Category:Singers from Mississippi
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1. John Alexander (tenor) – John Alexander was an American operatic tenor who had a substantial career during the 1950s through the 1980s. He had a relationship with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He also periodically performed at the New York City Opera during his career and was a frequent presence at the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company during the late 1950s and 1960s. Although he spent most of his career in New York City, Alexander occasionally traveled to perform as a guest artist with many of the leading opera houses. He was also a concert singer throughout his career. Aside from a handful of roles, however, his repertoire at the Metropolitan did not include heavier parts. Rather, he was there for an expansive lyric repertoire that encompassed the works of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, and the roles in Don Carlos. Alexander was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi and he attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Many years later, while still working regularly for the Metropolitan Opera, in 1951 Alexander moved to New York City to begin studying voice further under Robert Weede and with the intent of pursuing a performance career. That same year he auditioned for and was accepted as a member of the Charles Wagner Opera Company and he traveled widely with the company during the Fall of 1951, notably portraying Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdis La traviata opposite a young Beverly Sills as Violetta. In the spring of 1952 he made his first appearance with at an opera house as the title hero in Charles Gounods Faust with Cincinnati Opera. The following fall he once again traveled with the Charles Wagner Opera Company, over the next five years he appeared in several houses throughout the United States including the Baltimore Opera Company and the Houston Grand Opera. In 1957 Alexander made his debut with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Puccinis Madama Butterfly opposite Dorothy Kirsten as Cio-Cio San and that same year he made his first appearance with the New York City Opera singing the role of Alfredo. The following year he returned to the New York City Opera to portray the role of Henry Morosus for the United States premiere of Richard Strausss Die schweigsame Frau. He continued to perform periodically at the New York City Opera up through the 1970s, notably excelling as Walther in Wagners Die Meistersinger, in 1958 he created the role of Lucentio is the first staged performance of Vittorio Gianninis The Taming of the Shrew. In 1961 Alexander joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera where he sang regularly for the next 26 years and his last performance at the Met was on October 5,1987 portraying Bacchus opposite Jessye Normans Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos. Although Alexander worked mostly out of New York City he did travel to perform in other opera housesJohn Alexander (tenor) – Alexander in 1960.
2. Mose Allison – Mose John Allison Jr. was an American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter. He became notable for playing a mix of blues and modern jazz. After moving to New York in 1956, he worked primarily in jazz settings, playing with musicians like Stan Getz, Al Cohn. He is described as having one of the finest songwriters in 20th-century blues. His songs were strongly dependent on evoking moods, with his individualistic, quirky and his writing influence on R&B had well-known fans recording his songs, among them Pete Townshend, who recorded his Young Man Blues for the Whos Live At Leeds album in 1970. John Mayall was one of dozens who recorded his classic, Parchman Farm, others who recorded his songs included Leon Russell and Bonnie Raitt. The 1980s saw an increase in his popularity with new fans drawn to his unique blend of modern jazz, in the 1990s he began recording more consistently. Van Morrison and Ben Sidran collaborated with him on an album, Tell Me Something. The Pixies wrote the song Allison as a tribute, Allisons music had an important influence on other performers, such as Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix, the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, and Pete Townshend. He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006, Allison was born outside Tippo, Mississippi, on his grandfathers farm, known as the Island, because Tippo Bayou encircles it. He took piano lessons at 5, picked cotton, played piano in school and trumpet in high school. Allison attended the University of Mississippi for a while and then enlisted in the U. S. Army for two years. Shortly after mustering out, he enrolled at Louisiana State University, in 1956, Allison moved to New York City and launched his jazz career, performing with artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods. His debut album, Back Country Suite, was issued by Prestige in 1957 and he formed his own trio in 1958, with Addison Farmer on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums. It was not until 1963 that his record label allowed him to release an album entirely of vocals. Entitled Mose Allison Sings, it was a compilation of songs from his previous Prestige albums that paid tribute to artists of the Mojo Triangle, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Rogers, however, an original composition on the album brought him the most attention, Parchman Farm. For more than two decades, Parchman Farm was his most requested song and he dropped it from his playlist in the 1980s because some critics felt it was politically incorrect. Allison explained in an interview, I dont do the cotton sack songs much anymore and you go to the Mississippi Delta and there are no cotton sacksMose Allison – Mose Allison
3. Bryan Austin – Bryan Cuevas is an American country music artist, known professionally as Bryan Austin. Signed to Liberty Records sister label Patriot Records in 1994, he released an album, the first of these singles, Radio Active, charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Bryan Cuevas was born September 12,1967 in Pass Christian, Cuevas was raised near Biloxi, Mississippi. In the late 1980s, he founded a band called Texas Flat, whose membership occasionally included Brett Favre, Cuevas later changed his surname to Austin. In 1994, He was the first artist signed to Patriot Records and he released his debut single, Radio Active, that year. This song peaked at No.62 on the U. S. Billboard country singles charts, and was included on his debut album. Another single, Is It Just Me, was released and made into a music video. Austin left Patriot in 1995 after the label was merged into Capitol Records and he performed on Steve Wariners 1997 instrumental album No More Mr. Nice Guy on the track The Brickyard Boogie. This track, which featured Bryan White, Jeffrey Steele and former Pearl River member Derek George, was nominated for Best Country Instrumental at the Grammy Awards of 1997. In 1999, Austin founded another band called Phoenix, whose members included Darin Anthony and Noah Gordon, the latter of whom was also signed as solo artist on Patriot in the 1990sBryan Austin – Bryan Austin
4. Moe Bandy – Marion Franklin Moe Bandy, Jr. is a country music singer. He was most popular during the 1970s, when he had hit songs. Marion Bandy was born in Meridian, Mississippi, hometown of the country singer Jimmie Rodgers and he later stated, My grandfather worked on the railroads with Jimmie Rodgers. He was the boss of the yard in Meridian and Jimmie Rodgers worked for him. He said that he played his guitar all the time between work and he was nicknamed Moe by his father when he was a child. The Bandy family moved to San Antonio, Texas when Moe was six and his mother played piano and sang. Bandy was taught to play the guitar by his father who had a band called the Mission City Playboys. His fathers wish that Moe also play the fiddle never materialized and he made some appearances with the Mission City Playboys but generally during his high school years he showed little interest in music and a great deal of interest in rodeos. He tried bronco-busting and bull riding and by the time he was 16, in 1962, tired of the bruises and fractured bones, he began to pursue a career in country music. He assembled a band that he called Moe And The Mavericks and found work playing small beer joints, honky-tonks, when he was young he tried to sound like Hank Williams and George Jones - I even had my hair cut short like his. In 1964, he had his first single, Lonely Girl, on the San Antonio based Satin label and he did manage to get his band a residency on a local television program called Country Corner and in this capacity, he provided backing for several touring stars. In 1973, he went solo when record producer Ray Baker, Moe Bandy obtained a loan and recorded a song called I Just Started Hatin Cheatin Songs Today. Initially released on Footprint Records with a pressing of 500 copies. In March 1974, it entered the US country chart, eventually peaking at number 17, other minor hits followed, including It Was Always So Easy To Find An Unhappy Woman and Dont Anyone Make Love At Home Anymore. In 1975, a written by his friend Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shaffer gave him a number 7 country hit. Bandy The Rodeo Clown was to not only one of his own favorites. Bandy sang in a style that extracted the utmost from his songs of lost love, sadness. Although by no means a Hank Williams sound-alike, his method of putting across his honky-tonk songs showed the influence of WilliamsMoe Bandy – Bandy in 1977.
