Category:Jive Records artists
Recording artists released by Jive Records
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Recording artists released by Jive Records
The following 110 pages are in this category, out of 110 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Kris Allen – Kristopher Neil Kris Allen is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Conway, Arkansas, and the winner of the eighth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, he self-released a 2007 album entitled Brand New Shoes, Allens Idol coronation song, No Boundaries and his version of Heartless both charted within the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Allens post-Idol self-titled album was released on November 17,2009, the album debuted at number eleven on the U. S. Billboard 200. The albums lead single, Live Like Were Dying, was released on September 21,2009, Allens second major-label album Thank You Camellia was released on May 22,2012, and the lead single The Vision of Love was released March 26,2012. Allen released his studio album, Letting You In, on March 18,2016. Allen was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Kimberly and Neil Allen and he is the elder of two sons, his younger brother, Daniel, is a college cheerleading coach. Allens interest in music very early. Additionally, he himself to play the guitar at age 13. His musical influences, as stated in his Idol confessionals, include the Beatles, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, Pat Monahan, John Mayer, Allen played publicly for several years before trying out for Idol, even opening for earlier Idol contestant Sean Michel on multiple occasions. He has described his decision to audition for American Idol as a last hurrah before giving up his pursuit of a music career. After high school, Allen moved to Conway, Arkansas, to attend the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a business major and a member of Chi Alpha campus ministries. During college, he participated in Christian missionary work around the world, including in Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. Allen also served as a leader for New Life Church in Conway and Little Rock, AR. He dropped out of college in the middle of his year to pursue music professionally, performing in local bars. Allen planned to go back to college to finish his degree and get a real job, Kris stated that If I had not made it through in American Idol, I would have gone back to college and gotten my business degree. Allen realized during college that he wanted to play music professionally and he worked as a shoe salesman at a sporting goods store during the day to make ends meet and continued playing gigs in Little Rock and Fayetteville at night. In 2007, Allen wrote and self-produced an album entitled Brand New Shoes with college friends and bandmates Michael Holmes and Chase Erwin. The albums title makes reference to Allens days as a shoe salesman, Allen auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky, with his brother Daniel, who did not make it to Hollywood
2. Bowling for Soup – Bowling for Soup is an American rock band originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1994. The band consists of Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler, the band is best known for its singles Girl All the Bad Guys Want,1985, Almost, and High School Never Ends. Bowling for Soup has its origins in Wichita Falls, Texas, Burney and Chandler soon formed the Folkadots, while Wiseman formed Gary & the Wiseman. Burney and Chandler, along with Morrill, also formed the band Slaw, around this time, Reddick formed the band Terminal Seasons. Not too long after, Jaret Reddick and Lance Morrill formed coolfork, the band was in full swing by 1993, playing such venues as the Refuge. Morrill left the band in 1998 and was replaced by friend Gary Wiseman of Gary, the bands name was derived from a comedy act by Steve Martin. In 1996, Bowling for Soup relocated to Denton, Texas and in 1998 recorded their second album, third overall. The group released its first EP, Tell Me When to Whoa, the album sold over 10,000 copies, prompting Jive Records to sign the band. Bowling for Soups major label debut, was released on Jive in 2000, the album mostly contained re-recordings of the groups previous material along with a few new tracks and a cover of Bryan Adams song Summer of 69. Drunk Enough to Dance is Bowling for Soups second album with Jive Records and it was recorded at Tree Sound Studios and Sonica Recording in Atlanta and Big Time Audio in Dallas, Texas. One of the two singles, Girl All The Bad Guys Want, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 in the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category. Reddick considers the Grammies one of his moments, not for the nomination. A re-release in 2003 added Punk Rock 101, a cover of 1980s new wave band A Flock of Seagulls I Ran, an acoustic version of the song Belgium exists at the end of the album, as well as at the very end of the initial release. The cover of I Ran was used as the theme song of the anime television show Saint Seiya. The band appeared in the 2002 film Crossroads, playing at a graduation party, a Hangover You Dont Deserve followed two years later, and has become the bands only Top 40 album. Sales of the album were driven in part by the radio airplay of the single 1985. Mitch Allan, lead vocalist of SR-71, contributed backing vocals to the song,1985 became Bowling for Soups biggest hit in the U. S. reaching No.23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single from A Hangover You Dont Deserve, titled Almost, did chart on the UK Singles Chart, Top 100, and No.23 on U. S
