Category:Singers with a three-octave vocal range
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The following 37 pages are in this category, out of 37 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Alice Babs – Alice Babs was a Swedish singer and actress. She worked in a number of genres – Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs. While she was best known internationally as a singer, Babs also competed as Swedens first annual competition entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest 1958. In 1972 she was named Sweden’s Royal Court Singer, the first non-opera singer as such, after making her breakthrough in the film Swing it magistern, she appeared in more than a dozen Swedish-language films. Despite being cast as the well-behaved, good-hearted, cheerful girl, a vicar called the Babs cult the foot and mouth disease of cultural life. In 1958, she was the first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, the same year, she formed Swe-Danes with guitarist Ulrik Neumann and violinist Svend Asmussen. The group would tour the United States together, before dissolving in 1965. A long and productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington began in 1963, among other works, Babs participated in performances of Ellingtons second and third Sacred Concerts which he had written originally for her. Her voice had a range of more than three octaves, Ellington said that when she was not available to sing the parts that he had written for her, in 1963, her recording of After Youve Gone reached No.43 in the British charts. In 1943 Babs married Nils Ivar Sjöblom and their three children are Lilleba Sjöblom Lagerbäck, Lars-Ivar Sjöblom, and Titti Sjöblom. Titti Sjöblom appeared with her mother in recordings and radio shows from the mid-1950s, at the end of Alice Babs career, mother and daughter again toured together. 1973–2004 Babs and her husband resided in Costa del Sol, while working in Sweden. In their later years, they returned to Sweden, Babs died of complications from Alzheimers disease at age 90 on 11 February 2014 in Stockholm. Thunder and Lightning Alice Babs discography includes more than 800 recordings since her debut with Joddlarflickan in 1939, the following is a list of her recordings available on CD, listed chronologically from when they were originally recorded. Originally recorded, 1939–53 Sonora 548493-2 Swing it, Alice, originally recorded 1960–1969 EMI724353989422 Den olydiga ballongen/Hej du måne, originally recorded, 1968–76 Prophone PCD045 What a joyAlice Babs – Alice Babs, c. 1940
2. Florence Ballard – Florence Glenda Chapman was an American vocalist. She was one of the members of the popular Motown vocal female group the Supremes. Ballard sang on sixteen top forty singles with the group, including ten number-one hits, after being removed from the Supremes in 1967, Ballard tried an unsuccessful solo career with ABC Records before she was dropped from the label at the end of the decade. Ballard struggled with alcoholism, depression, and poverty for three years and she was making an attempt for a musical comeback when she died of a heart attack in February 1976 at age 32. Ballards death was considered by one critic as one of rocks greatest tragedies, Ballard was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Supremes in 1988. Florence Glenda Ballard was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 30,1943 to Lurlee and Jesse Ballard and 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 and her father was born Jesse Lambert in Bessemer, Alabama, after his grandmother was shot and killed, he was adopted by the Ballard family. Jesse Ballard left his parents at thirteen and soon engaged in an affair with Ballards mother. The Ballards moved to Detroit in 1929, Jesse soon worked at General Motors. Jesse, a musician, helped instigate Florences interest in singing, he taught her various songs. Named Blondie and Flo by family and friends, Ballard attended Northeastern High School and was coached vocally by Abraham Silver, Ballard met future singing partner Mary Wilson during a middle-school talent show and they became friends while attending Northeastern High. From an early age, Ballard aspired to be a singer and agreed to audition for a spot on a group of the local Detroit attraction, the Primes. After she was accepted, Ballard recruited Mary Wilson to join Jenkins group, Wilson, in turn, enlisted another neighbor, Diana Ross, then going by Diane. Betty McGlown completed the lineup and Jenkins named them as The Primettes. The group performed at talent showcases and at parties before auditioning for Motown Records in 1960. Berry Gordy, head of Motown, advised the group to graduate high school before auditioning again. Ballard eventually dropped out of school though her groupmates graduated. In 1960, Ballard was raped at knifepoint by local basketball player Reggie Harding after leaving a sock hop at Detroits Graystone BallroomFlorence 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 in Washington, D. C. on April 16,1864. She began singing at an age, in her church choir. In 1885, she began touring with the Bergen Star Company and she was a contemporary of Marie Selika Williams, Madam Flower Bronze Melba, and Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones. She performed with Jones in 1885 in Providence, Rhode Island and was considered her rival. She married John Bergen in 1887 and their marriage was fodder for tabloids. Bergen promoted Batsons career and rivalry with Jones, even dubbing Batson The Real Patti in response to Jones promotion as The Black Patti, supported by Bergens management and touring company, she performed all over the world, including performances for royalty and religious leaders. After Bergens death in 1896, she toured with a variety of singing companies and she sang duets with Gerard Millar in the South before the War Company. They also toured together in Australia in 1899 and 1900 with Orpheus McAdoos Georgia Minstrels, Batson died in Philadelphia on December 1,1906Flora Batson – Flora Batson
4. Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Currently he is a singer in the band Antemasque, and also sings and plays guitar in his band Zavalaz. He has also played drums for a number of acts, including the dub act De Facto and more recently Big Sir, Bixler-Zavala has a Tenor voice type, with a range spanning from D2 to C7. In 2016, it was revealed that Bixler-Zavala developed vocal nodules. Bixler-Zavala is fond of Frank Zappaesque humour and writes in English, Spanish, “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 with At the Drive-in and 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 Singles Series, released in December 2005. Their self-titled debut album was released by ATP Records in June 2012, Bixler has stated that he has been working on an album with the last Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, although it remains unreleased to date. Since 2011 Bixler was working on album, which he described as mostly ballady type stuff. a very sunday morning record. Eventually the solo project turned into a band named Zavalaz. The band is set to play a number of West Coast tour dates throughout June, supported by Dot Hacker, on June 3,2013, a snippet from song Blue Rose of Grand Street off their upcoming album All the Nights We Never Met was released on YouTube. Cedric has been back into the studio after reuniting with Omar Rodriguez López due to Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea and they have now formed a supergroup together called Antemasque with ex-Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. Recording new material and new a new album to be released in 2014, fans have cited that as Flea & Dave have played with the Mars Volta prior, a Mars Volta reunion could be in the works. Bixler-Zavala has 1/4 German and 3/4 Mexican-Spanish heritage, most of his Spanish ancestry can be traced to Galicia and Navarre in Spain. His Spanish maternal surname Zavala, is a Spanish version of Zabala and his earliest paternal ancestors on his mothers side were fishermen and traders from the Basque region of Gipuzkoa and were employed by the Spanish government as colonists to the New World. Their names were Antonio-Joaquin de Zabala and Francesca Maria de Navarro. in New Orleans, the Zabalas chose to marry in Mexico over Cuba or Louisiana, and the Zatarains chose to settle in Louisiana. In 2009 Bixler-Zavala married actress and model Chrissie Carnell, the couple reside in Los Angeles, California. They had their first children, twin boys Ulysses and Xanthus, Cedrics life has been heavily impacted by the deaths of people who have been in close association with him, several of which have become themes for his lyrics. Jimmy Hernandez, bass player for Los Dregtones, died of cancer in 1994, bernie Rincon, an original drummer of At The Drive-In, committed suicideCedric Bixler-Zavala – Cedric Bixler-Zavala live at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH
