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1. Christina Aguilera – Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television series Star Search, after recording Reflection, the theme for Disneys 1998 film Mulan, Aguilera signed with RCA Records. She rose to prominence with her 1999 self-titled debut album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants. The following year, Aguilera released two albums, the Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo and the holiday album My Kind of Christmas. She assumed creative control for her studio album, Stripped, which produced Dirrty, Beautiful. Aguileras fifth studio album, Back to Basics, debuted at one on the album charts of ten countries and spawned the tracks Aint No Other Man. In 2010, Aguilera released her studio album Bionic and starred in the film Burlesque. The following year, she debuted as a coach on the reality television series The Voice. Her seventh studio album, Lotus, was released in 2012, Aguilera has also been featured on several successful collaborations during her career, including Lady Marmalade, Moves like Jagger, and Say Something. Aguilera has been recognized as a pop icon and earned the title Pop Princess in her early years and her work has earned her five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has sold over 17.9 million albums in the United States as of 2014 and 50 million albums worldwide as of 2015. In 2009, she ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stones list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, thereby becoming the youngest and the only artist under 30 to be named. Billboard recognized her as the 20th most successful artist of the 2000s, aside from her work in the entertainment industry, Aguilera is involved in charitable activities through human rights, world issues, and her work as a UN ambassador for the World Food Programme. Christina María Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York, on December 18,1980, to Shelly Loraine, a musician, and Fausto Xavier Aguilera and her father is Ecuadorian, while her mother has German, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch ancestry. Her family moved frequently because of her fathers service, and lived in places including New Jersey, Texas, New York. Aguilera and her mother alleged that her father was physically and emotionally abusive, claims which he denied, Aguilera used music as a form of escape from her turbulent household. Following her parents divorce when she was six years old, Aguilera, her younger sister Rachel, after several years of being estranged, Aguilera expressed interest in reconciling with her father in 2012. Growing up, Aguilera, known locally as the girl with the big voice, aspired to be a singer, singing in local talent showsChristina Aguilera – Aguilera at the Sanremo Music Festival
2. 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
3. Philip Bailey – Philip Bailey is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as an original member, and one of the two lead singers of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Noted for his vocal range and distinctive falsetto register, Bailey has won seven Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bailey was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his work with the band. Bailey has released solo albums. Chinese Wall from 1984, which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, included the hit, Easy Lover. Easy Lover won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Bailey was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended East High School in Denver and graduated in 1969, in 1972, while attending college, Bailey was invited to join the band Earth, Wind & Fire by EWF-founder and bandleader Maurice White. Bailey went on to such popular Earth, Wind & Fire songs as Devotion, Head to the Sky, Reasons, Fantasy, Ill Write A Song For You, Imagination, Ive Had Enough. In live duet performances, Bailey will sing his part, then switch to the part originally sung by White, showing off his vocal prowess. Outside of Earth, Wind & Fire, Baileys most successful song is a duet with his friend Phil Collins called Easy Lover which was included on his solo album Chinese Wall. The album was produced by Collins, and both the album and single were released in 1984 on Columbia Records. While Bailey had a number of hits with Earth, Wind & Fire, in 1980, Bailey joined with friends, Deniece Williams, Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo to present a gospel show at a popular Los Angeles club named The Roxy. The show was called Jesus At the Roxy, Williams later reported that God did something miraculous. Over three hundred people were saved, after that, both Bailey and Williams decided to pursue careers in Christian music. In 1983, Bailey and Williams recorded They Say an atmospheric, the song was written by songwriters Skip Scarborough and Terri McFaddin and was popular on both Urban and Gospel Black radio. Williams later recorded the song with Christian artist Sandi Patti and won a Grammy for it and his second gospel album Triumph was released in 1986, and the album won Bailey a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance, Male and reached number 18 on the Top Contemporary Christian charts. In 1989, he released his third gospel album Family Affair on which Sheldon Reynolds and he played percussion and provided vocals on the King Baptist Church Mass Choirs album Holding on to Jesus Hand, released in 1990. In 1999, Bailey released his first jazz album, Dreams, featuring Gerald Albright, Grover Washington, Jr. and Pat Metheny, both of these albums were released on Heads Up International records. s album After DarkPhilip Bailey – Philip Bailey performing with Earth, Wind & Fire in 2008
4. Sara Bareilles – Sara Beth Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single Love Song, in the third season of NBCs The Sing-Off, Bareilles was a celebrity judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. In February 2012, VH1 placed Bareilles in the 80th spot of the Top 100 Greatest Women in Music and her memoir, Sounds Like Me, My Life in Song, was published in 2015 and was listed by The New York Times as a best-seller. Bareilles was born and raised in Eureka, California in Humboldt County and she has a half-sister named Melody. She is of Italian, English, German, Portuguese, and French descent, she speaks Italian, the groups rendition of Bareilles Gravity was featured on the Best of College a Cappella 2004 compilation CD. Bareilles and the band Maroon 5 have been acquainted since their days in California. She performed in the student concert UCLA Spring Sing, winning twice. Bareilles taught herself to play the piano and, subsequently, all other instruments she has seen playing. After graduating from UCLA in 2002, Bareilles performed at bars and clubs. She issued two demos of mostly live tracks in 2003, The First One in April and The Summer Sessions in October, in 2004, she appeared as a singer in a bar in the indie film Girl Play, performing the song Undertow. In January 2004, Bareilles released her first studio album, Careful Confessions and she then signed a contract with Epic Records on April 15,2005. She spent the remainder of the year, and the months of 2006, writing, composing. In mid-2004 she opened for Rocco DeLuca and the Burden during their headline tour, supported Guster on their first UK tour. She toured as the act in 2006 for Marc Broussards Carencro tour. Bareilless song Gravity appeared briefly in the 2006 independent film Loving Annabelle, in 2007, Bareilles toured as the opening act for Aqualung and Mika, and later that year opened for several shows on both Maroon 5 and Paolo Nutinis U. S. tours. She also opened for James Blunt on his U. S, Tour in association with VH1 You Oughta Know. In June 2007, iTunes featured Bareilless single Love Song as the single of the week. After being featured on a Rhapsody commercial in 2007, Love Song began climbing the pop charts and it entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 27,2007, and peaked at No.4Sara Bareilles – Bareilles' success with Little Voice led her to tour Europe; she is pictured here in her first tour of the Netherlands
5. Drake Bell – Jared Drake Bell is an American actor, voice actor, and musician. Born in Newport Beach, California, he began his career as an actor in the early 1990s at the age of five with his first televised appearance on Home Improvement. Bell also appeared in commercials, such as one for Pokémon Red and Blue, but is best known for his starring roles on Nickelodeons The Amanda Show. Bell starred in a trilogy of The Fairly OddParents movies on Nickelodeon, Bell was the voice of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD. He appeared on ABCs reality TV series Splash, in addition to acting, Bell has a career in music during the early 2000s, at the time of his appearances on The Amanda Show, named Drake 24/7. He also co-wrote and performed the song to Drake & Josh. In 2005 he independently released his album, Telegraph, released under Bells own name. His second album, Its Only Time, was released in 2006 after signing with Universal Motown Records and debuted at #81 on the Billboard 200 and its Only Time has sold 178,000 copies in the United States as of 2012. His first video album, Drake Bell In Concert, was released in 2008 and it debuted at #81 on the Top 100 Mexican Albums Chart. Bell released an EP in 2011 called A Reminder independently, in 2014, Bell released his third album, Ready Steady Go. under indie label Surfdog Records. Ready Steady Go. debuted at #182 on the Billboard 200, Bell was born on June 27,1986 in Newport Beach, California. His parents are Robin Dodson, a billiards player. He has three brothers, including Robert and Travis, and one older sister, Kellie. Bell started acting at the age of five, encouraged by his father and he stated I was five, and my dad kind of said, Hey, you wanna be an actor. and I said, Sure, that kind of thing, you know. I was kind of put into it by my dad but, you know, I really love it, and I still do it. Bells first televised commercial was for Whirlpool Appliances, I had to sit under a tree and eat a Popsicle, Bell later stated, I thought, I could get used to this. His first television appearance was on a 1994 episode of Home Improvement. He appeared in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, and had a role in the Seinfeld episode The Frogger in 1998Drake Bell – Bell in October 2007
6. Michael Bolton – Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. He became better known for his series of pop rock ballads, Bolton was born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Helen and George Bolotin. He has a brother, Orrin, and a sister, Sandra and his family was Jewish, and all of his grandparents had been immigrants from Russia. His parents were divorced when he was very young and this first album was self-titled using his original family name of Bolotin. Early in his career he focused on hard rock, with his band Blackjack once opening for heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne on tour. Indeed, in 1983, Bolton auditioned for, but was denied, narrowly missing the Top 10 on the US pop chart, Branigan took the song to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks in 1983. The two sought to work each other again, and their next collaboration was when Bolton co-wrote I Found Someone for Branigan in 1985. Her version was only a hit, but two years later, Cher resurrected the song, and with it her own singing career. Bolton co-wrote several other songs for both singers, Bolton would achieve his greatest success in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a singer on the adult contemporary/easy listening charts. One of his first major hits was his 1987 interpretation of the Otis Redding classic the Dock of the Bay, reddings widow, Zelma Redding, said she was so moved by Boltons performance that it brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me so much of my husband that I know if he heard it, always interested in soul and Motown classics, Boltons success with that song encouraged him to tackle the standard Georgia on My Mind, with which he had another hit. In 1991, Bolton released the album Time, Love & Tenderness which featured his Grammy Award-winning cover version of When a Man Loves a Woman, as a songwriter, he has written and collaborated on several songs for other artists as well. Boltons last Top 40 single in the US in his own right was the 1997 hit Go the Distance and he hired conductor Larry Baird for his 2001 tour. In 2006, Bolton and his then fiancee Nicollette Sheridan sang a duet, The Second Time Around, in March 2007, Bolton toured South Africa for the first time. He was the act at Jacaranda 94.2 FMs two-day concert. For Over the Rainbow, an album which was recorded in five days, Bolton recorded the song New York, New York and this was for an episode of the TV series, Challenge Anneka. The proceeds from the album went to childrens hospices across the UK, Bolton performed a duet entitled Il Mio Amico with the Italian singer Anna Tatangelo at the Sanremo Music Festival 2008Michael Bolton – Bolton in Barcelona, Spain, January 2010