3. Ciara – Ciara Princess Wilson, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. It was at this time Ciara was noticed for her songwriting, in 2002, Ciara met music producer Jazze Pha. With his help, she signed a deal with LaFace Records. In 2004, Ciara released her studio album Goodies, which spawned three hit singles, Goodies,1,2 Step, and Oh. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. She released her studio album, Ciara, The Evolution, in 2006 which spawned the hit singles Get Up, Promise. The album reached number one in the U. S. and was certified platinum and her third studio album, Fantasy Ride, released in 2009, was considerably less successful than Ciaras first two albums. However, it produced the international top-ten single Love Sex Magic featuring Justin Timberlake, the following year, Ciara released her fourth studio album Basic Instinct, which was met with low sales and continued a downward trend in her commercial performance. In 2011, she signed a new deal with Epic Records. In 2015, Ciara released her sixth album Jackie, which included the singles I Bet, the album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and sold 19,000 copies, which made it her lowest first-week album sales to date. Ciara has also transitioned into acting in 2006 she made her film debut it All Youve Got, followed by Mama, I Want to Sing. in 2013, Ciara had a recurring role in the US TV series, The Game. Since making her debut in 2004, Ciara has attained eight Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles. She has also earned awards and accolades, including three BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MOBO Awards, and one Grammy Award. To date, Ciara has sold over 23 million records worldwide, Ciara was born in Austin, Texas on October 25,1985, the only child of Jackie Harris and Carlton Harris. An army brat, she grew up in Germany, New York, Utah, California, Arizona and she was named after the Revlon fragrance Ciara which was introduced in 1973 and is still sold today. During her teens, Ciara and her family moved to Atlanta, in her mid-teens, Ciara formed the all-girl group Hearsay with two of her friends. The group recorded demos, but as time went on, they began to have differences, despite this setback, Ciara was still determined to reach her goal and signed a publishing deal as a songwriter. Her first success was the song, Got Me Waiting for R&B singer Fantasia Barrinos debut album and it was when she was writing songs that she met music producer, Jazze Pha, whom she called her music soulmate
4. Buddy Guy – George Buddy Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records, Guy was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazines 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. His song Stone Crazy was ranked 78th in Rolling Stones list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, Clapton once described him as the best guitar player alive. In 1999 Guy wrote the book, Damn Right Ive Got the Blues, Guys autobiography, When I Left Home, My Story, was published in 2012. Guy was born and raised in Lettsworth, Louisiana and he began learning to play the guitar using a two-string diddley bow he made. Later he was given a Harmony acoustic guitar, which, decades later in Guys lengthy career, was donated to the Rock, in the early 1950s Guy began performing with bands in Baton Rouge. While living there, he worked as a custodian at Louisiana State University, soon after moving to Chicago on September 25,1957, Guy fell under the influence of Muddy Waters. In 1958, a competition with West Side guitarists Magic Sam, soon afterwards he recorded for Cobra Records. He recorded sessions with Junior Wells for Delmark Records under the pseudonym Friendly Chap in 1965 and 1966, leonard Chess, Chess Records founder, denounced Guy’s playing as noise. In the early 1960s, Chess tried recording Guy as a solo artist with R&B ballads, jazz instrumentals, soul and novelty dance tunes, Guy’s only Chess album, I Left My Blues in San Francisco, was released in 1967. Most of the songs belong stylistically to the eras soul boom, with orchestrations by Gene Barge, Chess used Guy mainly as a session guitarist to back Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and others. In 1965, Guy participated in the European tour American Folk Blues Festival, in 1972, he established The Checkerboard Lounge, with partner L. C. Guys career took off during the revival of the late 1980s. It was sparked by Claptons request that Guy be part of the 24 Nights all-star blues guitar lineup at Londons Royal Albert Hall, Guy subsequently signed with Silvertone Records. Guy performs a month of shows each January at his Chicago blues club, in 2015, British blues fan Alan Harper published a book entitled Waiting for Buddy Guy, Chicago Blues at the Crossroads. While Guys music is often labelled Chicago blues, his style is unique and his music can vary from the most traditional, deepest blues to a creative, unpredictable and radical gumbo of the blues, avant rock, soul and free jazz that changes with each performance. As the New York Times music critic Jon Pareles noted in 2004, Mr. Guy,68, mingles anarchy, virtuosity, deep blues and hammy shtick in ways that keep all eyes on him