5. Lydia Canaan – A mezzo-soprano that Billboard notes as having a three-octave range and perfect pitch, Canaans unique style fuses Middle-Eastern quarter notes and microtones with anglophone rock. Canaan began her career performing amid enemy military attacks in protest of the Lebanese Civil War, society writes that In a small country that was ripped by war, there was this young girl making a difference. Canaans unprecedented musical debut defied tradition, challenged convention, and 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. Born and raised in Brummana, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War to a prominent Greek Orthodox Christian family, Canaan studied at Brummana High School, from a young age, singing and dancing were Canaans essential outlet and catharsis. Raised in a family, Canaans parents forbid her artistry. In 1984 the teenaged Canaan under the stage name Angel joined heavy metal band Equation, Canaans talent, personality, and stage presence brought her to prominence among Lebanese youth. She first donned her trademark, trend-setting revealing leather outfits with studs and dramatic capes, off stage, Canaans Alma Mater, Brummana High School, voted her Best Dressed. On stage, her provocative costumes made her a sex symbol, the Daily Star wrote, On stage, with her daring looks and style, Canaan became a role model. At the height of their success the band drew a crowd of over 15,000. Canaans first original composition, Why All The Hurt, a tribute to a friend that she wrote as a teenager, was a No.1 hit on the radio charts in Lebanon. Concerning Canaans first concert with Equation, The Gulf Today writes, society magazine states, Tickets were sold out but more teenagers stormed in to see the young Angel perform. To accommodate the crowd, the organizers had to stamp on each fans hand as they ran out of tickets. Her last concert with Equation was in 1986, as Canaans music evolved, her fame grew. With Lebanon under Syrian occupation, Canaans concerts were held in East Beirut, Mount Lebanon, in Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon, Canaan performed a sell-out concert under tight security after receiving numerous death threats. In 1987 Canaan performed to a crowd of 20,000 at the Beirut Rock Festival. In 1988, she held concerts for three consecutive nights at Casino du Liban, the last performer to grace its stage until it resumed activity following the end of the Liberation War in 1990. Canaan received praise from prestigious international Arabic newspapers Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Hayat, International Lebanese singer whose voice invaded the European market, making its mark. In 1989 Canaan left Lebanon and settled in Zurich, Switzerland, there she took vocal lessons with soprano Anita MontiLydia Canaan – Lydia Canaan, first rock star of the Middle East
6. Lou Christie – Christie was born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco on February 19,1943, in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, and grew up in suburban Pittsburgh. While attending Moon Area High School, he studied music and voice, served as student conductor of the choir and his teacher Frank Cummings wanted him to pursue a career in classical music, but Sacco wanted to cut a record to get on American Bandstand. After graduating from school in 1961, Sacco traveled to New York. In 1962, Sacco approached Nick Cenci with some demo tapes, Cenci liked his falsetto voice and suggested that he listen to the Four Seasons recent hit Sherry. Sacco and Herbert used the song as a model to write a song called “The Gypsy Cried. The name Lou Christie was chosen by C & C Records, 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, Levy released the single on Roulette, but initially nothing happened. Airplay slowly spread across the country, and The Gypsy Cried reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling over one 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 second 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, with those hits, Christie joined Dick Clarks Caravan of Stars Tour. During this pre-Army phase of his career, the female vocalists featured on Christies records were The Tammys, a trio from Pleasantville, Venango County, Pennsylvania. Christie and Herbert wrote the single Egyptian Shumba for the group, Christies third Roulette release, How Many Teardrops, stalled at #46 as Christies career was temporarily derailed by his induction into the US Army. Christie would not have another charting single for two and a half years, Christies career was quickly re-established after his discharge from the military when he signed with the MGM label. MGM reportedly disliked Christies first single for the label, the Christie-Herbert song Lightnin Strikes, but Christies new management promoted the record in California, and when it gained some traction, MGM released it. Lightnin Strikes reached #1 in the U. S. on Christies 23rd birthday on February 19,1966, entered the UK Top 20, becoming his first hit in that country, and peaked at #1 in Canada. The song featured his signature falsetto and included a female chorus shouting Stop. in counterpoint to the vocal, When I see lips begging to be kissed I cant stop. Later, after the ends, the wipers seem to say never, never. Many radio stations banned the song after hearing the lyrics, BabyLou Christie – Lou Christie (center) with the Earth Angels
7. Kelly Clarkson – Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American Idol, Clarksons debut single, A Moment Like This, topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the U. S. It was followed with her studio album, Thankful, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Trying to reinvent her own image, Clarkson decided to part ways with American Idol management and developed a pop sound for her second album. It sold over 15 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards and she took further creative control for her third album, My December, by becoming the executive producer and co-writing the entire material. However, it caused feud with her label, that was dissatisfied with her darker, less commercial rock music, Clarkson returned to the top of the charts with her more mainstream-oriented fourth album, All I Ever Wanted. Its lead single, My Life Would Suck Without You, holds the record for the biggest jump to one on the Billboard Hot 100. She scored another Hot 100 number-one single with Stronger from her studio album. Clarkson also became the first act to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album twice. Her sixth studio album and first Christmas record, Wrapped in Red, ended up as the holiday album of the year. Her seventh and final album under RCA, Piece by Piece, was her album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Its title track became her eleventh single on the Hot 100. She signed with Atlantic Records in 2016 and has prepared a soul-influenced album for a 2017 release, Clarkson has sold over 70 million records worldwide and scored a total of 100 number ones on the Billboard charts. Her accolades include three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards. Often called one of the best vocalists in the industry, Clarkson is known for her powerhouse voice and she became the first artist in history to top each of Billboards pop, adult contemporary, country and dance charts. She was ranked nineteenth on VH1s list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, Clarkson has also ventured into television and film, as well as writing childrens book. Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann, a first-grade English teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson and she is the youngest of three children with a brother named Jason and a sister named Alyssa. Clarkson also has two half brothers from her fathers second marriageKelly Clarkson – Clarkson at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013
8. Celine Dion – Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC OQ ChLD is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. Dion first gained recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Following a series of French albums during the 1980s, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States, in 1990, Dion released her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. During the 1990s, with the help of Angélil, she achieved fame after releasing several English albums along with additional French albums. Her albums, Falling into You and Lets Talk About Love, were certified diamond in the US while Deux became the best-selling French-language album of all time. However, in 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment to start a family and spend time with her husband and she returned to the top of pop music in 2002 and signed to perform nightly in A New Day. A five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Paradise and it became the most successful residency show of all time, grossing US $385 million. Dions music has influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese. While her releases have received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop musics most influential voices. Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and she is the second best-selling 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 the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over 200 million copies worldwide. Dion was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse, a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion, Dion was raised a Roman Catholic in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy home in Charlemagne. Music had always been a part of the Dion family, indeed, Dion herself was named after the song Céline. Thereafter, she continued to perform with her siblings in her parentss small piano bar called Le Vieux Baril, from an early age, Dion had dreamed of being a performer. In a 1994 interview with People magazine, she recalled, I missed my family and my home, I had one dream, I wanted to be a singer. At age 12, Dion collaborated with her mother and her brother Jacques to write and compose her first song, Ce nétait quun rêve, whose title translates as It Was Only a Dream or Nothing But A Dream. Her brother, Michel Dion, sent the recording to music manager René Angélil, Angélil was moved to tears by Dions voice and decided to make her a starCeline Dion – Celine Dion, 2012