7. Kelly Clarkson – Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American Idol, Clarksons debut single, A Moment Like This, topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the U. S. It was followed with her studio album, Thankful, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Trying to reinvent her own image, Clarkson decided to part ways with American Idol management and developed a pop sound for her second album. It sold over 15 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards and she took further creative control for her third album, My December, by becoming the executive producer and co-writing the entire material. However, it caused feud with her label, that was dissatisfied with her darker, less commercial rock music, Clarkson returned to the top of the charts with her more mainstream-oriented fourth album, All I Ever Wanted. Its lead single, My Life Would Suck Without You, holds the record for the biggest jump to one on the Billboard Hot 100. She scored another Hot 100 number-one single with Stronger from her studio album. Clarkson also became the first act to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album twice. Her sixth studio album and first Christmas record, Wrapped in Red, ended up as the holiday album of the year. Her seventh and final album under RCA, Piece by Piece, was her album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Its title track became her eleventh single on the Hot 100. She signed with Atlantic Records in 2016 and has prepared a soul-influenced album for a 2017 release, Clarkson has sold over 70 million records worldwide and scored a total of 100 number ones on the Billboard charts. Her accolades include three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards. Often called one of the best vocalists in the industry, Clarkson is known for her powerhouse voice and she became the first artist in history to top each of Billboards pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts. She was ranked nineteenth on VH1s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, Clarkson has also ventured into television and film, as well as writing childrens book. Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann, a first-grade English teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson and she is the youngest of three children with a brother named Jason and a sister named Alyssa. Clarkson also has two half brothers from her fathers second marriageKelly Clarkson – Clarkson at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013
8. Javier Colon – Javier Colon is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has referred to his style of music as being acoustic soul and he was a member of EmcQ and The Derek Trucks Band, and worked with many musicians before going solo. From 2002 to 2006, he was signed to Capitol Records, in 2006, however, the contract was terminated and Javier Colon became an independent artist with his own label, Javier Colon Music. In 2011, he was the winner of the season of the U. S. television show on NBC, The Voice, receiving $100,000. Javier Colon eventually decided to part ways with Universal Republic, Colon was born in Stratford, Connecticut, the son of a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother. His father worked in a radio station and he went to Frank Scott Bunnell High School in Stratford, Connecticut, where he started writing songs. Then he pursued a degree in education from the University of Hartfords Hartt School. While studying, Javier also performed as vocalist and percussionist in EmcQ, following his college graduation and a successful audition in July 2000, Javier joined the band in August 2000. After touring with the band for two years, Javier, then 24 years old, left the band in April 2002 to pursue a solo career. He went on to two albums with Capitol Records, the first the self-titled Javier in 2003, and the second entitled Left of Center in 2006. On stage, Javiers primary instruments are steel and nylon stringed acoustic guitars by Larrivée, in 2009, he was featured as singer and songwriter for song, October Sky, on Vanessa Williamss vocal album, The Real Thing. Javier On August 5,2003 - Javier released his debut and his first single, entitled Crazy, debuted at #95 on Billboard Hot 100 and reached #42 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The second single, Beautiful U R, did not have the commercial success as his first release. The album reached #91 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and #18 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Javier consisted of mainly R&B songs, with a mixture of other genres such as jazz and funk, as well as a little influence of Javiers Latin roots. After the release, Javiers music style drew comparisons with the likes of Kenny Lattimore, Brian McKnight, pianist Mulgrew Miller and trumpeter Roy Hargrove performed on the final track, October Sky, the only featured artists to appear on the album. Left of Center On March 7,2006 - Three years after his self-titled debut, the album title was used to demonstrate that Javier was not like the rest of the present Contemporary R&B artists. Javier did keep to his main R&B/Neo-soul genre, but again mixed in other styles and genres, Three singles from album were released, Indecent Proposal, Dance for Me, and The Answer is Yes. None of them had any success, and the album only reached #37 on Billboards R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chartJavier Colon – Javier Colon
9. Barry Cowsill – Barry Cowsill was an American musician and member of the musical group The Cowsills. Cowsill was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the fifth of seven children, as a teenager, he became the drummer of the band initially formed by his brothers Bill and Bob Cowsill, playing popular tunes at local dance clubs. By the late 1960s, the band expanded to include younger brother John, his mother Barbara, older brother Paul, the Cowsills went on to churn out a string of hits before officially disbanding by 1972. After the group broke up, Cowsill moved frequently and worked various jobs including construction, F Throughout his life, Cowsills continued to play music and participated in various post-heyday incarnations of the Cowsills. In 1998, he released his first solo CD, As Is, in 2002, he relocated to his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. In 2005, Cowsill relocated again to New Orleans, shortly before his death, he had made plans to enter a Los Angeles rehab facility to seek help for his alcoholism. His flight to Los Angeles had been scheduled for August 28, in 1987, Cowsill married a woman named Deborah with whom he had two children. Cowsill and his wife were divorced in 2003, on August 29,2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans. Cowsill, who chose not to evacuate, weathered the storm in an abandoned warehouse, Cowsill survived the storm but was in need of help. He called his sister Susan from a payphone and left four voice mail messages stating that he was surrounded by looters, Susan Cowsill did not receive the messages until September 2. Cowsill was never heard from again, after an extensive search, Cowsills body was found under a wharf on the Mississippi River on December 28,2005. His body was identified by comparison to dental records. Cowsills death was attributed to drowning as a result of the flooding following Hurricane Katrina, the Cowsill family held two memorials for Barry in Newport and New Orleans. Barry Cowsill at Cowsill. com The Cowsills - Newspaper articlesBarry Cowsill – Cowsill at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles
10. Dennis DeYoung – DeYoung has been credited as the writer of more Styx songs than any other Styx member. He was also the bands most successful writer, penning 7 of the bands 8 Billboard Top 10 singles as well as a solo top 10 single, the trio later added guitarist James Young and John Curulewski to form the band Tradewinds in the late 1960s. The band renamed itself TW4 in 1968 before becoming Styx in 1970, before the band met with success, DeYoung spent time as an elementary school teacher in the southern suburbs of Chicago, where he taught music at a variety of schools. During this period, the played a number of small venues and school auditoriums, refining their craft before the song Lady propelled them to national, then international. On January 18,1970, DeYoung married his longtime sweetheart Suzanne Feusi, the couple have two children, daughter Carrie Ann and son Matthew. Suzanne DeYoung frequently joined her husband on the road, and eventually their children came along as well, DeYoung is an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox. Within Styx, DeYoung acted as lead vocalist, keyboardist, accordion player, producer, from the start of Styxs commercial success with the 1972 DeYoung-penned single Lady, DeYoung became the creative force behind most of the bands hit songs. DeYoung wrote and sang lead on six of the seven top 10 Billboard Hot 100-ranked hits during this period. The six DeYoung penned-and-performed Billboard hits, in order of their peak chart placement, Babe, the dissent of some members in the band during Kilroy brought tensions between the groups members over the future direction of the band, leading to guitarist Tommy Shaws departure in 1984. With Styx in limbo following Shaws 1984 departure, DeYoung began a career of modest success. His first solo album, Desert Moon, generated a top 10 hit, Desert Moon, the Desert Moon album was certified gold in Canada in 1984. DeYoungs solo career continued with Back to the World, which contained the singles Call Me and his third solo album Boomchild failed to have a hit single, though the video for Boomchild received a fair amount of music video airplay. After a five-year hiatus, DeYoung and several members of Styx began discussing a possible reunion in 1989. By December 1989 Styx had unofficially reformed, Tommy Shaw, who joined Damn Yankees in 1988, did not return. In 1990, Styx returned to the studio for the album Edge of the Century, the group toured North America extensively before A&M Records dropped the group from its roster in 1992, the group broke up again shortly afterwards. Between stints with Styx, DeYoung, a devout Roman Catholic and he appeared in about 200 performances across North America as Pontius Pilate. The experience inspired him to record his 1994 album of Broadway standards,10 on Broadway, in 1995, Styx reunited, this time with Shaw, but without a terminally ill John Panozzo, who had developed cirrhosis following years of chronic alcoholism. The band recorded a new version of Lady, which became the track of a new compilation album, Styx Greatest HitsDennis DeYoung – Dennis DeYoung performing on August 25, 2014
11. 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
12. Djoir – Dawn Djoir Jordan, known professionally as Djoir Jordan is an American Pop/EDM/Rock singer, songwriter and actress. Djoir Jordan grew up in Los Angeles, California and she began taking dance lessons at age 6 and was involved in competitive gymnastics. On the show she worked closely with Krysta Rodriguez of NBC Series Smash, Crystal Lewis and she played the role of Psalty, The Singing Songbooks daughter, Harmony, in the Musical Harvest Kids Crusades performing at Qualcomm Stadium and Anaheim Stadium. As an adult, Djoir spent time as a singer and performer in multiple female pop groups including, most notably, the group went on a hiatus in 2008. Djoir later went on to pursue the path of a solo artist and her motto as an artist is Be Diamond Cut, which apparently means To Be Unique, Stand Out and Reflect Your Light. Djoir was given the name by Mr. Dalvin of Jodeci and her 2nd single release with NOVASPACE, entitled Right Now released by Dirty Duck Audio, climbed to #13 on the UK charts and gained support from DJs Knife Party and Gold Top. She has also made appearances in Redfoos music video New Thang, djoirs 4th single Partypocalypse aired on the TV series RUSH on the USA Networks Learning To Fly episode, July 31,2014. Her song Partypocalypse was also featured on ABC Networks hit TV series Pretty Little Liars on the Episode entitled Fresh Meat, Djoir and Janel Parrish, who stars in Pretty Little Liars, were both co-lead singers in a girl group called Impulse in 2003. In 2014, Djoir Jordan received nominations for Pop Single of the Year and her song Partypocalypse was featured on the 20th Century Fox Film, The Longest Ride which was released in theaters April 10,2015. Djoir also appeared in the October 2015 release of the movie Jem, on October 11,2016, Djoir released her single Warrior, the first track to be released off her upcoming EP entitled Name On It, due on January 27,2017. She performed 5 songs off her EP live, as part of a Guinness World Record, the world record was set between December 20,2016 to December 21,2016 in a 24 hour live broadcast. Official Website Djoir Jordan at the Internet Movie DatabaseDjoir – Djoir on the red carpet at NAMM in January 2015
