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, the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, Allen self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes. Allen's Idol song, "No Boundaries" and his version of "Heartless" both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allen's self-titled album was released on November 17, 2009, by Jive Records. The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200. Allen's major-label album Thank You Camellia was released on May 22, 2012, the lead single "The Vision of Love" was released March 26, 2012. He released his fifth album, Letting You In, on March 18, 2016. He was born to Kimberly and Neil Allen. He is the elder of two sons; Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach. Allen's interest in music began early. Additionally, Allen also plays the piano. His musical influences, as stated in his Idol confessionals, include the Beatles, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, Pat Monahan, Michael Jackson. He played publicly before trying out for Idol even opening for earlier Idol contestant Sean Michel on multiple occasions. Allen has described his decision to audition before giving up his pursuit of a music career. During college, Allen participated in Christian missionary work including in Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.Kris Allen – Allen in New York City, June 2009
2. AM (musician) – AM or A.M. is also the moniker for this artist. Known for his seamless fusing of recording artist AM has released several critically acclaimed albums and toured the world. AM has toured with bands such as the French band AIR, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Thievery Corporation, Caetano Veloso, Josh Rouse. AM DJ's under the moniker George Ben Sun. AM's side creatively entitled "AM & Shawn Lee" is a collaboration with London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee. After AM heard Lee's "Music and Rhythm" album on the radio in Los Angeles he decided to reach out on Myspace. The two became quick friends sharing a common love for 70's Italian soundtracks. AM credits KCRW's Nic Harcourt who started playing AM's demos for being the first to play his music on the show "Morning Becomes Eclectic". Future Sons & Daughters was released in the UK on the high fidelity label Naim. "Side By Side- Duets Vol.2" is in the works. AM has been featured many times in the "Indie Spotlight" in the iTunes Store. AM won the "singer/Songwriter of the Year "award at the LA Weekly Music Awards where Brian Wilson also accepted the award for Lifetime Achievement. ITunes named "Best Singer/Songwriters Album of the Year" on iTunes. AM has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy. AM performed at the 2009 and 2011 Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans with Duran Duran, Flaming Lips, Muse.AM (musician) – AM
3. Alexis Babini – Alexis Babini is an American Pop recording artist. Alexis Babini grew up with early music influences including Brazilian bossa nova and The Beatles. He began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He is also known as a native of New York City. In 2009 he self-released the album Breaking It In. He toured the US with artists including Boz Scaggs, Dan Hicks, Blues Traveler. He played songs from the album live on television well, including the Comcast Network and BNN TV. He also toured in support of the album, opening for Aaron Carter. In 2013 Babini Kiss me as the first single of his new album Pioneer Spirit. Babini is a charity where musicians sing at local hospitals to sick children. He has described his music as a blend of Folk, Acoustic, Pop. In 2013, using just an iPhone, Babini created an animated music video for the second single off his debut album, "Jackie". The clever video was featured shortly after on American SongwriterAlexis Babini – Photo of Alexis Babini by Vladislav Grach
4. Madilyn Bailey – Madilyn Bailey is an American singer and songwriter who makes YouTube covers of popular songs. She signed in France, a label of Warner Music Group. Madilyn released a cover of "Titanium" by David Guetta, which charted in France and Belgium. The follow-up, a cover of Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" also charted in France. Madilyn toured Canada with Boyce Avenue. Bailey was born to Greg Wold. She has five siblings: Alex, Jordan, Caden, Haley and Isaac Wold. Before becoming an artist, Bailey worked as a certified assistant. She is dyslexic. In 2011 Madilyn graduated from Boyceville High School. In August 2014, she married posting the news online. Bailey met through his sister-in-law and her photographer, Siri.Madilyn Bailey
5. Rick Barrio Dill – Rick Barrio Dill is an American musician. Dill has performed, produced under the names Rick Dill, Keylow D, RBD and Rick Barrio Dill. Currently, Dill is an active member of the band Trouble. Dill has also been a member of The Ty Taylor Review. Barrio Dill is also a frequent freelance contributing writer for Recording Magazine. Dill lives in Los Angeles. He attended Brandon High School, graduating from the latter. Dill went on majoring in Business Marketing with an emphasis on Music Theory. Dill remembers being influenced by his parents music collection. His musical instrument was a recorder, then a violin, was soon followed by the electric guitar. Dill immediately started imitating Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. At age 17, Dill discovered Prince, vintage soul. It was 70's funk music that served as the catalyst for his growth as a bass guitarist. This is best reflected by his current musical project Trouble. He cites a myriad of influences on his musical style stating, "the rest is just by-products".Rick Barrio Dill – Rick Barrio Dill