5. Lance Bass – James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNCs success led Bass to work in film and television and he starred in the 2001 film On the Line, which his company, Bacon & Eggs, also produced. Bass later formed a production company, Lance Bass Productions, as well as a now-defunct music management company, Free Lance Entertainment. After completion of NSYNCs PopOdyssey Tour, Bass moved to Star City, Russia, Bass was certified by both NASA and the Russian Space Program after several months of cosmonaut training, and planned to join the TMA-1 mission to the International Space Station. However, after his financial sponsors backed out, Bass was denied a seat on the mission, in July 2006, Bass revealed that he is gay in a cover story for People magazine. He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in October 2006, and released an autobiography, Out of Sync, in October 2007, which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. James Lance Bass was born in Laurel, Mississippi, to James Irvin Bass, Jr. a medical technologist, and Diane, a middle school mathematics, English, and career discovery teacher. Along with his sister, Stacy, Bass grew up in adjacent Ellisville, Mississippi. Bass has described his family as devoutly Christian and conservative and has said that his childhood was extremely happy. As a young boy, Bass developed an interest in space, of this experience Bass said, I was certain from then on that my future was to be involved with space. Shortly after, Bass attended space camp in Titusville, Florida and he was also a member of a seven-man vocal group named Seven Card Stud, which competed at state fairs and performed at several social and political events for Senator Trent Lott. At Clinton High School, Bass was elected president of his junior class and has said that he performed well in math. However, Bass later stated that his focus during high school was singing. Basss music career has consisted primarily of his singing with NSYNC, timberlakes vocal coach recommended Bass as a replacement. Bass was accepted into the group after auditioning in front of the bandmembers and Lou Pearlman, and soon left school to move to Orlando, Florida. Bass has said that he did not know how to dance before he joined NSYNC, however, the other members of the group refused to accept the contract without Bass, and the groups manager, Johnny Wright, convinced Bolz that Basss dancing would quickly improve. Bolz conceded, and the group moved to Munich, Germany to record their first album with BMGLance Bass – Lance Bass, Beverly Hills, California on March 16, 2014
6. Big Bill Broonzy – Big Bill Broonzy was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences, through the 1930s and 1940s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with working-class African-American audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the figures of the emerging American folk music revival. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of music in the 20th century. Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including adaptations of traditional folk songs and original blues songs. As a blues composer, he was unique in writing songs that reflected his rural-to-urban experiences, born Lee Conley Bradley, he was one of the seventeen children of Frank Broonzy and Mittie Belcher. The date and place of his birth are disputed, Broonzy claimed to have been born in Scott, Mississippi, but a body of emerging research compiled by the blues historian Robert Reisman suggests that he was born in Jefferson County, Arkansas. Broonzy claimed he was born in 1893, and many sources report that year, soon after his birth the family moved to an area near Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where Bill spent his youth. He began playing music at an early age, at the age of 10 he made himself a fiddle from a cigar box and learned how to play spirituals and folk songs from his uncle, Jerry Belcher. He and a friend, Louis Carter, who played a guitar, began performing at social. These early performances included playing at two-stages, picnics where whites and blacks danced at the same event, on the understanding that he was born in 1898 rather than earlier or later, sources suggest that in 1915, 17-year-old Broonzy was married and working as a sharecropper. He had given up playing the fiddle and had become a preacher, there is a story that he was offered $50 and a new violin if he would play for four days at a local venue. Before he could respond to the offer, his wife took the money and spent it, in 1916 his crop and stock were wiped out by drought. Broonzy went to work locally until he was drafted into the Army in 1917 and he served for two years in Europe during the First World War. He immediately left Pine Bluff and moved to the Little Rock area, a year later, in 1920, he moved north to Chicago in search of opportunity. After arriving in Chicago, Broonzy switched from fiddle to guitar and he learned to play the guitar from the veteran minstrel and medicine show performer Papa Charlie Jackson, who began recording for Paramount Records in 1924. Through the 1920s Broonzy worked at a string of odd jobs, including Pullman porter, cook, foundry worker and custodian, to supplement his income and he played regularly at rent parties and social gatherings, steadily improving his guitar playing. During this time he wrote one of his tunes, a solo guitar piece called Saturday Night RubBig Bill Broonzy – Studio portrait of Broonzy
7. Jimmy Buffett – James William Jimmy Buffett is an American musician, songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which portrays an island escapism lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded hit songs including Margaritaville and he has a devoted base of fans known as Parrotheads. Aside from his career in music, Buffett is also a writer and is involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best-known songs, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Margaritaville. He owns the Margaritaville Cafe restaurant chain and co-developed the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain, Buffett was born on December 25,1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and spent part of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama. He is the son of Mary Lorraine and James Delaney Buffett, in grade school years, he attended St. Ignatius School, where he played the trombone in the school band. Buffetts grandfather was a sailor, therefore he was exposed to sailing as a child which had an effect on his life. He later lived in Fairhope, Alabama and he graduated from McGill Institute for Boys in 1964. He was initiated into the fraternity Kappa Sigma at the University of Southern Mississippi, after graduating from college, Buffett worked as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in Nashville, breaking the news of the separation of Flatt and Scruggs. Buffett married Margie Washichek in 1969, they divorced in 1972, Buffett spent years working as the First Mate on the yacht of industrialist Foster Talge on the Petticoat III in Key West while perfecting the Caribbean Rock n Roll genre. Buffett and his wife, Jane have two daughters, Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney, and an adopted son, Cameron Marley. They separated in the early 1980s but reconciled in 1991, Buffett also owns a home in St Barts, a Caribbean island where he lived on and off in the early 1980s while he was part-owner of the Autour de Rocher hotel and restaurant. He spends part of the summer traveling about the East Coast on his sailboat, an avid pilot, Buffett owns a Dassault Falcon 900 that he often uses while on concert tour and traveling worldwide. He has also owned a Boeing Stearman, Lake Amphibian and Grumman Albatross and his father died May 1,2003 at the age of 83. His mother died a few months after her husband, on September 25,2003, in 2015, Jimmy Buffett spoke at the University of Miamis graduation ceremony and received an honorary doctorate in music. Wearing flip flops and aviator sunglasses he told graduates, Its time to see the world, time to kiss a girl, and time to cross that wide meridian. Buffett began his career in Nashville, Tennessee, during the late 1960s as a country artist and recorded his first album. During this time, Buffett could be found busking for tourists in New OrleansJimmy Buffett – Jimmy Buffett performing, January 2008
