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List and Biographies of World Famous Singers

The dictionary definition of singers states that they are people who use their voice to produce musical sounds through modulation in tone and pitch however a layman’s definition of a singer is worded in a slightly different manner. Singers are people who have always been with us through the joyous times and through the times we’d rather wish we didn’t remember. They have even accompanied us when we have felt like a rebel and done our bit to revolt against the rules. For many, when they have failed to find the words to express their feeling or love, admiration or even exasperation, singers have stepped forward with their songs to lend suitable words to those feelings. The art of singing has been around for centuries, and practically every culture and civilization has had its share of singers. From throaty growls to melodic voices the list of notable singers from around the world would include the names of people like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, a famous opera singer, and Eddie Vedder, the famous rock singer from the band Pearl Jam. The history of music has also seen people who have been loved for their singing but have also been acknowledged to have had very bad singing voices. What follows now, is a collection of biographies of some of the most memorable singers from around the world which includes their life stories, timelines and some interesting trivia about them.
Aaliyah Aaliyah

As one hums the song “Age ain't nothing but a number”, memories flashback of the “Princess of R&B”, who with her debut album broke all ...

Aaron Carter Aaron Carter

A teenage heartthrob, Aaron Charles Carter rose to fame as a pop and hip-hop singer in the first decade of the 21st century. Right from his ...

Aaron Neville Aaron Neville

American soul and R&B singer and musician, Aaron Neville is a name to reckon with in the world of music. Through his sheer talent and ...

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Lincoln

A singer with a touch of emotion, Abbey Lincoln created a niche for herself in the world of music. She was a legendary jazz vocalist who brought ...

Agnetha Fältskog Agnetha Faltskog

Although she has made a name for herself as a solo artist in Sweden, Agnetha Fältskog will always be best known as a member of ‘ABBA’, one ...

Al Yankovic Al Yankovic

Al Yankovic, popular as "Weird Al", is the legend of the new age musical satires which have created a rage among the present generation. With a ...

Alanis Morissette Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morissette changed the way female singers were perceived in the world of music. She led from the front and diversified the avenues of ...

Alberta Hunter Alberta Hunter

Alberta Hunter was a well known blues singer, songwriter and nurse of American origin. Spanning a career of six decades, she surpassed many ...

Alma Gluck Alma Gluck

The rags to riches story of the humble Alma Gluck is worth a read. A dutiful housewife, this simple woman became one of the greatest opera ...

Amy Grant Amy Grant

Amy Grant became one of the first faces to give life and meaning to contemporary Christian music in the 20th century. She is also one of the ...

Amy Lee Amy Lee

Amy Lynn Hartzler, professionally known as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter. She is the founder and lead singer of the rock band, ...

Anastacia Anastacia

A popular singer and songwriter, Anastacia is world renowned for her excellence at music and exceptional voice quality. She is blessed with an ...

Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Angel Bocelli is an Italian tenor and singer who music covers the genres of both pop and classical styles. He is regarded a highly ...

Annie Lennox Annie Lennox

Ann “Annie” Lennoz is a singer known for her innovative musical style and sweet, melodious voice which enabled her to become one of the most ...

Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis is the vocalist cum lyricist of the alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers which produced hit albums like ‘Blood Sugar Sex ...

Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin is known as ‘The Queen of Soul’, the first woman ever to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was born ...

Asha Bhosle Asha Bhosle

With a career spanning over six decades over which she sang thousands of songs in different languages, there is no doubt that Asha Bhosle is one ...

Ashlee Simpson Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson rose to fame as a participant in the reality show, ‘Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica’. She also became a well-known figure with ...

Avril Ramona Lavigne Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne came to limelight at a very young age and was signed by Arista records when she turned 16. Her grungy pop-rock sound appealed to ...

Axl Rose Axl Rose

Love him or hate him; Axl Rose is an illustrious but controversial figure in the world of rock. There have always been two extremes for this ...

Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand

One of the highest-selling female recording artists of all time, Barbra Streisand, has sold a total of 71.5 million albums in the United States ...

Barry Manilow Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow is a universally celebrated American superstar whose career spans a number of fields including singing, recording, songwriting, ...

Barry White Barry White

Perhaps no other artist in the music industry enjoyed the huge cross-sectional popularity and following as did Barry White. The winner of two ...

Ben Harper Ben Harper

Ben Harper, a versatile singer-song writer, is a native of California, USA. He grew up in a family of music lovers, listening to an array of ...

Bette Midler Bette Midler

Winner of Grammy and Golden Globe Awards, Bette Midler is an American singer-songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. One of the bestselling female ...

Beyonce Knowles Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, a singer more popularly known just as Beyonce, is a R&B artist who rose to fame as the lead singer of the ...

Bhimsen Joshi Bhimsen Joshi

One of the foremost exponents of Hindustani classical music, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi requires no introduction of sorts. A classicist by training ...

Bill Withers Bill Withers

Bill Withers is one of the most renowned names in the Rhythm & Blues music genre. In his active career of two decades, he came up with some ...

Billy Ray Cyrus Billy Ray Cyrus

Any follower of country music would have heard the name of Billy Ray Cyrus. This talent from Tennessee struck gold with his very first album. ...

Bing Crosby Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby was one of the finest American singers of the early 20th century known for his baritone voice. His ‘archetypal crooning’ was ...

Bjork Bjork

Bjork Guomundsdottie is a famous Icelander singer of the alternative music. She is also known for writing her own songs and producing her ...