6. Crystal Bowersox – Crystal Lynn Bowersox is an American singer-songwriter and actress, the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. Bowersox was the female finalist in three years. Farmer's Daughter, was released on December 14, 2010 by Jive Records. She released All That for This, on March 26, 2013. Karl, were born in Elliston, Ohio to Kelly Lynn Bowersox and William Lester Bowersox. She was diagnosed at age six. Bowersox later attended the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo, Ohio. Bowersox played flute in the school marching band. She performed her professional gig at the age of 10. Bowersox appeared at local bars in Toledo, The Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio. At the age of 17, Bowersox moved to Chicago looking for opportunity. Bowersox most commonly played as a busker including the Washington and Lake Redline stops. Bowersox frequented open mics, such as the In Uncommon Ground Clark and Grace, Devon locations. Bowersox also played extensively in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. 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, England.Crystal 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, electro funk. He was born in Vallejo, California. Bray began writing songs in high school, inspired by the nearby Oakland scene. In 2003, he released Independent Film. In 2005, he was featured on the soundtrack of a San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival documentary, Blood, Sweat and Glitter. 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. 2009, he released the album @mphibian, produced by Gary St. Clair. The Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink performs on the album. In 2010, Bray was voted one of the top 100 unsigned artists by Music Connection magazine. In 2012, his Long Gone reached over two million views.Bray (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, songwriter, best known as a member of the folk rock band America. As a young musician, Bunnell was inspired by The Beach Boys. While attending London Central High School in England he met Dan Peek. After an initial attempt at forming a band in the late 1960s, the trio released their first album in 1971. As with the other members, Bunnell wrote, played guitar. His best-known compositions include "A Horse with No Name", "Tin Man". Thus, they were "running from the Sandman." In 1973 he moved with his then-wife, Vivien. He married Penny in 2002. The two split their time 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 compilations, between the 1960s and the present. America's album Pages was released on 26 July 2011. The group was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2012. Lost & Found, was officially released May 5, 2015, containing unreleased tracks recorded between 2002 and 2010.Dewey Bunnell – Bunnell at the 2012 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony where America received a star
9. Colbie Caillat – Colbie Marie Caillat is an American pop singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist 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", which won a Grammy. In August 2009, she released Breakthrough, her second album which became her first album to debut at number one on Billboard 200. It has been certified Gold by RIAA. Breakthrough was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. 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 6 million albums worldwide and over 10 million singles. In 2009, she was named Billboard magazine's 94th-best-selling music artist of the 2000s. Caillat was born in Malibu, California, grew up in Newbury Park, California. Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Tusk albums. When she was an infant, her parents gave her the nickname "Coco", which she would later name her debut album. She realized that she wanted to be a singer, began taking vocal lessons, performing onstage for the first time in sixth grade.Colbie 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, guitarist, songwriter, television host, occasional actor. During his 50 years in business, he has released more than 70 albums. Campbell has accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, four Platinum albums and one Double-platinum album. He made history in 1967 in the country and pop categories. For "Gentle on My Mind", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. Three of his early hits later won Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, while Campbell himself won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He sang the song, nominated for an Academy Award. Glen Campbell was born in Billstown, a tiny community near Delight to John Wesley and Carrie Dell Campbell. Campbell is the seventh son of 12 children. His father was a sharecropper of Scottish ancestry. Campbell credits his uncle Boo for teaching him the guitar. In 1954, he moved to Albuquerque to join his uncle's band known as the Sandia Mountain Boys. Campbell also appeared there on KOB television. In 1958, he formed the Western Wranglers. In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles to become a musician.Glen Campbell – Glen Campbell in 1967
11. Larry Carlton – 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 at the age of six began guitar lessons. His interest in jazz came from hearing guitarist Joe Pass on the radio. From Pass he moved on to blues guitarist B.B. King. He went to Long Beach State College while playing professionally at clubs in Los Angeles. In 1982 he appeared by Donald Fagen, lead singer for Steely Dan. Carlton recorded his debut solo album, in 1968. In the mid -'70s he called it Room 335 after the Gibson ES-335, an electric guitar he played often. He has recorded most of his albums at Room 335. For six months he was unable to play more than a few notes. Carlton produced six albums to 1984. His version of "Sleepwalk" by Santo Farina climbed adult contemporary charts. From 1985–1990 he did various solo projects, including the live album Last Nite. Carlton was commissioned to compose music for the king of Bhumibol Adulyadej, in honor of the king's birthday. He recorded The King with a jazz orchestra that included Tom Scott, Nathan East, Earl Klugh.Larry 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 1973, he released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" both reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. He was born to James Albert Croce and his wife Flora Mary Croce, both Italian Americans. He took a strong interest at a young age. At five, Croce learned to play his first song on the accordion, "Lady of Spain." He attended Upper Darby High School in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Graduating in 1960, Croce studied before enrolling at Villanova University, where he majored in psychology and minored in German. Croce graduated in 1965. He was a member of the Villanova Spires. When the Spires made recordings, they were known as The Coventry Lads. He was also a student jockey at WKVU. Croce's band was chosen for a foreign tour of Africa, the Middle East, Yugoslavia. Croce later said, "We just ate what the people ate, played our songs. If you mean what you're singing, people understand."Jim Croce – Jim Croce in 1972, photographed by Ingrid Croce.
