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1. 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
2. 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.
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. Sam Cooke – Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was the inventor of music, and possessed an incredible natural singing voice. Cooke had 30 U. S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like You Send Me, A Change Is Gonna Come, Cupid, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, Another Saturday Night, Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took a part in the Civil Rights Movement. On December 11,1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was shot and killed by Bertha Franklin, after an inquest, the courts ruled Cookes death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been called into question by Cookes family, Cooke was born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1931. In 1957 he added an e at the end of his name and he was the fifth of eight children of the Rev. Charles Cook, a minister in the Church of Christ, and his wife, Annie Mae. One of his brothers, L. C. later became a member of the doo-wop band Johnny Keyes. The family moved to Chicago in 1933, Cooke attended Doolittle Elementary and Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, the same school that Nat King Cole had attended a few years earlier. Sam Cooke began his career with his siblings in a called the Singing Children when he was six years old. He first became known as singer with the Highway QCs when he was a teenager. During this time, Cooke befriended fellow gospel singer and neighbor Lou Rawls, who sang in a rival gospel group. In 1950, Cooke replaced gospel tenor R. H. Harris as lead singer of the group the Soul Stirrers, founded by Harris. Their first recording under Cookes leadership was the song Jesus Gave Me Water in 1951 and they also recorded the gospel songs Peace in the Valley, How Far Am I from Canaan. Jesus Paid the Debt and One More River, among many others and his first pop/soul single was Lovable, a remake of the gospel song WonderfulSam Cooke – Sam Cooke
9. 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)
10. 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
11. Elizabeth Greenfield – Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, dubbed The Black Swan, was an African-American singer considered the best-known black concert artist of her time. She was noted by James M. Trotter for her remarkably sweet tones, Greenfield was born a slave in Natchez, Mississippi, but was adopted or inherited by another woman named Elizabeth Greenfield, a Philadelphia Quaker, as an infant. The childs mother was of Indian descent and her father was black and her mistress moved to Philadelphia and emancipated her slaves, sending many of them to Liberia. The childs mother and her two parents were among those who went to Liberia, but she remained in Philadelphia and she studied music as a child although it was forbidden by the Quakers with whom she associated. At this point she began to sing at private parties and her concert debut was in 1851 presented for the Buffalo Musical Association. From 1851 to 1853 she toured as managed by Colonel J. H. Wood, in 1853, she debuted at Metropolitan Hall in New York City, which held an audience of four thousand, white patrons only. After the concert, Greenfield apologized to her own people for their exclusion from the performance and gave a concert to benefit the Home of Aged Colored Persons, in April 1853, she went to London under the patronage of the Duchess of Sutherland and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Greenfield was taught by Queen Victorias Chapel Royal organist, George Smart and she gave a command performance for the queen at Buckingham Palace on May 10,1854, she was the first black performer to perform before royalty. Sweet Home. and Stephen Fosters Old Folks at Home, returning to the United States, she toured and conducted a Philadelphia music studio. Among her voice pupils was Thomas Bowers, who known as The Colored Mario. In the 1860s she created an opera troupe with Bowers which she directed, Greenfield died in Philadelphia of paralysis on March 31,1876. She was a member of the Philadelphia Shiloh Baptist Church, love and Theft, Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York, Oxford University Press,1993, the Music of Black Americans, A History. W. W. Norton & Company, 3rd edition, ISBN 0-393-97141-43 Hine, Darlene Clark. Black Women in America, an historical Encyclopedia, the Black Swan at Home and Abroad, A Biographical Sketch of Miss Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, The American Vocalist. @ Gutenberg. org Elizabeth Greenfield at Find a GraveElizabeth Greenfield – Elizabeth Greenfield