8. Jimmy Burns – Jimmy Burns is an American soul blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Although he was born in the Mississippi Delta, Burns has spent nearly all his life in Chicago and his elder brother, Eddie Guitar Burns, was a Detroit blues musician. Jimmy Burns was born in Dublin, Mississippi and raised on the Hilliard Cotton Plantation where he learned to play one-string and 12-string guitar and he was the youngest of eleven children. He sang in a choir when he still lived in the Delta. His favorite blues musician was Lightnin Hopkins, burnss father was a sharecropper who performed as a singer in medicine shows. At the age of 12, Jimmy Burns moved with his family to Chicago, recording mostly solo in the 1960s, Burns issued singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. He toured the Midwest with his group, the Fantastic Epics, and with another outfit called Jimmy Burns. Burns 1972 single, I Really Love You was named in the top 500 singles of Northern soul in 2000, Burns took a long break from the music industry after the early 1970s to raise his family and run a barbecue stand. He performed infrequently until the part of the 1990s, when he started a long residency at Chicagos Smokedaddy Club. It was there that Delmark Records boss Bob Koester first heard Burns perform, the more recently formed Jimmy Burns Band includes Anthony Palmer, E. G. Jimmy Burns played guitar on his brother Eddies 2002 album Snake Eyes, burnss wife, Dorothy, died on February 12,2010Jimmy Burns – Jimmy Burns
9. Eddie C. Campbell – Eddie C. Campbell is an American blues guitarist and singer active in the Chicago blues scene. Campbell moved to Chicago at the age of ten, and by age 12 was learning from the blues musicians Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, and Otis Rush. In his early years as a musician, he played as a sideman with Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Little Johnny Taylor. In 1976, Willie Dixon hired him to play in the Chicago Blues All-Stars, campbells debut album, King of the Jungle, featuring Carey Bell on harmonica and Lafayette Leake on piano, was released the next year. In 1984, Campbell left Chicago for Europe, living first in the Netherlands and later in Duisburg, Germany, campbells latest album is Spider Eating Preacher. It was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2013 in the category Traditional Blues Album, in February 2013, Campbell suffered a stroke and a heart attack while on tour in Germany, leaving him paralyzed on the right side of his body. His wife, Barbara Basu, started the Eddie C. Campbell Assistance Fund to raise money to fly him back to Chicago for further medical treatment, King of the Jungle Lets Pick It. The Baddest Cat on the Block Mind Trouble Thats When I Know Hopes and Dreams Gonna Be Alright Tear This World Up Spider Eating PreacherEddie C. Campbell – Eddie C. Campbell in Belgium, October 1979
10. Tyrone Davis – Tyrone Davis was an American blues and soul singer with a long list of hit records over more than 20 years. Davis had three number 1 hits on the Billboard R&B chart, Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time, Tyrone Fettson was born in Greenville, Mississippi to Willie Branch and Ora Lee Jones. Some sources give his date of birth as May 4,1938 and he moved with his father to Saginaw, Michigan, before moving to Chicago in 1959. Working as a valet/chauffeur for blues singer Freddie King, he started singing in clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. His early records for record labels in the city, billed as Tyrone the Wonder Boy. His first release, A Woman Needs To Be Loved was flipped when the b-side started to get radio attention, the song, Can I Change My Mind featured a change of vocal style for Davis with a softer, more pleading approach and tone. The record shot up the listings and spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard R&B chart while climbing to #5 in the Hot 100 and it sold over one million and received gold disc recognition. His biggest hit came in early 1970 when Turn Back The Hands Of Time also reached #1 in the R&B chart and went up to #3 in the Hot 100 pop chart. Written by Jack Daniels and Bonnie Thompson, this disc also sold one million copies. Davis released about 25 singles during his seven years with Dakar and he finally returned to the top spot with Turning Point in 1975. Major hits with Columbia included Give It Up, This I Swear, dubbed the king of romantic Chicago soul by MTV, Davis perceived vulnerability and class endeared him to female soul fans through the 1970s. 1982 brought a change of label to the established independent, Highrise and another major hit, Are You Serious, again produced by Leo Graham. In 1991, Davis switched to Atlanta label, Ichiban Records, in 1994, Davis went to Bellmark/Life Records for one album. He also performed on a PBS special on 1970s soul music in 2004, a stroke in September 2004 ended his career and, following complications, he died in a Chicago hospital on February 9,2005 at the age of 66. He left a widow, Ann, to whom he had married for over 40 years. His younger sister, Jean Davis, was a member of the group, the complete Tyrone Davis discography at Soul ExpressTyrone Davis – Davis in 1970.
11. Jimmy Dawkins – James Henry Jimmy Dawkins was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He is generally considered to have been a practitioner of the West Side sound of Chicago blues, Dawkins was born in Tchula, Mississippi. He moved to Chicago in 1955, where he worked in a box factory, started to play in blues clubs. In 1969, thanks to the efforts of his friend Magic Sam, his first album and it won the Grand Prix du Disque from the Hot Club de France. In 1971, Delmark released his album, All for Business, with the singer Andrew Odom. Dawkins toured in the late 1970s, backed up by James Solberg on guitar and Jon Preizler, other musicians that toured with Dawkins in the late 1970s were Jimi Schutte, Sylvester Boines, Rich Kirch and Billy Flynn. Dawkins toured in Europe with this group of musicians and he also toured in Japan and recorded more albums in the United States and Europe. He contributed a column to the blues magazine Living Blues, Dawkins died of undisclosed causes on April 10,2013, aged 76Jimmy Dawkins – Jimmy Dawkins in March 1981
12. Meredith Edwards (singer) – Meredith Edwards is an American singer. She recorded an album, Reach, for Mercury Records Nashville in 2001 and this album accounted for two singles on the Billboard country singles charts. At the age of five, she was a member of the choir the Mississippi Show Stoppers. Lance had signed Meredith to his own management called Free Lance Entertainment, in 2001, she released her first CD, Reach, under the Mercury label. The album debuted at No.24 on the Top Country Albums chart and was produced by Richard Marx and its singles, A Rose Is a Rose and The Bird Song, both charted on Hot Country Singles & Tracks at No.37 and No.47 respectively. Edwards has not recorded since ReachMeredith Edwards (singer)
13. Ruby Elzy – Ruby Elzy, was a pioneer American operatic soprano. Elzy was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi and educated at Rust College, the Ohio State University and her sister Amanda Elzy was a prominent educationist after whom Amanda Elzy High School in Greenwood, Mississippi is named. Their mother Emma Elzy was a teacher and prominent member of the Methodist church, Elzy entertained at the White House, December 15,1937, for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelts luncheon for the wives of U. S. Supreme Court Justices. She appeared on Broadway in the musical John Henry, in films, on radio and she appeared with Paul Robeson in the film of The Emperor Jones, and also with Bing Crosby and Mary Martin in Birth of the Blues, though neither of these were starring roles. She sang at Harlem’s Apollo Theater and in the Hollywood Bowl, Elzy created the role of Serena in George Gershwins folk opera Porgy and Bess and performed in it more than eight hundred times. However, Elzy can be heard singing it on a CD release of the 1937 Gershwin Memorial Concert, Elzy rose above poverty and prejudice to become one of the most acclaimed singers of her generation, but her career lasted barely a decade. She died at the age of thirty-five in 1943, just as she was reaching the peak of her powers as a singer and about to achieve her greatest dream, to star in the title role of Giuseppe Verdis Aida. In 2006, Elzys biographer, David E. Weaver, produced a first-ever CD compilation of Elzy, featuring the singer in twenty rare recorded, the CD, entitled Ruby Elzy in Song, was released on the Cambria label. Birth of the Blues David E. Weaver, Black Diva of the Thirties, The Life of Ruby Elzy, University Press of Mississippi, September 2004Ruby Elzy – Ruby Elzy in 1935. Photo by Carl Van Vechten.