13. Lana Del Rey – Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, better known by the stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, model. Three of the EP's tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, which premiered in December 2013. Following a North American tour with Courtney Love and Grimes, she released Honeymoon. It also received positive critical and commercial response; the album had the fourth highest first week sales by a female artist in 2015. Del Rey has one brother, Charlie. Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a vice president for Plough, Inc and Textron, venture capitalist. She is of Scottish descent. She began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. Before becoming a singer, Del Rey wanted to be a poet. During this time, Del Rey's uncle taught her how to play guitar, she "realized could probably write a million songs with those six chords". "I was always singing, but didn't plan on pursuing it seriously", Del Rey said. Del Rey 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 and why". According to Del Rey, she had trouble making friends in boarding school and college, said, ", when my musical experience began.Lana 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, the winner of the ninth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, DeWyze formed the Lee DeWyze Band. He had also released two independent albums called So I'm Slumberland in 2010, both on WuLi Records. His post-Idol album Live It Up was released on November 16, 2010, through RCA Records. WuLi Records, citing demand from DeWyze's base, released a third album of pre-Idol recordings, What Once Was, on February 14, 2012. His fifth album Frames was released on August 20, 2013, his sixth album Oil & Water was released on February 12, 2016. He has two older sisters, a younger brother, Michael. His musical influences include Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel. While he never graduated from either high school, he eventually got his GED. After expulsion from high school, DeWyze worked as a salesman. The store continued to support him by selling tee shirts encouraging fans to vote for Lee. 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 I'm Told and Slumberland, both produced by Ryan McGuire. WuLi released a remastered edition of So I'm Told in 2010.Lee DeWyze – DeWyze performing in June 2010.
15. Neil Diamond – Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career that began in the 1960s. He has sold over million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Diamond is the second most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard charts. His songs have been covered internationally from various musical genres. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, Diamond in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. "Sweet Caroline" has become an anthem for the Boston Red Sox. He was born to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants. His parents were a dry-goods merchant. Diamond grew up in Brooklyn having also spent four years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where his father was stationed in the army. In Brooklyn Diamond was a member of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club along with classmate Barbra Streisand. They were not close friends at the time, he recalls: "We were two poor kids in Brooklyn. We smoked cigarettes." After his family moved he then attended Abraham Lincoln High School, was a member of the fencing team. For his 16th birthday, Diamond received his first guitar.Neil Diamond – Diamond at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2012
16. Glenn Frey – Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles. Frey played guitar, keyboards. After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful career. As a member of the Eagles, Frey won five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the first year they were nominated. Consolidating those with the Eagles, Frey had 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in Michigan, he studied piano at age five, later switched to guitar, became part of the mid-1960s Detroit rock scene. He learned to sing harmonies performing with The Four of Us. In 1967, He formed the Mushrooms with Jeff, Bill Barnes, Doug Gunch, Larry Mintz. That Frey also met Bob Seger, who helped Frey get a management and recording contract with a label formed by Seger's management team, Hideout Records. The band made television appearances to promote it. 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, Lance Dickerson. At age 19, Frey played the acoustic guitar and performed background vocals on Seger's single, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man".Glenn Frey – Frey performing with Eagles in 2008.
17. Justin Gaston – Justin Michael Gaston is an American singer-songwriter, model, actor, also a contestant on Nashville Star on season 6. He finished 10th overall out of 12 contestants. He portrayed the role of Ben Rogers for less than four months in 2014. He appeared in 2013. In 2005, Justin Gaston left his hometown of Pineville, Louisiana, to pursue a career in acting. Gaston first worked for Christian Audigier, Adidas, International Jock, Hugo Boss. In February 2010, Gaston began the If I Can Dream webseries, which aired on Hulu. The show provided round-the-clock coverage of the daily lives of five aspiring stars who had moved into a house in Hollywood, California. Gaston's costars were Ben Elliott, Giglianne Braga, Amanda Phillips. On April 2010, Gaston performed a duet on Simon Fuller's American Idol with Brooke White, the fifth place finalist on season 7. Gaston's choice was the Elvis Presley ballad, "If I Can Dream". During the summer of 2010, Gaston was a temporary act for American Idol winner Kris Allen. On February 2014, it was announced that Gaston joined the cast of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. He played the role of Ben Rogers, making his first appearance on February 27, 2014. Gaston was born in Pineville, Louisiana.Justin Gaston – Justin Gaston in the French Quarter of New Orleans on February 20, 2010