9. Penny Ford – Penny Ford is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she rose to fame in the 1980s after signing a contract with Total Experience Records. The album spawned the singles Change Your Wicked Way and Dangerous and she garnered international fame as lead singer of Eurodance group Snap. The album contained hits The Power, Ooops Up, Cult of Snap, and Mary Had a Little Boy and their hiatus saw the release of Fords second album, Penny Ford, which established her as a solo artist worldwide, featured the singles Daydreaming and I Lose Control. She has also been a member of groups Klymaxx and Soul II Soul, in 2006, she returned to Snap. and began touring worldwide with them. Throughout her career, Ford has sold over 16 million records, Penny Ford was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Carolyn Griffith, an evangelist, and Gene Redd, Sr. a veteran record company executive and producer. Pennys older half-sister Sharon Redd was also a singer, Ford attended St. Mark Catholic School in Cincinnati, where she enrolled in dance and music classes. Fords interest in music and performing continued after winning a talented teen pageant at an age, reading a Maya Angelou piece. In 1979, she snuck into a club where she landed a job as a background singer for electro-funk group Zapp as part of a Parliament-Funkadelic World Funk Tour at age 14. After graduated from school at age 16, she traveled to Los Angeles where she auditioned at a studio for Motown and was given a job as a demo singer. Following a stint as a GAP Band backing vocalist, Ford released an album entitled Pennye in 1984,76, and Dangerous, which reached No.43. In 1986, Ford replaced Lorena Shelby as the singer of Klymaxx. After a year on the road, Ford joined The S. O. S, Band for a six-month stint, including recording Its Time to Move for the Police Academy soundtrack. In 1988, Ford became friends with fellow vocalist Chaka Khan, while singing background vocals on Our Day Will Come and she also toured as a background vocalist for Khans European Tour in 1988. During a trip to Germany in late 1989, Ford was asked to substitute for Chaka Khan when she couldnt make it to a recording session, the session was for the recording of an album for a new electronic dance band group being put together called Snap. The original line-up for the group consisted of Ford, rapper Turbo B, in early 1990, the group released their debut single The Power, which immediately became an international hit selling over a million copies in America. Released their debut album World Power, although it did not chart on the Dutch MegaCharts, it earned gold certification from the NVPI, for sales in excess of 60,000 copies in the Netherlands. World Power has also certified gold in Australia, Austria, Sweden, the United KingdomPenny Ford – Penny Ford
10. John Gary – For the U. S. politician of the same name, see John G. Gary John Gary was an American singer, recording artist, television host, and performer on the musical stage. From Watertown, New York, Gary started singing at the age of 5 and he joined his older sister, Shirley Strader. At the age of 9, he won a 3-year scholarship to the prestigious Cathedral School of St John in Manhattan and he auditioned for the choir master, Norman Coke-Jeffcott. At the age of 10, Gary had won two pins of distinction from the American Theatre Wing Merchant Seamans Club for the Stage Door Canteen, aged 12, he toured the southern states with Frank Pursley, a blind pianist for the Mason Conservatory. Gary sang in movies, on Broadway, had his own television show and he appeared thirty times as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. He traveled across the US and Canada with approximately 40 concerts per year, for six years he gave community concerts in over 400 cities and towns. He was a singer, who recorded 23 albums for RCA Victor Records. Prior to national stardom, Gary appeared on local New Orleans television station WDSU-TV and he also appeared at the Blue Room of the Roosevelt Hotel. He performed The John Gary Show, three shows a week, presaging his national show a decade later, a summer replacement for the Danny Kaye Show. Gary was considered by many to be one of the most talented of popular singers due to his extraordinary breath control and he had an exceptionally wide range of three and 1/2 octaves. His singing ranged from robust baritone to a high sweet tenor often in the same song, many popular songs of the time were suited to his intimate style. After signing with RCA Victor, Gary was nominated for a 1964 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, in 1960, he joined ASCAP and composed several popular songs. He had five songs made the adult contemporary chart in Billboard magazine. The song Cold, released in 1967, was his most successful, however, the song failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. In 1968 he voiced John Alden in the Rankin/Bass Animated TV special The Mouse on the Mayflower, RCA has reissued some of his recordings and a 92-track, four-CD box set on the Collectables label. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, John Gary died at age 65 of prostate cancer in Dallas, Texas. LP ALBUMS LA BREA 8010/S8010-1961 pre RCA Victor only known album on this label, adult Contemporary chart John Garys official websiteJohn Gary – John Gary in 1966
11. Marvin Gaye – Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums Whats Going On and Lets Get It On, Gayes later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo soul. Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit Sexual Healing, on April 1,1984, Gayes father, Marvin Gay Sr. fatally shot him at their house in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Marvin Gaye was born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 2,1939, at Freedmans Hospital in Washington, D. C. to church minister Marvin Gay Sr. and domestic worker Alberta Gay. His first home was in a housing project, the Fairfax Apartments at 1617 1st Street SW in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood. Although one of the citys oldest neighborhoods, with many elegant Federal-style homes, most buildings were small, in extensive disrepair, and lacked both electricity and running water. The alleys were full of one- and two-story shacks, and nearly every dwelling was overcrowded, Gaye and his friends nicknamed the area Simple City, owing to its being half-city, half country. Gaye was the second eldest of the four children. He had two sisters, Jeanne and Zeola, and one brother, Frankie Gaye and he also had two half-brothers, Michael Cooper, his mothers son from a previous relationship, and Antwaun Carey Gay, born as a result of his fathers extramarital affairs. Gaye started singing in church when he was four years old, Gaye and his family were part of a Pentecostal church known as the House of God. The House of God took its teachings from Hebrew Pentecostalism, advocated strict conduct, Gaye developed a love of singing at an early age and was encouraged to pursue a professional music career after a performance at a school play at 11 singing Mario Lanzas Be My Love. His home life consisted of brutal whippings by his father, who struck him for any shortcoming, the young Gaye described living in his fathers house as similar to. living with a king, a very peculiar, changeable, cruel, and all powerful king. He felt that had his mother not consoled him and encouraged his singing and his sister later explained that Gaye was beaten often, from age seven well into his teenage years. Gaye attended Syphax Elementary School and then Randall Junior High School, Gaye began to take singing much more seriously in junior high, and he joined and became a singing star with the Randall Junior High Glee Club. In 1953 or 1954, the Gays moved into the East Capitol Dwellings public housing project in D. C. s Capitol View neighborhood