Category:Singers with a three-octave vocal range
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1. Alice Babs – Alice Babs was a Swedish singer and actress. She worked in a wide number of genres -- Swedish folklore, opera. While she was best known internationally as a singer, Babs also competed as Sweden's first annual competition entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 1958. After making her breakthrough in Swing it magistern, she appeared in more than a dozen Swedish-language films. Despite playing the well-behaved, cheerful girl, the youth culture forming with Babs as its icon caused outrage among members of the older generation. A vicar called mouth disease of cultural life". In 1958, she was the first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Contest, finishing in 4th place with the song "Lilla stjärna". She formed Swe-Danes with guitarist Ulrik Neumann and violinist Svend Asmussen. The group would later tour the United States together, before dissolving in 1965. A productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington began in 1963. Among other works, Babs participated in performances of Ellington's third Sacred Concerts which he had written originally for her. In 1963, her recording of "After You've Gone" reached No. 43 in the British charts. Until his death Babs was married to Nils Ivar Sjöblom. Their three children are Lilleba Sjöblom Lagerbäck, Titti Sjöblom, the latter appearing with her mother in early-1960s advertising for Toy Chewing Gum. In her later years, Babs resided in Sweden, where she was active in the Lutheran church.Alice Babs – Alice Babs, c. 1940
2. Florence Ballard – Florence Glenda Chapman was an American vocalist. She was one of the founding members of the popular Motown female group the Supremes. Ballard sang on sixteen top forty singles including ten number-one hits. Ballard struggled with alcoholism, poverty for three years. She was making an attempt for a musical comeback when she died at age 32. Ballard's death was considered by one critic as "one of rock's greatest tragedies". Ballard was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Florence Glenda Ballard was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 30, 1943 as the ninth of fifteen children. Her siblings were Bertie, Cornell, Jesse, Jr. Gilbert, Geraldine, Barbara, Maxine, Billy, Calvin, Pat, Linda and Roy. Her mother was a resident of Rosetta, Mississippi. Her father was born Jesse Lambert in Bessemer, Alabama; after his grandmother was killed, he was adopted by the Ballard family. Jesse Ballard soon engaged in an affair with Ballard's mother, only fourteen, in Rosetta. The Ballards moved in 1929. Jesse soon worked at General Motors. An amateur musician, helped instigate Florence's interest in singing; he taught her various songs and accompanied her on guitar.Florence Ballard – Ballard in 1965.
3. Flora Batson – Flora Batson was a popular and well-known black concert singer, nicknamed "The Double-Voiced Queen of Song" because of her soprano-baritone range. She was also called "the colored Jenny Lind" in the press. Batson was born on April 16, 1864. She began singing in her church choir. In 1885, she became internationally known. She was a contemporary of Marie Selika Williams, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones. She was sometimes considered her rival. She married John Bergen in their interracial marriage was fodder for tabloids. Bergen promoted Batson's rivalry with Jones, even dubbing Batson "The Real Patti" in response to Jones' promotion as "The Black Patti." Supported by Bergen's management and company, she performed all over the world, including performances for royalty and religious leaders. After Bergen's death in 1896, she toured with a variety of singing companies. She sang duets before the War Company. They also toured together with Orpheus McAdoo's Georgia Minstrels and Genuine Alabama Cake Walkers. Batson died on December 1, 1906.Flora Batson – Flora Batson
4. Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Currently he also plays guitar in his band Zavalaz. He has also played drums including De Facto and more recently Big Sir and Anywhere. Bixler-Zavala has a Tenor type, with a range spanning below Low C to C7. In 2016, it was also revealed that Bixler-Zavala developed vocal nodules, causing shows to be cancelled while on tour. Bixler-Zavala is fond of Frank Zappaesque humour and writes in English, Spanish, Latin. “I love to take common sayings, pervert them, mutate them a little. So you think I am singing one thing, but when you read it, it is different.” When performing At The Mars Volta, Bixler-Zavala was known for his eccentric on-stage behavior. Under the pseudonym "Alavaz Relxib Cirdec", Bixler-Zavala contributed a single to the GSL Special 12" Series, released in December 2005. In 2010, he commented on Facebook about the recording process: This is my failed attempt at ghost noted shuffeling Tony Allen beats! Ha! There is a digital machine running through some DD-5 pedal, being played by a mini hand held tape recorder playing throughout! I wrote the line... hummed it to Juan... Adrian played flute on it. It was squeezed in during tracking drums for Amputechture... very rushed. I had other parts and chorus bits but I didn't want to get in the way of the record.Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Cedric Bixler-Zavala live at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH
