Lines Out from an early Starbaby EP Star Candy. Dill cites a myriad of influences on his musical style stating, Prince, Bob Marley, and Motown created the air I breathe, the rest is just by-products. He primarily plays the guitar, but is a skilled producer, composer, arranger. Dill played in the local Tampa bands, Line-9 and Ramona Ramonster, after deciding to form his own band, he recruited Ramona Ramonster drummer Hugh Joe Murphy and Line-9 singer Mike Dornberger, and guitarist Kris Hawkins to form the rock/funk band Starbaby. With the band ready, Dill moved his studio to the unused side of Audio Lab Studios in Tampa. Here, he was reunited with whom he claims is his biggest studio and music mentor, Marchak, an engineering and producing local, had actually recorded Dills first ever demo many years before. The two then began working together in different capacities on a variety of death metal, punk, hip-hop, rock. Dill also assisted Greg in the editing and engineering on many of the writing sessions for Trans-Siberian Orchestra recordings. This union led to Marchak helping Barrio Dill co-produce and mix the Starbaby LP Welcome to the Planet, upon the release of the LP, Barrio Dill, Dornberger, and Hawkins relocated to Los Angeles in 2003Rick Barrio Dill – Rick Barrio Dill
6. Crystal Bowersox – Crystal Lynn Bowersox is an American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. She was the first female finalist in three years, Bowersoxs debut album, Farmers Daughter, was released on December 14,2010 by Jive Records. Bowersox released her album, All That for This, on March 26,2013. Bowersox and her twin brother, Karl, were born in Elliston, Ohio to Kelly Lynn Bowersox. Her parents divorced when she was two years old, at age six, Bowersox was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She attended Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio and later attended the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo and she was in choir and played flute in the school marching band. Bowersox performed her first professional gig at the age of 10 and she appeared at local bars in Toledo, most popularly Papas Tavern, and The Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio. At the age of seventeen, she moved to Chicago, where she played music as a busker at train stations, including the Washington and Lake Redline stops. She frequented open mics, such as the In One Ear show at the Heartland Cafe, and Uncommon Ground Clark and Grace and she also played extensively in Chicagos Lakeview neighborhood. According to Bowersox, she lived in poverty at this time, in 2006, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs chose Bowersox to represent Chicago folk musicians in the Sister Cities program Experience Chicago, held in Birmingham. In 2007, Bowersox traveled internationally on an independent small cafe tour, including Memphis, Oaxaca City, Ankara and she gave birth to a son, Anthony Levi Mason, in 2009, according to Bowersox, his father left her six weeks into her pregnancy. Bowersox auditioned for American Idol in Chicago, Illinois and she sang Piece of My Heart. Guest judge Shania Twain commented that she had a raw, natural talent, on March 2,2010, Bowersox was hospitalized due to Diabetic ketoacidosis from type 1 diabetes, forcing a last minute switch in scheduling to give her extra time to recuperate. Bowersox confirmed the illness on the May 19,2010 results show during an interview with host Ryan Seacrest, the men competed that day instead of the women. She sang the next day and impressed all of the judges, the following week, her strong performance prompted Simon Cowell to state, Right now, you are the one everyone has to beat. After Siobhan Magnuss elimination from the top 6 of American Idol, Bowersox is the first female contestant to make it to the finale since Jordin Sparks won the title in 2007. She is also the first contestant in American Idol history to have one of their songs played on the show. During her time on Idol, Bowersox dated Tony Kusian, on the final performance day, in Simon Cowells final critique on American Idol, he called her performance of Up to the Mountain outstanding and by far, the best performance and song of the nightCrystal Bowersox – Crystal Bowersox
7. Bray (musician) – Brayden Gurnari, known by his stage name, Bray, is an American musician and singer-songwriter, whose music incorporates rock, pop, and electro funk. He was born in Vallejo, California, Bray began writing songs in high school, inspired by the nearby Oakland funk scene. In 2003, he released his first full album, Independent Film, in 2005, he was featured on the soundtrack of a San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival documentary, Blood, Sweat and Glitter. In 2006, he performed at the All-Star Tribute to San Francisco Music, Past and Future at the Warfield Theatre, in San Francisco, California, alongside members of the Sex Pistols and his second album, Pins and Needles, was released in 2007. Two songs from the album, Cocoon and Piece o Cake, were used in the reality-television series Bad Girls Club, in 2008, Bray released the album Live in Germany, recorded at a concert in Schmölln, Germany. 1n 2009, he released the album @mphibian, produced by Gary St. Clair, prince and the Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink performs on the album. In 2010, Bray was voted one of the top 100 unsigned artists in the nation by Music Connection magazine, in 2012, his video Long Gone reached over two million viewsBray (musician) – Bray live at the Rockit Room in San Francisco, California, November 5, 2011.
8. Dewey Bunnell – Lee Martin Dewey Bunnell is a British-American musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known as a member of the folk rock band America. Bunnell was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, to an American serviceman, stationed at the United States Air Force base at RAF South Ruislip, as a young musician, Bunnell was inspired by The Beatles and The Beach Boys. While attending London Central High School in England he met Gerry Beckley, after an initial attempt at forming a band in the late 1960s, the trio formed America in 1969 and released their first album in 1971. As with the members, Bunnell wrote, sang and played guitar. His best-known compositions include A Horse with No Name, Ventura Highway, afraid that they might be attacked and killed in their sleep, many of them chose to stay awake as long as possible, either naturally or with pharmaceuticals. Thus, they were running from the Sandman, in 1973 he moved to Marin County, California, with his then-wife, Vivien. They divorced in 1999 and he married Penny in 2002, the two split their time between homes in Palos Verdes and northern Wisconsin, where Penny is from. Bunnell is still a member of America, along with founding member Gerry Beckley, America has made more than 20 albums of original material, along with a number of hits compilations, between the 1960s and the present. Americas album Back Pages was released on 26 July 2011, the group was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2012. Americas most recent album, Lost & Found, was officially released May 5,2015, Dewey Bunnell at AllMusic Lee Bunnell at AllMusic Dewey Bunnell at the Internet Movie DatabaseDewey Bunnell – Bunnell at the 2012 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony where America received a star
9. Colbie Caillat – Colbie Marie Caillat is an American singer, songwriter, actress, guitarist and pianist from Malibu, California. Caillat rose to fame through social networking website Myspace, at that time, she was the number-one unsigned artist of her genre. In 2008, she recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, Lucky, in August 2009, she released Breakthrough, her second album, which became her first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. It has been certified Gold by the RIAA, Breakthrough was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. She was also part of the group that won Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammy Awards for her background vocals, in July 2011, she released her third studio album, All of You. In October 2012, she released her first Christmas album, Christmas in the Sand, Caillat has sold over six million albums worldwide and over 10 million singles. In 2009, she was named Billboard magazines 94th-best-selling music artist of the 2000s, Caillat was born in Malibu, California, and grew up in Newbury Park, California. Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Macs Rumours and Tusk albums, when she was an infant, her parents gave her the nickname Coco, which she would later name her debut album. Caillat took piano lessons as a child, but lacked significant inspiration until she turned 11 years old and she realized that she wanted to be a singer, and began taking vocal lessons, performing onstage for the first time in sixth grade. Since then she has covered the Roberta Flack song Killing Me Softly, which had previously covered by Lauryn Hill. Caillat soon met producer Mikal Blue, who hired her to sing on techno songs used at fashion shows, Caillat began playing the acoustic guitar at age 19, and Blue helped her record her first song. She auditioned for American Idol but was rejected at the stage and was unable to sing for the judges. The second time she auditioned for the show, she sang her own song, Bubbly. However, Caillat expressed gratitude at the decision, saying I was shy. I wasnt ready for it yet, I was glad, when I auditioned, that they said no. The popularity of Caillats MySpace profile led her to become the number-one unsigned singer in her genre for four consecutive months, Caillats debut album, Coco, was released on July 10,2007 in Australia and Asia and a week later in North America. Its deluxe edition was released on September 3,2008 in Japan, the album was certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA with shipments to U. S. retailers of 2,000,000 units. The albums first single, Bubbly, peaked at five on the US Billboard Hot 100Colbie Caillat – Caillat on the red carpet at the 2009 American Music Awards
10. Glen Campbell – Glen Travis Campbell is an American rock and country music singer, musician, songwriter, television host and actor. During his 50 years in business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, four Platinum albums, Campbell made history in 1967 by winning four Grammys total in the country and pop categories. For Gentle on My Mind, he received two awards in country and western, By the Time I Get to Phoenix did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and he owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and took the CMAs top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. John Wayne picked Campbell to play him in the film True Grit. Campbell sang the song which was nominated for an Academy Award. Glen Travis Campbell was born in Billstown, a community near Delight in Pike County, Arkansas, to John Wesley. He is the son of 12 children. His father was a sharecropper of Scottish ancestry and he started playing guitar as a youth and credits his uncle Boo for teaching him the guitar. In 1954, Campbell moved to Albuquerque to join his uncles band known as Dick Bills and he also appeared there on his uncles radio show and on K Circle B Time, the local childrens program on KOB television. In 1958, Campbell formed his own band, the Western Wranglers, in 1960, Campbell moved to Los Angeles to become a session musician. In October 1960 he joined The Champs, by January 1961, Campbell had found a daytime job at publishing company American Music, writing songs and recording demos. Because of these demos Campbell soon was in demand as a session musician and became part of a group of studio musicians later known as The Wrecking Crew. Campbell played on recordings by Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Phil Spector. In May 1961, he left The Champs and was signed by Crest Records. His first solo release, Turn Around, Look at Me, was a moderate success, Campbell also formed The Gee Cees with former bandmembers from The Champs, performing at The Crossbow Inn in Van Nuys. The Gee Cees, too, released a single on Crest, the instrumental Buzz Saw, in 1962, Campbell signed with Capitol RecordsGlen Campbell – Glen Campbell in 1967