13. Hilary Duff – Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress and singer. Duff began her career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire. The series proved to be a hit, leading to an adaptation of the series to be released. Duff began working on projects with the Disney Channel, including the film Cadet Kelly. She later began work on an album, releasing the Christmas themed Santa Claus Lane through Walt Disney Records, upon signing with Hollywood Records, Duff began working on her second studio album, Metamorphosis. The album achieved critical and commercial success, topping the Billboard 200, the album also found success in both Canada and Japan. Duffs success in acting and music led to her becoming a household name, with merchandise such as dolls, clothing. Duff began to expand her career into theatrical films, with leading roles in such as Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story. She continued to have success in music, with her albums Hilary Duff, following the release of her fourth studio album, Dignity, Duff released a greatest hits album and parted ways with Hollywood Records. During this time, she began appearing in independent films such as War and she later released the novel Elixir, which became a New York Times best seller. The book was followed by the sequels Devoted and True and she currently stars in the comedy-drama series Younger as Kelsey Peters. She returned to music in 2014, and signed with RCA Records for her studio album Breathe In. Duff has worked with charities and organizations throughout her career. Duff has received media attention since the beginning of her career, most notably for her romantic relationships, friendships. Her romances with Aaron Carter and Joel Madden were often reported in the media, in 2010, she married former professional hockey player Mike Comrie, with whom she has a son. The two of them finalized their divorce six years later and she has been described by later Disney actresses as an inspiration, with artists such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez claiming they looked up to Duff and emulated her career. Duff has sold an estimated 15 million records since her debut in 2002, Duff was born on September 28,1987, in Houston, Texas. Her parents are Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of stores, and Susan ColleenHilary Duff – Duff at The Heart Truth 's Red Dress Collection fashion show in 2009
14. Jason Farol – Jason Roger Farol Is an American singer from Torrance, California, United States, who placed third in the American television series Duets, alongside mentor Kelly Clarkson. In August 2012, Farol signed with Viva Records, and released his debut Philippine album in October 2013, jason Farol was born in Torrance, California, on April 3,1993. Farols mother is of Filipino and Irish descent, and father of Filipino descent. Farol credits his first exposure to music was through his father, who is also a singer, in August 2011, he began attending Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson, California, to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy. Farol auditioned for the ABC reality competition series Duets for a chance to be a part of Kelly Clarksons team. Having successfully passed two rounds of auditions with producers, he auditioned in front of Clarkson, singing At Last by Etta James, after advancing, Clarkson narrowed it down to two finalist to compete for a slot on the show. On April 10,2012, during this round, Clarkson, after a successful performance, Clarkson picked Farol to compete in the Top 8 as her duet partner. On May 24,2012, Duets premiered on ABC, Clarkson and Farol sang Breaking Your Own Heart off Clarksons Stronger album. After the results were tallied, Farol found himself in last place among the 8 contestants, Farol consistently found himself in the bottom 2 over the next two weeks, and was up for elimination during the first eliminations of the season. Farol sung Me and Mrs. Jones as his save me song, as the show progressed, Farol improved and made it to the top 5, live shows, where he consistently placed in the top 2. During the first Live Show, Farol and Clarkson sang Mercy by Duffy, in the top 4, during Standards week, Farol and Clarkson sang Feeling Good where he received his first standing ovation. After Duets ended, Clarkson invited Farol to reprise their duet of Mercy at the Hollywood Bowl during her Stronger Tour stop on July 30,2012. He would later sing the National Anthem for the Oakland As, in October 2013, Farol released his debut self-titled Philippine album, and participated in his first musical tour of the country. His first single off the album, I believe in Love Again charted and peaked at #16 on Myx, on October 27,2013, Farol made his Philippine television debut on ASAP19 where he performed with Sarah Geronimo, singing Me and Mrs Jones. Following his duet with Geronimo, Farol became Sarahs opening act during her Perfect 10 Concert Tour, Farol then recorded the theme song for the Viva Film, When The Love Is Gone. In the U. S, Farol collaborated with writers of Perfect Storm Music Group and released his first U. S single and music video, in 2014, Farol signed with ABS-CBN to join the television show ASAP. In June 2014, Farol performed alongside Basil Valdez and Mark Bautista during the 2014 Miss Manila Coronation, Farols music video for his second Philippine single, Kung Ikaw At Ako was released in August 2014, featuring the ABS-CBN, Pure Love teleserye star, Yam Concepcion. In January 2015, Farol was announced as part of the line up for Fusion Music Festival, a few months later in March, Farols music video for his newest single, Kahapon debuted on Myx and MTV PinoyJason Farol – Jason Farol FMF performance
15. Elizabeth Gillies – Elizabeth Egan Liz Gillies is an American actress and singer. She appeared in television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 17th birthday. She made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13 and she had a main role in FXs rock n roll comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Gillies was born in Haworth, New Jersey to Dave and Lorrie Gillies and she has one younger brother born in 1996. She is of Irish and Italian descent, Gillies acting career began at age twelve, when she started going to local open casting calls. She quickly began appearing in commercials for such as Virgin Mobile. Her first television role was as a character in The Black Donnellys. She has stated that she was not allowed to watch the show in its entirety because her parents felt it was not appropriate for her at the time. In 2007, she played roles in The Clique, Harold. In the summer of 2008, Gillies was cast as Lucy in a Goodspeed production of Jason Robert Browns new musical 13, alongside her future Victorious co-star, Ariana Grande. Later that year,13 moved to Broadway, which made it the first Broadway production to have a cast, Gillies remained with the production until its closure on January 4,2009. This marked her time working alongside 13 co-star Ariana Grande. Regarding her Victorious character, Gillies said It’s wonderful, I always say she’s not so much the “mean” girl, but the “bad” girl in so many ways. She has a lot of qualities to her — she’s not just completely sociopathic. It’s nice to play a character with some depth, the show premiered on March 27,2010. During her time on Victorious, Gillies was featured in songs on the soundtracks Victorious and Victorious 2.0, including Give It Up. She also wrote and recorded the song You Dont Know Me for an episode of Victorious and she lent her talents to other Nickelodeon shows, voicing the character of Daphne on the animated series Winx Club and recording Winx Clubs official song, We Are Believix. She also appeared in an episode of Big Time Rush and as a contestant on game shows BrainSurge, beginning in 2012, Gillies began playing small guest roles outside of NickelodeonElizabeth Gillies – Gillies at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
16. Tom Goss (musician) – Thomas Patrick Goss is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Goss has self-released five studio albums, one album, two EPs, and multiple non-album singles. He has seen success with his music featured on MTVs Logo TV. He won Best Gay Musician in DC from The Washington Blade, many of Goss songs and music videos speak to LGBT issues such as marriage equality, DADT, and gay subcultures such as bears. Goss tours internationally, often playing at LGBT establishments, in 2014, Goss landed his first starring role in a feature film—the gay-themed Out to Kill. Goss was born in Quincy, Illinois, and raised in Kenosha and he graduated from the University of Central Missouri before coming to Washington, DC to attend a Roman Catholic seminary. Shortly after entry, he decided to take a different path and pursued work in the nonprofit industry and he also pursued his music, performing in local coffeehouses. During this time, he out of the closet and soon after met his husband, Mike Briggs. In 2012, Goss produced a video for his song You Know That I Love You off his 2011 album. Goss started his career as a singer-songwriter in Washington, DC coffeehouses in the early 2000s, in 2006, Goss released his first album, Naked Without. In 2008, Goss released his first EP, Rise, the title song from the EP hit #2 on Logo TVs Click List that summer. In 2009, Goss released his full album, Back to Love. On this album, Goss explored romantic love, spirituality and morality, the first single/video, Till the End, went all the way to #1 on Logo TVs Click List. The album also one of his most popular singles, Lover. The accompanying video tells the story of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan while his husband waits at home and it stars servicemen who were discharged specifically under the Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy. Lover was put into rotation on MTVs Logo TV, and garnered over 100,000 hits on YouTube. Back to Love received critical acclaim, with OnTap Magazine hailing it a heartfelt winner and his newfound success propelled him into his first nationwide tour. In 2010, Goss released a double EP called Politics of Love which combined the newly produced songs as well as songs from his 2008 EP, Goss then released his first live album, Live at TerrysTom Goss (musician) – Goss performing in 2014
17. Cady Groves – Cady Groves is an American singer and songwriter from Marlow, Oklahoma. Some of her songs are Dreams, Crying Game, This Little Girl, Forget You. She has released four EPs since 2012 - A Month of Sundays, This Little Girl, Life of a Pirate and her latest effort Dreams was released in 2015 for free download in honor of her fans. Groves was born on July 30,1989, to Carol Pettit and her full siblings are Kevan Groves, Casey A. Groves, Cody W. Groves, Kyle Groves, Kelly D. Groves, and Kelsy Groves. She also has 3 more half-siblings, Adam Groves, Courtney Farmwald, one day, when her mother was outside cleaning the familys pool in the backyard, Groves marched outside and declared that she was going to be the next Britney Spears. Groves was inspired to follow her dreams after the death of her brother, another EP, The Life of a Pirate, followed in 2010, and as her social media pages began attracting impressive traffic, several major record labels began bidding for her services. In 2010, Groves signed with RCA, and set out on her first nationwide tour, opening a package show that featured Third Eye Blind, Good Charlotte. Groves eventually left RCA and signed with New York-based independent label Vel Records, in May 2015, Groves returned with a new self-released single and video for the song Crying Game, a dark, personal song inspired by her tumultuous childhood and strained family relationships. DreamsIhas been downloaded over 100,000 times via Soundcloud, and a video for the title track premiered at FUSE. tv in October 2015. Shortly after, Groves embarked on a 30-market High School Nation Tour, RCA paired Groves with several producers and songwriters as she began work on her first major-label album. She also collaborated with Stephen Jerzak on Better Than Better Could Ever Be, the song Oh Darling spent five weeks on the Billboard Rock Digital Songs Chart and peaked at #36. In 2011, Groves was featured on the single You and I by Secondhand Serenade, in 2015, a collaboration with Christian Burghardt took place, which led to the track Whiskey and Wine. Our Lady Peace Christina Aguilera Phil Collins Amy Grant Frank Sinatra Alanis Morissette Lynyrd Skynyrd Styx Groves has mentioned on multiple occasions that she had a rough childhood. Groves stated growing up was miserable, I was alone all the time. I had step dads in and out of my life constantly making promises, I had a brother who made my life a living hell. My whole family was miserable because of him, and its worse than any of you can even imagine. Groves lost her brother Casey Groves on October 23,2007, at the age of 28, Groves also lost her brother Kelly Groves on March 23,2014. He was also 28 years old, Groves covered the song Bring Back The Sun by Our Lady Peace on YouTube with the statement, My brother just diedCady Groves – Cady Groves performing in 2010
18. Tim Harrington (singer) – Tim Harrington has been the lead singer and of New York indie rock band Les Savy Fav since they formed while together at Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. He is notable for his stage performances which often include multiple changes of clothing and performing in his underwear. He describes his style as acting entirely by my own desire, ive always felt like the only real people Im particularly trying to entertain are the rest of the guys in the band and myself. He fronted a series called Beardo on Pitchfork Media. Harrington has also been a designer, illustrator, and fine artist since 1996, creating a range of bummer postcards and illustrations. He launched a line of textiles and patterned products with his wife Anna called Deadly SquireTim Harrington (singer) – Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav performs at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco on March 1st, 2009.