5. Samantha Jade – Samantha Jade Gibbs is an ARIA Award-winning Australian singer, songwriter, actress and former child model from Perth, Western Australia. She has written tracks for artists including JoJo and Ashley Tisdale, on 20 November 2012 Jade won the fourth season of The X Factor Australia, the first woman to win the Australian series. She subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia and released her winners single What Youve Done to Me, Samantha Jade Gibbs was born in Perth, Western Australia. Her father, Kevin Gibbs is of Anglo-Indian descent, while her mother, Jade also has two younger brothers, Alex and Thomas TJ Gibbs. Her mother died on 8 June 2014 after a battle with cancer. Jade began modelling at the age of four and at age nine she won a talent show after singing Amazing Grace and she attended Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School and Hampton Senior High School. In 2002, Jades friend sent her demo to a producer in Los Angeles, California. The following year, they moved to Los Angeles, in 2004, she signed with US record label Jive Records and began recording a few demo tracks. That year, a song she co-wrote, Secret Love, was recorded by JoJo for the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shark Tale, in 2006, Jade recorded the title track Step Up for the 2006 dance film Step Up. The song was written by Diane Warren and produced by rapper Wyclef Jean, the single which had little promotion appeared for one week on the Billboard Pop 100 peaking at number 92. In 2007, Jade released her follow-up single Turn Around and it was sent to mainstream radio in the United States on 14 August 2007, as the lead single from Jades debut album, My Name is Samantha Jade. After three years with the label, My Name is Samantha Jade was never released, in 2007 Jade co-wrote and sang back-up vocals on the track Positivity on Ashley Tisdales debut album Headstrong. The following year, Jade co-wrote and sang vocals on the song Cant Walk Away on Tiffany Evans album Tiffany Evans. Jade was later dropped from Jive Records and attempted to continue to work on music independently with American record label Affinity West Entertainment. Jade recorded the controversial Golden Touch album for the label which would result in issues regarding the release of the album. In 2010, Jade made her debut in the film Beneath the Blue. The film was released in 2009, Jade notably recorded a track the following year with David Guetta and Laidback Luke for David Guettas fourth studio album One Love which was released in August. The track did not make the final track-listing but is featured as a track on certain international releases
6. Tom Jones (singer) – Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE is a Welsh singer known by his stage name Tom Jones. Joness powerful voice has been described as a full-throated, robust baritone and his performing range has included pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical shape shifter, who could slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty. Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music. Jones was born Thomas John Woodward, at 57 Kingsland Terrace, Treforest, Pontypridd, in Glamorgan and his parents were Thomas Woodward, a coal miner, and Freda Jones. His maternal grandfather, Albert Jones, was Welsh, and his grandmother, Ada Jones, was born in Pontypridd, to parents from Somerset. Jones attended Wood Road Infants School, Wood Road Junior School and he began singing at an early age, He would regularly sing at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir. Jones did not like school or sports, but gained confidence through his singing talent, at 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Many years later he said, I spent two years in bed recovering and it was the worst time of my life. During convalescence he could do little else but listen to music, Joness bluesy singing style developed out of the sound of American soul music. His early influences included blues and R&B singers Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Jackie Wilson and Brook Benton, as well as Elvis Presley, in March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16. The couples son, Mark, was born in the month following their wedding, to support his young family Jones took a job working in a glove factory and was later employed in construction. Joness voice has been described as a full-throated, robust baritone and he became the frontman in 1963 for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group. They soon gained a following and reputation in South Wales. In 1964, the group recorded several tracks with producer Joe Meek, who took them to various labels. Later that year, Decca producer Peter Sullivan saw Tommy Scott and the Senators performing in a club and directed them to manager Phil Solomon, the group continued to play gigs at dance halls and working mens clubs in South Wales. One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Wales, Jones was spotted by Gordon Mills, Mills became Joness manager and took the young singer to London, and also renamed him Tom Jones, to exploit the popularity of the Academy Award-winning 1963 film. Eventually, Mills got Jones a recording contract with Decca and his first single, Chills and Fever, was released in late 1964