11. Larry Carlton – Larry Eugene Carlton is an American guitarist who built his career as a studio musician in the 1970s and 80s for acts such as Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell. He has participated in thousands of recording sessions, recorded on hundreds of albums in many genres, including television and movies and he has been a member of the jazz fusion groups The Crusaders and Fourplay and has maintained a long solo career. Carlton was born in Torrance, California in 1948 and at the age of six began guitar lessons and his interest in jazz came from hearing guitarist Joe Pass on the radio. From Pass he moved on to jazz guitarists Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery and he went to junior college and Long Beach State College while playing professionally at clubs in Los Angeles. During the 1970s, he found work as a studio musician on electric and acoustic guitar in a variety of genres, pop, jazz pop, rock, rhythm and blues, soul. In 1982 he appeared on The Nightfly by Donald Fagen, lead singer for Steely Dan and his guitar work on Steely Dans Kid Charlemagne from their 1976 LP The Royal Scam was ranked No.80 on a list of the best guitar solos on record by Rolling Stone magazine. Carlton recorded his solo album, With a Little Help from My Friends. In the mid-70s he built a studio and called it Room 335 after the Gibson ES-335. He has recorded most of his albums at Room 335 and his left arm was paralyzed and for six months he was unable to play more than a few notes. Carlton produced six albums from 1978 to 1984 and his version of Sleepwalk by Santo Farina climbed the pop and adult contemporary charts. From 1985-1990 he did various projects, including the live album Last Nite. Carlton was commissioned to compose music for the king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej and he recorded The Jazz King with a jazz orchestra that included Tom Scott, Nathan East, and Earl Klugh. Other guitars he owns and plays include a 1951 Fender Telecaster, a 1964 Fender Stratocaster, and he has used a Fender Vibrolux amplifier, but his standard setup included a Dumble. Carlton married contemporary Christian music artist Michele Pillar in 1987, they divorced in 2013 and he is the father of Katie Carlton and bass player Travis Carlton. M. 22005 The Very Best of Larry Carlton 2012 Now and Then, Featuring Four Hands and a Heart 1979 Mr. k. aLarry Carlton – Larry Carlton in Ithaca, NY in 1987
12. Jim Croce – James Joseph Jim Croce was an American folk and popular rock singer of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five albums and singles. His songs Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and Time in a Bottle reached No.1 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, Croce was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to James Albert Croce and Flora Mary Croce, both Italian Americans. Croce took a strong interest in music at a young age, at five, he learned to play his first song on the accordion, Lady of Spain. Croce attended Upper Darby High School in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, graduating in 1960, he studied at Malvern Preparatory School for a year before enrolling at Villanova University, where he majored in psychology and minored in German. He graduated with a degree in 1965. Croce was a member of the Villanova Singers and the Villanova Spires, when the Spires performed off-campus or made recordings, they were known as The Coventry Lads. Croce was also a student disc jockey at WKVU. anything, Croces band was chosen for a foreign exchange tour of Africa, the Middle East, and Yugoslavia. He later said, We just ate what the people ate, lived in the woods, of course they didnt speak English over there but if you mean what youre singing, people understand. On November 29,1963 Croce met his future wife Ingrid Jacobson at the Philadelphia Convention Hall during a hootenanny, Croce released his first album, Facets, in 1966, with 500 copies pressed. The album had been financed with a wedding gift from Croces parents. They hoped that he would give up music after the album failed, however, the album proved a success, with every copy sold. From the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Croce performed with his wife as a duo, at first, their performances included songs by artists such as Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and Woody Guthrie, but in time they began writing their own music. During this time, Croce got his first long-term gig at a bar and steakhouse in Lima, Pennsylvania. His set list covered several genres, including blues, country, rock and roll, Croce married his wife Ingrid in 1966, and converted to Judaism, as his wife was Jewish. He and Ingrid were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony and he enlisted in the Army National Guard that same year to avoid being drafted and deployed to Vietnam, and served on active duty for four months, leaving for duty a week after his honeymoon. Croce, who was not good with authority, had to go through basic training twice and he said he would be prepared if theres ever a war where we have to defend ourselves with mops. In 1968, the Croces were encouraged by record producer Tommy West to move to New York City, the couple spent time in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx and recorded their first album with Capitol RecordsJim Croce – Jim Croce in 1972, photographed by Ingrid Croce.
13. Lana Del Rey – Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and model. Her music has been noted for its style, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance and melancholia. Del Rey received further recognition after her major-label debut Born to Die peaked at two on the United States charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. Three of the EPs tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, in 2014, Del Rey released her third studio album, Ultraviolence, which received positive critical and commercial reception, it became her first number-one record in the United States. In 2015, following a North American tour with Courtney Love and Grimes, Del Rey released her studio album. It also received critical and commercial response, the album had the fourth highest first week sales by a female artist in 2015. Del Rey is set to release her studio album, titled Lust for Life. She has one sister, Caroline Grant, and one brother. Her paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a president for Plough, Inc and Textron. Del Rey grew up in rural Lake Placid, New York, and attended a Catholic elementary school and for one year and she began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. At age fifteen, she was sent to Kent School by her parents to deal with her rampant alcohol abuse, her uncle, before becoming a singer, Del Rey wanted to be a poet. As a child, her father wrote country songs for personal enjoyment, while her mother was interested in singing, during this time, Del Reys uncle taught her how to play guitar, and she realized could probably write a million songs with those six chords. Shortly after, she began writing songs and performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and Lizzy Grant, I was always singing, but didnt plan on pursuing it seriously, Del Rey said. The following fall, she enrolled at Fordham University where she majored in philosophy, Del Rey said she chose to study the subject because it bridged the gap between God and science. I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from, according to Del Rey, she had trouble making friends in boarding school and college, and said, that was when my musical experience began. I kind of people for myself. After college, she moved to Brooklyn, where she resided for four years. On April 25,2005, a compact disc was registered under Elizabeth Woolridge Grant with the United States Copyright OfficeLana Del Rey – Del Rey performing during the Planeta Terra Music Festival in Brazil, 2013
14. Lee DeWyze – Leon James Lee DeWyze, Jr. is an American singer-songwriter from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the winner of the ninth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, DeWyze had a career and formed the Lee DeWyze Band. He had also released two independent albums called So Im Told in 2007 and Slumberland in 2010, both on WuLi Records and his first post-Idol album Live It Up was released on November 16,2010, through RCA Records. WuLi Records, citing demand from DeWyzes fan base, released an album of pre-Idol recordings, What Once Was. His fifth studio album Frames was released on August 20,2013, DeWyze was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois, the eldest son of Kathleen and Leon DeWyze, Sr. who worked as a postal carrier in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. He has two sisters, Shannon and Sarah, and a younger brother, Michael. His musical influences include Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, after leaving Prospect High, he attended Forest View Alternative School in Arlington Heights, having been inspired both by his teachers and his interest in music to return to his studies. While he never graduated from high school, he eventually got his GED. After expulsion from school, DeWyze worked as a paint salesman. The store continued to him during his American Idol run by selling tee shirts encouraging fans to vote for Lee. DeWyze started singing at an age and was discovered by Louis Svitek. Svitek signed DeWyze to WuLi Records, the independent record label he runs with Ryan McGuire in Chicago, dewyze formed the Lee DeWyze Band with Svitek, McGuire and Jeff Henderson. DeWyze recorded two albums, So Im Told and Slumberland, both produced by Ryan McGuire, WuLi released a remixed and remastered edition of So Im Told in 2010. In 2008, as a favor to band member Jeff Henderson, DeWyze and the recorded a disc for Square One Organic Baby Food Company. DeWyze recorded six songs on the Square One Organic promotional CD, as a result of touring in the area and performing at many venues, DeWyze and his bands music were known locally, even getting radio play on WXRT long before he auditioned for American Idol. The Lee DeWyze Band was featured on a television sports program, The Chicago Huddle, hosted by ABC 7s Ryan Chiaverini. DeWyze also had a role in 2005 in a low-budget short horror film, Circling the Drain and in 2006, Deadscapes. He played one of a trio of survivors in a land overrun with the undead and he auditioned with the song Aint No SunshineLee DeWyze – DeWyze performing in June 2010.
15. Neil Diamond – Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. One of the worlds best-selling artists of all time, he has sold over 120 million records worldwide since the start of his career in the 1960s. With 38 songs in the Top 10, he is the second most successful artist in the history of the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10 charts and his songs have been covered internationally by many performers from a variety of musical genres. Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock, additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had eleven No, Sweet Caroline is played frequently at sporting events, and has become an anthem for the Boston Red Sox. Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family descended from Russian and his parents were Rose and Akeeba Kieve Diamond, a dry-goods merchant. He grew up in homes in Brooklyn, having also spent four years in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In Brooklyn he attended Erasmus Hall High School and was a member of the Freshman Chorus and they were not close friends at the time, Diamond recalls, We were two poor kids in Brooklyn. We hung out in the front of Erasmus High and smoked cigarettes, after his family moved he then attended Abraham Lincoln High School, and was a member of the fencing team. For his 16th birthday, he received his first guitar, and the next thing, I got a guitar when we got back to Brooklyn, started to take lessons and almost immediately began to write songs, he said. He adds that his attraction to songwriting was the first real interest he had growing up, Diamond also used his newly-developing skill at writing lyrics to write poetry. By writing poems for girls he was attracted to in school and his male classmates took note and began asking him to write poems for them which they would sing and use with equal success. He spent the following his graduation as a waiter in the Catskills resort area. There he first met Jaye Posner, who would, years later, Diamond next attended New York University as a pre-med major on a fencing scholarship. His skill at fencing made him a member of the 1960 NCAA mens championship team, however, he was often bored in classes, and found writing song lyrics more to his liking. He began cutting classes and taking the train up to Tin Pan Alley where he tried to get some of his songs heard by music publishers. By his senior year, and just 10 units short of graduation, Sunbeam Music Publishing offered him a 16-week job writing songs for $50 a week, and he dropped out of college to accept it. After his 16 weeks at Sunbeam Music were up, he was not rehired, I never really chose songwriting, he saysNeil Diamond – Diamond at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2012