19. Lisa Heller – Lisa Heller is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Simsbury, Connecticut. The song and video premiered on Twist Magazine June 24,2016, Heller was born in Connecticut, the first daughter of Wendy Heller and David Heller. She has a sister and brother who grew up in Simsbury with her. Hellers father is from Westport, Connecticut, and her mother is from West Hartford and she graduated from Simsbury High School on June 17,2014. Heller entered her first song into the American Songwriting Awards right after her school graduation. During the summer of 2014, Heller co-wrote songs with Jim McGorman, Heller flew out to Los Angeles in late August 2014 to record her first four-song EP at Sunset Sound Factory and The Sound Factory in Hollywood, California. Heller started college at Colgate University in August 2014, studying psychology, the first song Heller had written, Close Your Eyes, had been recognized in the Performance Category of the American Songwriting Awards. She received the award at the red carpet event at the Grand Central Hotel in Las Vegas, Heller then opened for the band, American Authors at a 96.5 TIC Acoustic Cafe Event on December 12. Heller released her first single, Life on the Run on April 16, Heller interned at RCA Records of Sony Music for the summer of 2015. She performed at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York, New York on August 9,2015, Heller recorded four original songs over winter 2015-2016. Heller was invited to open for Rachel Platten at the 96.5 TIC Acoustic Cafe on May 31,2016, in the weeks leading up to her single, Hope, Lisa reached out to a few individuals going through particularly hard times. This led to the creation of the Hope Wall where people all over the world have submitted their stories of courage, the release of her single, Hope was on June 24,2016, with a video premiere, Lisa Heller - Hope on Twist Magazine the same day. The song has achieved success, topping the coveted YouTube Trending charts in over 5 countries. Heller then released Things You Never Said March 17,2017 which has already posted on multiple music blogs. June 24,2016, Hope March 17,2017, Things You Never Said Lisa Heller Official Website Lisa Heller on Facebook Lisa Heller on Twitter Lisa Heller on InstagramLisa Heller – Lisa in NYC photoshoot
20. Janet Jackson – Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. After signing a contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third studio album Control. Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap, and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music. In 1991 Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the industry. Her debut album under the label, Janet, saw her develop an image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her work. That same year, she appeared in her first starring role in Poetic Justice. By the end of the 1990s, she was the second most successful recording artist of the decade, the release of her seventh studio album All for You coincided with a celebration of her impact on popular music as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin she released her studio album, Discipline, her first. In 2015 she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own label, Rhythm Nation. Having sold over 100 million records, Jackson is one of the artists in the history of contemporary music. In 2016, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, in December 2016, the magazine named her the second most successful dance artist of all-time. One of the worlds most awarded artists, her longevity, records and she has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers. Janet Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of ten children, to Katherine Esther, the Jacksons were lower-middle class and devout Jehovahs Witnesses, although Jackson would later refrain from organized religion. At a young age, her brothers began performing as The Jackson 5 in the Chicago-Gary area, in March 1969, the group signed a record deal with Motown, and soon had their first number-one hit. The family then moved to the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, Jackson had initially desired to become a horse racing jockey or entertainment lawyer, with plans to support herself through acting. Despite this, she was anticipated to pursue a career in entertainment, at age seven, Jackson performed at the Las Vegas Strip at the MGM Casino. A biography revealed her father, Joseph Jackson, was emotionally withdrawn and she began acting in the variety show The Jacksons in 1976. In 1977, she was selected to have a role as Penny Gordon Woods in the sitcom Good TimesJanet Jackson – Jackson performing on her Unbreakable World Tour, 2015
21. Billy Joel – William Martin Billy Joel is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Since releasing his first hit song, Piano Man, in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and his compilation album Greatest Hits Vol.1 &2 is one of the best-selling albums in the US. Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the US and he is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the artists of all time. Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nations highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts, with the exception of the 2007 songs All My Life and Christmas in Fallujah, Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993s River of Dreams. However, he continues to tour, and he plays songs from all eras of his solo career. William Martin Joel was born in the Bronx on May 9,1949, in 1963, when ZIP codes were assigned, the section of Levittown in Oyster Bay was given a Hicksville, New York ZIP code and has since been part of Hicksville. Joels father, Howard Joel, a classical pianist, was born in Germany, to a Jewish family, Howard immigrated to Switzerland and later to the US to escape the Nazi regime. Joels mother, Rosalind, was born in England to Jewish parents, Philip, Rosalind and Howard Joel divorced in 1957. Howard Joel moved to Vienna, Austria, Billy Joel has a sister, Judith, and a half-brother, Alexander Joel, a classical conductor in Europe, who was the chief musical director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 2001 to 2014. He reluctantly began piano lessons at an age, at his mothers insistence, his teachers including the noted American pianist Morton Estrin. As a teenager, Joel took up boxing so he could defend himself and he boxed successfully on the amateur Golden Gloves circuit for a short time, winning 22 bouts, but abandoned the sport shortly after his nose was broken in his 24th boxing match. Joel attended Hicksville High School until 1967, but he did not graduate with his class, though Joel was a comparatively strong student, at the end of his senior year, he did not have enough credits to graduate. Rather than attend school to earn his diploma, Joel decided to begin a career in music, I told them. If Im not going to Columbia University, Im going to Columbia Records, Joel did eventually sign with Columbia. In 1992, he submitted essays to the board and was awarded his diploma at Hicksville Highs annual-graduation ceremony,25 years after leaving. After seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, Joel decided to pursue a career in music, in an interview he said of the groups impact, That one performance changed my life … Up to that moment Id never considered playing rock as a careerBilly Joel – Joel at opening night of the 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera
22. Jonnie and Brookie – Jonnie and Brookie is an American Pop/Rock duo originating from Gilbert, Arizona. The group is best known for winning the Radio Disney N. B. T, contest in 2009 and performing at the Disney Channel Summer at Seas concert tour. Sisters Jonnie and Brookie Allen began creating and performing music at ages 5 and 3 and it was then that they created the group, Jonnie and Brookie, and began performing shows and concerts across the United States. The groups debut album, titled No Snow for Christmas, was released independently in December 2000, Jonnie was 7 years old and Brookie was 5. In 2009, Jonnie and Brookie entered the Radio Disney N. B. T, during that time, the group was chosen to perform at the Disney Channel Summer at Seas tour. Other performers on the tour were Tiffany Thornton, Mitchel Musso, Debby Ryan, Alyson Stoner, Jason Earles, Jason Dolley, sometime later, the group won the N. B. T. In 2009, the group was chosen to be a featured artist on Trinity Broadcasting Networks iShine KNECT, in 2010, after the departure of Jasmine, Jonnie and Brookie performed the shows new theme song, which is still featured today in the shows second season. In 2011, Jonnie and Brookie continued to expand their fan base through the internet with YouTube. In 2012, Jonnie and Brookie continued to release covers by artists, while releasing 4 new singles, Perfect Mine, Sell Out, When I Hear a Love Song. In 2013, the group released covers by David Guetta and Robyn and they also performed at the NAMM music show. Jonnie Allen - vocals, guitar Brookie Allen - vocals, bass, additional guitar, keyboard All dates are MM-DD-YYYY at UTC Official site iShine KNECT Radio Disney Jesus Freak HideoutJonnie and Brookie – Jonnie Allen (left) and Brookie Allen (right) performing in 2009.
23. Kesha – Kesha Rose Sebert is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Lukes label Kemosabe Records and her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on American rapper Flo Ridas number-one single Right Round. Her debut album, Animal, and her first extended play, Keshas music and image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the United States. She also achieved two number-one singles, Tik Tok and We R Who We R, and a string of singles from the album. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, Warrior, her second studio album, was released in 2012, spawning Keshas eighth top-ten single with Die Young, and her ninth and tenth Top 40 hits with CMon and Crazy Kids. Tik Tok is among the digital singles in history, selling over 14 million units internationally. Influenced by various genres and artists, Kesha primarily draws inspiration from music of the 1980s, Madonna, Queen, after experimenting with country, pop rock, and electronic music, Kesha stuck with the latter. Thematically, her music generally revolves around escapism, partying, individuality, supernatural moments, rebellion, Kesha has been involved with animal rights and LGBT activism. She has received awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has sold over 33 million records in the United States and 60 million records worldwide. Her recorded output has been curtailed since 2013 due to a dispute with her former producer Dr. Luke. Kesha alleged physical and emotional abuse and employment discrimination against Dr. Luke, while Dr. Luke claims breach of contract, Kesha was born in Los Angeles, California. Pebe, a mother, struggled financially while supporting herself, Kesha. When Kesha was an infant, Pebe would often have to look after her onstage while performing, Kesha says she has no knowledge of her fathers identity, though she has speculated that he may be Mick Jagger. Her mother is of German and Hungarian descent, one of Keshas great-grandfathers was Polish. Pebe moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 after securing a new publishing deal for her songwriting, Pebe frequently brought Kesha and her brothers along to recording studios and encouraged Kesha to sing when she noticed Keshas vocal talent. Kesha attended Franklin High School and Brentwood High School, but claimed that she did not fit in and she played the trumpet and later the saxophone in the marching band in school, and described herself in an interview with NPR as being a diligent student. After attaining a score on her SATs, she was offered a full scholarship at Barnard CollegeKesha – Kesha at Planes: Fire & Rescue premiere at El Capitan Theatre in July 2014
24. Domino Kirke – Domino Kirke is an English-American singer. She is of English and Iraqi-Jewish heritage and she was named after Domino Harvey, whom her mother had met when Harvey was a young girl. Domino was trained musically by her father Simon Kirke, the drummer for Free, from the age of nine, she sang in choirs, operas and plays before moving to New York City, where she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School to study classical voice and piano. Her mother, Lorraine, runs the Geminola boutique in SoHo, after being spotted at a Joes Pub performance at age 17 by producer Andre Levins, Kirke was signed to his label, Fun Machine. Shortly thereafter, Domino joined forces with Jordan Galland, and formed DOMINO, the band recorded an EP with Mark Ronson and toured for three years with the likes of Gang of Four and Lily Allen. The band was featured in Lena Dunhams indie movie, Tiny Furniture. In 2014, Kirke began a relationship with actor and musician Penn Badgley and they married in a New York courthouse on February 27,2017. Domino became a doula around 2009 and founded her own doula business, everyone Else Is Boring EP Mark Ronson Presents Hard Rock compilation Adults Only The Guard EP Official websiteDomino Kirke – Domino Kirke
25. Sierra Kay – Sierra Kay Kusterbeck, better known as Sierra Kay, is an American singer-songwriter and model. She rose prominence as the lead vocalist of the rock band Versa, Kusterbeck was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She began taking lessons in the third grade. She attended the arts-centric PCCA Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg for three years as a Musical Theatre major, but dropped out of school to pursue music as a career. Kusterbeck auditioned to be VersaEmerges lead vocalist in 2006, by sending a tape of herself singing one of VersaEmerges songs and she claimed that she was 18 in order to get an audition. This was misconstrued to mean that she was already 17 and was turning 18, while the other members of the band werent too sure about her, Harnage convinced them that she was right for the job. VersaEmerge released their first EP with Kusterbeck on vocals, Perceptions and they were signed to Fueled by Ramen in 2008, and they released their self-titled EP in 2009 and their debut album Fixed at Zero the following year. Kay featured on English rapper Professor Greens album At Your Inconvenience, the track was later used as part of an advertising campaign for the energy drink Relentless. In mid to late 2011, Kay revealed that she was called to be the face of a line of shoes for Payless, the line was released in early August. Kusterbeck has a tattoo of a bandage on her left kneecapSierra Kay – Kay performing on the 2010 Warped Tour.