18. Natalie Gelman – Natalie Gelman is an American singer and songwriter. Gelman has released two albums. Her father a violinist and her mother a pianist, encouraged her musical aspirations with classical training. Gelman picked up the guitar in high school. She started seriously eventually busking on the New York subway system platforms. The trip took 48 days. Gelman graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Music. After multiple attempts, she was ultimately accepted into the MTA's Music Under New York program. She released her self-titled LP in 2006. An EP, produced by Charlie Midnight and Mark Needham, was released in 2013. The video for the song "Most the While" was selected for the 2014 New Media Film Festival. Gelman began a month-long tour through Washington state, Oregon and Montana. On July 2014 she started a crowdfunding campaign to fund a full-length LP. All tracks written except where noted. Gelman's second album was released in 2013.Natalie Gelman – Natalie Gelman performing live at on the Rox in West Hollywood CA on September 30th, 2013
19. Alex Goot – Alexander George Gut is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist from New York City. GootMusic, is the 1003rd most watched channel on YouTube. He plays acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, other instruments. His time is all spent in his home studio self-producing all audio and video for his releases, or touring the world. Goot released his first album In Your Atmosphere, made possible by his fans via an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign. His videos have been viewed over 330 million times. He is now ranked in the 400's among subscribers and 800's in views. According to Goot, his inspiration is to show the love he has for music. He further states that he "had no B". Goot has released four volumes of Songs I Wish I Wrote on YouTube. Goot became engaged to his girlfriend of Elle Fowler on July 3, 2015. He proposed on the beach, played it during the proposal. On June 2016, Goot and Elle Fowler married in Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California.Alex Goot – Alex performing at VidCon 2012 in California
20. Kina Grannis – Kina Kasuya Grannis is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Grannis was the winner of the Super Bowl contest. She won Best Web-Born Artist at the 2011 MTV O Music Awards. Her progress in the competition was covered in The Wall Street Journal. Grannis has also been featured on FOX News Los Angeles, Yahoo!. It was here where her love for music began. In elementary school, she submitted piano compositions to district art competitions. Afterwards she began playing the violin, an instrument she would play throughout high school. By age 15, it was this instrument with which she fell in love. Grannis attended Newhart Middle School and, from 1999 to 2003, Capistrano Valley High School. Grannis enrolled in Los Angeles in 2003. Two years later, staff members of the University's Thornton School of Music asked her to produce an album in their music and industry departments. That album, Sincerely, Me. was released the same year. In 2007, she graduated summa cum laude with an emphasis on psychology. While attending USC, she was inducted into academic societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.Kina Grannis – Grannis performing live
21. Juliana Hatfield – Juliana Hatfield is an American musician and singer-songwriter from the Boston area. In 2014 Hatfield reformed The Juliana Hatfield Three, announcing My Love for 2015. The band toured the US tour in February and March 2015 support of the album. She grew up in the Boston suburb of Duxbury. Although well known for the early 1990s hit, "My Sister", she has no sisters. Hatfield's father claimed his family were descendants of the West Virginia Hatfields of the Hatfield–McCoy feud following the Civil War. Hatfield's father was a doctor who served during the Vietnam War. She went to Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Hatfield then studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attends School of the Museum of Boston. Hatfield was also attracted like Olivia Newton-John and The Police. Following her graduation from Duxbury High School, she attended Boston University for a semester. Hatfield then transferred as a piano student in the hope of finding a band with which to sing. There Hatfield soon met John Strohm, forming the Blake Babies with them in 1986. The group made several music videos.Juliana Hatfield – Hatfield performing in 2006
22. Chris Hawkes – Chris Hawkes is a songwriter, singer, guitarist, recording engineer and producer. He teamed up in 2011 with Miranda Dawn forming the duo Dawn and Hawkes. He is also known for being a co-writer, recording founder of One Road Studio. As a musician Chris Hawkes was first released on a 1998 compilation Garage Nights at Laser Trax released on Cannon Riggle Records. He graduated 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 play lead guitar for Five Times August a previously solo project of singer/songwriter Brad Skistimas. Hawkes first started One Road Studio. The single "Better With You" was featured on MTV series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County in its inaugural season. In 2007 tracks from Something Clever and Fry Street were released as The Independent breaking ground as an independent release available at Walmart. The song was also featured on Animal Planet Jockey's in the 2008 season. Hawkes released a independent album Because I Feel That Way Too in 2009. The sophomore release features a larger roster of Hawkes's musician friends. "Falling Into Doubt" and "Finally Free" were pre-loaded in AT&T smart phones. While touring in 2010, Hawkes recorded "Mystery" with Annemarie Jensen including the song on her debut album, Melodies and his third album, Broken Record.Chris Hawkes – Chris Hawkes
23. Billy Hinsche – William "Billy" Hinsche is an American musician, part of the singing group Dino, Desi & Billy. Hinsche was born in the Philippines, where his father, Otto "Doc" Hinsche, owned a casino. After World War II, the family settled in Beverly Hills. Hinsche attended Beverly Hills Catholic High School, where he met Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Dean Paul Martin. The three later signed with Frank Sinatra's record label Reprise Records. In the late 1960s, Hinsche toured extensively with the band. Annie Hinsche-Wilson-Karges, was married to the group's guitarist, Carl Wilson. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Motion Pictures & Television in 1974. #51, 9/65 Our Time's Coming—Reprise R/RS 6194—U.S.Billy Hinsche – Billy Hinsche