5. Lydia Canaan – A mezzo-soprano that Billboard notes as having Canaan's unique style fuses Middle-Eastern quarter notes and microtones with anglophone rock. Society writes that "In a small country, ripped by war, there was this young girl making a difference". Canaan's musical debut defied tradition, challenged convention, transcended millennia-old gender barriers. According to Arabian Woman: "As a girl who grew up in the midst of a bloody civil war, Canaan was breaking down seemingly insurmountable barriers... She rocked the establishment". From a young age, dancing were Canaan's essential outlet and catharsis. Raised in a conservative family, Canaan's parents prohibited her from having a musical education or any formal training. Her parents ignored this early achievement. Stage presence brought her to prominence among Lebanese youth. She first donned what would become her trademark sporting her signature hip-length hair. At the height of their success the band drew a crowd of over 15,000. Concerning Canaan's first concert with Equation, The Gulf Today writes: "The first show produced a phenomenal reaction". Society magazine states: "Tickets were sold out but more teenagers stormed in to see the young Angel perform... To accommodate the crowd, the concert organizers had to stamp on each fan's hand as they ran out of tickets. It was...Lydia Canaan – Lydia Canaan, first rock star of the Middle East
6. Lou Christie – Christie grew up in suburban Pittsburgh. While attending Moon Area High School, he studied music and voice, sang solos at holiday concerts. Sacco wanted to cut a record to get on American Bandstand. After graduating from high school in 1961, Sacco worked as a session vocalist. In 1962, Sacco approached Nick Cenci with some demo tapes. Cenci suggested that he listen to the Four Seasons' recent hit "Sherry". Sacco and Herbert used the song as a model to write an original song called “The Gypsy Cried.” "The Gypsy Cried" became a regional hit, selling 30,000 copies in Pittsburgh. Cenci contacted Morris Levy of Roulette Records, saying that he had a hit that needed national distribution. Initially nothing happened. "The Gypsy Cried" reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Selling over million copies of the song, Christie was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Cenci produced additional recording sessions for Christie in 1963 that generated two more hits. "Two Faces Have I," his million-seller reached number 6 on the chart in June 1963. Roulette released an album of 12 Lou Christie / Twyla Herbert songs in 1963 that reached 124 on the Billboard 200.Lou Christie – Lou Christie (center) with the Earth Angels
7. Kelly Clarkson – Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter and author. Clarkson also became the following year. Thankful, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Miss Independent", was a top-ten hit in various nations. Trying to reinvent her own image, she developed a rock-oriented sound for her second album, Breakaway. It earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards. Taking creative control of My December, Clarkson served as the executive producer and co-wrote the entire album's material. However, Clarkson fought in particular Clive Davis, dissatisfied with her musical direction. The feud resulted the reluctance of her label to promote the album. Clarkson's fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, became her second album at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Its lead single, "My Life Would Suck Without You", holds the record for the biggest jump to number one on the Hot 100. Stronger, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, making her the only act to receive the award twice. The album scored her number-one song on the Hot 100, "Stronger". Its track became her eleventh top-ten single on the Hot 100. Clarkson has prepared a soul-influenced album for a June 2017 release.Kelly Clarkson – Clarkson at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013
8. Celine Dion – Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC OQ ChLD is a French Canadian singer and businesswoman. Following a series of French albums during the 1980s, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion released Unison, establishing herself as other English-speaking areas of the world. With the help of Angélil, she achieved worldwide fame after releasing English albums along with additional French albums. It became the most successful show of grossing US $385 million. Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop music's most influential voices. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She is the female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era. In 2003, Dion was honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for selling over 50 million albums in Europe. Dion remains one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over million copies worldwide. Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse, a homemaker, Adhémar Dion, a butcher, both of French-Canadian descent. Dion was raised a Roman Catholic in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy home in Charlemagne. Thereafter, she continued to perform in her parents's small bar called Le Vieux Baril, "The Old Barrel."Celine Dion – Celine Dion, 2012
9. Penny Ford – Penny Ford is an American singer from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ford is producer Gene Redd, Sr. and evangelist/pastor Carolyn Ford-Griffith; she remains a Protestant today. She is also the younger half-sister of singer Sharon Redd. 76, "Dangerous", which reached No. 43. Ford became friends with fellow vocalist Chaka Khan, while background vocals on "Our Day Will Come", a duet with Edwin Starr. She was also a lead singer with the German electronic dance band Snap!, on their 1990 number one hit, "The Power". Ford also sang the lead vocal on the Snap! Songs "Ooops Up" and "Mary Had a Little Boy". In 2003, Ford appeared on an episode of the U.S. program Judge Mathis suing a producer/boyfriend. One of her witnesses was Chaka Khan; though Khan did not appear, she spoke to the judge Mathis via telephone. In 2006, Ford returned as the official singer of the group SNAP! She also rejoined with SNAP! producers Michael Muenzing and Luca Anzilloti, has been performing worldwide. She lives in Offenbach, Germany.Penny Ford – Penny Ford