16. Dr. Luke – Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, is an American record producer and songwriter. He came into prominence in 2004 for producing Kelly Clarksons single Since U Been Gone with Swedish record producer Max Martin. While continuing to produce for Perry, Lavigne, and Pink, Gottwald has also worked with artists, including Taio Cruz, B. o. B, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna. Flo Rida, Miley Cyrus, Jessie J, Juicy J, Ne-Yo, Shakira, Dr. Luke is also noted for signing recording artists such as Kesha and Sabi and playing a vital part in their careers. In October 2014, Kesha initiated a series of lawsuits, alleging assault and abuse by Gottwald. Dr. Lukes work has been recognized with various industry awards. Music publication Billboard named him as one of the top performing producers of the 2000s, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awarded him Producer and Songwriter of the Year honors from 2009 to 2011. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, lukasz Sebastain Gottwald was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His father, Janusz Jerzy Gottwald, was an architect who was born in Łask, Gottwald spent many of his formative years in New York City. He had originally wanted to be a drummer, but his parents refused to allow a drum kit in the house, at 13, he picked up his older sisters guitar and taught himself how to play. As a teenager, Gottwald would listen to bad music over and over, if there was a guitar part admired, Gottwald attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years. He joined the Saturday Night Live Band as the lead guitarist in 1997 until the 2006–2007 season and he produced tracks and remixes for various artists including Arrested Development and Nappy Roots. He released the 12 single Wet Lapse, under the name Kasz, for Rawkus Records, while deejaying at a house party, Dr. Luke met producer Max Martin and subsequently gave Martin a tour of New York clubs when Martin arrived in the city. Dr. Luke owns two publishing companies, Kasz Money Publishing, for his own songs, and Prescription Songs, as of January 2011, he has garnered 21 Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 singles, becoming the producer with the third most such hits since the charts were created. He co-wrote and co-produced the Kelly Clarkson Hot 100 number two song, Since U Been Gone with Max Martin and provided the singer another hit in Behind These Hazel Eyes, subsequent songs by Pink, Who Knew and U + Ur Hand reached the Hot 100 top ten. He would go on to co-produce a number one for Avril Lavigne with the song Girlfriend as well as seven songs on the Lavigne album. He also achieved a UK number one with the song About You Now for the Sugababes, Dr. Luke contributed two songs to Katy Perrys second album, One of the Boys. Hot 100 number one, I Kissed a Girl and Hot n Cold and he also co-produced the US number one song Right Round by Flo RidaDr. Luke – Dr. Luke at the ASCAP awards in Los Angeles
17. Dan Fogelberg – He is best known for his early 1980s hits, including Longer, Leader of the Band, and Same Old Lang Syne. Dans mother was a Scottish immigrant, and his father was of Swedish descent and his father would later be the inspiration for the song, Leader of the Band. Using a Mel Bay course book, Dan taught himself to play a Hawaiian slide guitar that his grandfather gave him and he also learned to play the piano. At 14 he joined a band, The Clan, which covered The Beatles and his second band was another cover band, The Coachmen, who, in 1967, released two singles written by Fogelberg. They were cut at Golden Voice Recording studio in South Pekin, IL and he began performing as a solo acoustic player in area cafes. One of these included the Red Herring, which is where he made his first solo recordings as part of a festival in 1971. He was discovered by Irving Azoff, who started his management career promoting another Champaign-Urbana act. Azoff sent him to Nashville, Tennessee, to hone his skills, there he became a session musician and recorded his first album with producer Norbert Putnam. In 1972, Fogelberg released his debut album Home Free to lukewarm response and he performed as an opening act for Van Morrison. Fogelbergs second effort was more successful – the 1974 Joe Walsh-produced album Souvenirs. The song Part of the Plan became Fogelbergs first hit, after Souvenirs, he released a string of gold and platinum albums, including Captured Angel and Nether Lands. His 1978 Twin Sons of Different Mothers was the first of two collaborations with jazz flautist Tim Weisberg, which found success with songs such as The Power of Gold. Phoenix, from 1979, reached the Top 10, with Longer becoming a #2 pop hit in 1980, the track peaked at #59 on the UK Singles Chart – his sole entry on that chart. The album reached #42 on the UK Albums Chart, likewise his only entry there and it was followed by a Top 20 hit Heart Hotels. The Innocent Age, released in October 1981, was Fogelbergs critical and commercial peak, the double album included four of his biggest hits, Same Old Lang Syne, Hard to Say, Leader of the Band, and Run for the Roses. He drew inspiration for The Innocent Age from Thomas Wolfes novel Of Time, a 1982 greatest hits album contained two new songs, both of which were released as singles, Missing You and Make Love Stay. In 1984, he released the album Windows and Walls, containing the singles The Language of Love and Believe in Me, Fogelberg released High Country Snows in 1985. Recorded in Nashville, it showcased his and some of the industrys best talent in bluegrass, vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Chris Hillman, and Herb Pedersen contributed to the recordDan Fogelberg – Fogelberg in 1974.
18. Glenn Frey – Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles. Frey was the singer and frontman for the Eagles, roles he came to share with fellow member Don Henley. Frey played guitar, piano, and keyboards and he sang lead vocals on songs such as Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise, Already Gone, Lyin Eyes, New Kid in Town, and Heartache Tonight. After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a solo career. As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, the Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey had 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in Royal Oak, Michigan, he studied piano at age five, later switched to guitar, and became part of the mid-1960s Detroit rock scene. Immediately after graduating from Dondero in 1966, he was invited to join The Four of Us, Frey also attended Oakland Community College while in the band, and he learned to sing harmonies performing with The Four of Us. In 1967, He formed the Mushrooms with Gary Burrows brother Jeff, Bill Barnes, Doug Gunch and that year Frey also met Bob Seger, who helped Frey get a management and recording contract with a label formed by Segers management team, Hideout Records. Seger also wrote and produced the bands first single, Such a Lovely Child, Frey had intended to join Segers group but his mother blocked that course of action for smoking cannabis with Seger. In the later part of 1967, Frey also pulled together another band called Heavy Metal Kids with Jeff Burrows, Jeff Alborell, Paul Kelcourse, in 1968, at age 19, Frey played the acoustic guitar and performed background vocals on Segers single, Ramblin Gamblin Man. Frey has said that Seger strongly encouraged and influenced him to focus on writing original songs and they remained good friends and occasional songwriting partners in later years, and Frey would also sing on Segers songs such as Fire Lake and Against the Wind. In Detroit, Frey also met and dated Joan Sliwin of the female group The Mama Cats. Frey went to Los Angeles hoping to reconnect with his girlfriend, and he was introduced to J. D. Souther by her sister, Alexandra Sliwin, who was with Souther at the time. Frey returned to Detroit after three weeks, but then went back again to Los Angeles to form a duo with Souther called Longbranch Pennywhistle. They were signed to Amos Records and released an album in 1969, which contains songs he wrote such as Run, Boy, Run and Rebecca. Frey also met Jackson Browne during this period, the three musicians lived in the same apartment building for a short time, and Frey later said that he learned a lot about songwriting from hearing Browne work on songs in the apartment below. Frey met drummer Don Henley in 1970 and they were signed to the same label, Amos Records, at that time and both spent time at the TroubadourGlenn Frey – Frey performing with Eagles in 2008.
19. Justin Gaston – Justin Michael Gaston is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actor who was also a contestant on Nashville Star on season 6. He finished 10th overall out of 12 contestants and he portrayed the role of Ben Rogers on Days of Our Lives for less than four months in 2014. He appeared on the cover of Tetu in 2013. In 2005, Justin Gaston left his hometown of Pineville, Louisiana, Gaston first worked as an underwear model for Christian Audigier, Adidas, International Jock, and Hugo Boss. In February 2010, Gaston began appearing on Simon Fullers interactive reality show, the If I Can Dream webseries, the show provided round-the-clock coverage of the daily lives of five aspiring stars who had moved into a house in Hollywood, California. Gastons costars were Ben Elliott, Giglianne Braga, Kara Killmer, on April 14,2010, Gaston performed a duet on Simon Fullers American Idol with Brooke White, the fifth place finalist on season 7. Gastons song choice was the Elvis Presley ballad, If I Can Dream, in June 2010 Gaston posed nude in a photo shoot for PETAs Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur ad campaign along with Ben Elliott and Giglianne Braga. During the summer of 2010, Gaston was an opening act for American Idol winner Kris Allen. On February 6,2014, it was announced that Gaston joined the cast of the soap opera Days of Our Lives and he played the role of Jordan Ridgeways brother, Ben Rogers, making his first appearance on February 27,2014. Gaston was let go from the series at the end of the first 13-weeks of his contract cycle, Gaston was born in Pineville, Louisiana. He competed in track and field, finishing sixth in the vault at the 2005 Louisiana High School Athletic Association 4A State Championship meet. Gaston achieved a height of 126 in the competition, Gaston married actress Melissa Ordway on September 22,2012. He and Ordway have a daughter, born in 2016. List of male underwear models Justin Gaston at the Internet Movie DatabaseJustin Gaston – Justin Gaston in the French Quarter of New Orleans on February 20, 2010
20. Natalie Gelman – Natalie Gelman is an American singer and songwriter. Gelman is mainly known for her vocals, and has released two albums. Gelmans parents, her father a violinist and her mother a pianist, Gelman wrote her first song when she was 11 years old, and picked up the guitar in high school. She started seriously performing at the age of 17, eventually busking on the New York subway system platforms. In 2006 after the release of her album, she started a 1, 500-mile tour from Miami to New York city on rollerblades to promote the album. Gelman graduated from the University of Miami in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music, after multiple attempts, she was ultimately accepted into the MTAs Music Under New York program. She released her first self-titled LP in 2006 and her second album, an EP, produced by Charlie Midnight and Mark Needham, was released in 2013. The music video for the song Most the While was selected for the 2014 New Media Film Festival, Gelman began a month-long tour with Alyse Black on July 16,2014 through Washington state, Oregon and Montana. On July 17,2014 she started a campaign to fund a full-length LP. All tracks written by Natalie Gelman, except where noted, gelmans second album was released in 2013. All tracks written by Natalie Gelman and Charlie Midnight, except where notedNatalie Gelman – Natalie Gelman performing live at on the Rox in West Hollywood CA on September 30th, 2013
21. Alex Goot – Alexander George Gut is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist from New York City. His channel, GootMusic, is the 1582rd most watched channel on YouTube and he plays acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums and other instruments. His time is almost all spent in his home studio self-producing all audio and video for his releases, Goot released his first studio album In Your Atmosphere, which was made possible by his fans via an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign. His YouTube channel has about 2,000,000 subscribers and his celebrity rank has fallen and he is now ranked in the 400s among subscribers and 800s in views. According to Goot, his inspiration is to show the love he has for music and he further states that he had no plan B. After he recorded his music as well as videos for years in his home studio in Poughkeepsie, he moved in early February 2015, immediately after his European tour in January 2015. Goot has made videos in collaboration with other artists such as We Are the In Crowd, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Megan Nicole, Sam Tsui. Goot has released four volumes of Songs I Wish I Wrote with most of the versions of his channel on YouTube, Goot became engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Elle Fowler on July 3,2015. He proposed on the beach, wrote the song Unstoppable about her, on June 19,2016, Goot and Elle Fowler married in Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CaliforniaAlex Goot – Alex performing at VidCon 2012 in California