26. Lady Gaga – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She performed initially in theater, appearing in school plays. From there, Akon noticed her vocal abilities and helped her to sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and her debut album The Fame was a critical and commercial success that produced international chart-topping singles such as Just Dance and Poker Face. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster, was met with a reception and Bad Romance, Telephone. Her second full-length album Born This Way was released in 2011, topping the charts in more than 20 countries, including the United States, the album produced the number-one single Born This Way. Her third album Artpop, released in 2013, topped the US charts, in 2014, Gaga released a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, which became her third consecutive number one in the United States. For her work in the television series American Horror Story, Hotel, with her fifth studio album Joanne, she became the first woman to have four US number one albums in the 2010s. In February 2017, Gaga headlined the Super Bowl LI halftime show which had an audience of over 150 million across various platforms worldwide. With global album and single sales of 27 million and 146 million respectively, as of January 2016 and her achievements include twelve Guinness World Records, three Brit Awards, and six Grammy Awards. She is also the first artist to win the Songwriters Hall of Fames Contemporary Icon Award, in 2013, Gaga finished second on Times readers poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, while in 2015, she was named Billboards Woman of the Year. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28,1986 and she is the elder daughter of Cynthia Louise Cindy and Internet entrepreneur Joseph Joe Germanotta. Gaga has three Italian grandparents and one American grandparent, as well as French Canadian ancestry, Gagas sister Natali is a fashion student. From age 11, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart and she described her academic life in high school as very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined but also a bit insecure. I used to get made fun of for being too provocative or too eccentric. I didnt fit in, and I felt like a freak, in 2014, Gaga said she was raped at the age of 19. She stated, I went through some things that Im able to laugh now, because Ive gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy. Gaga later said that she suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder because of the rape, and that support from doctors, family, and friends really saved my life. Gaga began playing the piano at the age of four, wrote her first piano ballad at 13 and she performed lead roles in high school productions, including Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumLady Gaga – Gaga performing at the Cheek to Cheek Tour in June 2015
27. Adam Levine – Adam Noah Levine is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and record producer. He is the lead vocalist for the pop rock band Maroon 5, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Levine began his musical career in 1994, when he co-founded the alternative rock band Karas Flowers, of which he was the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band split up after their album, The Fourth World. In 2001, the group was reformed – with guitarist James Valentine joining the line-up – and began a new musical chapter, in 2002, the band released their first album, Songs About Jane, which went multi-platinum in the US. Since then, they have released four albums, It Wont Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over, Overexposed. He also has released two singles Dont Wanna Know and Cold, as part of Maroon 5, Levine has received three Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and a World Music Award. Since 2011, Levine has served as a coach on NBCs reality talent show The Voice, the winners of the first, fifth and ninth seasons, Javier Colon, Tessanne Chin and Jordan Smith, were on his team. In 2012, he made his debut as a recurring character in the horror television show American Horror Story. He also starred in the film Begin Again, as an entrepreneur, Levine launched his own eponymous fragrance line in 2013. The same year, he collaborated with K-Mart and ShopYourWay. com to develop his menswear collection and he also owns a record label,222 Records. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that sources familiar with his business dealings estimated Levine would earn more than $35 million that year. Adam Noah Levine was born in Los Angeles on March 18,1979 to Fred Levine, the founder of retail chain M. Fredric, and Patsy Levine and he has two brothers, Michael and Sam, and two sisters, Liza Levine and Julia Milne Levine. Levines father and maternal grandfather are both Jewish, while his grandmother was a Protestant of Scottish and German descent. Levine considers himself Jewish, though according to an interview with The Jewish Chronicle, he has rejected formal religious practice for a more generalized, spiritual way of life. He chose not to have a Bar Mitzvah as a child, explaining, I just dont think its the most respectful way to deal with God and beliefs and years and years and years of cultural heritage. Levine is a nephew of journalist and author Timothy Noah, television producer and writer Peter Noah and his parents divorced when he was seven. Growing up, Levine spent weekdays with his mother and weekends with his father and he underwent therapy for his parents divorce, but called it a waste of time explaining that his parents could not accept the fact that I might have been OK with it. I cried my eyes out and kicked and screamed and said, Why. a few days later I was fine but I still had to go to therapyAdam Levine – Levine in 2011
28. Eliot Lewis – Eliot Lewis is an American rock, R&B and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work with Average White Band, Lewis is also an integral part of Live From Daryls House, a monthly Internet-based show hosted by Daryl Hall that is now carried by several television and cable networks across the United States. In addition, Lewis maintains his own work and solo career as a multi-instrumentalist, Lewis grew up in Norwalk, CT, the youngest of three children, in what he describes as a very musical environment. Although his mother was a classical pianist, Lewis’ first instrument was the drums, when he was 12 years old, he formed his first band, Take Off, with three childhood friends. He even arranged a jam session for the boys at his house with Peter Frampton, at age 16, Lewis picked up the guitar and began writing his own songs. A few years later, recognizing technology’s potential impact on music, he taught himself keyboards and bass, today, Lewis plays five instruments, and is a completely self-contained songwriter and musician. In his early 20s, Lewis was introduced to Dan Hartman, a singer, songwriter, and record producer responsible for such as Free Ride, Relight My Fire. Lewis began working with Hartman, collaborating on music for some of the top stars and working on albums like Joe Cocker’s Unchain My Heart. A few years later, Lewis inked his first publishing deal with Sony Tunes, after several years with Sony, Lewis signed with Warner Chappell Music, then produced a number of releases for RCA. In the late 1980s, Lewis met Alan Gorrie, one of the founders of the Scottish R&B group Average White Band, AWB had disbanded in 1983, but Lewis and Gorrie began writing together. Lewis wrote a number of songs, including Spirit of Love, Lewis became an official member of AWB when the record was complete. He spent 13 years in AWB, playing guitar, bass, and keyboards, a little more than a year after leaving AWB, Lewis got a call from singer and songwriter Daryl Hall, whom he’d met through Gorrie. Hall needed a player for a short tour supporting some new solo material. At the end of the tour, Lewis was invited to be a permanent member of both Hall’s solo band and the Daryl Hall and John Oates band and he has been with both groups longer than any member except Hall, Oates, and saxophonist Charlie DeChant. As a member of the Hall & Oates band, Lewis has played some of the worlds most famous venues, including the Hollywood Bowl and he has also performed on popular television shows such as The Voice, Late Night with Conan OBrien, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Live From Daryls House is a critically acclaimed webcast started by Hall in late 2007, Lewis is the only member of the Live From Daryl’s House band who has played on every episode. While he generally is on keyboards, Lewis has played guitar on several songs, LFDH episode 63, with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, features several guitar solos by Lewis. In addition to working with artists, Lewis has recordedEliot Lewis – Eliot Lewis in January 2012.
29. Kenny Loggins – Kenneth Clark Kenny Loggins is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His early songwriting compositions were recorded with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, as a solo artist, Loggins experienced a string of soundtrack successes, including an Academy award nomination for Footloose in 1984. His early soundtrack contributions date back to the film A Star Is Born in 1976, Finally Home was released in 2013, shortly after Loggins formed the group Blue Sky Riders with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. Loggins was born in Everett, Washington and is the youngest of three brothers and his mother was Lina, a homemaker, and his father, Robert George Loggins, was a salesman. They lived in Detroit and Seattle before settling in Alhambra, California, Loggins attended San Gabriel Mission High School, graduating in 1966. He formed a band called the Second Helping that released three singles during 1968 and 1969 on Viva Records, during his early twenties, he was part of the band Gator Creek with Mike Deasy. An early version of Dannys Song was included in a record on Mercury Records, the two recorded a number of Loggins compositions in Messinas home living room. When Columbia signed Loggins to a contract, recording began in earnest for Loggins debut album. In addition to providing rehearsal space, equipment and amps, Messina worked long hours with Loggins and he also assembled The Kenny Loggins Band by summoning old friends consisting of bassist Larry Sims and drummer Merel Bregante, violinist/multireedist Al Garth and multireedist Jon Clarke. Messina originally intended to lend his name to the Loggins project only to introduce the unknown Loggins to Messinas well-established Buffalo Springfield. But by the time the album was completed, Messina had contributed so much to the album - in terms of songwriting, arrangement, instrumentation, thus, the full name of their first album was Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin In. The albums first single release, the Caribbean-flavored Vahevala, found top 3 success on WCFL on 18 May 1972, although the album went unnoticed by radio upon release, it eventually found success by autumn 1972, particularly on college campuses where the pair toured heavily. The vocal harmonies of Loggins and Messina meshed so well that what was begun as an album became an entity unto itself. Audiences regarded the pair as a duo rather than as a solo act with a well-known producer. Instead of continuing to produce Loggins as a performer, they decided to record as a duo – Loggins & Messina. When our first album, Sittin In, came out, we started receiving a lot of excitement about the music and good sales and it was either I now go on and continue to produce him and we do the solo career or we stay together and let this work. For me, I did not desire to go out on the road. I had had enough of that, and I wanted to produce records, but Clive Davis intervened and said, You know, I think youd be making a mistake if you guys didnt take this opportunityKenny Loggins – Loggins circa 1980
30. Casey McPherson – Casey McPherson is a singer/songwriter based in Austin, Texas. He is currently the frontman of the band Alpha Rev and formerly sang in the band Endochine, casey grew up in Jones Creek, Texas where he was home-schooled. At the age of 18, his father committed suicide and he was classically trained on the piano. He is also a worship pastor at Riverbend Church in AustinCasey McPherson – Casey McPherson
31. Gavin Mikhail – Gavin Mikhail is an American composer, pianist and singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. The winner of the 2007 Lay It Down and Mix It Up in the UK fan-vote contest, he has released more than 30 albums, Mikhail also composed the piano soundtrack to Ruta Sepetys New York Times bestseller Between Shades of Gray which was released in 2011. Mikhail was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, coming from a family where much emphasis was placed on the arts, Mikhail began studying classical piano and pipe organ by age seven and began performing at weekly church services by age ten. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1991, graduating in 1995, he moved to Nashville to begin a career in the music industry. In 1997, after a year of work at various music companies, Mikhail began working at Giant Records. Originally hired into the department, Mikhail transferred to a position on the artists. Throughout the next two years in his A&R role, Mikhail assisted in the signings and promotion of acts including Blake Shelton, Clay Walker, Daryle Singletary, The Wilkinsons and Georgia Middleman. Mikhail completed his first self-produced demos in early 2002, a number of which would appear on his debut album My Personal Beauty Needs. In 2003, Mikhail released the independently and immediately began work on his follow-up album Like Normal People Do. In 2007, Mikhail signed a deal with Trolley Bus Records to distribute Like Normal People Do to HMV. The Real World Sessions, Volume I, Mikhails first album from the trip to Real World Studios, was released in April 2009, the album includes his piano-based cover of alternative-rock band Death Cab for Cuties song I Will Follow You into the Dark. The song and associated video went on to become a YouTube hit and was viewed over one million times. In 2011, Mikhails friend Ruta Sepetys asked him to compose an original soundtrack to her New York Times bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray. Some Die Young Official website Gavin MIkhail at AllMusicGavin Mikhail – Mikhail in 2007
32. Steve Millar – Steven Robert Millar is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Millar has been compared to the likes of John Mayer, Jack Johnson, James Morrison, Millar is a Canadian-born musician who moved to the United States at the age of 14. Shortly afterwards, he began playing guitar with a few friends he had met while attending Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin. After a couple years of various explorations, Millar began playing the saxophone as well as the guitar in a ska punk band by the name of Insult to Injury. One successful album later, the group disbanded, Millar then moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and studied business. During this period Millar produced two albums, Now and Then & Attention, which received praise in the underground college music scene. Millars latest musical venture was as lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the Milwaukee band The Rest and he recently played a couple shows with a short-lived musical mosaic band by the name of Manacondor. Insult to Injury was an Appleton, Wisconsin ska punk band that featured Millar on both guitar and saxophone, Millar pieced together what became an eight-piece band. and was credited with most of the writing for the bands guitar and horn arrangements. Starting as a band, the group gained attention throughout the Midwest, playing with more-established bands such as Mustard Plug, Less than Jake. Insult to Injury split up in 1999, known for their high-energy live shows, The Rest became the house band for an entire year at the historic Up & Under Pub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band had received positive press until their break-up in 2006. Although playing the cover song the bands regiment was generally written by either Millar or the keyboardist. The reason the band dissipated was mainly due to musical differences, several bands have formed from this break up. Manacondor was formed from Millar and fellow musician from The Rest, bass player Paul Fleming and they were joined by Michael Stewart, a drummer from the Indie rock band, Those Royals, who is now in Fable and the World Flat. After only a few shows the band partedSteve Millar – Steve Millar photo shoot