12. Michael Grimm (musician) – Michael Joseph Grimm is an American singer/songwriter and winner of the fifth season of Americas Got Talent. Grimm was born in Colorado on the Fort Carson base, moved to Slidell, Louisiana and he currently resides in Henderson, Nevada. He was raised by his grandparents in Mississippi, Grimm, a Mississippi Southern Soul singer who won the $1 million AGT first prize in its 5th season, is using some of his winnings to build his grandparents a new house. During the AGT finals, he revealed that his girlfriend, Lucie, was the inspiration for his performance of When a Man Loves a Woman, shes been there for me, Grimm told DeGeneres during the show, which aired the following day. Once you find that good woman you hang on to her, while interviewing him, DeGeneres called Lucie down from the audience, and Grimm got on one knee to propose. Her answer was a swift Yes, Grimm auditioned in Los Angeles for the fifth season of Americas Got Talent aired on June 1,2010. His audition received praise from all three judges, advancing him to Vegas Week, during Vegas week, his performance of Try a Little Tenderness was criticized by Piers Morgan for being way over 90 seconds and could have gotten him disqualified. He still advanced to the quarterfinals and his quarterfinal performance, Tired of Being Alone, was once again praised, and advanced to the semifinals. Earlier in the show, Sharon Osbourne commented that her husband Ozzy Osbourne was rooting for Grimm, Grimm performed You Can Leave Your Hat On during semifinals while recovering from a dehydration related illness. Despite the illness, he managed to deliver a performance that was again praised by the judges. After performing Lets Stay Together in the Top 10 without his guitar, in the finale on September 14,2010, he performed When a Man Loves a Woman pointing to his girlfriend, Lucie, in the audience. The following day, it was revealed that Grimm won the show, grimms winnings included one million dollars and the opportunity to headline the AGT Tour Show, including one show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 8,2010. In September 2010, Grimm appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the AGT Tour Show stopped in 25 cities, beginning October 1 and ending November 7,2010, where Grimm performed with other top ten contestants of the fifth season of AGT. On June 1,2011, Grimm married his fiancée, Lucie Zolcerova, in a private ceremony in Maui. The ceremony was held on the beach at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in front of about 30 family members, bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers was in attendance. Grimm performed at Las Vegas, Nevada casinos for eleven years prior to his AGT success, on September 29,2010, Michael signed a record deal with Epic Records. The album was released on May 17,2011, Grimm performed at the 2010 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. On December 3,2010, Grimm and Smokey Robinson raised over $1 million during the 37th Annual Candlelight ConcertMichael Grimm (musician) – Michael Grimm performing in Los Angeles
13. 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
14. 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.,
15. Aretha Henry – Aretha Lafayette Henry is an American singer-songwriter born in Jackson, Mississippi. Henry released her album, Beautiful, on June 26,2010. The album was followed, in 2011, by an album titled The Best of Aretha Henry-Jones. It includes singles Magic and In My Own World along with fan favorites from her debut album, on August 1,2012, she released her sophomore album Enchanted. Using various resources including social media networks Twitter and SoundCloud, she has built an online presence. Aretha Henry is most known for her singles Magic and Captive which have become very popular without the push of a record label. In October 2012, Captive peaked at #23 on the Top 40 Urban/Hip-hop/Latin Chart and she re-released her debut album, Beautiful, on April 15,2013. In May 2013, the album appeared at #5 on Amazons List of Hot New Releases, stars from the Beautiful album has appeared on both the Top 50 Crossover and Top 50 Indie Urban/Hip-hop/Latin charts numerous times since its re-release. On April 28,2014, she released the first single from her studio album Superhuman titled Masterpiece. Her third studio album, Superhuman, was released on September 18,2014, on November 16,2014, Party from the Superhuman album debuted at #48 on the Top 50 Crossover Chart. Aretha Henry announced the start of her own label, Oz Avenue Entertainment in June 2015. She also announced her plans to release her next compilation album, in January 2015, Fairytale from the Superhuman album received a glowing review from Arts and Entertainment journalist Chuck Taylor. Aretha Henry was raised in Camden Mississippi and she has two sisters of which she is the middle child. Her younger years were spent singing in church and in school choirs and she graduated from Velma Jackson High School and later studied Fashion Merchandising at The University of Southern Mississippi. Beautiful The Best of Aretha Henry-Jones Enchanted Superhuman The Best of Aretha Henry-Jones Volume 2 Official Website Twitter Facebook InstagramAretha Henry – Aretha Henry
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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.