22. Kina Grannis – Kina Kasuya Grannis is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Grannis was the winner of the 2008 Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest, as a result of winning, she earned a recording contract with Interscope Records and had her music video played during the commercials of Super Bowl XLII on February 3,2008. She won Best Web-Born Artist at the 2011 MTV O Music Awards and her progress in the competition was covered in The Orange County Register and The Wall Street Journal. Grannis has also featured on FOX News Los Angeles, Good Day L. A. Grannis grew up in Mission Viejo, California, and it was here where her love for music began, in elementary school, she composed and submitted piano compositions to district art competitions. Soon afterwards, she playing the violin, an instrument she would play throughout high school. By age 15, she started teaching herself the guitar and it was this instrument with which she fell in love, Grannis attended Viejo Elementary School, Newhart Middle School and, from 1999 to 2003, Capistrano Valley High School. Grannis enrolled at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2003, two years later, staff members of the Universitys Thornton School of Music asked her to produce an album in their music and music industry departments. That album, Sincerely, Me. was released the same year, in 2007, she graduated summa cum laude in social science with an emphasis on psychology. While attending USC, she was inducted into academic societies Phi Beta Kappa, in 2006, Grannis recorded and self-released two more albums, One More in the Attic and In Memory of the Singing Bridge. In early 2007, she recorded Ours to Keep written by Rachael Lawrence and this song would be featured regularly on General Hospital and was in an episode of the ABC Familys mini-series Samurai Girl in September 2008. On November 14,2007, she created her YouTube account and her first video, Message from Your Heart, was entered into Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. The contest, which she won, landed her a contract with Interscope Records and her YouTube videos have received more than 99 million views and have propelled her to become one of YouTubes most popular personalities. Grannis planned to work with Interscope Records to produce a new album, on February 24,2008, Grannis sang the national anthem for the Auto Club 500 NASCAR race in Fontana, California. In June 2009 her songs Never Never and People were used in episodes of MTVs reality series College Life, on January 13,2010 Grannis was the headliner at a sold-out show at The Troubadour club in Los Angeles. In March 2013 Grannis gave a talk at TEDx Hollywood titled Finding Community Through the Internet, Grannis has also been a part of several Wong Fu Productions short films, including The Last, and the series Funemployed, as well as other YouTube stars videos. One of the bands Grannis has performed with in YouTube videos is Boyce Avenue and they have recorded many cover songs together such as Fast Car, originally by Tracy Chapman and the song With or Without You by U2. Stairwells debuted at No.139 on the Billboard 200, No.5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart, No.2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and No.18 on the Billboard Independent Albums chartKina Grannis – Grannis performing live
23. Juliana Hatfield – Juliana Hatfield is an American musician and singer-songwriter from the Boston area. She was formerly of the rock bands Blake Babies, Some Girls, and The Lemonheads and now performs as a solo artist. In December 2014, Paste Magazine named her cover of the song Needle in the Hay by Elliott Smith, in 2014 she reformed The Juliana Hatfield Three, announcing the new album Whatever, My Love for 2015. In late December, Stereogum named the one of their most anticipated albums of 2015. The band toured the US tour in February and March 2015 support of the album, Hatfield grew up in the Boston suburb of Duxbury. Although well known for the early 1990s hit, My Sister, Hatfields father claimed his family were descendants of the West Virginia Hatfields of the Hatfield–McCoy feud following the Civil War. Hatfields father was a doctor who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Hatfield went to Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Massachusetts. She then attended Boston University and studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Hatfield currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attends School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Hatfield acquired a love of music during the 1970s, having been introduced by a babysitter to the music of the Los Angeles punk rock band X. She was also attracted to the music of more mainstream artists like Olivia Newton-John, following her graduation from Duxbury High School, Hatfield attended Boston University for a semester. She then transferred as a student to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she soon met Freda Boner and John Strohm, forming the Blake Babies with them in 1986. The band, with which she sang and played guitar, was signed to North Carolinas Mammoth Records. The group toured the United States several times, performed in Europe, Hatfield eventually earned a degree in songwriting from Berklee. Although the groups work was essentially punk-oriented, they quickly settled into a sunny, melodic. Hatfield and Strohm shared songwriting credits and often together in harmony or octaves. Coinciding with the tour, the Blake Babies recorded and released a new album titled God Bless The Blake Babies which received strong reviews, the album featured new original songs as well as renditions of songs by Ben Lee and Madder Rose. Frequent collaborator Evan Dando also made a guest appearance on the album, after the tour, Hatfield released a Blake Babies EP titled Epilogue at her live shows featuring the band covering Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones and MC5Juliana Hatfield – Hatfield performing in 2006
24. Chris Hawkes – Chris Hawkes is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, recording engineer and producer. He performs solo, as a member and teamed up in 2011 with Miranda Dawn forming the duo Dawn. As a musician Chris Hawkes was first recorded and released on a 1998 compilation Garage Nights at Laser Trax released on Cannon Riggle Records. In late 1999 Hawkes formed a band with high school students called Redtag. He graduated with an engineering degree from the Dallas Sound Lab in Los Colinas, Texas in 2000. Following an internship with Grammy Award winning producer Eric Delegard, Hawkes became an engineer for the University of North Texas College of Music, Hawkes switched roles of frontman/songwriter to produce and play lead guitar for Five Times August a previously solo project of singer/songwriter Brad Skistimas. Hawkes first produced and performed for 2004s EP Something Clever, with Redtag drummer Cason Clifton on drums, the single Better With You was featured on MTV series Laguna Beach, The Real Orange County in its inaugural season. A full length 2005 follow up album Fry Street, with performance and production by Hawkes, also included Redtag bassist Jake Baxter and received more play on cable and broadcast television. In 2007 tracks from Something Clever and Fry Street were compiled and released as The Independent breaking ground as an independent release available at Walmart. In 2005 Hawkes and other members, also known as Redtag, departed Five Times August, in 2007 Chris Hawkes released his first solo acoustic album Guitar and Voice MTV featured Falling Into Doubt on episodes of the television series The Hills. And on Animal Planet show Jockeys in the 2008 season, Hawkes released a second independent album Because I Feel That Way Too in 2009. The sophomore release features more production with a roster of Hawkess musician friends, tracks from the album, Again, Falling Into Doubt, Finally Free and Control were pre-loaded in AT&T smart phones and featured on MTVs Teen Mom 2. By late 2009, Because I Feel That Way Too was supported with commercial and independent radio play on 165 stations in the U. S. and spurred national touring for the album. While touring in 2010, Hawkes co-wrote and recorded Mystery with Annemarie Jensen releasing the song on her album, Melodies and his third album. Shortly after its release, Mystery was added to rotation on Danish popular radio station DR P4, in mid-2011 Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes collaborated for the recording of Dawns debut album, Reason to Feel Alive. Dawn was recognized as a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriting competition for her songs Forever Happily and Made to Roam, Dawn and Hawkes continued co-writing and touring together and released a collaborative effort, Golden Heart, in June 2012. In 2013, the duo auditioned for season 6 of the American reality talent show The Voice and their audition was broadcast on NBC on February 24,2014, on the inaugural episode of season 6 singing an acoustic version of The Beatles song Ive Just Seen a Face. Two of the four judges, Adam Levine and Shakira pressed the I Want You button turning their chairs and that was my favorite performance I have ever seen — ever — on The Voice said LevineChris Hawkes – Chris Hawkes
25. Billy Hinsche – William Billy Hinsche is an American musician who was part of the singing group Dino, Desi & Billy. Hinsche was born in Manila, the Philippines, where his father, Otto Doc Hinsche, after World War II, the family moved to the United States and settled in Beverly Hills. Hinsche attended Beverly Hills Catholic High School, where he met Desi Arnaz, Jr. the three later formed the group Dino, Desi & Billy and signed with Frank Sinatras record label Reprise Records. In the late 1960s, Hinsche worked as a musician for The Beach Boys. His sister, Annie Hinsche-Wilson-Karges, was married to the groups guitarist and he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Motion Pictures & Television from UCLA in 1974. #51, 9/65 Our Times Coming—Reprise R/RS 6194—U. S. I. U, album L. A. Keepin the Summer Alive The Beach Boys Still Cruisin Summer in Paradise Stars and Stripes VolBilly Hinsche – Billy Hinsche
26. Janis Ian – Born in 1951 in New York, Ian entered the American folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Most active musically in that decade and the 1970s, she has continued recording into the 21st century, Ian is also a columnist and science fiction author. Her parents, Victor, a teacher, and Pearl ran a summer camp in upstate New York. As a child, Ian admired the work of pioneers such as Joan Baez. Starting with piano lessons at the age of two, Ian, by the time she entered her teens, was playing the organ, harmonica, French horn and guitar. At the age of 12, she wrote her first song, Hair of Spun Gold, in 1964, she legally changed her name to Janis Ian, taking her brother Erics middle name as her new surname. At the age of 14, Ian wrote and recorded her first hit single, Societys Child, about an interracial romance forbidden by a girls mother, the songs theme of interracial relationships was considered taboo by some radio stations, who withdrew or banned it from their playlists accordingly. In her 2008 autobiography Societys Child, Ian recalls receiving hate mail and death threats as a response to the song and mentions that a radio station in Atlanta that played it was burned down. In the summer of 1967, Societys Child reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the single having sold 600,000 copies, at age 16, Ian met comedian Bill Cosby backstage at a Smothers Brothers show where she was promoting Societys Child. Since Ian was underage, she needed to be accompanied by a chaperon while touring and after her set, she had been sleeping with her head on her chaperons lap. Although Ian would later come out as lesbian, she states that at the time of the encounter with Cosby she had only been kissed once, Ian relates that years later, Atlantics president at the time, Jerry Wexler, publicly apologized to her for this. The single and Ians 1967 eponymous debut album were released on Verve Forecast. In 2001, Societys Child was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and her early music was compiled on a double CD entitled Societys Child, The Verve Recordings in 1995. Societys Child stigmatized Ian as a one-hit wonder until her most successful US single, at Seventeen is a bittersweet commentary on adolescent cruelty, the illusion of popularity and teenage angst, as reflected upon from the perspective of a 24-year-old. Ian appeared as a musical guest on the premiere of Saturday Night Live on October 11,1975, performing At Seventeen. The album, Between the Lines, was also a smash, the album would be certified platinum for sales of over one million copies sold in the US. Another measure of her success is anecdotal, on Valentines Day 1977, Ian received 461 valentine cards, having indicated in the lyrics to At Seventeen that she never received one as a teenager. Fly Too High, produced by disco producer Giorgio Moroder, was Ians contribution to the soundtrack of the Jodie Foster film Foxes and was featured on Ians 1979 album Night RainsJanis Ian – Ian performing in concert, 1981
27. David Jenkins (musician) – David Michael Jenkins is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known as the lead singer and guitarist for the California smooth rock band Pablo Cruise. Jenkins was a member of the band at its conception in 1973, in 2004, Jenkins and two other original members of the band re-united with a new member, George Gabriel, to tour across the United States. He was also a member of the rock band Southern Pacific between 1986 and 1989David Jenkins (musician) – Jenkins performing at The Blue Goose, Loomis, California in July 2009