24. Janis Ian – Born in New York, Ian entered the American folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Most active musically in the 1970s, she has continued recording into the 21st century. Ian is also a columnist and science author. Victor, a music teacher, Pearl, ran a summer camp in upstate New York. As a child, Ian admired the work of folk pioneers such as Joan Baez and Odetta. Starting with piano lessons at the age of two, Ian, by the time she entered her teens, was playing the organ, harmonica, guitar. In 1964, she legally changed her name to Janis Ian. Her last name was her brother Eric's middle name. They withdrew or banned it from their playlists accordingly. In the summer of 1967, "Society's Child" reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the single having sold 600,000 copies, the album 350,000. At age 16, Ian met comedian Bill Cosby backstage at Smothers Brothers show where she was promoting Society's Child. Ian relates that years later, Atlantic's president at Jerry Wexler, publicly apologized to her for this. The single and Ian's 1967 eponymous album were finally released on Verve Forecast. In 2001, "Society's Child" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which honors recordings considered important to music history. Her early music was compiled on a double CD entitled Society's Child: The Verve Recordings in 1995.Janis Ian – Ian performing in concert, 1981
25. David Jenkins (musician) – David Michael Jenkins is the lead singer for the California smooth rock band Pablo Cruise. Jenkins stayed until they disbanded in 1985. In 2004, 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 between 1986 and 1989. Pablo Cruise Bio BioDavid Jenkins (musician) – Jenkins performing at The Blue Goose, Loomis, California in July 2009
26. Mason Jennings – Mason Jennings is an American pop-folk singer-songwriter. He is well known for his simple yet catchy melodies, distinctive voice. He has toured extensively. Born in Hawaii, Jennings moved with his family at an early age. Jennings learned to play guitar at the age of 13, when he began writing songs. Jennings later moved to Minneapolis to pursue his musical career. Jennings produced his self-titled debut album in 1997 in the living room of a rented home playing all instruments himself. In October 1998, joined by bassist Robert Skoro, he began a weekly gig at Minneapolis' 400 Bar as the Mason Jennings Band. The two gig ended up lasting four months. Six months after forming, The Mason Jennings Band was voted by the 1999 "Picked to Click Poll" conducted by Minneapolis newspaper, City Pages. Birds Flying Away revealed his penchant for singing first-person narratives of rustic characters. Following the release of this album, Noah Levy of The Honeydogs took over drumming duties from Olivera. In 2002, Jennings released a studio album, a "fans only" collection of acoustic songs, Simple Life. An EP supporting Century Spring was also released, "Living In The Moment," two live tracks, the previously-unreleased "Emperor Ashoka." Jennings released all three discs -- and re-released his earlier albums -- on Architect Records.Mason Jennings – Mason Jennings
27. Jewel (singer) – Jewel Kilcher is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, author, poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Pieces of You, released on February 1995, became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, going 12 times platinum. She has crossed several genres throughout her career. Her first album, was released on The Valory Music Co. in 2008. "and"'Til It Feels Like Cheating". Jewel released her independent Lullaby in May 2009. Jewel has the vocal range of a lyric soprano. On July 2013, NBC announced that Jewel would be a judge on the fourth season of the The Sing-Off. Jewel's songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing. Yule also made the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield. Jewel is the daughter of Lenedra Jewel and Attila Kuno "Atz" Kilcher. She is a first cousin once removed of actress Q'orianka Kilcher. Jewel spent most of her young life in Homer living with her father. The house she grew up in did not have indoor plumbing, only a simple outhouse.Jewel (singer) – Jewel at Yahoo Yodel 2009
28. 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 by being a member of the 21 club. On December 2009, he married Danielle Deleasa, whom he met in the Bahamas during the summer of 2007. Jonas and his wife later starred in their own E! Reality series, Married to Jonas, in 2012. In early May 2014, he announced a small 5-month tour with younger brother Joe. Jonas grew up in Wyckoff. He has three younger brothers, Joe, Frankie. In early 2005, Steve Greenberg, listened to Nick's record. While Greenberg did not like the album, he did like Nick's voice. After hearing the song "Please Be Mine", performed by all the brothers, Daylight/Columbia Records decided to sign the three as a group act. After being signed to Columbia, the brothers considered naming their group "Sons of Jonas" before settling on the name "Jonas Brothers". The brothers' first album, was released on August 8, 2006. According to the band's manager, it was only a "limited release" of a little over 50,000 copies.Kevin Jonas – Jonas in September 2008