33. Chris Montez – Chris Montez is an American guitarist and vocalist, whose stylistic approach has ranged from rock & roll to pop standards and Latin music. His rock sound is exemplified in such as his 1962 hit Lets Dance. When his early popularity began to fade, he switched to a more traditional role as a popular singer of soft ballads. He has also recorded in Latin styles, over the intervening years, he has continued to work in all three modes. Montez grew up in Hawthorne, California, influenced by the Latino-flavored music of his community and he studied music composition at El Camino College. In 1962, he recorded the single Lets Dance on Monogram Records and it went to No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US and to No.2 on the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up, Some Kinda Fun, was a hit in the U. S. Nonetheless, both sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs. Montez toured with Clyde McPhatter, Sam Cooke, The Platters, and Smokey Robinson, the Beatles opened London, York and Northampton concerts for him while Montez was performing with Tommy Roe. Montez commented Who are these guys The Beatles, I try to keep up with the British scene, but I dont know their work. Montez returned to the studio in 1965, this time at A&M Records. Montez was searching for the rock and roll formula that would replicate the success of Lets Dance. During a recording session, A&M co-founder Herb Alpert suggested that Montez try a different approach, though reluctant at first, Montez agreed to go along with his mentors suggestion. Call Me was the first single released from his 1966 A&M album, the title single from the album, sung in a soft, very high tenor range and played on primarily adult-formatted radio stations, confused some disc jockeys, who were unfamiliar with Montezs past work. The song became popular and has been used many times in movies, notably Frantic. When announcing the song, the DJs would often refer to Montez as a female, the More I See You album yielded two additional Top 40 singles for Montez, The title track, plus There Will Never Be Another You. Montez recorded three albums for A&M, Time After Time, Foolin Around, and Watch What Happens. None of these albums mirrored the success of The More I See You, the title track Time After Time, did reach #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, but no other singles made the top 40Chris Montez – Chris Montez in 1967
34. 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
35. 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
36. Liz Phair – Elizabeth Clark Liz Phair is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly Sound and her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim, it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Ten years after the release of her debut, Phairs fourth album, Liz Phair, was released on Capitol Records, Phair has sold nearly three million records worldwide. Her latest album, Funstyle, was released on July 3,2010. Phair was born in New Haven, Connecticut on April 17,1967, but raised in Cincinnati, and later Winnetka, Illinois, by upper middle-class adoptive parents, Nancy, a historian, and John Phair. Her father was an AIDS researcher and head of infectious diseases at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, her mother and she graduated from New Trier High School in 1985. During high school, Phair was involved in student government, yearbook, and the country team. She attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and majored in art history, Phairs entry into the music industry began when she met guitarist Chris Brokaw, a member of the band Come. Brokaw was dating one of Phairs friends, and stayed at their loft in Soma one weekend, after an unsuccessful attempt to get musical traction in San Francisco, Phair returned to Chicago, where she began writing songs and recording homemade tapes under the name Girly Sound. After asking Wood who the coolest indie label was, Phair called up Gerard Cosloy, co-president of Matador Records, in 1992, coincidentally, Cosloy had just read a review of Girly Sound in Chemical Imbalance that very day and told Phair to send him a tape. Phair sent him a tape of six Girly Sound songs, Cosloy recalls, The songs were amazing. It was a primitive recording, especially compared to the resulting album. The songs were really smart, really funny, and really harrowing, I liked it a lot and played it for everybody else. We usually dont sign people we havent met, or heard other records by, or seen as performers. But I had a hunch, and I called her back and said O. K. Cosloy offered a $3,000 advance, and Phair began working on a single, Exile in Guyville was produced by Phair and Brad Wood, and released in 1993. The album received excellent reviews. The album received significant critical acclaim for its blunt, honest lyrics and for the music itself. The album established Phairs penchant for exploring sexually explicit lyrics such as in the song Flower, I want to be your blow job queen/. Ill fuck you and your minions tooLiz Phair – Phair performing in October 2008
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. 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
38. Poe (singer) – Poe is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Poes musical style is a blend of rock, jazz, electronica, folk, many of Poes songs have been featured in films and on television. Poe first hit the rock charts in 1995. Some of her early charting singles included Angry Johnny, Trigger Happy Jack, Hello, videos for these singles had heavy rotation on MTV. Poe spent six years with Atlantic Records and is currently on her own label, noteworthy was Poes early involvement with her online community of fans. Her web site, and the fan sites that supported her early in her career, in 2004, she co-founded the digital innovations agency Signature Creative with John Gheur. In September 2014, Poe received the title of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador due to her invitation by Yoko Ono to participate in a UNICEF campaign, the campaign launched a world version of John Lennons classic song Imagine featuring dozens of musical artists from around the world. Her fathers film directing took the family to Africa, India, Spain, Switzerland, England, when Poe was 12, her father moved his family to Provo, Utah where Poe attended junior high school and some of high school. When Poes parents divorced, Poe, then 16, left home, Poe continued submitting schoolwork to her high school in Utah and eventually graduated. She pursued her studies at Princeton University, where she organized her first band. Poe began experimenting with musical samplers and sequencers as a teenager, noteworthy are her early collaborations with J Dilla of Slum Village. Poes musical influences ranged from Black Flag to Bob Dylan -- from Billie Holiday to Tribe Called Quest according to music writer Stephen Grecco. Poe was signed to Modern/Atlantic Records in 1994 on the strength of the demos she made with J Dilla and RJ Rice in RJs living room in Detroit. articulate, sexually explicit, reject self-pity and refuse to define themselves purely in terms of their connection to men. In September 1996, Glamour Magazine published a picture of Poe, with a snarl on her face and wearing a tee-shirt on which shed written the words, in the accompanying interview, Poe says I dont think Angry really sums it up at all. Poe began her first major tour in January 1996, as the act for Lenny Kravitz. She and her band then continued touring extensively as headliners and at festivals until 1999. Pollstar Magazine reported in 1998 that Poe had performed for approximately 600 shows in a time period. Poes first album, Hello, was released in 1995, musically, the album was described as a sample-rich amalgam of hip-hop, rock, and jazzPoe (singer) – Poe at The El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, California, 2010 (Photo by Ray Rae)
39. 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
40. Lisa Marie Presley – Lisa Marie Presley is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of musician-actor Elvis Presley and actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley, sole heir to her fathers estate, she has developed a career in the music business and has issued three albums. Presley has been married four times, including to singer Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage, before marrying music producer Michael Lockwood, father of her twin girls. Lisa Marie Presley was born on February 1,1968, to Elvis and Priscilla Presley at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, nine months to the day after her parents May 1,1967, after her parents divorced, she lived with her mother. When her father died, 9-year-old Lisa Marie became joint heir to his estate with her grandfather Vernon Presley, following the deaths of Vernon in 1979 and Minnie Mae in 1980, Lisa became the sole heir and inherited Graceland. In 1993, on her 25th birthday, she inherited the estate and it is reported that Lisa sold 75% of her fathers estate. On April 8,2003, Presley released her debut album and it reached No.5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold in June 2003. Presley wrote all the lyrics and co-wrote every melody, to promote it, she presented a concert in the UK. The albums first single, Lights Out, reached No.18 on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 chart, Presley collaborated with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins for a co-written track called Savior, which was included as the B-side. Los Angeles Times critic Robert Hilburn reviewed Presleys debut album and he said, The music on her new album has a stark, uncompromising tone and Presleys gutsy blues-edged voice has a distinctive flair. Her second album, released April 5,2005, Now What, Presley co-wrote 10 songs and recorded covers of Don Henleys Dirty Laundry, and the Ramones Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. The song Idiot is a jab towards different men in her life, unlike her first album, Now What included a Parental Advisory sticker. Presley covers Blue Öyster Cults Burnin for You as a B-side, pink makes a guest appearance on the track Shine. Her third album, Storm & Grace, was released on May 15,2012 and she said, Its much more of a rootsy record, organic record, than my previous work. It is produced by Oscar and Grammy winner T Bone Burnett, nearly ten years into a recording career she may or may not have wanted, Presley is finally developing a musical personality that truly suits her. Spinner. com observed, Presley has made the strongest album of her career in the upcoming Storm & Grace and its a moody masterpiece, exploring the demons and angels of her life to the tune of country-spiced downbeat pop. Entertainment Weekly praised the smoky, spooky single You Aint Seen Nothing Yet. Pat Benatar and Lisa Marie Presley performed at the VH1 Divas Duets, together they sang Benatars hit Heartbreaker, which Presley frequently performed at her own concerts on tours afterwardLisa Marie Presley – Presley at the Daytona International Speedway in July 2005
41. Lindsay Price – Lindsay Jaylyn Price Stone is an American television actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Janet Sosna on Beverly Hills,90210 and she is also known for her work on soap operas such as All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful. Price was born in Arcadia, California, to William Price, who is of German and Irish descent, and Haeja Diane Price and her parents were raised together as brother and sister, as the Price family adopted an orphaned daughter from Korea after the Korean War. Prices mother, born Kim Hae Ja, and her brother were abandoned by her biological mother who remarried after her father was killed in the War. Price attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and she appeared as An Li Chen on the daytime soap All My Children and as Michael Lai on The Bold and the Beautiful. She joined the cast of Beverly Hills,90210 in January 1998 as Janet Sosna and she remained on the show through its finale in May 2000, appearing in a total of 73 episodes. She then reprised the role as Michael Lai on The Bold and the Beautiful from June to August 2000, April to August 2005, Price had a recurring role on Becker, where she played Amanda, Jake Malinak s girlfriend, a role that spanned three seasons. In 2006, she co-starred on The WB television show Pepper Dennis, opposite Rebecca Romijn and she appeared in the short-lived American remake of the British series, Coupling, in addition to singing the shows theme song, a cover of Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps. She guest starred in NCIS for two episodes as a fling of main character, Anthony DiNozzo. From 2008–09, she starred in the NBC drama Lipstick Jungle as Victory Ford and she guest-starred in an episode of How I Met Your Mother and played Joanna Frankel in the short-lived ABC television series Eastwick, where she once again starred opposite Rebecca Romijn. Price has also had a career in music, Price wrote and performed on a five-song EP entitled Someone Like Me, which was released in 2007. Price married Shawn Piller, co-developer of the television show The Dead Zone and she subsequently began dating Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone in late 2009. Price and Stone became engaged in July 2012, and married on June 8,2013 in Spain and they have two sons, Hudson and Emerson Spencer. Official website Lindsay Price at the Internet Movie DatabaseLindsay Price – Price in June 2009
42. Suzi Quatro – Susan Kay Suzi Quatro is an American rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress. She was the first female player to become a major rock star. In the 1970s, Quatro scored a string of hit singles that found success in European and Australian territories than in her homeland. She reached no.1 in the UK and other European countries and Australia with her singles Can the Can and Devil Gate Drive. Following a recurring role as bass player Leather Tuscadero on the popular American sitcom Happy Days, Quatro released her eponymous debut album in 1973. Since then, she has released fifteen albums, ten compilation albums. Her solo hits include Can the Can,48 Crash, Daytona Demon, Devil Gate Drive, between 1973 and 1980, Quatro was awarded six Bravo Ottos. In 2010, she was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame, Quatro has sold over 50 million albums and continues to perform live, worldwide. Her most recent studio album was released in 2011 and she continues to present new radio programmes. Quatro says she was influenced at the age of six by the American singer and actor Elvis Presley, Quatro received formal training in playing classical piano and percussion. She is a player of the bass and guitar. Her father gave her a 1957 Fender Precision bass guitar in 1964 and she played drums from an early age as part of her fathers jazz band, the Art Quatro Trio. Sources vary regarding whether her playing in the band began at the age of seven or eight, subsequently, she appeared on local television as a go-go dancer in a pop music series. In 1964, after seeing a performance by the Beatles, Quatros older sister. Quatro joined too and assumed the name of Suzi Soul. Suzi would sing and play bass in the band, the band also later featured another sister, Arlene. Many of their performances were in cabaret, where attention was focused more on their looks than their actual music. They sometimes had to wear miniskirts and hair wigs, which Quatro later considered to be necessary evils in the pursuit of success, however, they would become well-known fixtures in the burgeoning and exploding Detroit music communitySuzi Quatro – Suzi Quatro performing at the AIS Arena, Canberra, Australia on 26 September 2007.