28. Mason Jennings – Mason Jennings is an American folk-pop singer-songwriter. He is well known for his simple yet catchy melodies, intimate lyrics, literary and historical themes and his music has appeared in the surf film Shelter and he has toured extensively. Born in Hawaii, Jennings moved with his family to Pittsburgh, Jennings learned to play guitar at the age of 13, when he began writing songs. Jennings later dropped out of school and moved to Minneapolis to pursue his musical career, Jennings produced his self-titled debut album in 1997 on an analog four-track in the living room of a rented home, playing all instruments himself. In October 1998, joined by drummer Chris Stock and bassist Robert Skoro, the two week gig ended up lasting four months. In April 1999, six months after forming, The Mason Jennings Band was voted by the 1999 Picked to Click Poll conducted by Minneapolis newspaper, City Pages. Mason began touring nationally and expanded the depth of his sound by inviting saxophonist Chris Thomson to play with them occasionally, birds Flying Away revealed his penchant for singing first-person narratives of imaginary rustic characters. Following the release of album, Noah Levy of The Honeydogs took over drumming duties from Olivera. In 2002, Jennings released an album, Century Spring. An EP supporting Century Spring was also released, featuring the opening track, Living In The Moment. Jennings released all three discs — and re-released his earlier albums — on his record label, Architect Records. In 2003, Skoro and Levy left the band and were replaced by bassist Chris Morrissey, on September 30 of that year, the band released a DVD entitled Use Your Van, which chronicled the recording of Use Your Voice and part of the promotional tour. The DVD was filmed by Andy Grund, on June 17,2005, Jennings signed with Glacial Pace, a subsidiary of Sonys Epic Records headed by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock. Minnesotas Star Tribune credited Brock with convincing Jennings to sign after the Mason Jennings Band had opened for several Modest Mouse shows in 2004, Jennings had long avoided the major labels, citing desires to maintain creative control and dodge big-label politics. Glacial Pace is now an independent label, Jennings recorded his sixth album, Boneclouds, at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, MN with producer Noah Georgeson. The album was released on May 16,2006 by Glacial Pace, soon thereafter, bassist Chris Morrisey left the band. Jennings opened for Guster during their Winter 2007 tour, accompanying Jennings was new bassist Arabella Kauffmann and Brian McLeod on drums. Jennings sang two Bob Dylan songs for the soundtrack of the movie Im Not There, The Times They Are a-Changin, in early 2008 Jennings signed with Jack Johnsons record label, Brushfire RecordsMason Jennings – Mason Jennings
29. Jewel (singer) – Jewel Kilcher is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, author, and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. She rose to prominence with her album, Pieces of You, released in 1995. Jewel released her first independent album, Lullaby, in 2009, yule also made the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield. Jewel is the daughter of Lenedra Jewel and Attila Kuno Atz Kilcher, at the time of her birth, her parents had been living in Utah, where her father was attending Brigham Young University. She is a first cousin once removed of actress Qorianka Kilcher, Jewel spent most of her young life in Homer, living with her father. The house she grew up in lacked indoor plumbing and had only a simple outhouse, the Kilcher family is featured on the Discovery Channel show Alaska, The Last Frontier, which chronicles their day-to-day struggles living in the Alaskan wilderness. Jewel and her father sometimes earned a living by singing in bars and it was from these experiences she learned to yodel, which she does in many of her songs. Her father was a Mormon but they stopped attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly before she turned eight, Jewel learned to play the guitar while studying the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where she majored in operatic voice. She started writing songs at sixteen, and began performing live in coffeehouses, for a time, Jewel lived in her car while traveling around the country doing street performances and small gigs, mainly in Southern California. She gained recognition by singing at The Inner Change Cafe and Java Joes in San Diego, she would later make he debut record at Java Joes when it was in Poway and her friend Steve Poltzs band, The Rugburns, played the same venues. Jewel later collaborated with Poltz on some of her songs, including You Were Meant for Me, the Rugburns opened for Jewel on her Tiny Lights tour in 1997. Poltz appeared in Jewels band on the Spirit World Tour 1999 playing guitar and she continued to manage Jewel until the end of the first album cycle. Jewels debut album Pieces of You was released in 1995 when she was only 21, recorded in a studio on singer Neil Youngs ranch, it included Youngs backing band, The Stray Gators, who played on his Harvest and Harvest Moon albums. Part of the album was recorded live at The Inner Change Cafe in San Diego, the album stayed on the Billboard 200 for two years, reaching number four at its peak. The album spawned the Top 10 hits You Were Meant for Me, Who Will Save Your Soul, the album eventually sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. In the late 1990s, Mike Connell created an electronic mailing list for fans, although Jewel herself does not subscribe to this mailing list, she maintained communication with her EA fans. On July 18 and 19,1996, she gave a concert known as JewelStock at the Bearsville TheatreJewel (singer) – Jewel at Yahoo Yodel 2009
30. Kevin Jonas – Paul Kevin Jonas II is an American musician and actor. He is the oldest member of the Jonas Brothers, a pop band created by the youngest brother Nick. In 2008, he appeared on People magazines list of the Sexiest Men Alive by being a member of the 21 club, on December 19,2009, he married Danielle Deleasa, whom he met in the Bahamas during the summer of 2007. Jonas and his wife starred in their own E. reality series, Married to Jonas. In early May 2014, he announced a small 5-month tour around the United States with younger brother Joe, Jonas was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, and grew up in Wyckoff. His mother, Denise Marie, is a sign language teacher and singer, and his father, Paul Kevin Jonas, Sr. is a songwriter, musician. He has three brothers, Joe, Nick, Frankie. In early 2005, Columbia Records new president, Steve Greenberg, while Greenberg did not like the album, he did like Nicks voice. After hearing the song Please Be Mine, written and performed by all the brothers, after being signed to Columbia, the brothers considered naming their group Sons of Jonas before settling on the name Jonas Brothers. Its About Time, the brothers first album, was released on August 8,2006, according to the bands manager, it was only a limited release of a little over 50,000 copies. Because Sony was not interested in promoting the band, the Jonas Brothers then considered switching labels. The band was dropped by Columbia Records in early 2007. After shortly being without a label, the Jonas Brothers signed with Hollywood Records in February 2007, around the same time, the brothers began appearing in GAP commercials for Baby Bottle Pops, singing the jingle. Their self-titled second album, Jonas Brothers, was released on August 7,2007 and it reached number five on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in its first week. The Jonas Brothers third studio album, A Little Bit Longer, was released in the United States on August 12,2008 and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. On June 16,2009, the fourth studio album, and third release under Hollywood Records, titled Lines, Vines. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 247,000 copies sold and it was announced on May 1,2012, that the Jonas Brothers parted ways with their record label Hollywood Records, and bought the rights to their music. On August 17,2007, Jonas and his brothers guest-starred in an episode of Hannah Montana, titled Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. JonasKevin Jonas – Jonas in September 2008
31. Nick Jonas – Nicholas Jerry Nick Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. Jonas began acting in theater at the age of seven, and he released his eponymous debut album in 2004 to little success, though it did catch the attention of Columbia Records. Jonas opted to form a band with his brothers, Joe and Kevin. The group released their studio album Its About Time through Columbia Records. The record failed to achieve success, thus the group parted ways with their label. Their self-titled second studio album was released through Hollywood Records in 2007, the band became prominent figures on the Disney Channel during this time, gaining a large following through the network. The band starred in the successful film Camp Rock. The release of the third studio album, A Little Bit Longer, helped the band achieve further success. The release of their studio album saw a decline in sales for the band. Jonas and his brothers starred in the Disney Channel series JONAS in 2009 and 2010 and it was later confirmed that the Jonas Brothers would be taking a hiatus, with Nick forming a new band known as Nick Jonas & the Administration. The band released one album in 2010, though it failed to achieve much commercial success. Following the release, Jonas opted to focus on work in theater, the Jonas Brothers briefly reunited in 2013, though officially parted ways due to creative differences. Jonas decided to return to his music career following the bands disbandment. He signed with Island Records, releasing Nick Jonas through the label, the album entered the top ten of the Billboard 200, while both of the albums singles entered the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100. The project was re-released as Nick Jonas X2 in 2015, the release helped provide Jonas with a new public image, earning him the title of a sex symbol. Jonas later co-founded Safehouse Records, a label in conjunction with Island Records. Jonas released his studio album, Last Year Was Complicated. The project became his highest peaking entry as a solo artist on the Billboard 200, Jonas was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Denise and Paul Kevin JonasNick Jonas – Jonas at the premiere of Kingdom in October 2014
32. Norah Jones – Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Jones has won awards and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade and she has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazines artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart. In 2002, Jones launched her music career with the release of Come Away with Me. It was certified diamond, selling over 26 million copies, the record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. They were also well received by critics. Jones fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts, was released on April 27,2012, Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar, and half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar. Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar on March 30,1979 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, to American concert producer Sue Jones, after her parents separated in 1986, Shankar lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas. She attended Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing, while in high school, she sang in the school choir, participated in band, and played the alto saxophone. At the age of sixteen, with parents consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Bill Evans and Billie Holiday and she once said, My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set, I picked out one disc that I liked and played that over and over again. As a child, Jones began singing in church and also took piano and she considers herself spiritual and appreciates the rituals of her church but does not consider herself deeply religious. She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts during the summers, while at high school, she won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition. Jones attended the University of North Texas, where she majored in jazz piano, during this time, she had a chance meeting with future collaborator Jesse Harris. She gave a ride to a band playing at the university whose members happened to be friends of Harris and he was on a cross-country road-trip with friend and future Little Willies member Richard Julian, and stopped to see the band play. After meeting Jones, Harris started sending her lead sheets of his songs, in 1999, Jones left Texas for New York City. Less than a later, she started a band with Harris. As artist Peter Malick states in the notes, I started looking for a singer who could record for meNorah Jones – Jones performs at Farm Aid, October 2, 2010