29. Nick Jonas – Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor. He released his debut single in 2002. Jonas released his eponymous debut album to little success though it did catch the attention of Columbia Records. He opted to form a band with Joe and Kevin, known as the Jonas Brothers. The group released their debut album It's About Time through Columbia Records. The record failed to achieve commercial success, thus the group parted ways with their label. Their second studio album was released through Hollywood Records in 2007, became their breakthrough record. The band became prominent figures during this time gaining a large following through the network. The band starred in Camp Rock. The release of their fourth album saw a decline in sales for the band, though was still fairly successful. His brothers starred in the Disney Channel series JONAS in 2009 and 2010, though poor ratings led to its cancellation in 2010. It was later confirmed that the Jonas Brothers would be taking a hiatus, with Nick forming a new band known as the Administration. The band released one album in 2010, though it failed to achieve much commercial success. Following the release, he opted to focus on work in theater, also had a recurring role on the series Smash. The Jonas Brothers briefly reunited in 2013, though officially parted ways due to creative differences.Nick Jonas – Jonas at the premiere of Kingdom in October 2014
30. Norah Jones – Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Jones has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named the top jazz artist of the 2000 -- 2009 decade. She was 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000 -- 2009 decade chart. It was certified diamond, selling over million copies. The record earned Jones five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, Best New Artist. They were also well received by critics. Jones is half-sister of fellow musician Anoushka Shankar. After her parents separated in 1986, Shankar lived with her mother, growing up in Grapevine, Texas. She attended Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. While in high school, she sang in the school choir, played the alto saxophone. With both parents' consent, she officially changed her name to Norah Jones. Jones always had an affinity for the music of Billie Holiday, among other "oldies". She once said, "My mom had this eight-album Billie Holiday set; I picked out one disc that I played that over and over again." As a child, Jones also took piano and voice lessons.Norah Jones – Jones performs at Farm Aid, October 2, 2010
31. Alex Lambert – Lambert was raised in North Richland Hills, Texas. He has six siblings. Lambert attended Richland High School, where he was a member of the 2008 7-on-7 state and national championship team. Lambert's musical influences include The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Marley, James Morrison, John Legend. In the next round, Lambert sang "Everybody Knows" by John Legend, which earned praise from the judges. The LA Times has ranked Lambert 57th in their list of the top 120 American Idol contestants, selected of the show. 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, "I Been Workin'." Lambert's elimination continued to create a stir, due in large part to an online petition. The petition was signed by over 19,000 people, including notable celebrities like Demi Moore. The outpouring of support caught the attention of the creator of American Idol and new venture If I Can Dream. His entrance was watched live by over a internet viewers. While on If I Can Dream, Lambert completed multiple tracks for inclusion on an album. Most were kept under wraps. Notable performances include the U.S. Open of Surfing in Graceland.Alex Lambert – Alex Lambert at a gig at Smith's Bar in New York, June 26, 2011
32. Meiko (American singer) – Meiko is an American singer/songwriter, currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. She independently released a self-titled album on September 2007. All of the tracks from the LP have been featured in major TV shows. In the years that followed, she performed everywhere to Little League baseball parks. When she was not performing, she was practicing - spending countless hours singing into the family's clothes dryer. "Great acoustics," she insisted. She soon enlisted the help of her dad, who taught her how to play guitar on his Gibson six-string. When she was thirteen, he bought a guitar of her own. A flood of songs followed. "soon as I learned a new chord," she says, "I wrote a new song." At eighteen, Meiko left her hometown to showcase her talents to a wider audience. She performed at Hollywood's Hotel Café, where she still performs regularly. In September 2007, she in October, toured the U.S. as the opener for Mat Kearney. In June 2008 Meiko signed a recording deal with MySpace Records/DGC, who released her album with Lucky Ear Music. The Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC release has been remixed, includes re-recorded versions and a new track, "Boys with Girlfriends".Meiko (American singer) – Meiko at the Transmission Showcase festival
33. Anna Nalick – Anna Christine Nalick is an American singer-songwriter. Wreck of the Day, featuring her first radio hit, "Breathe", was released on April 19, 2005. She left her label under Sony after a falling-out surrounding the release of her second album. She says she draws more inspiration from poetry, literature, psychology, history than anything else. Her musical influences range to trip-hop and everything in between. She did perform on The Tonight Show making sure to invite the teacher to the audience. She initially decided to go before pursuing her dream of music, continuing to record her songs on a Rainbow Brite cassette recorder. But Nalick soon met a professor, who had a student with parents in the music business. In October 2003, putting her college plans on hold, Nalick signed on with Columbia Records. She went into the studio with Thorn, Smith, Rosse together with mix-engineer Mark Endert. The result was her Wreck of the Day, released two years later. Her video for the track got very heavy airplay on some MTV airplay as well. In New Zealand, Wreck of the Day reached the Top 15 albums on the Top 40 Albums Chart. In November 2005, she released "In the Rough". The single was charting on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks at No. 15.Anna Nalick – Nalick in June 2011