10. John Gary – From Watertown, New York, Gary started singing at the age of 5. He joined Shirley Strader. At the age of 9, he won a 3-year scholarship in Manhattan. He auditioned for Norman Coke-Jeffcott. At the age of 10, Gary had won two pins of distinction from the American Theatre Wing Merchant Seaman's Club for the Stage Door Canteen. Aged 12, he toured the southern states for the Mason Conservatory. Gary sang in movies, on Broadway, appeared at Carnegie Hall, with numerous symphonies. He appeared thirty times with Jack Paar, Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. He traveled with approximately 40 concerts per year. For six years he gave community concerts over 400 cities and towns. He was a stylized singer, who recorded 23 albums for RCA Victor Records. Prior to national stardom, Gary appeared on local New Orleans television WDSU-TV, as a regular feature on the noontime television show Midday. He also appeared at the Blue Room of the Roosevelt Hotel. He performed three fifteen-minute shows a week, presaging his national show a decade later, a summer replacement for the Danny Kaye Show. He had an exceptionally wide range of 1/2 octaves.John Gary – John Gary in 1966
11. Marvin Gaye – Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Gaye's later recordings influenced contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and soul. On Gaye's father, Marvin Gay Sr. fatally shot him in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Marvin Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 1939, to church minister Marvin Gay Sr. and domestic worker Alberta Gay. His first home was 1617 First Street SW, a few blocks from the Anacostia River. The First Street neighborhood was nicknamed owing to its being "half-city, country". Gaye was the second eldest of the couple's four children; he had one brother, Frankie Gaye. Gaye started singing in church when he was four years old; his father often accompanied him on piano. Gaye and his family were part of a Pentecostal church known as the House of God. The House of God adhered to both the Old and New Testaments. His life consisted by his father, who struck him for any shortcoming. The young Gaye described living in his father's house as similar to"... living with a very peculiar, changeable, all powerful king." He felt that had his mother not consoled him and encouraged his singing, he would have killed himself. His sister later explained that Gaye was beaten often, from age seven well into his teenage years. Gaye joined several vocal groups, including the Dippers and the D.C..Marvin Gaye – Washington, D.C.'s Columbia Heights where Marvin Gaye attended Cardozo High School, not far from Deanwood, where he grew up
12. Ellie Goulding – Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an English singer and songwriter. She was later spotted by Jamie Lillywhite, who later became A&R. After signing to Polydor Records in July 2009, Goulding released her debut extended play, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, later that year. "Lights", was peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Goulding's second studio album, Halcyon, was released in October 2012. "Anything Could Happen" preceded the album as the lead single. Halcyon debuted after 65 weeks reached number one. Halcyon debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200. Halcyon Days, a repackaged edition of Halcyon, was released on 23 August 2013, it included new singles including "Burn", which became her first UK number-one single. At the 2014 Brit Awards, she received the award for British Female Solo Artist. Goulding released her third studio album, titled Delirium, on 6 November 2015, with "On My Mind" as the album's lead single. In December 2015, she received her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance for her single "Love Me like You Do". Elena Jane Goulding was raised in Lyonshall, the second of four children. Arthur Goulding, came from a family of undertakers, while Tracy, used to work at a supermarket. When she was 5, her parents separated; later she had a stepfather, a lorry driver, whom she considered "horrible".Ellie Goulding – Goulding at the premiere of the film Divergent on 18 March 2014
13. La Toya Jackson – La Toya Yvonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. Jackson is the fifth child of the Jackson family. An EP called Starting Over was released on June 2011. Up, La Toya was a shy homebody. Jackson would spend some of her preaching door-to-door. "Michael and I witnessed, knocking on doors around Los Angeles, spreading the word of Jehovah." La Toya graduated in 1975. She aspired to be an attorney specializing in law. Jackson attended college for a short time before her father insisted that she pursue a career in business like the rest of the family. Along with their brothers, her sisters sang, danced and performed skits. In 1978 during the filming of The Wiz, La Toya traveled to New York. Sharing an apartment, it was the first time either of them had lived elsewhere as adults. Michael and La Toya, would not move out of the family's Encino, Los Angeles, California home until they were 30 and 31 respectively. Her lovers during this period included Diana Ross' brother a young David Gest. Jackson also dated Bobby DeBarge and was the inspiration for Switch's 1979 hit "I Call Your Name".La Toya Jackson – Jackson in 2011