33. Alex Lambert – Alexander Don Alex Lambert is an American singer-songwriter from North Richland Hills, Texas, who was a semi-finalist on the ninth season of American Idol and starred on a web show, If I Can Dream. Lambert was born and raised in North Richland Hills, Texas and he is the son of Harold Lambert and Gwen Henderson-Lambert and has six siblings. Lambert attended Richland High School, where he played varsity and varsity football and was a member of the 2008 7-on-7 state. Lamberts musical influences include The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Marley, James Morrison, John Mayer and John Legend. Lambert auditioned for the season of American Idol on August 25,2009, in Dallas, Texas, at the encouragement of his mother. Although Lamberts group, The Dreamers, gave a performance, his ukulele-accompanied final solo was well received by the judges. In the next round, Lambert sang Everybody Knows by John Legend, Lambert was eliminated following his performance of Trouble by Ray LaMontagne during the Top 16 round, in what was labeled one of the most shocking elimination nights in the series history. The LA Times has ranked Lambert 57th in their list of the top 120 American Idol contestants, backstage on Ellen, Lambert was filmed playing Butterflies, an original song written the day after his elimination. He also made an appearance on Good Day Texas, performing another original song, Lamberts elimination continued to create a stir, due in large part to an online petition. The petition called for his reinstatement to the show and was signed by over 19,000 people, the outpouring of support caught the attention of 19 Entertainment executive Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol and new venture If I Can Dream. His entrance was watched live by over a million internet viewers, while on If I Can Dream, Lambert collaborated with numerous notable songwriters and music producers, and completed multiple tracks for inclusion on an album. Several demos were released, but most were kept under wraps, Dream With My Eyes Open, one of the first songs Lambert wrote and demoed, became the theme song of the show i, replacing Elvis Presleys If I Can Dream in episode eleven. Notable performances include the U. S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, celebrity appearances include Dont Forget the Lyrics. Celebrity presenter at the 2010 Young Hollywood Awards and a Star Spangled Banner performance at Dodger Stadium, Lambert had a romantic relationship with a house guest country-pop singer Veronica Ballestrini. The couple broke up in the Winter of 2010, since the end of the show, Lambert remained in Los Angeles and continued to work with 19 Entertainment songwriters and producers. Lambert has performed in support of charities including Stickam Live for Japan Relief. The 15th Annual Webby Awards selected Lamberts I Didn’t Know music video as an Official Webby Honoree in the Online Film & Video, Lambert saw his first significant songwriting placements in 2012. On June 26,2012, Trouble, a song co-written by Lambert, in September 2012, Lambert had his second studio album writing credit when his original song What Makes You So Beautiful, co-written with Toby Gad, was included on Carly Rae Jepsens album KissAlex Lambert – Alex Lambert at a gig at Smith's Bar in New York, June 26, 2011
34. Meiko (American singer) – Meiko is an American singer/songwriter, currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. She independently released an album on September 1,2007. All of the tracks from the LP have been featured in major network TV shows. Raised by her father in the town of Roberta, Georgia, Meiko first stepped in front of an audience at the age of eight. In the years followed, she performed everywhere from talent shows to Little League baseball parks. When she was not performing, she was practicing - spending countless hours singing into the clothes dryer. She soon developed an interest in writing songs and enlisted the help of her dad, when she was thirteen, he bought her a guitar of her own. As soon as I learned a new chord, she says, at eighteen, Meiko left her hometown to showcase her talents to a wider audience. After a brief stop in Miami, she moved to Los Angeles and began her career, playing all over Southern California. She performed at Hollywoods Hotel Café, where she performs regularly. In September 2007, she toured nationally with Brett Dennen and in October, in June 2008 Meiko signed a recording deal with MySpace Records/DGC, who released her album in partnership with Lucky Ear Music. The Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC release has been remixed, remastered and includes re-recorded versions, the digital album re-release was August 5,2008. Also in August, she toured the U. S. with Joe Purdy, Chris Seefried, in the fall of 2008, Meiko joined another Hotel Cafe Tour - this time around the trek featured an all-female lineup. Meiko was the only artist performing all dates of the tour, from February–March 2009, Meiko performed on a string of U. S. dates in support of Joshua Radin. In May 2009, she embarked on her first-ever headlining U. S. tour, in June 2009, Meiko hit the road with Eric Hutchinson, and in July 2009, she performed a string of shows in the UK before playing in the United States territory of Guam. In October and November 2009 Meiko toured the U. S. with Jewel, meikos album was digitally released in Australia on October 9,2009 and reached #2 on the iTunes Australia Singer-Songwriter Albums chart. The album was physically released October 23,2009 and she signed a new recording contract with Fantasy Records/Concord Records in late 2011, with her second album titled The Bright Side released on May 15,2012. Meiko released her third album, titled Dear You, on October 14,2014Meiko (American singer) – Meiko at the Transmission Showcase festival
35. Anna Nalick – Anna Christine Nalick is an American singer-songwriter. Her debut album, Wreck of the Day, featuring her first radio hit, Nalick left her label under Sony in 2009 after a falling-out surrounding the release of her second album. Nalicks second album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends was released on June 5,2011, Nalick was born and raised in Temple City, California, and attended Holy Angels Grammar School in Arcadia before moving to Glendora with her parents at age 14. A key memory of her childhood is the fifth grade math class where she would stop paying attention to the teacher, and instead rewrite the lyrics to a Cranberries song. She grew up in a family where two of the grandparents had performed on Broadway, and where her parents exposed her to a number of different artists, including Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin. Nalick says she draws inspiration from poetry, literature, psychology, human behavior. Her musical influences range from ragtime to folk to trip-hop and everything in between, in another interview, Nalick recalls showing off her talents to her third grade teacher, who then remarked that shed end up one day on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Nalick did perform in 2005 on The Tonight Show, making sure to invite the teacher to the audience, Nalick initially decided to go to college before pursuing her dream of music, continuing to record her songs on a Rainbow Brite cassette recorder. But she soon met a professor, who had a student with parents in the music business. In October 2003, putting her plans on hold, she signed on with Columbia Records. Nalick went into the studio with Thorn, Smith, and Rosse as producers, the result was her album Wreck of the Day, released two years later. Nalicks first single from her Wreck of the Day album was Breathe, which peaked at No.45 U. S. and went 3× Platinum on the Billboard Hot 100, and went huge on Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40. It was heavily played on AAA and Hot AC stations across the U. S. along with light airplay on Pop stations and her video for the track got very heavy airplay on VH1 and some MTV airplay as well. At the time of the writing, Wreck of the Day has sold over 615,000 copies with a certification from the RIAA. In New Zealand, Wreck of the Day reached the Top 15 albums on the Top 40 Albums Chart, in November 2005, Nalick released In the Rough. The single was successful, charting on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks at No.15. Her album sales only slightly increased after the release of In the Rough and her first single from Wreck of the Day, Breathe, experienced a resurgence on worldwide charts following a highly prominent appearance in a Greys Anatomy episode, aired February 12,2006. Other episodes of the show have featured the acoustic songs Catalyst, the title track has also been featured on the show One Tree HillAnna Nalick – Nalick in June 2011
36. Ricky Nelson – Eric Hilliard Ricky Rick Nelson was an American actor, musician, and singer-songwriter. He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock, in 1996, he was ranked #49 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Nelson began his entertainment career in 1949 playing himself in the sitcom series The Adventures of Ozzie. In 1952, he appeared in his first feature film, Here Come the Nelsons, in 1957, he recorded his first single, debuted as a singer on the television version of the sitcom, and released the #1 album entitled Ricky. In 1958, Nelson released his first #1 single, Poor Little Fool, a few films followed, and when the television series was cancelled in 1966, Nelson made occasional appearances as a guest star on various television programs. Nelson and Sharon Kristin Harmon were married on April 20,1963 and they had four children, Tracy Kristine, twin sons Gunnar Eric and Matthew Gray, and Sam Hilliard. Nelson was born on May 8,1940, in Teaneck and he was the second son of entertainment couple Harriet Hilliard Nelson and Ozzie Nelson. His father Ozzie was half Swedish, the Nelsons older son was actor David Nelson. Harriet, normally the vocalist for Ozzies band, remained in Englewood, New Jersey, with her newborn, meanwhile, bandleader Ozzie toured with the Nelson orchestra. In November 1941, the Nelsons bought what would become their permanent home, Ricky joined his parents and brother in Los Angeles in 1942. Ricky was a small and insecure child who suffered severe asthma. At night, his sleep was eased with a vaporizer emitting tincture of evergreen and he was described by Red Skeltons producer John Guedel as an odd little kid, likable, shy, introspective, mysterious, and inscrutable. When Skelton was drafted in 1944, Guedel crafted the radio sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie, the show debuted on Sunday, October 8,1944, to favorable reviews. Ozzie eventually became head writer for the show and based episodes on the fraternal exploits, in 1952, the Nelsons tested the waters for a television series with the theatrically released film Here Come the Nelsons. The film was a hit, and Ozzie was convinced the family could make the transition from radios airwaves to televisions small screen. Nelson attended Gardner Street Public School, Bancroft Junior High, and and he played football at Hollywood High and represented the school in interscholastic tennis matches. Twenty-five years later, Nelson told the Los Angeles Weekly he hated school because it smelled of pencils, Ozzie Nelson was a Rutgers alumnus and keen on college education, but eighteen-year-old Ricky was already in the 93 percent income-tax bracket and saw no reason to attend. At age thirteen, Ricky was making over $100,000 per annum, Nelsons wealth was astutely managed by his parents, who channeled his earnings into trust fundsRicky Nelson – Nelson in concert in Lawton, Oklahoma
37. Michael Nesmith – Nesmiths songwriting credits include Different Drum. He is also a producer of the cult film Repo Man. In 1981, Nesmith won the first Grammy Award given for Video of the Year for his television show. Nesmith was born in Houston, Texas in 1942 He is a child, his parents, Warren Audrey Nesmith and Bette Nesmith Graham. He and his moved to Dallas to be closer to her parents, sister, aunts. Bette took temporary jobs ranging from work to graphics design. When Nesmith was 13, his mother invented a typewriter correction fluid later known commercially as Liquid Paper, over the next 25 years she built the Liquid Paper Corporation into a multimillion-dollar international company, which she finally sold to Gillette in 1979 for US$48 million. She died a few months later at age 56, Nesmith was enrolled in the Dallas public school system in 1949, at the age of six. Describing himself as an indifferent student, he participated in choral. He also began to write verse poetry, when he was 15 he enrolled in the Dallas Theater Center teen program, where he was featured in several plays. Without graduating from school, Nesmith enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960. While in the Air Force, Nesmith obtained a G. E. D. and was discharged under honorable conditions in 1962 and he enrolled in San Antonio College, a community college, where he met John Kuehne and began a musical collaboration. The duo won the first San Antonio College talent award, performing a mixture of folk songs. He met another SAC student, Phyllis Ann Barbour, whom he later married, at the time, Phyllis was pregnant with their first child, Christian DuVal. Here Nesmith met, socialized, and performed many different members of the burgeoning new L. A. music scene. In October 1965, Nesmith landed the role as the wool hat-wearing, guitar player Mike in The Monkees TV series, the Monkees television series aired from 1966 until 1968 and has developed a cult following over the years. When The Monkees TV series ended in 1968, Nesmith enrolled part-time at the University of California, Los Angeles and studied American History, Michael and Phylliss second son, Jonathan, was born in February 1968. Nesmiths third son, Jason, was born in August 1968 to Nurit Wilde, in 1969, Nesmith formed the group First National Band with Kuehne, John Ware and Red RhodesMichael Nesmith – Nesmith performing at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, April 13, 2013