7. R. Kelly – Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s, in 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for I Believe I Can Fly and his distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play basketball, when he was signed in 1997. Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for artists, including Aaliyahs 1994 debut album Age Aint Nothing. In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jacksons song You Are Not Alone. In 2002 and 2004, Kelly released collaboration albums with rapper Jay-Z and has been a guest vocalist for other hip hop artists like Nas, Sean Combs, in March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Kelly has released 12 solo studio albums, and sold over 100 million records worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of the 1990s and he has been credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames King of R&B and King of Pop-Soul. He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years and also the most successful R&B artist in history. Throughout his career, Kelly has won awards, including a Guinness World Records as well as countless of other awards like Grammy, BET, Soul Train, Billboard, NAACP. Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8,1967 at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in Hyde Park, Kelly is the third of four children. Kellys single mother, Joanne, was a singer, Kellys father was absent throughout his sons life. Kellys family lived in the Ida B, wells Homes public housing project in Chicagos Bronzeville neighborhood. Lena McLin described Kellys childhood home, It was bare, there was no father there, I knew that, and they had very little. Kelly began singing in the choir at age eight. Kelly grew up in a full of women, whom he said would act differently when his mother. At a young age Kelly was often abused by a woman who was at least ten years older than himself. I was too afraid and too ashamed, Kelly wrote in his autobiography about why he never told anyone, at age 11, he was shot in the shoulder while riding his bike home, the bullet is reportedly still lodged in his shoulder
8. Nick Lachey – Nicholas Scott Nick Lachey is an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and television personality. He has released four albums, SoulO, Whats Left of Me, A Fathers Lullaby. He is also known for his role as Leslie St. Claire on the television series Charmed. Lachey was born in Harlan, Kentucky, the son of Cathalyn and he is the brother of singer and actor Drew Lachey, alongside whom he has worked closely. He attended grade school at Clovernook Elementary School in North College Hill, Ohio and he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the fall of 1992, he enrolled at the University of Southern California, Lachey started his professional singing career at Kings Island with friend Justin Jeffre in the mid-1990s singing in a group quartet throughout the park. Lachey was a member of boyband 98 Degrees along with his brother, Drew, Justin Jeffre and their debut album was the self-titled 98 Degrees, however, the bands first real success came with their follow up album 98 Degrees and Rising. 98 Degrees has sold over 10 million records,98 Degrees performed a one-off summer reunion show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the Summer Mixtape Festival on August 18,2012, their first concert in more than a decade. During the summer of 2003, the reality show, Newlyweds, Nick and Jessica, starring Lachey, the couple starred in the television special The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour, which aired in 2004 and was compared to The Sonny & Cher Show. In 2005, Newlyweds won a Peoples Choice Award for Favorite Reality Show before wrapping shortly after, on November 11,2003, his solo debut album, SoulO, was released. Despite being released during the success of Newlyweds, the album was a commercial failure, Lachey took a recurring role on series Charmed between 2004 and 2005. Whats Left of Me was released on May 9,2006, the album was certified Gold, after selling more than 500,000 copies domestically. The first single from the album was the track, Whats Left of Me. The song became a hit, reaching a position of number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for Whats Left Of Me featured former MTV VJ, Lachey recorded Ordinary Day for the Oprah Winfrey-produced film, For One More Day. Lachey began working on his solo album in 2007. Lachey also starred in a well known TV series, One Tree Hill and it was announced in January 2010 that Jive Records had put his new album on hold indefinitely. In June 2010, Lachey confirmed that he had parted ways with Jive Records, taking the Stage, a musical reality show documenting the lives of high school students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, premiered on MTV in March 2009