14. Kesha – Kesha Rose Sebert is an American singer, songwriter, rapper. At age 18, she was signed to producer Dr. Luke's label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came after appearing on American rapper Flo Rida's number-one single "Right Round". Cannibal, were released in 2010. Kesha's image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the United States. A string of top-ten singles from the album and its re-release. At the same time, Kesha continued to write songs for other artists, including "Till the World Ends" for Britney Spears. "Tik Tok" is among the digital singles in history, selling over 14 million units internationally. After experimenting with country, electronic music, she stuck with the latter. Thematically, her music generally revolves around escapism, partying, individuality, supernatural moments, grief. She has been involved with LGBT activism. Kesha has received several nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, Kesha has reportedly sold over 60 million records worldwide. She was born in California. A single mother, struggled financially while supporting herself, Kesha, Kesha's older brother Lagan; they relied on welfare payments and food stamps to get by.Kesha – Kesha at Planes: Fire & Rescue premiere at El Capitan Theatre in July 2014
15. Alicia Keys – Alicia Augello Cook, known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, record producer and philanthropist. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned five Grammy Awards in 2002, becoming the American singer to win five Grammys in one night. It produced her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" which won Song of the Year. The song "My Boo" with Usher, scored a second number-one single in 2004. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Keys released Unplugged, which debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994. Keys has made guest appearances on several television series, beginning with The Cosby Show and most recently on season 2 of Empire. Keys made her debut in Smokin' Aces and also went on to appear in 2007. Her third album, As I Am, was sold five million copies worldwide, earning Keys an additional three Grammy Awards. It produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One". Keys appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, which earned a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards.Alicia Keys – Keys at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards in Sydney Australia.
16. Bruno Mars – Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, choreographer. Mars moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, he signed a recording contract in 2009. In 2009, Mars "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy. Mars featured for both singles becoming recognized as a solo artist. Unorthodox Jukebox, peaked at number one in the United States. The album spawned the international singles "Locked Out of Heaven", "When I Was Your Man" and "Treasure". In 2014, he lent his vocals to Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk". In 2016, Mars released his third studio 24K Magic with the lead single of the same title released on October 7, 2016. To date, Mars has sold over 100 million singles and worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. In December 2013, Mars ranked number one under 30 list. He is known for his stage performances and showmanship. He performs in a wide range of musical styles. Bruno Mars was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu.Bruno Mars – Mars performing in Las Vegas in 2010
17. Bridgit Mendler – Bridgit Claire Mendler is an American actress, singer, songwriter. In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha. As a teenager, Mendler starred in the films Labor Pains. In 2009, she signed with Disney Channel and played Juliet van Heusen on Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2011, she appeared in Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas, the film based on the series. Mendler starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, in which her character Olivia performs numerous songs. Two singles were released from the soundtrack featuring her vocals, with both charting on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, she released her album Hello My Name Is... which featured a sound. It debuted at number 30 on the US Billboard 200, has sold over 200,000 copies. Her debut single off the album, "Ready or Not", became an international Top 40 hit. The song was certified gold in Norway; platinum in New Zealand, the United States, Canada; and peaked at number 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was announced that her second single would be "Hurricane". The video premiered on April 12, 2013 and was shot in London. "Hurricane" has been certified gold in the United States. Mendler has links with several philanthropic projects and humanitarian causes.Bridgit Mendler – Mendler in May 2013
18. Mina (singer) – Anna Maria Quaini OMRI, known as Mina Mazzini or simply Mina, is an Italian singer. In performance, Mina swing music, which made her the most versatile pop singer in Italian music. Mina reached an unsurpassed level of popularity. She has scored 71 singles on the Italian charts. Mina's TV appearances in 1959 were the first for a female rock and singer in Italy. Her syncopated singing earned her the nickname Queen of Screamers. The public also labeled her the Tiger of Cremona for her wild gestures and body shakes. Mina's cool act shaved eyebrows to create a "bad girl" image. Mina's voice has distinctive great power. Her main themes are anguished love stories performed in dramatic tones. The latter song was covered by several performers abroad. Shirley Bassey carried Mina's ballad "Grande grande grande" to other English-speaking countries in 1973. Mina's easy duet "Parole parole" was turned into a worldwide hit by Dalida and Alain Delon in 1974. Mina has continued to release popular albums on a yearly basis to the present day. Anna Maria Mazzini was born into a working-class family in Lombardy.Mina (singer) – Mina in the Teatro 10 television programme in 1972