38. Katy Perry – Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001. She moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into music after Red Hill ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke. After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, the album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one songs in the U. S. and the second overall after Michael Jacksons album Bad. In March 2012, she re-issued the album as Teenage Dream, The Complete Confection and her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013, and is influenced by pop and dance. She became the first artist with multiple videos to one billion views on Vevo with the videos for its songs Roar. Perry has received awards, including four Guinness World Records, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. Her estimated net worth as of 2016 is $125 million and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold 100 million records globally throughout her career. In film, she released a documentary titled Katy Perry, Part of Me in 2012. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born in Santa Barbara, California, to Pentecostal pastors Mary Christine and her parents are born again Christians, each having turned to religion after a wild youth. Perry has English, German, Irish, and Portuguese ancestry, through her mother, she is a niece of film director Frank Perry. She has a brother named David, who is a singer. From ages 3 to 11, Perry often moved across the country as her parents set up churches before settling again in Santa Barbara. Growing up, she attended schools and camps, including Paradise Valley Christian School in Arizona. Her family struggled financially, sometimes using food stamps and eating from the bank intended to feed the congregation at her parents church. Growing up, Perry and her siblings were not allowed to eat Lucky Charms as the term luck reminded their mother of Lucifer, Perry primarily listened to gospel music, as secular music was generally discouraged in the familys home. She discovered popular music through CDs she sneaked from her friends, while not strictly identifying as religious, Perry has stated, I pray all the time – for self-control, for humilityKaty Perry – Perry at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards
39. Phillip Phillips – Phillip LaDon Phillips Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and musician who won the eleventh season of American Idol on May 23,2012. His coronation song, Home, released after his win, became the best selling of all coronation songs and his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was released on November 19,2012. His second album, Behind the Light, was released on May 19,2014, Phillips was born in Albany, Georgia, to Sheryl and Phillip LaDon Donnie Phillips, Sr. and moved to Leesburg, Georgia when he was 12. He has two sisters, LaDonna, the eldest, and Lacey. Phillips grew up in Sasser and Leesburg, and attended Lee County High School and he graduated from Albany Technical College with a major in Industrial Systems Technology, but missed the graduation ceremony due to his obligations to American Idol. Prior to appearing on American Idol, he worked at his familys pawn shop, Phillips started playing music, particularly the guitar, when he was 14. He was mentored by his friend and brother-in-law, Benjamin Neil. In 2009, he formed the Phillip Phillips Band with Neil and another brother-in-law, Todd Urick and he won a local singing competition, Albany Star, in 2010. Phillips favorite singer is Jonny Lang, and other favorites include John Butler, Dave Matthews and Damien Rice and he has described his music as jazz and rock alternative sound. Prior to trying out for American Idol, he auditioned on the second season of Americas Got Talent. He sang Superstition by Stevie Wonder, the judges then asked him to perform a second song with his guitar, and he performed Michael Jacksons Thriller. He advanced to the Hollywood rounds, and later to the Las Vegas round, on February 23,2012, Phillips was chosen as one of the Top 25 semi-finalists, and was then voted into the Top 13. His performance style on the show has been compared to Dave Matthews, and he covered one of his songs, The Stone, in the competition. When asked about Phillips imitation of his style, Dave Matthews said, More power to him, I dont mind, after the Top 13 performance night, Phillips was taken to a doctor for possible kidney stones. He had eight procedures while he was on Idol, and considered quitting the show due to the pain, for his Top 3 performance, Phillips sang Bob Segers Weve Got Tonight. His coronation song, Home, was released after his performance, ^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one save on Jessica Sanchez, the Top 7 remained intact for another week. After winning American Idol, Phillips went on the American Idol LIVE Tour from July to September with the rest of the Top 10 finishers of season 11 and he performed the National Anthem at the opening game of the 2012 World Series on October 24,2012. On November 15, he joined forces with the PS22 chorus of Staten Island for a concert to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and he also performed at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 6,2012Phillip Phillips – Phillips at the Walmart Soundcheck, December 2013
40. Cassadee Pope – Cassadee Blake Pope is an American singer and songwriter. Pope was the lead vocalist of the rock band Hey Monday, with whom she released one studio album, Pope embarked on a solo career in early 2012, and released Cassadee Pope EP in May 2012. She took part in the season of The Voice and became the first female winner on December 18,2012. Her debut solo album, Frame by Frame, was released on October 8,2013 to a top 10 Billboard 200 charting. It debuted at No.1 on Top Country Albums, with 43,000 copies sold in its first week, while attending Wellington High School in Wellington, Florida, Pope formed the band Blake with good friend Mike Gentile. The project disbanded before being signed and in 2008, she and Gentile along with Alex Lipshaw, Michael Jersey Moriarty, Hey Monday released their first studio album, Hold on Tight, in October 2008. Pope wrote two songs and co-wrote the other nine songs and she appeared in Fall Out Boys video for Americas Suitehearts, from their 2008 album Folie à Deux. James left the band at the end of 2009, Hey Mondays first EP Beneath It All was to be released in August 2010, to promote the album the group toured the US and played on the 2010 Warped Tour. The Christmas EP was released on December 6,2011, in January and February 2012, Pope embarked on her first solo acoustic tour across the east and west coasts. She released her debut self-titled EP on May 22,2012 and she auditioned for season 3 of the singing competition The Voice during the summer and had all four coaches offer her a place on their teams, she ultimately picked country singer Blake Shelton. In the third round, Pope performed Over You, co-written by mentor Shelton. The song reached number one on the chart, knocking Psys Gangnam Style down to number two. She was the female contestant to advance to the Top 4 round where she performed Stupid Boy by country singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton. She advanced to The Voice finals, winning the title on the finale results day in December. Her self-titled EP also re-entered the chart at No, Pope performed Stand on New Years Eve with Carson Daly, and later performed that night with Grammy award-winning group Train at the NIVEA Kiss Stage in Times Square in New York City. In January 2013, Pope signed with music label Republic Nashville. It debuted at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and it sold 125,000 copies in first week of release. The album, Frame by Frame, was released in October 2013, Pope spent most of 2014 touring with country artists Tim McGraw and Dierks BentleyCassadee Pope – Pope performing at Southcentre Mall in February 2014
41. Bob Seger – Robert Clark Bob Seger is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger, by the early 1970s, he had dropped the System from his recordings and continued to strive for broader success with various other bands. In 1976, he achieved a breakout with the studio album Night Moves. On his studio albums, he worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. A roots rocker with a raspy, shouting voice, Seger wrote and recorded songs that deal with love, women. Seger also co-wrote the Eagles number-one hit Heartache Tonight, and his recording of Old Time Rock. With a career spanning six decades, Seger continues to perform, Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Seger was named Billboards 2015 Legend of Live honoree at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, Seger was born at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Charlotte and Stewart Seger. At age five he moved with his family to Ann Arbor and he has an older brother, George. Segers father, a technician for the Ford Motor Company, played several instruments. Seger was also exposed to frequent arguments between his parents that disturbed the neighborhood at night, in 1956, when Seger was 10 years old, his father abandoned the family and moved to California. The remaining family soon lost their comfortable middle-class status and struggled financially, Seger attended Tappan Junior High School, and graduated from Pioneer High School in 1963. He ran track and field in high school, Seger also went to Lincoln Park High School for a year. As far as his musical inspirations are concerned, Seger has stated. Little Richard and, of course, Elvis Presley, come Go with Me by The Del-Vikings, a hit in 1957, was the first record he bought. Bob Seger arrived on the Detroit music scene in 1961 fronting a band called the Decibels. The band included Seger on guitar, piano, keyboards, and vocals, Pete Stanger on guitar, all of the members attended Ann Arbor High. The Decibels recorded a demo of a song called The Lonely OneBob Seger – Seger performing in Fargo, North Dakota in 2013
42. Paul Simon – Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simons fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the songs, including three that reached No.1 on the U. S. singles charts, The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson. In 1986, he released Graceland, an inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman with the poet Derek Walcott. On June 3,2016, Simon released his 13th solo album, titled Stranger to Stranger, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart and the UK charts. Simon has earned sixteen Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, in 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2006 was selected as one of the 100 People Who Shaped the World by Time magazine. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, in 2015, he was named as one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters by Rolling Stone. Among many other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congresss Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007, in 1986, Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Simon was born on October 13,1941, in Newark, New Jersey and his father, Louis, was a college professor, double bass player, and dance bandleader who performed under the name Lee Sims. His mother, Belle, was a school teacher. In 1945, his family moved to the Kew Gardens Hills section of Flushing, Queens, the musician Donald Fagen has described Simons childhood as that of a certain kind of New York Jew, almost a stereotype, really, to whom music and baseball are very important. I think it has to do with the parents, Simon, upon hearing Fagens description, said it isnt far from the truth. Simon says about his childhood, I was a ballplayer, Id go on my bike, and Id hustle kids in stickball. He adds that his father was a New York Yankees fan and he didnt play with me as much as I played with my kids. He was at work until late at night, Simons musical career began after meeting Art Garfunkel when they were both 11. They performed in a production of Alice in Wonderland for their sixth-grade graduation and their idols were the Everly Brothers, whom they imitated in their use of close two-part harmony. Simon also developed an interest in jazz, folk, and blues, especially in the music of Woody Guthrie and Lead BellyPaul Simon – Simon performing at the 9:30 Club, May 27, 2011
43. Bradley Skaught – Bradley Skaught is the principal songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist for The Bye Bye Blackbirds, an Oakland, California-based indie rock and power pop band. Skaughts vocals have been called distinctive and lovely, a unique drawl reminiscent of Tom Petty, Skaught is originally from Tacoma, Washington. He began taking drum lessons while in grade, and took up guitar in sixth grade. Later, he moved to Oakland, California, where his career included a stint as drummer for Yuji Oniki. Skaught became better known as a guitarist and vocalist when he founded the Oakland-based band Belle Da Gama, the name Belle Da Gama was taken from the Salman Rushdie novel The Moors Last Sigh. Belle Da Gama recorded one album, Garden Abstract, released in 2001 on 125 Records, in 2005, Skaught and Robertson disbanded Belle Da Gama and formed The Bye Bye Blackbirds. Skaught and Robertson, both guitarists, named the new group after the 1926 jazz standard Bye Bye Blackbird and they recruited drummer Lenny Gill and bass player William Duke online. In forming the new band, Skaught and Robertson decided on an approach based on fundamental things we loved as listeners – songwriting, harmony, cool guitar parts. The groups debut recording, an EP called Honeymoon, was released in 2006, Skaught later referred to Honeymoon as a bit embarrassing to me, although I like a couple songs and I love the sound. It works to me as a kind of statement of intent, in 2008, the group released their first full length album, Houses and Homes, on the American Dust label in 2008. Skaught called Houses and Homes satisfyingly better than Honeymoon to me and we experimented a lot – goofy stuff with tape echoes and lots of layers. The bluegrass-tinged song The Ghosts Are All Right was featured in the book Music, which named it as a favorite for that year, describing the song as a Byrds-worthy meditation on history and responsibility in a local community. Apology Accepted, a download-only EP released in 2008, included Monster Eyes, based upon lyrical fragments of Lethems novel You Dont Love Me Yet, the song was performed by the band, with Lethem, at a reading from the book. The title track of Apology Accepted was a cover of a song by The Go-Betweens, before recording 2011s Fixed Hearts, bass player William Duke, who had previously shared songwriting responsibilities with Skaught, left the band. The title was a reference to drummer Lenny Gills then-recent heart surgery, as well as to the protagonists of the songs, in 2013, the group released We Need the Rain, which was named one of the Top 20 Releases of 2013 by Goldmine. Critic John M. Borack cited Skaughts contributions on guitar that jangle, strum, Skaught dedicated We Need the Rain to Scott Miller, his musical mentor. Its the first record weve made that we couldnt take to him, the San Francisco Chronicle described the album as having sweetly melancholy jingle-jangle and satisfyingly gutsy guitar and bass parts with soulful crunch. Reviewer Bill Kopp wrote in Musoscribe that chiming guitars, ear candy hooks, punchy guitar riffage, mcCall wrote, Although Skaughts essential optimism is always visible, this isnt always a happy album, with songs both more direct and more discontented than Skaughts prior workBradley Skaught – Bradley Skaught (center) performing with The Bye Bye Blackbirds in Berkeley, in September 2013