and their townhouse apartment was Marvins home until 1962. Gaye briefly attended Spingarn High School before transferring to Cardozo High School, at Cardozo, Gaye joined several doo-wop vocal groups, including the Dippers and the D. C. Gayes relationship with his father worsened during his years, as his father would kick him out of the house often. In 1956, 17-year-old Gaye dropped out of school and enlisted in the United States Air Force as a basic airmanMarvin 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, songwriter and record producer. Her career began when she met record producers Starsmith and Frankmusik, and she was spotted by Jamie Lillywhite. After signing to Polydor Records in July 2009, Goulding released her extended play, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding. In 2010, she became the second artist to top the BBCs annual Sound of, poll and win the Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year. She released her studio album, Lights, in 2010. The albums title track, Lights, was released in the US in March 2011, Gouldings second studio album, Halcyon, was released in October 2012. Anything Could Happen preceded the album as the lead single, Halcyon debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and after 65 weeks reached number one. Halcyon debuted at nine on the US Billboard 200. Halcyon Days, an edition of Halcyon, was released on 23 August 2013, it included new singles including Burn. 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 albums 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 born on 30 December 1986 in Hereford and raised in Lyonshall, a village near Kington, Herefordshire. Her father, Arthur Goulding, came from a family of undertakers, while her mother, Tracy, when she was 5, her parents separated, later she had a stepfather who was a lorry driver, whom she considered horrible. At 9, she playing the clarinet and at 14 began learning guitar. Goulding attended Lady Hawkins High School in Kington where she won the role of the Scarecrow in a production of The Wizard of Oz. At 15, she started songwriting and while at Hereford Sixth Form College entered a competition and won. After she successfully showcased for Turn First head Sarah Stennett, she was told to leave university and was set up in a house in West London, Lillywhite became her manager and introduced her to the producer Starsmith who would become her chief collaborator and the primary producer of Lights. The single peaked at number fifty-three on the UK Singles Chart following an appearance on LaterEllie 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 and songwriter. Jackson is the child of the Jackson family. Jackson maintained a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, an EP called Starting Over was released on June 21,2011. In 2013, Jackson began the reality television series Life with La Toya, documenting her life, Growing up, La Toya was a shy homebody. After her mother became a member of the Jehovahs Witnesses in 1965, La Toya and she would spend some of her time preaching door-to-door. Every morning, Michael and I witnessed, knocking on doors around Los Angeles, by 1972, at sixteen, La Toya joined her brothers in the spotlight with a tap dancing routine when her father arranged for them to perform shows in Las Vegas, among other cities. La Toya attended the Cal-Prep school in Encino, Los Angeles CA, Jackson aspired to be an attorney specializing in business law. She attended college for a time before her father insisted that she pursue a career in show business like the rest of the family. In 1976 and 1977, La Toya and her sisters Rebbie and Janet appeared in all episodes of The Jacksons—a CBS-TV variety program, with their brothers Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael. Along with their brothers, La Toya and her sisters sang, in 1978 during the filming of The Wiz, La Toya traveled with her brother Michael, to New York. Sharing an apartment, it was the first time either of them had lived elsewhere as adults, close siblings, Michael and La Toya, would not move out of the familys Encino, Los Angeles, California home until they were 30 and 31 respectively. Her lovers during this period included Diana Ross brother Chico and a young David Gest, Jackson also dated Bobby DeBarge and was the inspiration for Switchs 1979 hit I Call Your Name. Under Joe Jacksons tutelage Rebbie, La Toya and Janet formed a musical group. However, they never performed live and soon separated because of creative differences about the future direction. Consequently, no related material was released by the trio. The next year, La Toya began work on her first solo album, in 1980, Jackson released her self-titled debut album. In order to distinguish herself from her famous brothers, The Jacksons, I begged just to have it La Toya. But my father said, Its your last name, but I wanted to see what I could do as an individualLa Toya Jackson – Jackson in 2011
14. Kesha – Kesha Rose Sebert is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Lukes label Kemosabe Records and her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on American rapper Flo Ridas number-one single Right Round. Her debut album, Animal, and her first extended play, Keshas music and image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the United States. She also achieved two number-one singles, Tik Tok and We R Who We R, and a string of singles from the album. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, Warrior, her second studio album, was released in 2012, spawning Keshas eighth top-ten single with Die Young, and her ninth and tenth Top 40 hits with CMon and Crazy Kids. Tik Tok is among the digital singles in history, selling over 14 million units internationally. Influenced by various genres and artists, Kesha primarily draws inspiration from music of the 1980s, Madonna, Queen, after experimenting with country, pop rock, and electronic music, Kesha stuck with the latter. Thematically, her music generally revolves around escapism, partying, individuality, supernatural moments, rebellion, Kesha has been involved with animal rights and LGBT activism. She has received awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has sold over 33 million records in the United States and 60 million records worldwide. Her recorded output has been curtailed since 2013 due to a dispute with her former producer Dr. Luke. Kesha alleged physical and emotional abuse and employment discrimination against Dr. Luke, while Dr. Luke claims breach of contract, Kesha was born in Los Angeles, California. Pebe, a mother, struggled financially while supporting herself, Kesha. When Kesha was an infant, Pebe would often have to look after her onstage while performing, Kesha says she has no knowledge of her fathers identity, though she has speculated that he may be Mick Jagger. Her mother is of German and Hungarian descent, one of Keshas great-grandfathers was Polish. Pebe moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 after securing a new publishing deal for her songwriting, Pebe frequently brought Kesha and her brothers along to recording studios and encouraged Kesha to sing when she noticed Keshas vocal talent. Kesha attended Franklin High School and Brentwood High School, but claimed that she did not fit in and she played the trumpet and later the saxophone in the marching band in school, and described herself in an interview with NPR as being a diligent student. After attaining a score on her SATs, she was offered a full scholarship at Barnard CollegeKesha – Kesha at Planes: Fire & Rescue premiere at El Capitan Theatre in July 2014
15. Alicia Keys – Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and actress. Keys released her album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia. Keys debut album, Songs in A Minor was released in 2001, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single Fallin, the album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003, spawning successful singles You Dont Know My Name, If I Aint Got You and Diary, the duet song My Boo with Usher scored her a second number-one single in 2004. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005, later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, becoming the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one. As I Am was released in 2007, producing the Hot 100 number-one single No One, selling 5 million copies worldwide, the Element of Freedom was released in 2009, becoming her first chart-topping album in the UK, and selling 4 million copies worldwide. Keys additionally collaborated with Jay Z on Empire State of Mind as her fourth number-one single, Girl on Fire was released in 2012 as her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track. Her second live album, VH1 Storytellers was released in 2013, Here was released in 2016, becoming her seventh R&B/Hip-Hop chart topping album. Keys made her first television appearance on The Cosby Show in 1985 as a four year old child and she made her film debut in Smokin Aces and later in The Nanny Diaries in 2007. Keys then had a NAACP Image Award nominated appearance in The Secret Life of Bees in 2008, Keys also made an appearance on season 2 of Empire in 2015. She is currently a coach on The Voice as of 2016, Keys has won numerous awards such as 15 Grammy Awards and 17 NAACP Image Awards. She has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide, considered a pop icon, Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed her number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. Time named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005, Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25,1981, in the Hells Kitchen area of Manhattan, New York City. She is the child of Teresa, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook. Keys father is African American and her mother is of Italian, Scottish, Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her multiracial heritage because she felt she was able to relate to different cultures. Her parents separated when she was two and she was raised by her mother during her formative years in Hells Kitchen. Keys has 2 younger half brothers, Clay Cook and Cole Cook, in 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtables sleepover guests in the episode Slumber Party. Throughout her childhood, Keys was sent to music and dance classes by her mother and she graduated in four years as valedictorian at the age of 16Alicia 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, and choreographer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and he graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. In 2009, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for the singles Nothin on You by B. o. B and he featured on the hooks for both singles, becoming recognized as a solo artist. His debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans included the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles Just the Way You Are and Grenade and his second album, 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, in 2014, Mars lent his vocals to Mark Ronsons Uptown Funk. In 2016, he released his studio album 24K Magic with the lead single of the same title released on October 7,2016. To date, he has sold over 100 million singles and albums combined worldwide, Mars has landed six number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since his career launched in 2010, attaining his first five faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. Mars has received awards and nominations, including five Grammy Awards. In December 2013, he ranked number one on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Mars is known for his stage performances and retro showmanship. He is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and horns. Mars performs in a range of musical styles. Peter Gene Hernandez was born on October 8,1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot and his father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii as a child, and was of Filipino and his parents met while performing in a show in which his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed Bruno by his father, because of his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars is one of six children and came from a family which exposed him to a diverse mix of genres including, reggae, rock, hip hop. His mother was both a singer and a dancer, and his father performed Little Richard rock and roll music, Mars uncle was an Elvis impersonator, and also encouraged three-year-old Mars to perform on stage. Mars performed songs by such as Michael Jackson, The Isley BrothersBruno Mars – Mars performing in Las Vegas in 2010
17. Bridgit Mendler – Bridgit Claire Mendler is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Mendler has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California, in 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha. As a teenager, she starred in the films Alice Upside Down, The Clique, in 2009, she signed with Disney Channel and played Juliet van Heusen on Wizards of Waverly Place. Following the positive reception to her character, she landed the role of Teddy Duncan on the Disney series Good Luck Charlie, in 2011, she appeared in Good Luck Charlie, Its 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, Mendler released her debut album Hello My Name Is. which featured a pop sound and it debuted at number 30 on the US Billboard 200, and 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, and 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. In 2010, she became ambassador to First Book, a campaign to encourage reading, in July 2012, she became ambassador of the campaign Give With Target with Target Corporation to raise funds to reform schools in the United States. She was featured in a March 2013 public campaign called Delete Digital Drama with the Seventeen magazine to end cyberbullying. In May 2013, she traveled to the United Kingdom to raise funds for the BBCs Comic Relief telethon, the campaign aimed to raise £100,000 and give families in poverty hope. In March 2014, Mendler traveled to El Quiché to participate in the project of Save the Children that helps underprivileged children in developing countries. She also represented the institution during the charity congress Save the Childrens annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, Mendler was born in Washington, D. C. She has a brother named Nick. She moved with her family to Mill Valley, California at the age of eight and it was there where she first expressed interest in acting and began working in plays. When she was eight years old, Mendler began taking part in local roles in dramatic and musical theatre, and became the youngest performer in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. When she was 11 years old, she hired an agent to help her get acting jobs, in 2004, Mendler got her first acting role in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha, in which she portrayed LucyBridgit 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 combined several styles with traditional Italian melodies and swing music. Mina dominated the charts for fifteen years and reached an unsurpassed level of popularity. She has scored 79 albums and 71 singles on the Italian charts, Minas TV appearances in 1959 were the first for a female rock and roll singer in Italy. Her loud 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. When she turned to light pop tunes, Minas chart-toppers in West Germany in 1962, Minas more refined sensual manner was introduced in 1960 with Gino Paolis ballad This World We Love In, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. Mina was banned from TV and radio in 1963 because her pregnancy and relationship with an actor did not accord with the dominant Catholic. After the ban, the broadcasting service RAI tried to continue to prohibit her songs. Minas cool act combined sex appeal with public smoking, dyed blonde hair, Minas voice has distinctive timbre and great power. Her main themes are anguished love stories performed in high dramatic tones, the singer combined classic Italian pop with elements of blues, R&B and soul music during the late 1960s, especially when she worked in collaboration with the singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti. The latter song was covered by several performers abroad, shirley Bassey carried Minas ballad Grande grande grande to charts in the U. S. U. K. and other English-speaking countries in 1973, Minas easy listening duet Parole parole was turned into a worldwide hit by Dalida and Alain Delon in 1974. Mina gave up public appearances in 1978 but has continued to release albums on a yearly basis to the present day. Anna Maria Mazzini was born into a family in Busto Arsizio. The family moved to work in Cremona in her childhood and she listened to American rock and roll and jazz records and was a frequent visitor at the Santa Tecla and the Taverna Messicana clubs of Milan, both known for promoting rock and roll. After finishing high school in 1958, she attended college where she majored in accounting. While on summer holiday in Versilia on 8 August 1958, Mazzini gave a performance of the song Unanima tra le mani to amuse her family after a concert at the La Bussola night club. During the following nights, Sergio Bernardini, the owner of the club, in September, she started her solo career with the backing of the band Happy BoysMina (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, Minogue has been a recording artist and has achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the entertainment industry. Minogue has been recognised with several nicknames including Princess of Pop. She is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Minogue has for many years worked and lived in London. She signed to PWL in 1987 and released her first studio album Kylie the next year, in 1992, she left PWL and signed with Deconstruction Records and where she created her self-titled studio album and Impossible Princess, both of which received positive reviews from critics. Returning to more mainstream dance-oriented music, Minogue signed to Parlophone and her 2001 