19. Kylie Minogue – Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Since then, she has achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the industry. Minogue has been recognised with several honorific nicknames including "Princess of Pop" and "Goddess of Pop". She is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association. Raised in Melbourne, Australia, she has for many years lived in London. Minogue released the next year. Returning to more mainstream dance-oriented music, Minogue signed to Parlophone and released "Spinning Around". Her 2001 single "Can't Get You Out of My Head" became one of the most successful singles during the 2000s, selling over ten million units. It is recognised as her "signature song" and was named "...the catchiest song ever" by Yahoo! Music. Her Fever was a hit including the United States. In 2005, while Minogue was on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After treatment, Minogue resumed the tour under the Showgirl: The Tour, which critics viewed as a "triumph". Minogue resumed work as an actress and appeared in the films Moulin Rouge!, Jack & Diane, Holy Motors.Kylie Minogue – Minogue at an amfAR event, 2015
20. Lani Misalucha – Lani Bayot Misalucha is a Filipino singer who performs pop, rock, jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, operatic arias. Her ability to sing across several genres gave the title "Asia's Nightingale" by MTV Southeast Asia. Since arriving in Las Vegas in 2004, she has been called "New Siren of the Strip." Misalucha also performed at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. In March 2008, Misalucha was voted the "Singer" in the "27th Annual Best of Las Vegas" poll by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In 2009, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman proclaimed December 4 as "Lani Misalucha Day" in the city. In 2014, she signed a recording contract with Star Records, releasing an album entitled The Nightingale Returns. Lani Misalucha was born into a musical family. Misalucha was tutored by her parents. At age 20, Misalucha sang with the Andres Bonifacio Choir of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Misalucha also recorded "Sakayan ng Jeep," Bodjie Dasig's ballad. After Misalucha obtained her degree in Business Management from the Philippine Christian University, she married Noli Misalucha (gave birth to two children, Lian and Louven. She is a os for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. Misalucha recorded an album "More than I Should" of the same title written by Bodjie Dasig in 1993. The album included Misalucha's cover of Fifth Dimension's "Somebody Warm Like Me".Lani Misalucha – Lani Misalucha performing in Taguig City
21. Harry Nilsson – Harry Edward Nilsson III, usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, fusions of Caribbean sounds. He is known for the charting singles "Everybody's Talkin'", "Without You", "Coconut". Nilsson also wrote the song "One", made famous by the rock band Three Dog Night. In 2015, he was voted No. 62 in Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time". Nilsson was born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1941. His paternal grandparents were Swedish circus performers and dancers, especially known for their "aerial ballet". His father, Harry Edward Nilsson Jr. abandoned the family when Harry was three years old. He grew up with his mother Bette and his younger half-sister. A mechanic in California, helped Nilsson improve his musical abilities. As well as his half-brother and a half-sister through his mother he also had three half-sisters and one half-brother through his father. Because of the poor financial situation of his family, Nilsson worked from an early age, including a job at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. When the theatre closed in 1960, he applied for a job at a bank, falsely claiming he was a high school graduate on his application. He had an aptitude for computers, which were beginning to be employed by banks at the time. He performed so well the bank retained him even after uncovering his deception regarding being a high school graduate.Harry Nilsson – Nilsson in 1976
22. Rihanna – Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known mononymously as Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer and songwriter. Rihanna ultimately signed a contract after auditioning for its then-president, hip hop producer and rapper Jay Z. After releasing four Recording Industry Association including the Grammy winner Unapologetic, Rihanna was recognized as a pop icon. Its single "Work" reached number-one on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100. With sales exceeding 200 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Forbes was named later that year. Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Barbados. Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Black Barbadian and Irish descent. Rihanna sold clothes in a stall on the street. Rihanna's childhood was deeply affected by her father's addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol which contributed to her parents' strained marriage. Her health began to improve. She began singing around the age of seven. Rihanna was an cadet in a sub-military programme; the singer-songwriter Shontelle was her sergeant. Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead. In 2003, Rihanna formed a musical trio with two of her classmates.Rihanna – Rihanna grew up in the city of Bridgetown, Barbados.