14. Mickey Gilley – Mickey Leroy Gilley is an American country music singer and musician. Among his biggest hits are Room Full of Roses, Dont the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time, and he is a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. Gilley is a son of Arthur Fillmore Gilley and Irene Gilley in Natchez, for many years, Gilley lived in the shadow of his well-known cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis, a successful rock and roll singer and musician in the 1950s and early 60s. Gilley grew up just across the Mississippi River from where Lewis grew up, Gilley, Lewis, and their cousin Jimmy Swaggart played together as children, and Lewis taught them his piano style. They sang both boogie-woogie and Gospel music, but Gilley did not become a singer until Lewis hit the top of the charts in the 1950s. Gilley then cut a few singles and played sessions in New Orleans with producer Huey Meaux and his a record Call Me Shorty on the Dot label sold well in 1958. In the 1960s, he played at clubs and bars, gaining a following at the Nesadel Club in Pasadena. Paula Records released Gilleys first album, Down the Line, in 1967 and he had a minor hit from the album called Now I Can Live Again. In 1970 Gilley opened up his first nightclub in Pasadena, Texas and it later became known as the worlds biggest honky tonk. Gilleys Club and its mechanical bull was portrayed in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy and he shared Gilleys Club with Sherwood Cryer, who asked Gilley to re-open his former bar with him. The club portion of Gilleys burned in 1990, and the arena portion was razed in 2005 to make way for a school. The song was released by Astro Records that year, and then Playboy Records got a hold of the single, from then on, Gilley was signed to Playboy Records working with his long-time friend Eddie Kilroy. Room Full of Roses became the song that put Gilley on national radar, hitting the top of the Country charts that year. Room Full of Roses today remains as one of his signature songs and he had a string of top tens and No. Some of these hits were cover versions of songs, including the Bill Anderson song City Lights, George Jones Window Up Above and he remained a popular Country act for the rest of the 1970s. Other hits in the 1970s include Chains of Love, Honky Tonk Memories, Shes Pulling Me Back Again and these songs were a mix of honky tonk and countrypolitan that brought Gilley to the top of the charts in the 1970s. However, a new breed of singers were entering Country Music and these singers were Country-crossover artists that brought Country success with them onto the pop charts. These singers include Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Olivia Newton-John, Barbara Mandrell, in order to compete with these new breed of Country singers, Gilley had to sound like them and have that kind of country-pop success that these singers were havingMickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley in 1970
15. Ted Hawkins – Ted Hawkins was an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States, along the way, he picked up a love of music and a talent for the guitar. I was sent to a school for bad boys called Oakley Training School in 1949, there I developed my voice by singing with a group that the superintendents wife had got together. After reform school, he ended up in the penitentiary and was released at 19. Then I heard a singer whose name was Sam Cooke and his voice did something to me. For the next ten years or so he drifted in and out of trouble around the country, living in Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia, in the middle of the mid-1960s folk music boom Hawkins set out for California to try for a professional singing career. He recorded several tunes without commercial success, worked at odd jobs, Hawkins claimed the rasp in his voice came from the damage done by years of singing in the sand and spray of the boardwalk. A series of producers and promoters would discover Hawkins over the years, only to be thwarted by circumstance. The first of these was musicologist and blues producer Bruce Bromberg who approached Hawkins about a contract in the early 1970s. Hawkins tentatively agreed and recorded some songs for Bromberg but again got into trouble and spent much of the next decade in jail. Bromberg lost contact until 1982, when he re-located Hawkins and got him to agree to release the recorded songs as an album, Watch Your Step. This debut album was a failure but received rave reviews. Following the release of the album, Hawkins dropped out of again for a time, re-uniting with Bromberg in 1985 for a second album. This album featured more original tunes from Hawkins and was ignored in the U. S. however it won acclaim. Andy Kershaw encouraged Hawkins to come to the United Kingdom, and he moved to Bridlington in 1986 and enjoyed his first taste of musical success, touring Europe. He was deported back to the United States, under unpalatable circumstances in 1990, during this period Hawkins stayed largely out of trouble and refined his musical style, a mixture of folk, country, deep southern spirituals, and soul music. Hawkins music was informed by but did not resemble blues music, in 1987, documentary film-maker Nick Shaw approached Hawkins to produce a profile of his life and times. Shaw followed Hawkins closely for the two yearsTed Hawkins – Ted Hawkins in a promotional photograph for his album The Next Hundred Years
16. Michael Henderson – He was one of the first notable bass guitarists of the fusion era as well as being one of the most influential jazz and soul musicians of the past 40 years. In addition to Davis, he has played and recorded with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Henderson was bass guitarists based in Detroit, along with Bob Babbitt and his primary influence, James Jamerson. After almost seven years with Davis, Henderson focused on songwriting and singing in a career that produced many hit songs. Although known primarily for ballads, he was a funk player whose riffs. His solo recordings have sold well over one million albums, a track titled Wide Receiver on an album of the same name is highly favored by breakdancers. The album, along with others, was reissued in 2015 and he is also known for his ballad vocalizing on several Norman Connors hit recordings, including You Are My Starship and Valentine Love, performed with Jean Carn. Many of his bass riffs have been imitated by players seeking the fat and his bass riffs, from such hits as Valentine Love and You Are My Starship, have been sampled by the likes of Snoop Dogg and L. L. Cool J, and his songs have been sampled and/or covered by Jay-Z, Eminem and he currently lives in the US and plays shows intermittently, performing his solo material as well as that of other Motown and soul musicians. He has also played concerts with other former members of the Davis electric bandsMichael Henderson – Henderson singing at Sunset Junction Festival, Los Angeles, CA.,
17. Randy Houser – Shawn Randolph Randy Houser is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Universal South Records in 2008, he charted the single Anything Goes and it was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart and the title track to his debut album of the same name, which also produced his first Top 5 hit, Boots On. In 2012, he moved to Broken Bow Records imprint Stoney Creek and he reached Number One with How Country Feels, the title track to his third album, and with Runnin Outta Moonlight in 2013. Houser was born in Lake, Mississippi and his father, a professional musician as well, performed at various local venues. Houser taught himself the guitar, and fronted his own band by age ten, by 2002, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin a songwriting career. One of his first hits as a songwriter was Honky Tonk Badonkadonk and it was recorded by Trace Adkins for his 2005 album Songs About Me, and was a Top 5 single. After that success, Houser shifted his focus to performing, and he was briefly signed to MCA Nashville but did not release anything. Randy Houser married Australian born Tatiana Starzynski, on May 4th 2016, Starzynski is the sister-in-law of singer-songwriter Dallas Davidson who introduced the pair. Houser previously married Jessica Lee Yantz in 2011 and she gave birth to a son in 2012. In 2014, Country Weekly confirmed that Houser had filed for divorce, Houser signed to Universal South Records in 2008. His first single, Anything Goes, was released in May of that year and it was co-written by Brice Long and John Wiggins. Houser performed the song on Late Show with David Letterman in August after Letterman heard it on a radio station. The song entered the Top 40 of the Billboard country chart that same month and his debut album, also titled Anything Goes, was released in November, at which point the title track was in the Top 20. Boots On was released as the second single in February 2009. Houser also co-wrote Back That Thing Up, the single for Valory Music Group artist Justin Moore. It peaked at #38 on Hot Country Songs in December 2008, Houser received two nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards, including New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for Boots On. Houser, along with Jamey Johnson and Jessie James co-wrote My Cowboy and it was released in late October 2009, and was also released as a music video. Also in October 2009, Houser released his third single, the song titled Whistlin Dixie was the lead-off single to his second studio album, They Call Me CadillacRandy Houser – Houser at Walmart Soundcheck in 2013