19. Jimi Jamison – Jimmy Wayne Jimi Jamison was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He had previously been the frontman of the rock band Survivor between 1984–89, 2000–06 and from 2011 until his death. Jamison is also known for writing and performing Im Always Here, jimmy Wayne Jamison was born in rural Mississippi but identified as a Memphis, Tennessee native, as he and his mother, Dorothy moved there when he was one day old. In his teens, he himself to play the guitar. By middle school, he was playing in a band called The Debuts and he also was part of the band D-Beaver, who released one album. By late 1970, Jamison was fronting the local Memphis band, Jamison and the group released a pair of albums, Target and Captured, on A&M Records, plus a live concert at the High Cotton school and opened concerts for Black Sabbath, Boston, and KISS. In 1982, Jamison teamed up with Memphis-based Swiss expatriates, guitarist Mandy Meyer and bassist Tommy Keiser, in their new band, the group issued their lone album, the Tom Allom-produced First Strike, in 1983. It was also during this time that Jamison began providing vocals for bands such as ZZ Top. Meanwhile, First Strike was only a commercial success, and Cobra went their separate ways in 1984, with members going on to join Asia, Krokus. After Cobras demise in 1984, he was invited to join Survivor, whose success had been on the wane since the release of their number-one hit and this decline was exacerbated by the vocal problems of their then-lead singer Dave Bickler. Jamison appeared to provide an instant spark for Survivor and it featured the hits I Cant Hold Back, High on You, and The Search Is Over, with all songs written and composed by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan. His second album with the band, When Seconds Count was released in October 1986, on the Billboard Album Chart the album only reached number 49 but still managed to sell over 500,000 copies and reached certified Gold status. One notable adjustment Jamison had to make when performing with Survivor was not performing hits by other artists, sometimes well start to do an encore and somebody will say, Lets do a Led Zeppelin song. He told Nine-O-One Network Magazine in 1987, and then right at the very last minute you say, Nah, we better do this. In 1988, Survivor released what would be their studio album of the 1980s. Jamison composed several songs on album, including Rhythm of the City. The band then released a greatest hits album to close out the decade, in 1989, Jamison contributed his own version of Ever Since the World Began, a song Survivor had initially recorded prior to his tenure in the band, to the film Lock Up. That same year, he was asked to be the vocal replacement for Deep PurpleJimi Jamison – Jamison performing live with Frankie Sullivan at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2013
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. Major Lance – Major Lance was an American R&B singer. After a number of US hits in the 1960s, including The Monkey Time and Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, although he stopped making records in 1982, Major Lance continued to perform at concerts and on tours until his death in 1994. There has been dispute over Major Lances birth year, some sources claim he was born in 1941 or in 1942. However,1939 appears to be the year of birth. In the 1940 U. S. Census, there is a Mager Lance listed in Washington County, Mississippi as the son of Lucendy Lance. Lances gravestone also states he was born in 1939, Major was his given forename, not a nickname or stage name. This was the same school Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler attended, Mayfield called Lance a sparkly fellow, and a great basketball player, which is probably how we met. His hero was Jackie Wilson, and he was coming round and looking through my bag for songs that Id written. He was pretty good at picking them, too, Lance was also a baseball player. Lance and Otis both did boxing, and also singing as members of the Five Gospel Harmonaires, both of them also worked together at a drug store. Lance and Otis Leavill formed a group named the Floats in the mid-1950s, Lance became a featured dancer on a local television show, Time for Teens, and presenter Jim Lounsbury gave him a one-off record deal with Mercury Records. Mercury released his single I Got a Girl, written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, in 1959, Lance worked at various jobs over the next few years. In 1962 he signed with Okeh Records on Mayfields recommendation, together they developed a distinctive, Latin-tinged sound which epitomised Chicago soul in contrast to music recorded elsewhere. The second Okeh single, The Monkey Time, was Major Lances first hit, became a #2 Billboard R&B chart, the Monkey Time became Okehs first hit single for 10 years. That was my introduction with working with Carl Davis, Pate said and we had a ball, making some very great music. A succession of hits followed quickly, including Hey Little Girl, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, The Matador, Rhythm, Sometimes I Wonder, Come See, and Aint It A Shame. In 1965, Pate left Okeh and Mayfield began to concentrate on working with his own group, Lance and Davis continued to work together, and Too Hot To Hold was a minor hit, but they had diminishing success before Davis in turn left the company. During the 1960s, Lance toured the UK, where he was supported by Bluesology, over the next two years he worked with several producers, with only Without a Doubt becoming a minor hit in 1968Major Lance – Lance in 1965