9. Bullet for My Valentine – Bullet for My Valentine, often abbreviated as BFMV or B4MV, are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck, Michael Paget, Michael Thomas, former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James, both were on bass. They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their career by covering songs by Metallica. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released, two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine, financial difficulties dictated the name change, which was followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, the secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. The band has stated that their music is influenced by metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene, the album entered the U. S. Billboard 200 at number 128. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, the band made appearances at the Download Festival and Kerrang. XXV, and undertook a U. S. tour with Rob Zombie, Bullet for My Valentines second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was released on 29 January 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The bands third album, Fever, was released on 26 April 2010, on February 8,2013, the band released their fourth studio album, Temper Temper, which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200. The band has sold one million albums in the United States. Awards category of Best British Band with three wins and they started playing Nirvana and Metallica cover songs. In 1999, the released their first ever EP, Better Off Alone. They released another two-track EP in 2002, You/Play with Me, the EP was financed through the Pynci scheme for new Welsh musicians and the release garnered radio airplay on BBC Radio 1s broadcast at Newports T. J. s. Jeff Killed Johns music followed the nu metal trend set by such as Korn. Shortly after, the band released another two-track EP titled Eye Spy, in 2003, their second EP was released titled Dont Walk Away. This was a promotional CD and was shipped to different record companies, bassist Crandle left the band on the eve of entering the recording sessions for the bands self-titled EP and was replaced by Jason James. In late 2003, they released their final EP before record labels began to notice their potential
10. Aaron Carter – Aaron Charles Carter is an American singer. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen, born in Tampa, Florida, Carter began performing at age seven and released his self-titled debut album in 1997. Carters next album, Oh Aaron, also went platinum, in 2002, followed by his 2003 Most Requested Hits collection. He has since appeared on Dancing With the Stars, the Broadway play The Fantasticks, Carter released a single, Fools Gold, on April 1,2016 and an EP titled LøVë on February 10,2017. Aaron Charles Carter was born on December 7,1987, at the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, the family was originally from New York City, where his older brother Nick, of the boy band Backstreet Boys, was born. In addition to his brother Nick, he also has three sisters, twin sister Angel, B. J. and Leslie, Carter is named after his paternal grandfather, Aaron Charles Carter, and his maternal grandfather, Douglas Charles Spaulding. Carter attended the Frank D. Miles Elementary School and the Ruskin School in Florida, on February 21,2008, Carter was arrested in Kimble County, Texas, when he was pulled over for speeding, and authorities found less than two ounces of marijuana in his car. Carter began his career at the age of seven, as the lead singer of Dead End. He left the band two years because they were interested in alternative rock while Carter was interested in pop. Carter made his first solo appearance, singing a cover of The Jets Crush on You, the performance was followed by a record contract, and in the fall of 1997, he released his first single, Crush on You. His first full-length album was released on December 1,1997, the eponymous debut album achieved gold status in Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada, and Germany, and was released in the United States on June 16,1998. Carters next album, Aarons Party was released in the United States on September 26,2000 under the Jive label, the album sold more than three million copies in the United States and was certified 3x platinum by RIAA. The album included the hit singles, I Want Candy, Aarons Party, Thats How I Beat Shaq and Bounce and he also made several guest appearances on Nickelodeon and performed as opening act in several concerts for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. In December of that year the album went platinum and he began dating teen actress Hilary Duff, in March 2001, he made his acting debut, guest starring on an episode of the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. That same month, he and fellow teen star Samantha Mumba performed a concert in MGM studios live on Disney Channel, titled Aaron Carter, Aarons part of the concert was released to DVD that same month as Aarons Party, Live in Concert. In April 2001, he made his Broadway debut, playing JoJo the Who in Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens, play Along Toys also created an Aaron Carter action figure in conjunction with the albums release. Oh Aaron also went platinum that year and a live concert at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was released to DVD as Oh Aaron. Carters next album, Another Earthquake, was released on September 3,2002, during the Rock, Rap, the album featured the patriotic-themed America A. O. and the ballad Do You Remember