18. Thelma Houston – Thelma Houston is an American singer and actress. She scored a hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song Dont Leave Me This Way. Houston was born in Leland, Mississippi and she is the daughter of a cotton picking mother. She and her three sisters grew up primarily in Long Beach, California, after marrying and having two children, she joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group and was subsequently signed as a recording artist with Dunhill Records. She is not related to Whitney Houston, in 1969, Houston released her debut album, entitled Sunshower, produced, arranged and composed by Jimmy Webb except for one track. In 1971 she signed with Motown Records but her recordings with them were largely unsuccessful. Her most notable single during that period was Youve Been Doing Wrong for So Long which peaked at #64 on the U. S. Billboard R&B chart in 1974, however Houstons vocal prowess on that track secured her a nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In April 1974 Houston joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, the show was canceled in August and for the next several years her work was limited to demo recordings and performing at small venues. Houston took acting classes and received her first role in the 1975 made-for-television film Death Scream. In that same year Sheffield Lab released Ive Got the Music in Me a Direct to disc recording by Thelma Houston, the following year she recorded songs for the soundtrack of the film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings starring Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. That year Houstons version of Do You Know Where Youre Going To was being set for release when it was pulled. In 1976 Houston sang backing vocals for Motown labelmate Jermaine Jackson on his album My Name Is Jermaine, Houston released her third album Any Way You Like It in 1976. The first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 1975 song Dont Leave Me This Way. In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U. S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts, Dont Leave Me This Way won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977. Also in 1977 Houston teamed up with Jerry Butler to record the album Thelma & Jerry and that November 1977 she co-starred in the film Game Show Models. The impact of If Its the Last Thing I Do was far less than that of Dont Leave Me This Way, as the former fell short of both the R&B Top Ten and the Pop Top 40. With the lead single from her 1978 album The Devil in Me, Im Here Again, the albums second single, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, gradually accrued airplay entering the national charts in March 1979 and ascending as high as #34 that June. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning was issued on a new album by Houston, Ride to the Rainbow, the constant ranking of her 1980s releases as moderate or minor R&B hits led Houston to concentrate on alternate exposureThelma Houston – Thelma Houston
19. Cary Hudson – Cary Hudson is an American lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter of the alternative country/Southern rock band Blue Mountain. Cary was born in the town of Sumrall, Mississippi, located approximately 15 miles from Hattiesburg, prior to Blue Mountain, Hudson was in a band called The Hilltops, and Blue Mountain formed out of The Hilltops. Blue Mountain featured numerous drummers, most infamously Frank Coutch, and bassist/wife of Hudson, Laurie Stirratt. After the divorce of Hudson and Stirratt, Blue Mountain split, the first album, The Phoenix was released in 2002. Though Hudson shows his country often, many of the tracks offer him showing his talent for the electric guitar, such as the track Mad, Bad. His second album, Cool Breeze released in 2004, finds Hudson once again using his guitar to show his talent and this album, however, has a more rustic feel to it. Those who are familiar with the area that Hudson grew up will know many of the places that he mentions in the songs, Cool Breeze is a very diverse album, with there being no way that you can pin any one sound to it. His 3rd solo album, the appropriately titled Bittersweet Blues, allows Hudson to strip away the electric guitar, every song displays Hudsons amazing song writing talent and pure bluesy voice. From the opening Snow in Mississippi, the album is a mature, addictive, rush of pure Mississippi music that engulfs your mind, Hudson is, as a song writer, possibly his finest throughout his entire career on this album. The XM Radio hit, Berlin Blues, is the track No.9 on the record, in 2007, Hudson reunited with Blue Mountain, and he put his solo career on hold. He resides in his hometown of Sumrall, and can often be seen by the locals of nearby towns as he plays solo shows at some of the establishments in Hattiesburg. In 2008 Cary Hudson named one of the best in the Gibson Magazine’s list of Top 10 Alt. Country Guitarists of all time, in 2013, Blue Mountain once again dissolved and Cary has now refocused on his solo output. He released Town and Country album in the summer of 2014 and continues to tour on his ownCary Hudson – Cary Hudson & Blue Mountain playing at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kansas, April 18, 2008.
20. Jaimoe – Jai Johanny Johanson, frequently known by the stage name Jaimoe, is an American drummer and percussionist. He is best known as one of the members of The Allman Brothers Band. Johanson came up in the R&B world and began drumming at an early age, Johanson backed soul singers, including a membership in Otis Reddings touring band in 1966, and afterward touring with the acclaimed soul duo, Sam & Dave. The group, quickly named after the brothers Allman, began recording demos that April in Macon, Georgia and their first two albums, their eponymous debut and Idlewild South brought positive critical reviews but only limited commercial success. At Fillmore East became a RIAA certified gold album in late October 1971, the band quickly suffered tragedy, however. Duane Allman was killed in an accident an few days later. After touring in late 1971 and early- to mid-1972 as a five piece band, the group added keyboardist Chuck Leavell to their line-up, and began recording their fifth album. After recording only a handful of tracks, however, Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident mere blocks from where Duane Allman had been struck. Lamar Williams, a bass guitarist who was a friend of Johansen, the album that resulted, 1973s Brothers and Sisters, added more of a country feel to their trademark sound and gave the group their only hit single, Ramblin Man. In 1975, the Allman Brothers Band released the tepid Win, Lose or Draw, a growing distance between Gregg Allman, who had risen to a defacto bandleader and the rest of the band exacerbated tensions. The next year, the disbanded in a storm of drug abuse and acrimony involving Gregg Allmans testimony at the drug trial of former roadie. Betts and Allman focused on their own careers, while Johanson joined forces with Leavell, Johanson played with Sea Level on their first two albums, before rejoining the reformed Allman Brothers Band in 1979. Johanson and bassist Lamar Williams were asked to join longtime friend Wayne Sharp and his band, The SharpShooter Band, in January 1983, Lamar died, and the band went on hold. Though guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and pianist Johnny Neel would all leave, as would Haynes replacement, Jack Pearson, however, he watched Dickey Betts acrimonious departure in 2000, who was ultimately to be replaced by a returning Warren Haynes. Despite their difficulties, he continued with the band,2000 to 2014 saw renewed success for the band. Jaimoe, Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman were joined by percussionist Marc Quiñones in 1991, bassist Oteil Burbridge, guitar and vocalist, Warren Haynes, and slide guitarist Derek Trucks. Every March, the band had taken up a residency at New Yorks Beacon Theatre for several weeks of shows and this practice came to a final halt, after forty years of performances since the Cirque du Soleil was given a permanent contract year-round at the Beacon Theatre. Jaimoe presently leads a jazz-rock collective known as Jaimoes Jasssz Band, the collective plays clubs in New York and his adopted home of Bloomfield, ConnecticutJaimoe – Jaimoe with The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre March 26, 2009
21. Little Freddie King – Little Freddie King is an American Delta blues guitarist. His style is based on that of Freddie King, but his approach to country blues is original, King, a cousin of Lightnin Hopkins, was born in McComb, Mississippi, and learned to play the guitar from his father. In 1954, at the age of 14, he moved to New Orleans and he performed in juke joints with his friends Babe Stovall, Slim Harpo, and Champion Jack Dupree, playing both acoustic and electric guitar. He recorded the first electric album in New Orleans with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour with Bo Diddley and his next recording opportunity came in 1996, twenty-seven years after his first, with the release of Swamp Boogie. Kings Sing Sang Sung was recorded live at the Dream Palace in Faubourg Marigny, King is a charter member of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and has played at the festival for 42 years. He is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and he was selected three times as Blues Performer of the Year in New Orleans. He was honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in McComb and his 2012 album, Chasing tha Blues, won Best Blues Album at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. Kings most recent album, Messin’ Around tha Living Room, was released in 2015 and he appears in the 2015 documentary film I Am the Blues. Videos and photograph at NME. com Little Freddie King at the Internet Movie Database Works by or about Little Freddie King in libraries NAMM Oral History Interview March 19,2015Little Freddie King – Freddie King at French Quarter Festival in 2012
22. Charlie Mars – Charlie Mars is a vocalist, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Mississippi. Mars has performed at Austin City Limits and South by Southwest, Mars was featured in Esquire Magazines Songwriting Challenge which he says was his brainchild. Mars was born in Laurel, Mississippi and grew up in Oxford and Jackson, Mars parents are David and Sylvia. Mars has two brothers, Sam and Chad, Mars was transformed to a musician at age 15 or 16, when he heard Thriller and Slippery When Wet. The first Violent Femmes record also figured significantly into his development as a musician and he bought everything that had a similar sound. Mars family moved to Jackson, Mississippi when he was a senior in high school and he graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1992. He was lead singer and guitarist in a band called Adley Madidafus in high school, Mars attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mars started playing for Jack Ingram in 1992, Mars has a floating, mellow croon combined with sensual soul-rock arrangements. Mars has been compared to Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse, Mars says that songs come to him spontaneously, and that he relies on the quality and memorability of the material to remember what he creates. Mars says. the stuff thats any good I remember, im a firm believer in the hypothesis that the good shit sticks. In 2010 Mars said he would like to live in Austin, Texas if not for his then-girlfriend Mary-Louise Parker, actress on West Wing, Fried Green Tomatoes, as of 2012, he was living in Brooklyn, New YorkCharlie Mars – Charlie Mars performing at The Saint in Asbury Park, New Jersey on August 25, 2012.