single Cant 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 song and was named the catchiest song ever by Yahoo. Her album Fever was a hit in countries, including the United States. In 2005, while Minogue was on her Showgirl, The Greatest Hits Tour, after treatment, she resumed the tour under the title Showgirl, The Homecoming Tour, which critics viewed as a triumph. Minogue resumed work as an actress and appeared in the films Moulin Rouge, Jack & Diane, and Holy Motors. In 2014, she appeared as a judge on the series of The Voice UK. Her other ventures include product endorsements, children books and fashion, as of 2015, Minogue has had worldwide record sales of more than 80 million. She has mounted several successful and critically acclaimed concert world tours and she was appointed OBE by Charles, Prince of Wales in 2008. She was appointed by the French government as a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture, Minogue was awarded an honorary Doctor of Health Science degree by Anglia Ruskin University for her work in raising awareness for breast cancer. In November 2011, on the 25th anniversary of the ARIA Music Awards, in December 2016, Billboard ranked her as the 18th most successful dance artist of all-time. Kylie was born to Ronald Charles Minogue and Carol Ann Jones in Melbourne, Australia and her father is a fifth generation Australian, and has Irish ancestry, while her mother came from Maesteg, Wales. Jones had lived in Wales until age ten when her mother and father, Millie and Denis Jones, just before Kylies birth, Ron qualified as an accountant and worked through several jobs while Carol worked as a professional dancer. Kylies younger brother, Brendan, is a cameraman in Australia, while her younger sister Dannii Minogue is also a singerKylie 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, and operatic arias. Her ability to sing across several genres gave her the title Asias Nightingale by MTV Southeast Asia, since arriving in Las Vegas in 2004, Misalucha has been called New Siren of the Strip. She also performed alongside Earl Turner at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, in March 2008, she was voted the Best 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, Misalucha returned to the Philippines and signed a recording contract with Star Records, releasing an album entitled The Nightingale Returns. Lani Misalucha was born into a musical family and she was tutored in classical vocals by her parents. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Misalucha acquired her basic education from Rafael Palma Elementary School, at age 20, she sang with the Andres Bonifacio Choir of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She also recorded Sakayan ng Jeep, Bodjie Dasigs ballad, Misalucha later worked around the lounge circuits as a soloist and lend her voice to numerous commercial jingles and karaoke tapes, thus earning her the epithet, Multiplex Queen. After Misalucha obtained her degree in Business Management from the Philippine Christian University, Misalucha is a member os for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. In an interview with on GMA Network on January 5,2008, Misalucha sang the song Ang Iibigin ay Ikaw which was a finalist at the Metro Manila Popular Music Festival and later received the Awit Award for Record of the Year. She recorded an album More than I Should with carrier single of the title written by Bodjie Dasig in 1990. The album included Misaluchas cover of Fifth Dimensions Somebody Warm Like Me, the entire album earned 12 Katha Award nominations in 1997. In 1998, Misalucha won the Minuro Endo Best Interpreter/Singer Award at the 3rd Asian Song Festival and her piece entitled Handle with Care won silver in the Best Original Song category. Her cover of the 1966 song, You Dont Have To Say You Love Me topped the Philippine charts in the same year, Misaluchas interpretation of Cant Stop Loving You won her songwriter the Grand Prize at the 1999 Metropop Song Festival. She was tapped to play the role of Sita in the S. K. Productions musical play entitled Rama at Sita. In 2000, Misalucha released the album All Heart, a collection of songs with the carrier single One More Time. The album also included songs written by some of the Philippines contemporary composers such as Vehnee Saturno, Jimmy Borja and she became a semi-regular host in the Sunday noontime show SOP in 2001. Her first major concert in September 2001 at the Araneta Coliseum entitled, Lani Misalucha. These concerts received the Aliw Award for Best Major Concert by a Female Artist and her Crossover Live Concert album received the Platinum AwardLani 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, born in Brooklyn, Nilsson fled to Los Angeles as a teenager and landed a job as a computer programmer at a local bank. In 1966, he debuted with Spotlight on Nilsson followed by Pandemonium Shadow Show, after a brief period of widely publicized, alcohol-fueled antics with his fellow Hollywood Vampire members in the mid 1970s, Nilsson left RCA, and his record output subsequently diminished. In response to John Lennons 1980 death by shooting, he took a hiatus from the industry to campaign for gun control. For the rest of his life, he recorded only on sporadic occasions, in 1994, Nilsson died of a heart attack while in the midst of recording new material for a since-unreleased comeback album. In 2015, Nilsson was voted No, the RIAA have certified Nilssons albums Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson as gold records, indicating over 500,000 units sold each. His singles to reach the US top 10 were Everybodys Talkin, Without You, Nilsson was born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1941. His paternal grandparents were Swedish circus performers and dancers, especially known for their aerial ballet and his maternal grandparents were the cornerstone of his young life. While his grandmother played piano, his grandfather Charlie supported the family in the tiny apartment on Jefferson St in Brooklyn. His father, Harry Edward Nilsson Jr. abandoned the family when Harry was three years old and he grew up with his mother Bette and his younger half-sister. His younger half-brother Drake was left with family or friends during their moves between California and New York, sometimes living with a succession of relatives and stepfathers and his uncle, a mechanic in San Bernardino, California, helped Nilsson improve his vocal and musical abilities. In addition to his half-brother and a half-sister through his mother, 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 and 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 school graduate. He worked on computers at night, and in the daytime pursued his songwriting and singing career. By 1958, Nilsson was intrigued by emerging forms of music, especially rhythm. He had made attempts at performing while he was working at the Paramount, forming a vocal duo with his friend Jerry Smith. The manager at a favorite hangout gave Nilsson a plastic ukulele, which he learned to play, in the 2006 documentary Who Is Harry NilssonHarry Nilsson – Nilsson in 1976
22. Rihanna – Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president. She assumed creative control for her studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. Its successful lead single Umbrella became a breakthrough in her career. After releasing four consecutive platinum albums, including the Grammy Award winner Unapologetic. Her eighth studio album Anti and its lead single Work reached number-one on the Billboard 200, with sales exceeding 230 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Widely recognized for reinventing her style, she received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014. Forbes ranked Rihanna the fourth most powerful celebrity of 2012, and was named one of Times 100 Most Influential People in the World later that year, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20,1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. Her mother, Monica, is an accountant of African American background. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her fathers side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships. She grew up in a bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father in a stall on the street. Rihannas childhood was affected by her fathers addiction to crack cocaine. As a child, she went through a lot of CT scans for the excruciating headaches she suffered, even thought it was a tumor, by the time she was fourteen, Rihanna’s parents had divorced and her health began to improve. Rihanna grew up listening to music and began singing at around the age of seven. She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere High School, Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme, the singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant. Although she initially wanted to graduate high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead. In 2003, Rihanna formed a trio with two of her classmatesRihanna – Rihanna grew up in the city of Bridgetown, Barbados.