44. Phoebe Snow – Phoebe Snow was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her 1975 song Poetry Man. She was described by The New York Times as a contralto grounded in a bluesy growl and her father, Merrill Laub, an exterminator by trade, had an encyclopedic knowledge of American film and theater and was also an avid collector and restorer of antiques. Her mother, Lili Laub, was a teacher who had performed with the Martha Graham group. Snow grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, and graduated from Teaneck High School in 1968 and she subsequently attended Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Illinois, but did not graduate. As a student, she carried her prized Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar from club to club in Greenwich Village, between 1975 and 1978 Snow was married to Phil Kearns, and on December 10,1975, her daughter, Valerie Rose, was born with severe brain damage. Snow resolved not to institutionalize Valerie, and cared for her at home until Valerie died on March 19,2007, Snows efforts to care for Valerie nearly ended her career. She continued to voice lessons, and she studied opera informally. Snow was described as Jewish as a knish, although many of her fans had thought she might be African-American, in her later years she embraced Buddhism. It was at The Bitter End club in 1972 that Denny Cordell, co-owner of Shelter Records, was so taken by the singer that he signed her to the label and she released an eponymous album, Phoebe Snow, in 1974. The cover of Rolling Stone magazine followed, while she performed as the act for tours by Jackson Browne. 1975 also brought the first of several appearances as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, during the 1975 appearance, she was seven months pregnant with her daughter, Valerie. Her backup vocal is heard on Paul Simons hit song 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover along with Valerie Simpson and Patti Austin and she also duets with him on the song gospel-tinged Gone At Last. Both songs appear on Simons Grammy-winning 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years, legal battles took place between Snow and Shelter Records. Snow ended up signed to Columbia Records and her second album, Second Childhood, appeared in 1976, produced by Phil Ramone. It was jazzier and more introspective, and was an RIAA Certified Gold Album for Phoebe and she moved to a more rock-oriented sound for It Looks Like Snow, released later in 1976 with David Rubinson producing. 1977 saw Never Letting Go, again with Ramone, while 1978s Against the Grain was helmed by Barry Beckett, after that Snow parted ways with Columbia, she would later say that the stress of her parental obligations degraded her ability to make music effectively. In 1979, she toured throughout the U. S. and Canada with noted guitarist Arlen Roth as her lead guitarist. Her January 1979 cover of the Paul McCartney song Every Night reached #37 in the UK, in 1981, Snow, now signed with Mirage Records, released Rock Away, recorded with members of Billy Joels band, it spun off the Top 50 hit GamesPhoebe Snow – Phoebe Snow
45. James Taylor – James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and he is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No.3 single Fire and Rain and had his first No.1 hit the year with Youve Got a Friend. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies, following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over a million copies and his chart performance had a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work. He achieved his first number one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World. He is notable for his covers of other peoples songs, such as How Sweet It Is. James Vernon Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12,1948 and his father was from a well-off family of Southerners of Scottish ancestry. His mother, the former Gertrude Woodard, studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an opera singer before the couples marriage in 1946. James was the second of five children, the others being Alex, Kate, Livingston and they built a house in the Morgan Creek area off the present Morgan Creek Road, which was sparsely populated. James would later say, Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the hills, were tranquil, rural, beautiful. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape, James attended public primary school in Chapel Hill. Isaacs career prospered, but he was away from home, on military service at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Isaac Taylor later rose to dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1964 to 1971. The Taylors spent summers on Marthas Vineyard beginning in 1953, Taylor first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina and switched to the guitar in 1960. He began attending Milton Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts in fall 1961. Summering before then with his family on Marthas Vineyard, he met Danny Kortchmar, the two began listening to and playing blues and folk music together, and Kortchmar quickly realized that Taylors singing had a natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time. I knew James had that thing, Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at 14, and he continued to learn the instrument effortlesslyJames Taylor – Taylor in the mid-1970s
46. Wang Leehom – Wang Leehom, sometimes credited as Leehom Wang, is a Chinese-American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and film director. He is currently based in Taiwan, formally trained at the Eastman School of Music, Williams College and Berklee College of Music, his musical style is known for fusing Chinese elements with hip-hop and R&B. Wang has been active since 1995 and contributed in 25 albums and he is also a four-time winner of Taiwans Golden Melody Awards, the Grammys of Taiwanese music. His concert at the Beijing Birds Nest on April 14,2012 was the first solo pop concert to be held at the venue, in addition to his music, Wang also acted in several films, including Ang Lees Lust, Caution and Jackie Chans film Little Big Soldier. He is an environmental activist, and his album Change Me was dedicated to raising eco-awareness among Chinese youth, Wang was one of the first torchbearers for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, and performed in the Olympics closing ceremony in Beijing. He was again a torchbearer for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and he is a longtime ambassador for World Vision Taiwan and was appointed World Vision Malaysias 15th anniversary ambassador. He was listed as one of Goldseas The 100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time, born in Rochester, New York, Wang is the second of three sons of immigrants from Taiwan of waishengren heritage. His father, a pediatrician, and his mother, moved to the United States to further their studies in the early 1960s. He begged his mother to put him in violin lessons with his brother but his mother was against it, when Wang turned six, his mother enrolled him in violin classes, performing along with his brother. As he became a teenager, he began taking piano lessons and he also worked several jobs to earn money to buy a second hand drum kit. He attended Jefferson Road Elementary School, Pittsford Middle School, and Pittsford Sutherland High School in Pittsford, passionate for a career in music, he chose to attend Williams College double majoring in music and Asian studies. He joined an all-male a cappella group, The Springstreeters, Not wanting to lose the opportunity, he immediately began preparing for his debut, and released his debut album Love Rival, Beethoven that December. The record received little limelight, forcing him to leave the label and he signed with Decca Records the following year, a label then famous for producing powerful singers in Taiwan. Wanting to also have control in the market, the label initially planned to market Wang as the mainstream romantic idol. However, after discovering Wangs talent in music-making, Decca began promoting him as Taiwans quality idol instead, Wang released his second album If You Heard My Song in 1996, which included some of his own compositions. He co-wrote the albums title song, which earned positive responses from the audience. The album drew moderately successful sales, and he became a star in the idol market, also finding similar successes with his third. During this time, Wang was asked to leave his studies to pursue a full-time singing careerWang Leehom – Wang Leehom at the 2011 Harbin Film Festival with the award for Best New Director
47. Mikey Wax – You Lift Me Up has also been featured during NBA games on FOX Sports, and has over eight million Spotify streams and two million YouTube views. Mikey Wax is a singer/songwriter from Long Island, New York, upon graduating from high school, Mikey attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Wax has toured in the U. S. with Parachute, Andy Grammer, Jon McLaughlin, Matt Wertz, Rachel Platten, Howie Day, Tyler Ward, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton, Mikey has been known to play the piano and guitar simultaneously. Wax also got his start performing in his fans living rooms across the country and he has played over 200 house concerts. Mikeys 2011 independent album Constant Motion ranked at #6 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart, the single Counting on You received radio airplay on major adult top 40 stations, and debuted on the Mediabase adult top 40 radio chart on April 9,2012. Mikey was selected by New Music Seminar as an Artist on the Verge, Counting on You was used as the elimination montage song on 5 episodes of FOXs So You Think You Can Dance. The song was featured in the movie trailer for the major motion picture Playing For Keeps. This got him picked up in USA Today and on Young Hollywood, Counting on You was selected as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and as a finalist in the second annual Guitar Center unsigned singer/songwriter contest. Mikeys original holiday song And A Happy New Year receives radio airplay annually on SiriusXM Holly, and was featured on ABC Familys Switched at Birth, shockya. com says Wax makes holiday music the cool thing to listen to. His holiday originals Perfect Holiday and Catch The Midnight Flight are featured in the film A Dogwalkers Christmas Tale, which aired on Up. In 2013, Mikeys song For Better Or Worse was featured on the Lifetime show Dance Moms and his 2014 single You Lift Me Up debuted on the iTunes US Top 200 Pop Chart and was featured by iTunes as Ahead of the Curve. The dance remix of the song, produced by EDM duo Live City, premiered on BPM, the lyric video for the original mix has received two million YouTube views. You Lift Me Up has been placed on MTVs The Real World and The Challenge, youTuber Devin Graham released a cliff-jumping video featuring You Lift Me Up which has 5 million views. Mikey was a featured artist on mobile music app smule, and was named by American Airlines as their Artist Of The Month, Mikeys song Drive On was written and recorded for the film The Road Within. Mikeys 2015 single Only One received 100 spins on The Pulse, super Bowl MVP / Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has publicly tweeted his support of Mikeys music, mentioning him as an artist on his game day playlist. Mikey premiered his new single Love Always Wins, inspired by marriage equality, the Huffington Post later announced that the song would be featured in the promo commercial for E. Entertainments highly anticipated docu-series I Am Cait. SoundHound also featured the song on the app homepage, Mikey performed live on the AOL Build Series on September 11,2015. Mikeys song Walking On Air was featured on MTVs Finding Carter in November 2015, Mikeys song Take Me Home was featured in a United Airlines commercial in the United Kingdom in December 2015Mikey Wax – Mikey Wax Live In Toronto 06/18/2014