34. Michael Nesmith – Nesmith's songwriting credits include "Different Drum". Nesmith is also an executive producer of the film Repo Man. In 1981, he won the first Grammy Award given for Video of the Year for Elephant Parts. His mother moved to Dallas to be closer to her parents, sister, aunts and grandmother. Bette developed very good secretarial skills, including shorthand and, auspiciously, touch typing. When Nesmith was 13, his mother invented a typewriter fluid later known commercially as Liquid Paper. She died a few months later at age 56. He was enrolled at the age of six. Describing himself as an indifferent student, Nesmith nevertheless participated in choral and drama activities at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. Nesmith also began to write poetry. When he was 15 Nesmith enrolled in the Dallas Theater Center teen program, where he was featured in several plays. Without graduating from high school, he enlisted in 1960. While in the Air Force, he was discharged under honorable conditions in 1962. Nesmith enrolled in a community college, where he met John Kuehne and began a musical collaboration. The duo won the first San Antonio College award, performing a mixture of standard folk songs and a few of Nesmith's original songs.Michael Nesmith – Nesmith performing at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, April 13, 2013
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36. Katy Perry – Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter. After singing during her childhood, Perry pursued a career as a teenager. She released her debut studio album Katy Hudson in 2001, commercially unsuccessful. The album became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one songs in the overall after Michael Jackson's album Bad. In March 2012, she re-issued the album as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, which produced the songs "Part of Me" and "Wide Awake". Prism, is influenced by pop and dance. Perry became the first artist with multiple videos to reach billion views with the videos for its songs "Roar" and "Dark Horse". Perry has received many awards, including four Guinness World Records, been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music". Her net worth as of 2016 is $ million. Perry is one of the musical artists of all time, having sold million records globally throughout her career. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born to Maurice Keith Hudson. Her parents are born again Christians, each having turned to religion after a "wild youth". Perry has English, German, Irish, Portuguese ancestry. Through her mother, she is a niece of film director Frank Perry. Perry has Angela.Katy Perry – Perry at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards
37. 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. "Home," released after his win, became the best selling of all coronation songs. His debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was released on November 2012. His second album, Behind the Light, was released on May 2014. He was moved to Leesburg, Georgia when he was 12. Phillips has two older sisters, LaDonna, Lacey. He attended Lee County High School. Phillips missed the graduation ceremony due to his obligations to American Idol. Prior to appearing on American Idol, Phillips worked at his family's shop. He started playing music, particularly the guitar, when he was 14. Phillips was mentored by Benjamin Neil, whom he credits for piquing his interest in music. In 2009, Phillips performed in various local venues and events. Phillips won "Albany Star," in 2010. Other favorites include John Butler, Dave Matthews and Damien Rice, he also enjoyed Mumford & Sons and Tool. Phillips has described his music as "jazz and rock sound."Phillip Phillips – Phillips at the Walmart Soundcheck, December 2013
38. Cassadee Pope – Cassadee Blake Pope is an American singer and songwriter. She was Hey Monday with whom she released one studio album and three EPs. She released Cassadee Pope EP in May 2012. Pope became the first female winner on December 18, 2012. Frame by Frame, was released on October 8, 2013 to a top 10 Billboard 200 charting. It debuted at No. 1 with 43,000 copies sold in its first week. While attending Wellington High School in Wellington, Florida, she formed the Blake with good friend Mike Gentile. Hey Monday released their first album, Hold on Tight, in October 2008. She co-wrote the other nine songs. Pope appeared in Fall Out Boy's video from their 2008 album Folie à Deux. James left the band at the end of 2009. Later that month Hey Monday took an indefinite hiatus on good terms. In February 2012, she embarked on her first solo acoustic tour across the east and west coasts. Pope released her debut self-titled EP on May 2012, containing four songs written by Pope. In the live round, she performed "Over You", co-written by mentor Shelton.Cassadee Pope – Pope performing at Southcentre Mall in February 2014
39. 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 and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s. 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 national breakout with the studio album Night Moves. On his studio albums, he also worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appeared on several of Seger's best-selling singles and albums. With a career spanning six decades, Seger continues to perform and record today. Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. 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. He has an older brother, George. Seger's father, a medical technician for the Ford Motor Company, played several instruments and Seger was exposed to music from an early age. 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, graduated from Pioneer High School in 1963.Bob Seger – Seger performing in Fargo, North Dakota in 2013
40. Paul Simon – Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon also starred in the film One-Trick Pony and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman with the poet Derek Walcott. Simon has earned sixteen Grammys including three for Album of the Year, a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Simon as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. In 2015, he was named by Rolling Stone. Among other honors, Simon was the first recipient of the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. In 1986, Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of degree from Berklee College of Music, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Simon was born on October 13, 1941, to Hungarian Jewish parents. Louis, was a college professor, upright bass player, dance bandleader who performed under the name "Lee Sims". Belle, was an elementary school teacher. In 1945, his family moved in New York City. I think it has to do with the parents. Simon, upon hearing Fagen's description, said it "isn't far from the truth." Simon says about his childhood, "I was a ballplayer.Paul Simon – Simon performing at the 9:30 Club, May 27, 2011