23. Kelly Rowland – Kelendria Trene Kelly Witherspoon is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destinys Child. Rowland also transitioned into acting, with guest appearances in television sitcoms, following the disbandment of Destinys Child in 2005, she released her second album Ms. Kelly, which included international hits Like This and Work. In 2009, Rowland served as a host on the first season of The Fashion Show, the songs global success influenced Rowland to explore dance music on her third album Here I Am, which spawned the international top-ten hit Commander and US R&B/Hip-Hop number-one Motivation. In 2011, she returned to television as a judge on the season of The X Factor UK. Following the release of Rowlands fourth album Talk a Good Game, she married her manager, Tim Witherspoon, since then, Rowland has continued her television career by hosting Chasing Destiny in 2016 and becoming a coach on The Voice Australia in 2017. Throughout her career, Rowland has sold over 40 million records as a solo artist and her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including four Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and two Soul Train Music Awards. In 2014, Fuse ranked Rowland in their 100 Most Award-Winning Artists list at number 20, 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, at the age of eight, she relocated to Houston. In 1992, Rowland joined a group, originally named Girls Tyme. Rowlands addition made it a six-member group, West coast R&B producer, Arne Frager, flew to Houston to see them and eventually brought them to his studio, The Plant Recording Studio, in Northern California. As part of efforts to sign Girls Tyme to a major record deal, Fragers strategy was to debut them on Star Search. They participated, but lost the competition, in 1995, Rowland moved in with Beyoncé Knowless family. Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Beyoncés father, Mathew, the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups of the time, such as SWV, Dru Hill and Immature. They auditioned before record labels and were signed to Elektra Records, only to be dropped months later. Taken from a passage in the Biblical Book of Isaiah, the changed their name to Destinys Child in 1993. Together, they performed in events and, after four years on the roadKelly Rowland – Rowland in April 2012
24. Serena Ryder – Serena Ryder is a Canadian musician. Born in Toronto, she grew up in Millbrook, Ontario, Ryder first gained national recognition with her ballad Weak in the Knees in 2007. An accomplished songwriter and musician, she possesses a three-octave vocal range and is considered a mezzo-soprano. Her timbre has been described as slightly nasal with a lower register. Ryder was born on December 8,1982, and she is the daughter of Barbara Ryder and her second husband Andrew McKibbon. Ryder was raised just outside Peterborough in Millbrook, Ontario, grew up listening to old Beatles and she was the only child in her family. At age seven, Ryder would sing at Legion halls and motor hotels, having received a guitar from her stepfather, she began playing the instrument at the age of thirteen. At fifteen, Ryder was playing old classic and folk tunes with her teacher in coffee houses. Ryder has stated Id been writing a lot since I was maybe eleven years old, I wasnt doing diary entries, I needed to express something a little deeper than that, which I couldnt express in conversation. And Id been singing since I was a kid, doing cover songs at gigs. But when I got my guitar, an other world opened up to me. I realized I could put the poetry I was writing to song and bring two very separate things together, at age seventeen, Ryder left her home to go to Peterborough, Ontario and settled into a community of artists. In early 1998 she was approached by Damon de Szegheo, owner of the Peterborough Ontario-based independent record label and recording studio, Mime Radio, de Szegheo had noticed her while she sang during a set change for a local on-stage production of Gone With The Wind. The resulting product of their sessions was a promotional cassette named Serena and her first full-length CD titled Falling Out. She was later managed by Kellie Bonnici, Bonnici approached Ryder with an offer to help her after being moved by her performance at the 2001 Peterborough Folk Festival, where Ryder was awarded the Festivals first Emerging Artist award. This award enabled Ryder and Bonnici to attend a music festival conference. Bonnici worked with Ryder to release Live at The Market Hall and this led Stunt and Symes to invite Ryder for a performance recorded by CBC Bandwidth at the Black Sheep Inn. The recording was released as a live EP, Serena Ryder LiveSerena Ryder – Ryder performing at Bowery Ballroom in May 2013.
25. Nicole Scherzinger – Nicole Scherzinger is an American singer, dancer, actress and television personality. She rose to fame as the singer of the burlesque troupe turned-recording act. During their hiatus, Scherzinger planned to embark on her career with Her Name is Nicole. Following the disbandment of the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger became a judge for two seasons of The Sing-Off and in 2010 won the season of Dancing with the Stars. In 2011 she released her studio album, Killer Love to moderate success and featured the top-ten hits Dont Hold Your Breath. Later that year she served as a judge during the first season of the American version of The X Factor before heading to the UK version for two years in 2012, before returning in 2016. Her second studio album, Big Fat Lie which had a impact on the charts, was preceded by three singles including, Your Love. For starring in the 2014 West End revival of the musical Cats Scherzinger garnered a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Throughout a career spanning over 13 years, she has had three UK number one singles, sold over 16 million albums and over 37 million singles worldwide. Having sold 16 million records as a solo artist, and a further 54 million with Pussycat Dolls, since her first chart entry in 2005, Scherzinger has also scored 20 top 20 hits on the UK Singles Chart. Outside her work in the entertainment industry, Scherzinger has advertised brands including Herbal Essences and Müller and she is also an Ambassador for UNICEF and a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and is involved in charitable activities. Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, into a Catholic family and her father, Alfonso Valiente, is of Filipino descent, while her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, has Native Hawaiian and Ukrainian ancestry. Scherzingers parents separated when she was still a baby, when she was six years old, her maternal family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, with her sister, Keala, and her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger. She took her stepfathers surname after he adopted her and she first attended Bowen Elementary, and later attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. Scherzinger states that, growing up, her family did not have a lot of money, Scherzinger began performing in Louisville, attending the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School, and performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville. As a teenager, Scherzinger was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fairs Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest, in 2007, she was inducted to duPont Manual Alumnis Hall of Fame as one of the youngest inductees. After earning a scholarship, she furthered her studies at Wright State University majoring in arts with a dance minor. During this period, Scherzinger garnered the lead roles in productions of the musicals Chicago, Guys and DollsNicole 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. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions, Spearss first and second studio albums. Baby One More Time and Oops. I Did It Again, became international successes, with the former becoming the 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 third studio album, Britney. She assumed creative control of her studio album, In the Zone. In 2007, Spearss much-publicized personal issues sent her career into hiatus and her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released later that year, and spawned singles such as Gimme More and Piece of Me. Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the year, at which point she was placed under a still ongoing conservatorship. Spearss sixth studio album, Circus, included the international chart-topping single Womanizer and her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, became her first to yield three top-ten singles in the United States. She released her studio album Britney Jean in 2013. Later that year, Spears began the four-year residency show, Britney, Piece of Me, in 2016, Spears released her ninth studio album, Glory. In 2017, she announced that her show would develop into a world tour, Britney. Spears is regarded as a pop icon and credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and she became the best-selling teenage artist of all time and garnered honorific titles including the Princess of Pop. In 2009, Billboard ranked her as the 8th overall Artist of the Decade, the Recording Industry Association of America lists Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 34 million certified albums. She has sold 100 million albums and over 100 million singles worldwide making her one of the music artists of all time. According to Billboard Spears has sold about 22.38 million singles in digital downloads in US and is the fourth best-selling female artist since Nielsen SoundScan began. Forbes reported that Spears was the highest paid musician of 2012, with earnings of $58 million. Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, the child of Lynne Irene Bridges and James Parnell SpearsBritney 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, and fashion designer. During the bands hiatus, Stefani embarked on a pop career in 2004 by releasing her debut studio album Love. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, the album was met both critical and commercial success. It spawned three successful singles, What You Waiting For. Rich Girl, and Hollaback Girl, the reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 while also becoming the first US download to sell one million copies. In 2006 Stefani released her studio album The Sweet Escape. The album produced two singles, Wind It Up and the albums title track The Sweet Escape. Her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released in March 2016, Stefani has won three Grammy Awards. As a solo artist she has received accolades, including an American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L. A. M. B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture, Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls. She was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2015, Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the 54th most successful artist and 37th most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade. VH1 ranked her 13th on their 100 Greatest Women in Music list in 2012, including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Stefani was born on October 3,1969, in Fullerton, California and she was named after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, Renée, comes from The Four Tops 1968 cover of The Left Bankes 1966 song Walk Away Renée. Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian American and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive and her mother, Patti, worked as an accountant before becoming a housewife. Gwens parents were fans of music and exposed her to music by artists like Bob Dylan. She has two siblings, Jill and Todd, and an older brother named Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt before leaving the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. Her brother Eric introduced Gwen to 2 Tone music by Madness and The Selecter and, in 1986, he invited her to provide vocals for No Doubt, finally, in 1991, the band was signed to Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani – Stefani at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
28. Slim Whitman – He stated that he had sold in excess of 120 million records. In the 1950s Whitman toured with Elvis Presley as the opening act, in the 1990s a new generation was exposed to Whitman through his songs featured in the film Mars Attacks. His iconic Indian Love Call would kill the invading Martians every time the record was played, in the US his Indian Love Call and a reworking of the Doris Day hit Secret Love both reached No.2 on the Billboard country chart. Whitman had a string of top ten hits from the mid-1960s and into the 1970s, throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, he continued to tour extensively around the world and release new material. His last album, Twilight on the Trail, was produced by his son Byron Whitman and was released in 2010, 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 sing and entertain members aboard. This resulted in the captain blocking his transfer to another ship—hence saving his life, Whitmans early ambitions were to become either a boxer or a professional baseball player. Whitman was a self-taught left-handed guitarist, though he was right-handed and he had lost almost all of the second finger on his left hand in an accident while working at a meat packing plant. He worked odd jobs at a Tampa shipyard while developing a career, eventually performing with bands known as the Variety Rhythm Boys. He was briefly nicknamed The Smiling Starduster after a stint with a group called The Stardusters, Whitmans first big break came when talent manager Colonel Thomas Parker heard him singing on the radio and offered to represent him. After signing with RCA Records, he was billed as the cowboy singer Slim Whitman, after Canadian singer Wilf Carter, Whitman released his first single in 1948, Im Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky, complete with yodel. He toured and sang in a variety of venues, including the radio show Louisiana Hayride, at first he was unable to make a living from music, and kept a part-time job at a post office. That changed in the early 1950s after he recorded a version of the Bob Nolan hit Love Song of the Waterfall, a yodeller, Whitman avoided country musics down on yer luck, buried in booze songs, preferring instead to sing laid-back romantic melodies about simple life and love. Critics dubbed his style countrypolitan, owing to its fusion of country music, in 1955 he would have a No.1 hit on the pop music charts in the United Kingdom with the theme song to the operetta Rose Marie. With nineteen weeks in the charts and eleven weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, in 1956 he became the first-ever country music singer to perform at the London Palladium. Soon after, Whitman was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, despite this exposure, he never achieved the level of stardom in the United States that he did in Britain, where he had a number of other hits during the 1950s. Throughout the early 1970s, he continued to record and was a guest on Wolfman Jacks television show The Midnight Special, at the time, Whitmans recording efforts were yielding only minor hits in the US. The mid-1970s were a time for Whitman in the UK Albums ChartSlim Whitman – Ottis "Slim" Whitman
29. Joe Yamanaka – Akira Yamanaka, better known as Joe Yamanaka, was a Japanese singer and actor. He is known for both his work with Flower Travellin Band and as a musician, singing at a vocal range of three octaves. As an actor, he appeared in television shows and movies, such as Takashi Miikes Deadly Outlaw, Rekka. While doing aid work in Jamaica, he met local musicians and his aid 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 in Yokohama, Japan, on September 2,1946 and he grew up in a family of seven children, though the only one of mixed descent as his father was a US Army soldier of Caribbean descent. 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 mother and stepfather died. He left the orphanage at the age of 16 and became a boxer to earn money, he met his lifelong friend Rikiya Yasuoka. Yamanaka mentions that he adopted the English name Joe because it is the English pronunciation of his favorite painter, Keito Joh, as a teenage boxer, he used the ring name Akira Joh. Joe and Rikiya decided to become actors and starred in the 1963 Japanese film Bicycle Thieves, yamanakas career changed once again, though he would continue to act until his death, when he met another lifelong friend, Johnny Yoshinaga, who persuaded him to become a musician. In 1966, he became a member of the group sounds band 4.9.1, four years later, while in the blues band Mystic Morning with Hideki Ishima, the two of them were scouted by Yuya Uchida for Flower Travellin Band. They went on to successful, particularly in Canada where they lived for a while. In his acting career he was known as one of the three real tough guys in Japanese cinema, along with Tsunehiko Watase and Jerry Fujio, the trio were known for being good-natured, but with a rebellious past and noted fighting prowess. In his autobiography, Akira recounts the times during his youth when he was involved in violent fights. After a large brawl with members of the Zenkyoto in Hibiya Park in which he almost killed a man, Yamanaka starred as himself in the Hollywood action movie Ulterior Motives featuring Thomas Ian Griffith and Ellen Crawford. Three of Joes songs were used in the film, after Flower Travellin Band disbanded in 1973, Joe started a solo career the following year. His most well-known song is Proof of the Man, which more than half a million copies. It is the song and namesake of the 1977 film Proof of the Man. Joe also has an acting role in the film as a half Japanese, half African-American who is murderedJoe Yamanaka – Cover of Japanesque with Akira Ito and Hideki Ishima.