43. Blaire Reinhard – Blaire Reinhard is a singer, pianist, and songwriter from Morristown, New Jersey. She is the granddaughter of player and Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen. On September 7,2012, her single No Nothing with Curtis & Reinhard reached #92 on the iTunes US Pop Music Chart, Blaire also regularly performs with The Blaire Reinhard Band, Curtis & Reinhard, and other groups in and around New York City. They have been joined onstage by harmonica virtuoso John Popper of Blues Traveler and have jammed with guitar-tapping legend Stanley Jordan, blaires music and voice have appeared in television shows, feature films, radio and cable broadcasts, and other media. At The Pigeon Club Concert For Lauren Steps On The Ceiling Somewhere in Between Tangled Merry Christmas From Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Orchestra Blaire Reinhard Band WebsiteBlaire Reinhard – Blaire Reinhard performing in Highland Park, NJ. Photo by Larry Pickover, 2007.
44. Jimmy Robbins – James Michael Jimmy Robbins is an American singer-songwriter and producer. In October 2007, Jimmy signed to Universal Motown Records, jimmys major label album See Through Secrets was then digitally released on September 8,2009. In 2014 Jimmy won a CMA Triple Play Award for having 3 #1 songs in a period as well as winning the ASCAP country song of the year for Thomas Rhetts It Goes Like This. His song We Were Us, performed by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, songs written or co-written by RobbinsJimmy Robbins – Jimmy Robbins, 2014
45. Linda Ronstadt – Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. On July 28,2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, in total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40,10 in the top 10 and this success did not translate to the UK, with only her single Blue Bayou reaching the UK Top 40. Her duet with Aaron Neville, Dont Know Much, peaked at number 2 in December 1989, in addition, she has charted 36 albums,10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams, A Musical Memoir, was published in September 2013 and it debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Seller list. She has lent her voice to over 120 albums and has more than 100 million records. Christopher Loudon, of Jazz Times, wrote in 2004 that Ronstadt is blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation, after completing her last live concert in late 2009, Ronstadt retired in 2011. She was diagnosed as having Parkinsons disease in December 2012, which left her unable to sing. Linda Maria Ronstadt was born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona, daughter to Gilbert Ronstadt, a prosperous merchant who ran the F. Ronstadt Co. and Ruth Mary Ronstadt. Ronstadt was raised on the familys 10-acre ranch with her siblings Peter, Michael J. the family was featured in Family Circle magazine in 1953. Lindas father came from a pioneering Arizona ranching family and was of German, English, the familys influence on and contributions to Arizonas history, including wagon making, commerce, pharmacies, and music, are chronicled in the library of the University of Arizona. Her mother Ruth Mary, of German, English, and Dutch ancestry, was raised in Flint and she was a daughter of Lloyd Groff Copeman, a prolific inventor and holder of many patents. Copeman, with nearly 700 patents to his name, invented a form of the toaster, many refrigerator devices, the grease gun, the first electric stove. His flexible rubber ice cube tray earned him millions of dollars in royalties, later, as a solo artist, she released Hand Sown. Home Grown in 1969, which has described as the first alternative country record by a female recording artist. With the release of chart-topping albums such as Heart Like a Wheel, Simple Dreams and she set records as one of the top-grossing concert artists of the decade. Referred to as the First Lady of Rock and the Queen of Rock and her rock-and-roll image was as famous as her music, she appeared six times on the cover of Rolling Stone and on the covers of Newsweek and TimeLinda Ronstadt – Ronstadt performing in New Haven, Connecticut at a WPLR show, New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, August 16, 1978
46. Kevin Rudolf – Kevin Winston Rudolf is an American musician and record producer from New York City, New York. Kevin Winston Rudolf was born on February 17,1983, in New York City, New York, to Ellyn, an American singer, and Stephen and he grew up an only child on the Upper East Side, his parents divorcing while he was still very young. His middle name, Winston, is an homage to Beatle John Winston Lennon, hes British, and emceed some shows for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In fact, thats why my name is Winston, he named me after John Lennons middle name. And, of course, mom being a singer, shed let me come to her gigs and they both really influenced me a lot to be a musician. Rudolf has said that his first musical memory is of listening to the Van Halen song Jump and his first guitar was a gift from his grandfather, who realized that his grandson already had a passion for. His skills on the instrument improved rapidly and my mother actually said something really smart to me. She said, Whatever you put in, youll get out, so I thought, taking matters into his own hands, Rudolf began creating his own beats and musical tracks, as well as writing the material. In 2000, Rudolf began work on the group of songs that, nine months later, written, produced and engineered by Rudolf, and mixed by Mark Saunders, the album took nine months to complete. Rudolf was signed to Madonnas record label, Maverick, which released the album under the pseudonym, Binocular. A song from the album, You, was used in the TV show Smallville, despite receiving positive reviews, the album went largely unnoticed in the United States. Rudolfs solo career took a detour in 2003, when famed recording engineer Jimmy Douglass introduced him to superstar producer Timbaland. Rudolf was invited to watch a recording session, but, at Timbalands urging, soon found himself participating, Rudolf remembers, At first I just went into the studio to absorb what I could. I brought my guitar as sort of peace offering so I wasnt feeling completely useless, soon I was playing parts on songs. Rudolf has stated that his time spent with Timbaland influenced his own attitude in making records, working with Timbaland, I was amazed by his work ethic and just how much he would work on something until he got the results he wanted. He would go on to collaborate with Timbaland on many songs, including those by The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Rudolf continued to work on his solo material throughout 2007, while still working with Timbaland. During one memorable session, he met Bryan Birdman Williams and Ronald Slim Williams, brothers, I played them a couple of records I produced and wrote and they liked them for one of their artists. Then I played them my stuff and they flipped out over this song called CoffeeKevin Rudolf – Kevin Rudolf, Miami 2013
47. Peter Salett – Peter Joseph Salett is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Salett moved with his family to Columbia and his father, Stan Salett, was a civil rights organizer. While at Harpers Choice Middle School, he was in the class as Edward Norton. He later attended Brown University, graduating in 1991, Salett has contributed music to numerous films including Keeping the Faith, Down in the Valley, The Ten and Wet Hot American Summer. He has also had roles in such as Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Keeping the Faith featured a T-Bone Burnett remix the track from Saletts second independent release, Salett lives with his wife and child in Venice, CaliforniaPeter Salett – Peter Salett
48. Matt Scannell – Matthew Matt Scannell is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and musician. Scannell is the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, primary songwriter, Scannell is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts. He was given his first guitar when he was seven years old, Scannell attended high school at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. He enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington D. C. after graduation from high school, in 1991, Scannell and another Georgetown student, Keith Kane, formed Vertical Horizon. The two began performing in Washington clubs in October 1991, Scannell received a bachelors degree in psychology from Georgetown University in 1992. The duo released their first album, There and Back Again, in 1992 after graduation from Georgetown, Scannell has since appeared as the lead vocalist of all of Vertical Horizons albums. Singer Richard Marx and Scannell collaborated to release the albums Duo in 2008, on June 8,2011, Scannell appeared at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois, with actor Hugh Jackman. Scannell and Jackman were invited to perform as guests of MarxMatt Scannell – Scannell in 2014
49. Wendy Starland – Wendy Starland is an American singer, songwriter and music producer from Los Angeles. In addition, Starland discovered and developed six time Grammy winner, Golden Globe winner, Starland was named in the Beckhamhouse book as one of the “Great Female Singers” alongside Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Natalie Cole. Starlands single, Dancing With The Sea, was released on Universal alongside artists, Norah Jones, Feist, the song hit number eight on the music charts giving her the opportunity to tour Europe. Starland was a performer at MI Fest, opening for Sheryl Crow. Starland is a lead vocalist on Moby’s Grammy nominated album, Last Night and she was also featured on Moby’s follow up album, Last Night Remixed. She also performed at the Toronto International Film Festival, at the premiere of Entourage star, Adrian Grenier’s film, Starland produced and cowrote the RapScallions hit song Can You Feel It. Starland has written and recorded songs with Snoop Dogg, Ben Lee, The Wu Tang Clan, Capone of Island Def Jams Capone-N-Noreaga, and Apl. de. Ap of the Black Eyed Peas. Her music has heard in film and television, including MTVs The Hills, Jersey Shore, Spiker, The Rules, Weekend Getaway. Starland cowrote, performed and co-produced the theme song for the film and she composed the score and soundtrack to the television show, “Stilettos” by the creators of True Detective. Additionally Starland is writing and producing the score and soundtrack for the film, A Love of Money, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Biel, Starland and Lady Gaga wrote songs together while she helped to develop her brand and marketing strategy. Starland is the Founder and CEO of philanthropic record label and marketing platform, GBE has worldwide distribution through Universal/INgrooves. ”A percentage of funds from all of Wendy Starlands CDs sold at Pink Pump and P2 stores were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Starland is a model for designer, Gordana Gelhausen, winner of the television series. She is also the face of Bvlgari designers jewelry line, Anna e Alex, featured in Vogue, Starland was featured on Zimbio’s “Hottest Couples at the 2014 Grammy Awards” list with former fiance Chris Clemence.5 FM METEOR Award Nomination for Blink Wendy Starland Official WebsiteWendy Starland – Starland, Los Angeles, 2013
50. Gwen Stefani – Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer. During the bands hiatus, Stefani embarked on a pop career in 2004 by releasing her debut studio album Love. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, the album was met both critical and commercial success. It spawned three successful singles, What You Waiting For. Rich Girl, and Hollaback Girl, the reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 while also becoming the first US download to sell one million copies. In 2006 Stefani released her studio album The Sweet Escape. The album produced two singles, Wind It Up and the albums title track The Sweet Escape. Her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released in March 2016, Stefani has won three Grammy Awards. As a solo artist she has received accolades, including an American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L. A. M. B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture, Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls. She was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2015, Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the 54th most successful artist and 37th most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade. VH1 ranked her 13th on their 100 Greatest Women in Music list in 2012, including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Stefani was born on October 3,1969, in Fullerton, California and she was named after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, Renée, comes from The Four Tops 1968 cover of The Left Bankes 1966 song Walk Away Renée. Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian American and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive and her mother, Patti, worked as an accountant before becoming a housewife. Gwens parents were fans of music and exposed her to music by artists like Bob Dylan. She has two siblings, Jill and Todd, and an older brother named Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt before leaving the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. Her brother Eric introduced Gwen to 2 Tone music by Madness and The Selecter and, in 1986, he invited her to provide vocals for No Doubt, finally, in 1991, the band was signed to Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani – Stefani at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
51. Kaya Stewart – Kaya Stewart is an English-American singer and songwriter, most notable for her single In Love with a Boy. She is the daughter of David A. Stewart, Kaya Stewart was born in London, England but was raised in Los Angeles, California along with her half brothers, Sam and Django. She also has a sister Indya and her mother is Dutch photographer Anoushka Fisz and her father is songwriter-producer-musician David A. Stewart. Growing up in a family, Kaya constantly performed for her family. She has said that she is inspired by her father’s friend Annie Lennox. Annie was a partner in Eurythmics and mentored Kaya. Kaya’s popularity has grown due to her first single In Love with a Boy, the song set a record for being added to a total of 85 pop stations at launch, the most adds ever for a new artist. In August 2016 she released her self-titled albumKaya Stewart – Kaya Stewart