41. Bradley Skaught – Bradley Skaught is the principal songwriter, guitarist, lead vocalist for The Bye Bye Blackbirds, an Oakland, California-based indie rock and power pop band. Skaught's vocals have been called "lovely," "a unique drawl reminiscent of Tom Petty", likened to John Lennon. Skaught is originally from Tacoma, Washington. He took up guitar in sixth grade. Later, he moved to Oakland, California, where his musical career included a stint for Yuji Oniki. Skaught became better known as a vocalist when he founded the Oakland-based band Belle Da Gama, which included Ian Robertson. The name Belle Da Gama was taken from the Salman Rushdie novel The Moor's Last Sigh. Belle Da Gama recorded Garden Abstract, released in 2001 on 125 Records. In 2005, Skaught and Robertson disbanded Belle Da formed The Bye Bye Blackbirds. Both guitarists, named the new group after the 1926 jazz standard Bye Bye Blackbird. They recruited bass player William Duke online. The group's 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, but it makes me squirm to hear it." In 2008, the group released Houses and Homes, on the American Dust label in 2008.Bradley Skaught – Bradley Skaught (center) performing with The Bye Bye Blackbirds in Berkeley, in September 2013
42. Phoebe Snow – Phoebe Snow was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, best known for her 1975 song "Poetry Man". Snow was described as a "contralto grounded in a bluesy growl and capable of sweeping over four octaves." Lili Laub, was a dance teacher who had performed with the Martha Graham group. She graduated from Teaneck High School in 1968. Snow subsequently did not graduate. As a student, Snow carried her prized Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar to club in Greenwich Village playing and singing on amateur nights. On December 10, 1975, her daughter, Valerie Rose, was born with severe brain damage. She cared for her at home until Valerie died on March 19, 2007, at the age of 31. Snow's efforts to care for Valerie nearly ended her career. She studied opera informally. She was described "as Jewish as a knish", although many of her fans had thought she might be African-American. In her later years Snow embraced Buddhism. Snow released Phoebe Snow, in 1974. The cover of Rolling Stone magazine followed, while she performed by Jackson Browne and Paul Simon. During the 1975 appearance, Snow was seven months pregnant with Valerie.Phoebe Snow – Phoebe Snow
43. James Taylor – James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than million records worldwide. His 1976 Greatest Hits album has sold 12 million US copies. Following JT, Taylor has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released to 2007 sold over a million copies. His performance had a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work. Taylor achieved his first number one album with his recording Before This World. James Vernon Taylor was born on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, was a resident physician. His father was from a well-off family of Southerners of Scottish ancestry. James was the second of five children, the others being Hugh. They built a house off the present Morgan Creek Road, sparsely populated. James would later say, "the Piedmont, the outlying hills, were tranquil, rural, beautiful, but quiet. James attended primary school in Chapel Hill. Isaac Taylor later rose to become dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1964 to 1971.James Taylor – Taylor in the mid-1970s
44. 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. Wang has been active since 1995 and contributed in 25 albums. He is also a four-time winner of Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards, the "Grammys" of Taiwanese music. His concert at the Beijing Bird's Nest on April 2012 was the first solo concert to be held at the venue. In addition to his music, he also acted including Ang Lee's Lust, Jackie Chan's film Little Big Soldier. He is an environmental activist, 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, performed in the Olympics' closing ceremony in Beijing. Wang was appointed World Vision Malaysia's 15th ambassador. He was listed as one of Goldsea's "The 100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time". Born in New York, he is the second of three sons of immigrants from Taiwan of heritage. His mother, moved to the United States to further their college studies in the early 1960s. His mother was against reasoning that he was too young. When Wang turned six, his mother enrolled him in violin classes, performing along with his brother. As he became a teenager, Wang began also teaching the guitar.Wang Leehom – Wang Leehom at the 2011 Harbin Film Festival with the award for Best New Director
45. Mikey Wax – Entertainment. "You Lift Me Up" has over eight million Spotify streams and two million YouTube views. Mikey Wax is a singer/songwriter from New York, who started playing piano at the age of 8. Upon graduating from high school, Mikey attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Mikey has been known to play the guitar simultaneously. Wax also got his start performing in his fans living rooms across the country. He has played over 200 house concerts. # 47 on Billboard Heatseekers chart. Mikey was selected by New Music Seminar as an "Artist on the Verge" and also featured as an "Artist To Watch". "Counting on You" was used on 5 episodes of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance. The song was also featured for the major motion picture Playing For Keeps. This got him picked up on Young Hollywood. "Counting on You" was selected as a finalist in the second annual Guitar Center unsigned singer/songwriter contest. Shockya.com says Wax "makes music "the cool thing to listen to"." His holiday originals "Perfect Holiday" and "Catch The Midnight Flight" are featured in A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale, which aired on Up.Mikey Wax – Mikey Wax Live In Toronto 06/18/2014