22. Trent Lott – Chester Trent Lott Sr. is an American politician. A former United States Senator from Mississippi, Lott served in leadership positions in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. He entered Congress as one of the first of a wave of Republicans winning seats in Southern states that had been solidly Democratic and he became Senate Majority Leader, then fell from power after praising Strom Thurmonds 1948 segregationist Dixiecrat presidential bid. From 1968 to 1972, Lott was an assistant to Representative William M. Colmer of Mississippi. Upon Colmers retirement, Lott won Colmers former seat in the House of Representatives, in 1988, Lott ran successfully for the U. S. Senate to replace another retiree, John C. After Republicans took the majority in the Senate, Lott became Senate Majority Whip in 1995 and then Senate Majority Leader in 1996, on December 20,2002, after significant controversy following comments regarding Strom Thurmonds presidential candidacy, Lott resigned as Senate Minority Leader. He resigned from the Senate in 2007 and fellow Republican Roger Wicker won the 2008 special election to replace him, Lott became a lobbyist, co-founding the Breaux–Lott Leadership Group. The firm was acquired by law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs. Lott serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Lott is also a co-chair of BPCs Energy Project. Lott was born in Grenada, Mississippi, and lived his early years in nearby Duck Hill, Lotts mother, the former Iona Watson, was a schoolteacher. When Lott was in the grade, the family moved to Pascagoula. Lott attended college at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he obtained a degree in public administration in 1963. He served as a representative for Ole Miss and was president of his fraternity. Lott was also an Ole Miss cheerleader, on the team with future U. S. Lott married Patricia Thompson on December 27,1964, the couple has two children, Chester Trent Chet Lott, Jr. and Tyler Lott. Lott sided with the segregationists who defeated the amendment, the Dartmouth chapter subsequently seceded from the fraternity, and Sigma Nu remained whites-only until later in the decade. He served as assistant to House Rules Committee chairman William M. Colmer, also of Pascagoula. In 1972, Colmer, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House and he endorsed Lott as his successor in Mississippis 5th District, located in the states southwestern tip, even though Lott ran as a RepublicanTrent Lott – Trent Lott
23. 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.
24. O. B. McClinton – McClinton was a Black country music singer and songwriter. The second-youngest child born to Rev. G. A. McClinton, listening to Hank Williams as a child around the age of 9 or 10 sparked his interest in performing country music. Before beginning his music career, he tried to break into R&B. Known to refer to himself as the Chocolate Cowboy, McClinton successfully marketed his album called The Only One on television long before the practice was commonplace. Featuring his first country chart single Dont Let The Green Grass Fool You and he died on September 23,1987 after a year-long battle with abdominal cancer. † Oboe ± Oboe with The Keys ‡ O. BO. B. McClinton – Country Singer
25. 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
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. Otis Rush – Otis Rush is a blues guitarist and singer. His distinctive guitar style features a sound and long bent notes. Rush is left-handed and, unlike many other left-handed guitarists, plays a left-handed instrument strung upside-down and he has played often with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound and he has a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice. The son of Julia Campbell Boyd and O. C, Rush, he was born near Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1935. Rush moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1948, and made a name for himself playing in clubs on the South Side. From 1956 to 1958, he recorded for Cobra Records and released eight singles and his first single, I Cant Quit You Baby, in 1956 reached No.6 on the Billboard R&B chart. During his tenure with Cobra, he recorded some of his songs, such as Double Trouble. Cobra Records went bankrupt in 1959, and Rush signed a contract with Chess in 1960. He recorded eight tracks for the label, four of which were released on two singles that year, six tracks, including the two singles, were later included on the album Door to Door in 1969, a compilation also featuring Chess recordings by Albert King. Rush went into the studio for Duke Records in 1962, but only one single and it was also released in Great Britain as Vocalion VP9260 in 1963. In 1965, he recorded for Vanguard, these recordings are included on the compilation album Chicago/The Blues/Today. Rush began playing in cities in the U. S. and in Europe during the 1960s. In 1969, his album Mourning in the Morning was released by Cotillion Records, recorded at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album was produced by Michael Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites. The sound incorporated soul and rock, a new direction for Rush, in 1971, Rush recorded the album Right Place, Wrong Time in San Francisco for Capitol Records, but Capitol did not release it. The album was issued in 1976, when Rush purchased the master from Capitol and had it released by P-Vine Records in Japan. Bullfrog Records released it in the U. S. soon after, the album has since gained a reputation as one of his best works. He also released albums for Delmark Records and for Sonet Records in Europe during the 1970sOtis Rush – Rush at the Notodden Blues Festival, Norway, 1997