23. Mac McAnally – Lyman Corbitt Mac McAnally, Jr. is an American country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. In his career, he has recorded ten albums and eight singles. Two of his singles were hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and his ninth chart entry came in late 2008-early 2009 as a guest vocalist on Kenny Chesneys Number One cover of his 1990 single Down the Road. He has also produced for Sawyer Brown and Restless Heart, written several singles for other artists, McAnally was born July 15,1957 in Red Bay, Alabama. He began playing piano and singing in church at the Belmont First Baptist Church in Belmont, Mississippi as a child, from there, he went on to become a session musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. During a session break, McAnally began to perform original material, the producers there encouraged him, and by 1977 he was signed to Ariola Records. His self-titled debut album produced the single Its a Crazy World which reached No.37 on the Billboard Hot 100, a second album, No Problem Here, was issued a year later, followed in 1980 by Cuttin Corners on RCA Records. These latter two albums produced no chart singles, however, he found success as a songwriter for Jimmy Buffett, in addition to co-writing Alabamas Number One hit Old Flame. McAnally continued to record even while writing for Buffett, Mac eventually signed with Geffen Records with two albums being issued in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He and Walt Aldridge co-wrote Ricky Van Sheltons 1987 single Crime of Passion, in 1990, McAnally signed to Warner Bros. Records, releasing Simple Life that year and this album produced his first Top 40 country hit in the No.14 Back Where I Come From. Kenny Chesney would also record McAnallys Back Where I Come From for his 1996 album Me, also in 1990, Steve Wariner released a McAnally co-write, the Top Ten hit Precious Thing. The only other single from Simple Life was the No.70 Down the Road, McAnallys seventh studio album, Live and Learn, followed in 1992, producing three low-charting singles. His second and final release for MCA, 1994s Knots, failed to produce any singles, although Linda Davis charted that year with Company Time. Throughout the 1990s, McAnally also found work as a musician, playing guitar on several artists albums. It was not until 1999, when he signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville and this album, Word of Mouth, also failed to produce any singles. Another album, Semi-True Stories, followed in 2004 on Mailboat Records, also in 2004, McAnally and Kyle Lehning produced Restless Hearts reunion album Still Restless, which included covers of three McAnally songs. In 2008, McAnally was awarded Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association, also in 2008, he participated in the production of the album Psalngs, the debut release of Canadian musician John LefebvreMac McAnally – Jimmy Buffett (right) introduces Mac McAnally during the Summerzcool Tour in June 2009.
24. Brandy Norwood – Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally as Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Born into a family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she began her career as a child. In 1993, Norwood signed with Atlantic Records, the following year, she released her self-titled debut album, which was certified quadruple Platinum in the US, selling six million copies worldwide. Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character and her second album, Never Say Never, sold 16 million copies worldwide, featured two number one singles, and earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. This launched her international stardom, with films, endorsements, sold out concert tours. Throughout the 2000s, Norwood held a position in the pop industry. In 2002, she starred in the reality series Brandy, Special Delivery and her third and fourth albums, Full Moon and Afrodisiac, were released to critical and commercial success. She served as a judge on the first season of Americas Got Talent before being involved in a widely publicized car accident in 2006, after several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwoods fifth album, Human, was released to commercial failure. In the 2010s, Norwood received a critical and commercial resurgence, in 2010, she returned to television as a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars and starred in the reality series Brandy & Ray J, A Family Business. In 2012 she became a regular in the BET series The Game. In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago and she starred in and executive produced a new sitcom Zoe Ever After on the BET network in January 2016. Throughout her career, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide, the Recording Industry Association of America lists Norwood as one of the top selling artists in the United States, with 10.5 million certified albums. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award and she is the older sister of entertainer Ray J, as well as a cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg. Raised in a Christian home, Norwood started singing through her fathers work as part of the church choir. In 1983, her parents relocated to Los Angeles, California, Norwood began entering talent shows by the time she was eleven, and, as part of a youth singing group, performed at several public functions. To manage her daughter, Norwoods mother soon resigned from her job, while Norwood herself dropped out of Hollywood High School later, and was tutored privately from tenth grade on. During the early stages of her debut album, Norwood was selected for a role in the ABC sitcom Thea. Norwood recalled that she appreciated the cancellation of the show as she was unenthusiastic about acting at the time, and she stated, I felt bad for everybody else but meBrandy Norwood – Brandy, photographed by Kat Morgan, in 2015
25. Elvis Presley – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the King of Rock and Roll. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis and his music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a popularizer of rockabilly. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, Presleys first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances. In November 1956, Presley made his debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service, in 1973, Presley featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of drug abuse severely damaged his health. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and he won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Presley was born on January 8,1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. Thus, as a child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God, where he found his musical inspiration. Although he was in conflict with the Pentecostal church in his later years, rev. Rex Humbard officiated at his funeral, as Presley had been an admirer of Humbards ministry. Presleys ancestry was primarily a Western European mix, including Scots-Irish, Scottish, German, gladyss great-great-grandmother, Morning Dove White, was possibly a Cherokee Native American. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family, Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, evincing little ambition. The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance, the Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S. Bean and he was jailed for eight months, and Gladys and Elvis moved in with relativesElvis Presley – Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
26. Ray J – William Ray Norwood Jr. known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, television personality and actor. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, he is the brother of recording artist and actress Brandy Norwood, in January 2017 he competed in the nineteenth season of the UK reality television programme Celebrity Big Brother. William Ray Norwood Jr. was born in McComb, Mississippi to Willie Norwood and his older sister Brandy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist. Early in his life, he moved with his family from McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, and in 1989 started appearing in television commercials for different companies. In 1989, at the age of eight, Norwood began auditioning for and appearing in commercials, he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show. This period in Norwoods life would shape his acting career and he signed to Elektra Records in 1995 and he began to record his 15-track debut album Everything You Want the same year. Let It Go appeared on the Set It Off soundtrack and it peaked number 25 in the U. S. and number 11 in New Zealand. The second single peaked at number 54 on the U. S. R&B chart, in 1997, he was dropped from the label. In 1998, he appeared on the Doctor Dolittle soundtrack with the single Thats Why I Lie and he produced for toy company Mattel, putting together the music for several commercials and a few of the demos for his second record. The song was the single of the R&B/Hip Hop tribute Urban Renewal. Norwood also worked with The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Lil Kim, the album was recorded over 18 months, and was released on June 26,2001 with Atlantic Records. The lead single Wait A Minute peaked at #30 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, formal Invite followed at #54 on the R&B chart. The albums lead single One Wish was a top 20 success in the US, UK, Ireland, Raydiation eventually sold over 400,000 copies domestically. In 2005, Norwood joined the cast of UPNs One On One, on both shows, Rays character was related to Brandys. In February 2007, a home video he made with former girlfriend Kim Kardashian in 2003 was made public. Kardashian sued Vivid Entertainment for ownership of the tape, in late April 2007, Kardashian dropped the suit and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million. Knockout Entertainment announced an album deal with Koch Records and Shaquille ONeals Deja 34 entertainment company. The first album for this deal is Ray Js fourth album All I Feel and it was released on April 1,2008Ray J – Ray J in December 2011