23. Kelly Rowland – Kelly Rowland is an American singer, songwriter, actress, television personality and mogul. Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005, she released her second album Ms. Kelly, which included international hits "Like This" and "Work". The song's global success influenced singers like band member Beyoncé to explore house music. Rowland on her third album Here I Am, which spawned the international top-ten hit "Commander" and US R&B/Hip-Hop number-one "Motivation". Rowland's fourth album Talk a Good Game, which saw a return to her "R&B roots", was released to positive reviews. Throughout a career spanning 18 years, she has sold over million records with Destiny's Child. Her work has earned her several nominations, including four Grammy Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards. In 2014, Fuse ranked Rowland in their "100 Most Award-Winning Artists" list at number 20. She currently hosts BET's Chasing Destiny with Frank Gatson Jr. They formed a girl group, June's Diary. Kelendria Trene Rowland was born on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Doris Rowland and Christopher Lovett Rowland. Kelly has an older brother named Orlando. When she was seven, her mother took her and left her father, an abusive alcoholic. At the age of eight, she relocated to Houston.Kelly Rowland – Rowland in April 2012
24. Serena Ryder – Serena Ryder is a Canadian musician. Born in Toronto, Ryder grew up in Millbrook, Ontario. She first gained national recognition in 2007. She also possesses a three-octave vocal range and is considered a mezzo-soprano. Her timbre has been described slightly nasal with a raspy lower register. She is the daughter of Barbara Ryder and her second husband Andrew McKibbon. She was raised just outside Leonard Cohen records that she found in her parents' collection. Ryder was the only child in her family. At age seven, she would sing at Legion halls and motor hotels. Having received a guitar from her stepfather, Ryder began playing the instrument at the age of thirteen. Songwriting efforts followed. At fifteen, she was playing old folk tunes with her piano teacher in coffee houses and legion halls. She has stated "I'd been writing a lot since I was maybe eleven years old. I wasn't doing diary entries; I needed to express something a little deeper than that, which I couldn't express in conversation. And I'd been singing since I was a little kid, doing cover songs at gigs.Serena Ryder – Ryder performing at Bowery Ballroom in May 2013.
25. Nicole Scherzinger – Nicole Scherzinger is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. In 2011 Scherzinger released her debut studio album, featured the top-ten hits "Don't Hold Your Breath" and "Right There". Big Fat Lie which had a minor impact on the charts, was preceded by three singles including, "Your Love". Nicole Scherzinger returned with her colleagues Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Dermot O'Leary, Rylan Clark and Matt Edmondson. Since her first entry in 2005, she has also scored 20 top 20 hits on the UK Singles Chart. Outside her work in the industry, she has many other ventures like Herbal Essences, Müller and helped to create the clothing brand Missguided. Scherzinger is involved in charitable activities. She was born into a Catholic family. Alfonso Valiente, is of Filipino descent, while her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, has Native Hawaiian and Ukrainian ancestry. Scherzinger's parents separated when she was still a baby. When she was six years old, her maternal family moved with her sister, Keala, her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger. Scherzinger took her stepfather's surname after he adopted her. Scherzinger first later attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. She began performing in Louisville, performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville. As a teenager, she was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair's Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest.Nicole Scherzinger – Scherzinger attending will.i.am 's album wrap party in Hollywood in August 2012.