28. Jamie Lynn Spears – Jamie Lynn Spears is an American actress, singer and songwriter. The younger sister of recording artist Britney Spears, she is known for her role as Zoey Brooks on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Zoey 101, on which she starred from 2005 to 2008. Spears became the subject of significant media attention and controversy in 2007, in 2013, Spears launched a career in country music. She released her single, How Could I Want More, along with her debut EP. Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, to James and Lynne Spears and she has two siblings, Bryan and Britney Spears. She attended Parklane Academy, where she was a cheerleader and point guard of the basketball team and she finished her education via online correspondence and received her GED in February 2008 through Tangipahoa Parish School System Adult Education Center. In February 2002, Spears made her debut in the Paramount Pictures drama film Crossroads which starred her sister. Spears made a cameo, playing the version of Britneys character. Following Crossroads, Nickelodeon cast Spears as a performer in the eighth season of the sketch comedy series All That. The season followed a hiatus of the series. Spears portrayed various roles through the two seasons she appeared in as well as herself, Spearss performance received positive reviews from critics with many complimenting her comedic timing and being a highlight of the show. Spears did not return for the tenth and final season to pursue other roles on the network. In August 2004, Spears signed a development deal with Nickelodeon in which she would star as the protagonist in her own scripted television series that would air on the network, the series went on to be titled Zoey 101. Spears portrayed the role of Zoey Brooks and centered on Zoey and her friends who attend a boarding school. Spears recorded the theme song, titled Follow Me, which was written by her sister Britney Spears. Filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, the series premiered on January 9,2005, Spears won a Young Artist Award and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for her performance. Nickelodeon announced the season would be the series last season. The series finale, PCA Confidential, aired on May 2,2008 and that same year Spears voiced the role of Goldilocks in the direct-to-DVD animation film Unstable Fables, Goldilocks &3 Bears ShowJamie Lynn Spears – Spears at the premiere of Nancy Drew, June 2007
29. Bukka White – Booker T. Washington Bukka White was an African-American Delta blues guitarist and singer. Bukka is a spelling of Whites first name, placed on the labels of his early recordings. He preferred the spelling of his name, Booker, as he was named after the well-known African-American educator. White was born south of Houston, Mississippi and he was a first cousin of B. B. He is remembered as a player of National resonator guitars and he also played piano, but less adeptly. He typically played slide guitar, in an open tuning and he was one of the few, along with Skip James, to use a crossnote tuning in E minor, which he may have learned, as James did, from Henry Stuckey. White started his playing the fiddle at square dances. He claimed to have met Charlie Patton soon after, but some have doubted this recollection, nonetheless, Patton was a strong influence on White. He first recorded for Victor Records in 1930 and his recordings for Victor, like those of many other bluesmen, included country blues and gospel music. Victor published his photograph in 1930 and his gospel songs were done in the style of Blind Willie Johnson, with a female singer accentuating the last phrase of each line. Nine years later, while serving time for assault, he recorded for the folklorist John Lomax, the few songs he recorded around this time became his most well known, Shake Em On Down, and Po Boy. His 1937 version of the oft-recorded song Shake Em on Down, is considered definitive, it became a hit while White was serving time in Parchman. Bob Dylan covered his song Fixin to Die Blues, which aided a rediscovery of White in 1963 by guitarist John Fahey and Ed Denson, White had recorded the song simply because his other songs had not particularly impressed the Victor record producer. It was a composition of which White had thought little until it re-emerged thirty years later. Fahey and Denson found White easily enough, Fahey wrote a letter to Bukka White, c/o General Delivery, Aberdeen, Fahey had assumed, given Whites song Aberdeen, Mississippi, that White still lived there or nearby. The postcard was forwarded to Memphis, Tennessee, where White worked in a tank factory, Fahey and Denson soon traveled to meet White, and White and Fahey remained friends through the remainder of Whites life. He recorded a new album for Denson and Faheys Takoma Records, White was at one time also managed by experienced blues manager Arne Brogger. Later in his life, White was friends with the musician Furry Lewis, the two recorded an album, Furry Lewis, Bukka White & Friends, PartyBukka White – Bukka White
30. 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.