27. LeAnn Rimes – Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American singer. Known for her vocals, Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of the Bill Mack song Blue. The albums eponymous single, Blue, became a Top 10 hit. Rimes has won awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA,12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990–2000 decade. Rimes has also written four books, two novels and two childrens books, margaret LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the child of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler. The family moved to Garland, Texas when she was six and she was enrolled in vocal and dance classes, and was performing at local talent shows at the age of 5. Rimes began her career in theatre, performing in a Dallas, Texas production of A Christmas Carol. After appearing on the television competition show Star Search, where she clearly charmed host Ed McMahon in addition to being a one-week champion. Rimes appeared a number of times on Johnnie Highs Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, by age nine, Rimes was an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also performed a cappella renditions of The Star Spangled Banner at the opening of the Dallas Cowboys football games. Wilbur Rimes began recording his daughter under the independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned eleven and she released three albums between 1991 and 1996. Rimes was discovered by Dallas disc jockey and record promoter Bill Mack, Mack was impressed by Rimess vocal ability, and over the following three years, he made various attempts to bring Rimes to a mainstream level. In July 1994, Rimes recorded the song on her independent album, after signing with Curb Records, Rimes re-recorded a new version of Blue for her debut studio album, and as a single. However, Rimes told a BBC radio program in October 2016 that the company accidentally released the version she had recorded as an 11-year-old. She said it was this version peaked at number ten on the Billboard Country Chart. During this time the media was reporting that Rimes was the successor to Patsy Clines legacy, the album Blue sold 123,000 copies in its first week, the highest figure in SoundScan history at that timeLeAnn Rimes – LeAnn Rimes performing a free concert for the airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on September 23, 2004.
28. Jarekus Singleton – Jarekus Singleton is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Refuse To Lose was his first nationally and internationally distributed album and it was released on the Chicago-based independent blues record label Alligator Records on May 6,2014. Englands Blues & Rhythm called Singleton a great, new blues talent…young, original, soulful and intense…superb, the Washington Post said, Jarekus Singleton is an exciting new young blues guitarist with melody, hooks, swagger and a strong, original voice. His lyrics are modern, personal, acutely poetic and deeply mature, USA Today said of Singleton, Stinging blues guitar and potent, original songs herald the emergence of a major new talent. Singleton played bass guitar at age nine at his grandfathers church and he was tutored in music by his uncle. Other family members also played and sang gospel music, Singleton switched to guitar and began to concentrate on his playing and his singing. He first heard blues music at 15, and has named B. B. King, Freddie King, Albert King and he also listened to rap artists including Jay-Z and Twista and country artists including Brad Paisley. Also during this period, Singleton developed his skills, later becoming a top-seeded college player for University of Southern Mississippi. An ankle injury derailed his career and he began concentrating on music full-time. He performed original lyrics as a rapper, but soon began to combine his blues music with his original lyrics, the Jarekus Singleton Blues Band formed in 2009, with the band members drawn from the musicians he played with in church. In 2011, Singleton self-released the album Heartfelt, and sold it at live performances, kings Bluesville channel on SiriusXM Radio played three songs from Heartfelt in regular rotation. He won Guitar Center’s “King Of The Blues” contest for the state of Mississippi, in 2012, he received the Jackson Music Award for Blues Artist of the Year, as well as the award for 2013 Local Entertainer of the Year. In 2013, The Jackson Free Press named him as Best Local Blues Artist and he competed in the International Blues Challenge, an annual contest produced by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2011,2012,2013 and 2014. At the 2013 IBC, he was scouted by the president of Alligator Records, Singleton signed with Alligator in late 2013. In October 2013 and January 2014, Singleton and his band recorded for Alligator at PM Music in Memphis, Singleton performed at the Mississippi Stage at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2012 and 2013. He appeared at South Carolinas Lowcountry Blues Festival and Festival of Discovery in 2011 as well as other festivals in the South. In January 2014, Singleton signed with Charlotte, North Carolinas booking agency and he played the Springing The Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in April 2014. 2011, Heartfelt 2013, Refuse To Lose Selected as the 2013 Best Local Blues Artist by Jackson Free Press,2013 Jackson Music Award for Local Entertainer of the YearJarekus Singleton – At the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee
29. Warren Smith (singer) – Warren Smith was an American rockabilly and country music singer and guitarist. Smith was born in Humphreys County, Mississippi, to Iola and Willie Warren Smith and he was raised by his maternal grandparents in Louise, Mississippi, where they had a small farm and dry goods store. Smith took up the guitar to while away his evenings while in the United States Air Force stationed in San Antonio, by the time of his discharge from the service, he had decided to make a career of music. He moved to West Memphis, Arkansas, and auditioned, successfully, to play the Cotton Club, Phillips liked what he heard, and decided that Rock & Roll Ruby, a song credited to Johnny Cash, would be Smiths first record. Smith recorded it on February 5,1956, Phillips, who was hedging his bets over whether rock and roll would maintain its popularity, released that record with a country crooner, aptly named Id Rather Be Safe Than Sorry, on the flip side. By May 26, Rock & Roll Ruby had hit No.1 on the pop charts. Smiths first record for Sun went on to outsell the first Sun releases by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, in August 1956, Smith went back to the Sun Records studio to record his second release, Ubangi Stomp. This infectious rocker had an incorrect lyric including an African chief with the syntax of a movie Indian, for the B side, Smith recorded the classic ballad Black Jack David. This song, which originated in early 18th-century Britain and survived in various forms in the mountains of the American south, may be the oldest song ever recorded by a rock, although a resounding artistic success, it did not sell as well as Smiths debut. In 1957, Smith recorded So Long, Im Gone, a written by Roy Orbison. But Sun had no cash to promote it at the time as Sam Phillips put every dollar Sun had behind Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On. Although Smith continued to make records for Sun, including a cover version of Slim Harpos Got Love If Your Want It. Toward the end of 1958, Smith, seeing his future in music, cut a final record for Sun. In spite of a review in Billboard calling it ultra commercial, like other artists such as Sonny Burgess, Hayden Thompson, Billy Lee Riley and Ray Harris, chart success largely eluded him. Smith then decided to leave Sun Records, in 1959, Smith and his wife and son moved from Mississippi to California, settling in Sherman Oaks, not far from Johnny and Vivian Cash. Cash offered Smith a spot on his show, but Smith turned it down, seeing himself as a headliner, not a supporting player. In early 1960, Smith signed with Liberty Records, and immediately scored a hit with I Dont Believe Ill Fall in Love Today, which went to No.5 on Billboards Country & Western chart. This record, and Smiths subsequent records, were produced by Joe Allison, Smith scored again with his next record for Liberty, Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces, written by Harlan HowardWarren Smith (singer) – Smith at the Big D Jamboree