11. David Archuleta – David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes, in August 2008 Archuleta released Crush, the first single from his self-titled debut album. The album, released three months later, debuted at two on the Billboard 200 chart, it has sold over 750,000 copies in the U. S. In October 2010 he released an album, The Other Side of Down. On March 28,2012, Archuleta left on a hiatus to be a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. As of February 2012, Archuleta has sold 1,108,000 albums and 3,327,000 tracks in the United States, in March 2012, Archuleta released his fourth album, Forevermore, exclusively in the Philippines. This was his first Original Pilipino Music album, composed of covers of Filipino songs. The album was certified gold in the Philippines as of June 2012, Archuletas fifth album, Begin, was released on August 7,2012, in the United States. His sixth album, No Matter How Far, was released on March 26,2013, Archuleta was born on December 28,1990 in Miami, Florida, to Lupe Marie, a salsa singer and dancer, and Jeff Archuleta, a jazz musician. His mother is from Honduras and his father is of Spanish–Basque, Danish, Irish, German and his family moved to the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, when he was six years old. He now lives in Murray where he attended Murray High School and he graduated from Murray High School in 2009. Archuleta earned his Eagle Scout award in 2010 of the Boy Scouts of America, when Archuleta, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was 21, he volunteered for two years as a full-time missionary in Santiago, Chile. Archuleta is also a graduate of Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Salt Lake City, Archuleta started singing at the age of six, inspired by a Les Misérables video. That musical is what started all of this, he said and he started performing publicly at age ten when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition, singing I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton, he won the Child Division. In 2003, when he was years old, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search
12. Ashanti (singer) – Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. Ashanti is known for her eponymous album, which featured the hit song Foolish. In 2003, the debut album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. Her second release achieved a certification and other top 10 singles. Later that year, she was acclaimed as the Princess Of Hip-Hop & R&B by her label and capped off her debut by winning eight Billboard awards. Ashanti cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, since 2013, she is currently working on her own publishing company titled Written Entertainment. Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was born on October 13,1980, in Glen Cove and her mother, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former singer. Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana, in this nation, women have power and influence and her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s. Growing up, Ashanti took dance lessons and joined the church choir, Ashanti went to Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied different dance styles, including tap, jazz, ballet, African, modern, and hip hop. She danced with the Senior Pro Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, and she also performed at the 1994 Caribbean Awards and dancing with Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Ashanti also performed in the 1989 Disney television film Polly alongside stars Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jomecia Moore, by the time Ashanti hit puberty, her mother was sending out demo tapes of her singing and dancing. The family could not afford to go to a studio and record a demo, so when labels called. While attending high school, she began to write songs, as a teenager, she performed in a local talent show and at the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Carolines Comedy Club, and Greek Fest 2000. In her first major singing performance, Ashanti performed Yolanda Adamss More Than a Melody and she also appeared in a number of big-name music videos, in addition to other dance work. Ashanti got her first taste of acting as an extra in Spike Lees Malcolm X. She was also one of the students in the 3-2-1 Contact Extra, What Kids Want To Know About Sex and she also had a couple of minor appearances in music videos, such as KRS-Ones MCs Act Like They Dont Know as well as 8-Offs Ghetto Girl. When Ashanti was 16, she was discovered by P. Diddys Bad Boy Records, initially, she went to Bad Boy Records and sang one of Mary J. Bliges songs in front of P. Diddy and Biggie Smalls. After being impressed by her ability, Diddy had her sign to a development deal