31. Mary Wilson (singer) – Mary Wilson is an American vocalist, best known as a founding member of the Supremes. Wilson remained with the following the departures of other original members, Florence Ballard in 1967. Following Wilsons own departure in 1977, the group disbanded, Wilson was inducted along with Ross and Ballard into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Mary Wilson was born to Sam and Johnnie Mae Wilson in Greenville and she was the eldest of three children including a brother, Roosevelt, and a sister, Katherine. Wilson lived with her parents and moved to St. Louis and later to Chicago before living with her aunt Ivory I. V. Wilson reunited with her mother and siblings at the age of 9. To make ends meet, Wilsons mother worked as a domestic worker, before reaching her teenage years, Wilson and her family had settled at Detroits upstart housing project, the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects. Mary Wilson first met Florence Ballard at a school in Detroit. The duo became friends while singing in the talent show. In 1959, Ballard asked Wilson to audition for Milton Jenkins, who was forming a group to his male vocal trio. Wilson was soon accepted in the known as The Primettes, with Diana Ross. Wilson graduated from Detroits Northeastern High School in January 1962, despite her mothers insistence she go to college, Wilson instead focused on her music career. The Primettes signed to Motown Records in 1961, changing the name to The Supremes. In between that period, McGlown left to get married and was replaced by Barbara Martin, in 1962, the group was reduced to a trio after Martins departure. By 1964, the group had become international superstars, in 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy changed the name of the group to Diana Ross & The Supremes and, after a period of tension, Florence Ballard was removed from the Supremes that July. Cindy Birdsong was chosen to take her place, the new lineup continued to record hit singles, although several stalled outside the top 20 chart range. Ross left the group in early 1970, and at her farewell performance Jean Terrell was introduced as the replacement for Ross, with Terrell, the Supremes recorded seven top-40 hit singles in a three-year period. One River Deep/Mountain High was a collaboration with the Four Tops, others included Up the Ladder to the Roof, Stoned Love, Nathan Jones and Floy Joy. Of these releases, only Stoned Love reached a No.1 status, unlike the latter years with Ross, however, all but one of the hits Automatically Sunshine succeeded in reaching the top 20 charts, with two breaking into the top 10Mary Wilson (singer) – Wilson at Moscow's Spaso House on February 2, 2011
32. 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
33. Charlie Worsham – Charlie Worsham is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is signed to Warner Bros, Worsham was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Grenada, Mississippi. The Mississippi Senate recognized Worsham in 1999 for his musical accomplishments. Worsham attended Grenada High School, and then Berklee College of Music in Boston, Worsham joined the band KingBilly, singing harmonies and playing mandolin until 2010. He is prominently featured on the only extended play recording Waiting On You. Worsham toured with Taylor Swift in 2011, and has opened for such as Miranda Lambert. In 2016 it was announced he would be opening some shows during the world tour of Kenny Rogers. He released his single, Could It Be, for Warner Bros. Records in 2013. The song appears on his debut album Rubberband, released on August 20,2013, the album features Vince Gill and Marty Stuart on one of the tracks, Tools of the Trade. The albums second single, Want Me Too, was released in late 2013, on January 17,2014 he appeared in the episode Big in the Philippines of the FOX TV Series Bones as the murder victim. His song Love Dont Die Easy was also featured in the episode, Worsham announced his third single, Cut Your Groove, in early 2017. It will be included on his second album Beginning of Things, slated for release on April 21Charlie Worsham – Charlie Worsham
34. Zora Young – Zora Young is an American blues singer. She is distantly related to Howlin Wolf, youngs family moved to Chicago when she was seven. She began singing gospel music at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, as an adult she began singing blues and R&B. Over the course of her career, she has performed with Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins, Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Professor Eddie Lusk, and B. B. Among those she has collaborated with on record are Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Mississippi Heat, Paul DeLay, in 1982, she toured Europe with Bonnie Lee and Big Time Sarah, billed as Blues with the Girls, and recorded an album in Paris. She was later cast in the role of Bessie Smith in the stage show The Heart of the Blues, by 1991 she had recorded the album, Travelin Light, with the Canadian guitarist Colin Linden. Young has toured Europe more than thirty times and has appearances in Turkey. She was the performer at the Chicago Blues Festival six times. In 2014, she was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category Traditional Blues Female, Travelin Light Learned My Lesson Tore Up from the Floor Up Sunnyland The French Connection Friday NightZora Young – Zora Young in 1982