30. Willie Mae Ford Smith – Willie Mae Ford, also known as Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, was an American gospel singer. Born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi on June 23,1904, she moved to Memphis and she moved to St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 12. Raised in the Baptist church, she began singing with her sisters, Mary, Geneva, Lucille, the group, and Willie Mae in particular, achieved wider fame after an appearance at the 1922 National Baptist Convention. She married James Peter Smith in 1927 and, shortly after that, Smith became the principal singing teacher for the NCGCC as head of its Soloists Bureau in 1936. Among her students were Brother Joe May, who gave her the affectionate name Mother, teaming with Roberta Martin, Smith demonstrated how to make even familiar hymns such as Jesus Loves Me into deeper personal statements by slurs, note bending and other personalized adornments. She considered herself a preacher and imbued her singing and sermonettes with an evangelical fervor and she was noted for her finesse, control and subtlety, but could also, like her protégé Brother Joe May, belt out hymns. She developed a sensitivity to slights from others who did not appreciate her firm sincerity or thought she could be cheated. She also developed a rivalry with Sallie Martin that lasted for as long as they lived, filmed when both of them were in their seventies, showed that the fires had only gone down, not out. She had two children, Billie and Jackie, and an adopted daughter who was also her accompanist. Smith died of heart failure on February 2,1994, at the Tower Village Nursing Home in St. Louis. In 1990 Smith was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame, boyer, Horace Clarence, How Sweet the Sound, The Golden Age of Gospel Elliott and Clark,1995, ISBN 0-252-06877-7. Heilbut, Tony, The Gospel Sound, Good News and Bad Times Limelight Editions,1997, ISBN 0-87910-034-6Willie Mae Ford Smith – Willie Mae Ford Smith
31. Jesse Winchester – James Ridout Jesse Winchester Jr. was an American-Canadian musician and songwriter. He was born and raised in the southern United States, opposed to the Vietnam War, he moved to Canada in 1967 to avoid military service and began his career as a solo artist. His highest-charting recordings were of his own songs, Yankee Lady in 1970 and he became a Canadian citizen in 1973, gained amnesty in the U. S. in 1977 and resettled there in 2002. Winchester was best known as a songwriter and his works were recorded by many notable artists, including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, the Everly Brothers, Lyle Lovett, and Emmylou Harris. A number of these recordings achieved positions on various charts, Winchester was born at Barksdale Army Air Field, near Bossier City, Louisiana, and raised in northern Mississippi. Winchester was one of three born to James Ridout Winchester Sr. and Frances Ellyn Manire Winchester. Through his fathers side, he is part of the Lee family of Virginia and he graduated from Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1966. Upon receiving his draft notice the following year, Winchester moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, I was so offended by someones coming up to me and presuming to tell me who I should kill and what my life was worth, he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1977. Winchester began playing guitar in bands while still in high school and he played in Germany during college study abroad and after graduation. Upon arriving in Quebec in 1967, he joined a local band, under the auspices of the Bands Robbie Robertson, another Canadian, Winchester began his recording career in 1970 with a self-titled album released on the Ampex label. Winchester released several albums during the 1970s, because of his status as a draft resister, he was unable to tour in the United States, and he became recognized primarily as a songwriter. His best-known songs include Yankee Lady, The Brand New Tennessee Waltz, Mississippi, Youre on My Mind, A Showmans Life and these and others have been recorded by numerous artists. In 1974, Winchester often performed at the Hotel Le Chatelet in Morin Heights, Quebec, david Butch McDade and Jeff Stick Davis moved to Quebec to become part of Jesse Winchester and the Rhythm Aces. Winchester was the first to record the songs Third Rate Romance and The End Is Not in Sight, Smith traveled to Montreal to assist in the recording of the album Learn to Love It at Studio Six. Smith, Davis and McDade later were members of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Upon his election in 1976, President Jimmy Carter declared he would grant amnesty to draft evaders, Winchester had by then become a Canadian citizen, but Barry Bozeman, his manager at the time, convinced Carter on Winchesters behalf to broaden the amnesty. Winchesters first appearance in the U. S. was a performance in Burlington, Vermont. Im Gonna Miss You, Girl, written by Winchester, was recorded by American country music artist Michael Martin Murphey, the song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and at number 4 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chartJesse Winchester – Winchester in 2011
32. Andrew Wood (singer) – Andrew Patrick Wood was an American musician best known as the lead singer for alternative rock bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood was also known for his flamboyance, Wood formed Malfunkshun, in 1980, with his brother Kevin and Regan Hagar. The band used alter ego personas onstage, with Wood using the name Landrew the Love Child, during his time in Malfunkshun, Wood started relying heavily on drugs, entering rehab in 1985. By 1988, Malfunkshun had disbanded and Wood began jamming with Green River members Stone Gossard and they soon began writing original material and formed Mother Love Bone the same year, adding guitarist Bruce Fairweather and drummer Greg Gilmore to the lineup. The following year, the signed a deal with PolyGram, issuing a six-song EP, Shine, before going on to tour. Towards the end of the year, the recorded their debut album, Apple. Due to his struggle with addiction, Wood checked himself into rehab in 1989. On March 16,1990, Wood was found in a state by his girlfriend, Xana La Fuente. Wood was taken to the hospital and placed on life support, Wood was born in Columbus, Mississippi, and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was the youngest of three children, brothers Kevin and Brian, Wood and his brothers were exposed to various types of music by their parents, who also supported their children when they were learning how to play instruments. Wood became a fan of such as Elton John, Queen, Aerosmith. In 1980, at the age of 14, Wood formed Malfunkshun with his brother Kevin, drummer Regan Hagar joined soon after with the band, playing shows in Seattle, Washington. Each member adopted onstage alter egos, with Andrew becoming Landrew the Love Child, Kevin becoming Kevinstein, by 1985, Wood had started to rely heavily on drugs to help with his rock star persona, and entered rehab the same year. Malfunkshun recorded a number of demos in 1986, two of which, With Yo Heart and Stars-n-You, were included on the legendary Deep Six compilation album released by C/Z Records the same year. The band continued to play shows in Seattle, opening for Soundgarden, The U-Men, Wood and Hagar began playing with Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Green River, which disbanded in 1988, performing, on occasion, as the cover band Lords of the Wasteland. Former Green River guitarist Bruce Fairweather was added to the lineup, while former 10 Minute Warning and Skin Yard drummer Greg Gilmore replaced Hagar, forming Mother Love Bone the same year. The band soon signed a deal with PolyGram, and, through their own subsidiary label Stardog, issued a six-song EP, Shine, John Book, of Allmusic, stated that the EP contributed to the buzz about the Seattle music scene. The band spent the rest of the touring, including shows supporting The Dogs DAmourAndrew Wood (singer) – Andrew Wood (front) with Mother Love Bone in 1989.