26. Britney Spears – Britney Jean Spears is an American singer, dancer and actress. Spears's first and second studio albums...Baby One More Time and Oops!... I Did It Again, became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. Title tracks "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops!... I Did It Again" broke international sales records. In 2001, Spears released her self-titled third studio album, Britney, played the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone, which yielded the worldwide success of the single "Toxic". In 2007, Spears's much-publicized personal issues sent her career into hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released later that year, spawned singles such as "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me". Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the following year, at which point she was placed under a still ongoing conservatorship. Spears's sixth studio album, Circus, included the international chart-topping single "Womanizer". Her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, became her first to yield three top-ten singles in the United States. She released her eighth studio album Britney Jean in 2013. Later that year, Spears began the four-year residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. In 2016, Spears released her ninth studio album, Glory.Britney Spears – Spears at the 102.7 KIIS FM Wango Tango concert in Carson, California, May 2013
27. Gwen Stefani – Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer. During the band's hiatus, Stefani embarked by releasing her debut studio Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Inspired from the 1980s, the album was met with both commercial success. In 2006 Stefani released her second studio album The Sweet Escape. The album produced two successful singles: "Wind It Up" and the album's title track "The Sweet Escape". Stefani has won three Grammy Awards. As a artist she has received several accolades, including an American Music Award, Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards. In 2003, she expanded her collection with drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion. Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls. She was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2015 and they have three sons. Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the 54th most successful artist and 37th most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade. VH1 ranked her 13th on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012.Gwen Stefani – Stefani at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
28. Slim Whitman – He stated that he had sold in excess of 120 million records. In the 1950s Whitman toured as the opening act. In the US his a reworking of the Doris Day hit "Secret Love" both reached No. 2 on the Billboard country chart. Throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, he continued to release new material. Twilight on the Trail, was produced by his son Byron Whitman and was released in 2010, when Whitman was 87 years old. Whitman was born in Oak Park, Tampa, Florida, on January 20, 1923. one of six siblings, to Ottis and Lucy Whitman. Whilst aboard ship he would entertain members aboard. This resulted in the captain blocking his transfer to another ship—hence saving his life, as the other ship later sank with no surviving hands. Whitman's early ambitions were to become either a professional baseball player. Whitman was a left-handed guitarist, though he was right-handed. He had lost almost all of the second finger while working at a meat packing plant. He was briefly nicknamed The Smiling Starduster after a stint with a group called The Stardusters. Whitman's big break came when talent manager "Colonel" Thomas Parker heard him singing on the radio and offered to represent him. Whitman complete with yodel. He sang in a variety of venues, including the radio show Louisiana Hayride.Slim Whitman – Ottis "Slim" Whitman
29. Joe Yamanaka – Akira Yamanaka, better known as Joe Yamanaka, was a Japanese singer and actor. He is known with Flower Travellin' Band and as a solo musician; singing at a vocal range of three octaves. As an actor he appeared in many television movies, such as Takashi Miike's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka and the 1989 version of Zatoichi. While doing work in Jamaica, he met local musicians and later became involved in reggae music. His work was a personal inspiration to help those who were growing up in similar conditions that he had experienced as a child. Akira Yamanaka was born on September 2, 1946. The only knowledge of his father was that he was a US soldier from either Cuba or Jamaica. Joe grew up in an orphanage after his stepfather died. As a teenage boxer, he used the name Akira Joh. Joe and Rikiya starred in the 1963 Japanese film Bicycle Thieves. In 1966, he became a member of the group sounds band 4.9.1. Four years later, while in the band Mystic Morning with Hideki Ishima, the two of them were scouted by Yuya Uchida for Flower Travellin' Band. They are now considered a pioneering and influential Japanese band. In his acting career he was known as one of the three "tough guys" in Japanese cinema, along with Tsunehiko Watase and Jerry Fujio. The trio noted fighting prowess.Joe Yamanaka – Cover of Japanesque with Akira Ito and Hideki Ishima.