52. Taylor Swift – Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. One of the most popular contemporary female recording artists, she is known for songs about her personal life. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at age 14 to pursue a career in country music and she signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Her eponymous debut album in 2006 peaked at five on Billboard 200. The albums third single, Our Song, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write, Swifts second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop success of the singles Love Story and You Belong with Me. The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner, Swift was the sole writer of her 2010 album, Speak Now. It debuted at one in the United States and the single Mean won two Grammy Awards. Her fourth album, Red, yielded the successful singles We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, with her fifth album, the pop-focused 1989, she became the first act to have three albums sell a million copies within one week in the United States. Its singles Shake It Off, Blank Space and Bad Blood reached number one in the US, Australia, the album received three Grammy Awards, and Swift became the first woman and fifth act overall to win Album of the Year twice. The 2015 eponymous concert tour for 1989 became one of highest-grossing of the decade, as a songwriter, Swift has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Swift is one of the artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums—including 27.1 million in the US—and 130 million single downloads. She has appeared in Times 100 most influential people in the world, Forbes top-earning women in music, Forbes 100 most powerful women and she was the youngest woman to be included in the third of these and ranked first in Celebrity 100. Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13,1989, in Reading and her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, was a financial advisor, and her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift, was a homemaker who worked previously as a mutual fund marketing executive. She has a brother named Austin. Swift spent the years of her life on a Christmas tree farm in Cumru Township. She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by Franciscan nuns, the family then moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. At the age of nine, Swift became interested in musical theater and she also traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessonsTaylor Swift – Swift performing at Ford Field in Detroit during The 1989 World Tour in May 2015
53. Tila Tequila – Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, better known by her stage names Tila Tequila, Tila Nguyen and Miss Tila, is an American television and social media personality. She first gained recognition for her presence on social networking websites. After becoming the most popular person on Myspace, Tequila was offered to star in her own reality television series and her bisexual-themed dating show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, aired for two seasons and became MTVs second highest-rated series premiere of that year. Born in Singapore and raised in Houston, Texas, Tequila moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue her modeling career, after being featured in numerous mens magazines, she made her reality television debut on the VH1 show Surviving Nugent. Besides her career in modeling and television, Tequila also pursued her career as a recording artist and she was the lead singer of the bands Beyond Betty Jean and Jealousy, before launching a solo career. Her debut single I Love U was released in 2007 to mixed reviews, despite having strong online sales, the song failed to enter any charts. Tequila followed with several independently released singles, including Stripper Friends, in 2010, she released her second EP Welcome to the Dark Side. Her book, Hooking Up With Tila Tequila, A Guide to Love, Fame, Happiness, Success and she has subsequently received negative attention for her support of Hitler, as well as antisemitic and white nationalist comments, which led to her expulsion from Celebrity Big Brother. Nguyen was born in Singapore, where her family were Vietnamese boat people, Nguyen has an older brother, Daniel, and older sister, Terri. When she was one old, the family relocated to a neighborhood in Houston. The family left the community when Nguyen was eight, while in middle school, Nguyen was sent to a boarding school for six months for her combative behavior before transferring to another school. While in high school, she used her sisters identification card to enter night clubs and she was nicknamed Tila Tequila by friends due to her apparent allergy to alcohol. In her memoir, she would explain that she felt confused and lost from various personal family. She turned to writing poems in an attempt to release powerful emotions, at age 16, Nguyen ran away to Queens, New York City, for several months. While still 16, she experienced a drive-by shooting in Houston and she reports having become pregnant and suffering a miscarriage the following year. Nguyen graduated from Alief Hastings High School in 2000 and she has cited her violent adolescence in Texas as her reason for becoming a model and moving to California in 2001. Nguyens career began at the age of 19 when she was discovered at the Sharpstown Mall by a Playboy scout and was offered a chance to model nude for the magazine, a few more pictorials for the magazine followed. At age 20, Nguyen acted on her interest in rock music and she eventually assembled a band called Beyond Betty Jean, for which she was singer and songwriterTila Tequila – Tequila attending the Mosci fashion show at Club AREA, West Hollywood, California in October 2008.
54. Dallon Weekes – Dallon James Weekes is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known for his roles as bassist, keyboardist, backing vocalist and he is also known as the lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of the rock band and later solo musical project the Brobecks. Weekes was born in a town in Verona, Missouri near a large Amish community. He is the second of four children and was raised in a Mormon family in Clearfield, Utah, Weekes attended Clearfield High School, where he met most of his former Brobecks bandmates. After graduating with honors in 1999, Weekes served as a full-time Mormon Missionary in Oklahoma for two years, after returning home he shortly attended Weber State University before dropping out to pursue music full-time. The band began as a hobby for Weekes shortly after he returned to Utah after living in Oklahoma for two years. The groups name was inspired by a person from Dallons school days, the original line-up consisted of Weekes, photographer/producer Matt Glass and another friend from high school. Shortly after, The Brobecks received Salt Lake Citys local City Weekly award for 2008 Indie Pop Band of the Year, the song rose immediately to the stations top ten daily songs. Within two days of the addition, the song hit #1 on the top songs list. It stayed in the top 10 for several weeks, and frequented the number one several times more. The song was put into rotation at PacSun stores across the nation. In May 2009, Violent Things was released with an amount of physical copies of the CD. The album was produced by Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter, the drums on the record were performed by frequent Brobecks drummer Drew Davidson. One of the most popular songs on the album, Love At First Sight, was put in rotation on Delta Airlines radio, the Brobecks opened for bands such as Fall Out Boy, Phantom Planet, Ben Kweller, and The Bravery. Despite all the label interest and album success for an indie band, in late 2012, Weekes released the Quiet Title EP for download on his Bandcamp page for The Brobecks, as well as an option to purchase a physical copy of the Violent Things ReIssue Cd. The Quiet Title EP consists of two songs, Anyone I Know and Cluster Hug, featuring Ian Crawford on guitar and recorded/edited with help from former Brobecks drummer, odd. Weekes touring only status changed in mid-2010, while on tour with the band in China. It was then that he was asked by Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith to join them indefinitely, however, his permanent status within the band remained publicly unknown until Weekes confirmed in mid-2012 via Twitter his involvement with the band as a full-time member. During his tenure as a member of PanicDallon Weekes – Dallon Weekes in 2014
55. Hayley Williams – Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer and songwriter. She serves as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the rock band Paramore, Hayley Williams was born to Joey and Cristi Williams, in Meridian, Mississippi. She has two half sisters. As a result of her parents divorcing in 2002, Williams moved to Franklin and she met former band members Josh and Zac Farro in her new school. While still at school she tried out for a funk cover band, The Factory. Williams was discovered in 2003 by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, at the time she was writing pop songs with songwriters in Nashville. Williams was introduced to Atlantic Records A&R Tom Storms through Richard Williams attorneys Jim Zumwalt and Kent Marcus, and then signed to the label by Jason Flom. The labels original plan for their new artist was to make her a pop artist but Williams objected to this, saying that she wanted to be part of a band. Atlantic decided to go along with her wishes, and she then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro and they instead released their music through a cooler niche label, Fueled by Ramen. The bands debut album, All We Know Is Falling, was released in 2005 when Hayley was only 16 years old, Paramore has since released three more studio albums, Riot. Brand New Eyes, and the self-titled Paramore, in June 2009, the band welcomed Taylor York as an official member, although he had already been playing as a touring member with the band since 2007. In December 2010, two of the members of Paramore left the band. The news was posted by Williams on Paramores web site, with Josh later posting a blog post confirming their departure. In 2007, she and the rest of Paramore made an appearance in the video for Kiss Me by New Found Glory. She also appears as a character in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour after completing Misery Business in the vocalist campaign. Williams wrote and recorded the song Teenagers, which was featured in the soundtrack for the feature film Jennifers Body, after the release of Teenagers, Williams stated that she had no plans to establish herself as a solo artist. In 2010, she appeared on the tracks Airplanes and Airplanes, Part II from alternative rapper B. o. Bs debut album, B. o. B Presents, The Adventures of Bobby Ray. When it was released as a single, Airplanes peaked within the top ten in nineteen countries, including the one position in the United KingdomHayley Williams – Williams performing as part of Paramore at the Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2013.
56. Brian Wilson – Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group, in the mid-1960s, Wilson composed, arranged and produced Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums ever made. The intended follow-up to Pet Sounds, Smile, was canceled for various reasons, as he suffered repeated nervous breakdowns, Wilsons contributions to the Beach Boys diminished, and his erratic behavior led to tensions with the band. He remains a member of the Beach Boys corporation, Brother Records Incorporated, Wilsons work with the Beach Boys helped raise pop music to the level of high art. Wilson effectively set a precedent that allowed bands and artists to enter a recording studio and his songs became inextricably tied with the zeitgeist of the early 1960s, and he helped develop the sound of the wistful Flower Power era that proceeded. In later years, Wilson was regarded as a godfather to an era of musicians who were inspired by his melodic sensibilities, chamber pop orchestrations. His honors include being inducted into the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winning Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile and The Smile Sessions. In lists published by Rolling Stone, Wilson ranked 52 for the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2008 and 12 for the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015. In 2012, music publication NME ranked Wilson number 8 in its 50 Greatest Producers Ever list and he is an occasional actor and voice actor, having appeared in television shows, films, and other artists music videos. His life was portrayed in the 2014 biopic Love & Mercy, Brian Douglas Wilson was born on June 20,1942, at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, California, the son of Audree Neva and Murry Wilson. He was the eldest of three boys, his brothers were Dennis and Carl. He has English, Swedish, Dutch, German, and Irish ancestry, when Brian was two, the family moved from Inglewood to 3701 West 119th Street in nearby Hawthorne, California. Murry Wilson said, He was very clever and quick, I just fell in love with him. At about age two, Brian heard George Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue, which had an emotional impact on him. A few years later, he was discovered to have diminished hearing in his right ear. The exact cause of hearing loss is unclear, though theories range from him simply being born partially deaf to a blow to the head from his father, or a neighborhood bully. While Brians father Murry was ostensibly a reasonable provider, he was often abusive, a minor musician and songwriter, he also encouraged his children in this field in numerous ways. At an early age, Brian was given six weeks of lessons on a toy accordion and, at seven and eight, at Hawthorne High School, Brian was on the football team as a quarterback, played baseball and was a cross-country runner in his senior yearBrian Wilson – Brian Wilson (center) performing with the Beach Boys circa 1964.