Black Francis Black Francis

Black Francis is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, his interest in music began at a ...

Bobby Brown Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown popularized new jack swing, a blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop sounds with raps and melodious verses. His new sound appealed to pop ...

Bon Scott Bon Scott

Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott was an Australian musician of Scottish origins who rose to fame as the leading singer and songwriter of the ...

Bono Bono

Paul David Hewson, nicknamed Bono, is one of the most eminent singers and musicians of Irish origin and is best known as the lead vocalist of ...

Boy George Boy George

Boy George, born as George Alan O’Dowd, is internationally known for emerging as a creative artist from England during the English New ...

Brad Douglas Paisley Brad Douglas Paisley

Think country music, think cowboy-hat Brad Paisley. His name is synonymous with this genre of music that it is difficult to separate these two ...

Brian Austin Green Brian Austin Green

Do you remember the character of David Silver of the ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ fame? If you do, you ought to remember the man who infused life ...

britnet spears Britney Spears

Britney Jean Spears is a famous American pop star who will go down in the history as one of the greatest pop artists from the west. She was ...

Buddy Holly Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly, born as Charles Hardin Holley, was one of the most influential singer-songwriters of 1950s. His records conveyed a sense of ‘joie ...

Carla Bruni Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni is a former model turned singer who rose to worldwide prominence after her wedding to the then President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, ...

Carly Simon Carly Simon

Carly Simon is an American singer who rose to fame in the 1970’s with back-to-back hit records. She has written many of her own songs and has ...

Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is a contemporary American country singer. Hailing from a small town, this singer took her first step towards stardom after ...

Chantal Kreviazuk Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian singer-songwriter of adult contemporary music genre who is also a trained classical pianist. Her music potential ...

Charlie Daniels Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels, born as Charles Edward Daniels, is an American musician known for his characteristically southern rock, country and bluegrass ...

Charlotte Church Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church is a Welsh music artist who rose to fame with her debut album ‘Voice of an Angel’ when she was only 12 years old. She is a ...

Chester Bennington Chester Bennington

One of the lead singers of the legendary rock band, ‘Linkin Park’, Chester Bennington is best known for his trademark high pitched voice ...

Chris LeDoux Chris LeDoux

Chris LeDoux was an American country music singer famous for his cowboy folk and rodeo rock ‘n’ roll. He had been a professional rodeo ...

Chris Martin Chris Martin

Christopher Anthony Martin, better known to his fans as Chris Martin is a co-founder and talented member of the alternative rock band Coldplay, ...

Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera

Christina Maria Aguilera is a well known American singer, songwriter, producer and a movie actress. She was born in New York to an army man and ...

Christina Milian Christina Milian

Not many can claim to have the best of both acting and singing and Chitina Milian is definitely one amongst them. An American actress and ...

Chuck D Chuck D

Born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, he adopted the stage name, Chuck D, and became the leader of the band, ‘Public Enemy’. His lyrics are ...

Clay Aiken Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken is a prodigious singer, who rose to fame on the second season of the hit reality show on television, ‘American Idol’. Immediately ...

Cliff Richard Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard, the British Elvis Presley as he is known as, is one of the most famous pop singers and has sold a whopping 250 million records in ...

Conor Oberst Conor Oberst

Independent music has quite a lot to offer in terms of talent. Conor Oberst is one such powerhouse of talent which emerged out of the Indie ...

Coolio Coolio

Coming from a broken home, Coolio fought poverty and drug addiction to become one of the most successful rappers of the 1990s. His first two ...

Dave Grohl Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer. He started playing guitar at a very young age, and is ...

David Coverdale David Coverdale

David Coverdale is an English rock singer and founder of the famous hard rock band ‘Whitesnake’. He wanted to be a rock singer from an early ...

Debbie Harry Debbie Harry

Deborah Ann Harry, better known by her stage name Debbie Harry, was the lead singer of the punk rock and new wave band, Blondie. She loved ...

Desiderio Arnaz - Desi Arnaz Desi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz was a famous musician, actor and television producer of America. He was the founder of the successful Latin music band, the Desi ...

Diana Ross Diana Ross

Golden Globe winning actress, Diana Ross has enjoyed success as a musician both in the United States and the United Kingdom. With an aggregate ...

Edith Piaf Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf was a French singer. She is considered the greatest icon of French popular music. Albeit her short physical stature, audiences the ...

Elliott Smith Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith, born as Steven Paul Smith, was a talented musician and singer who rose to fame with his song ‘Miss Misery’ featured in the ...

Emmy Rossum Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum is one of the established actresses of Hollywood, who with her power-packed performance and striking good looks have won the hearts ...

Emmylou Harris Emmylou Harris

Blessed with the uncanny ability to interpret the songs of other artists in her own special way, Emmylou Harris is a singer and songwriter much ...

Eric Idle Eric Idle

Eric Idle is a popular English entertainer who has impressed the audience with the versatility of his talent as a comedian, actor, author, ...

Faith Evans Faith Evans

One of the greatest R&B singers of all time, Faith Evans is a Grammy Award winner who began to sing at the age of two. She is one of the most ...

Florence Ballard Chapman Florence Ballard

Florence Ballard Chapman was one of the founding members of the female-singing group, ‘The Supremes’. She was well-known for her deep, rich ...

Frank Iero Frank Iero

Rhythm guitarist and back up vocalist of the alternative rock band 'My Chemical Romance', Frank Iero began playing with local bands in his ...

Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra

One of the most popular singers of the 20th century and an Academy award winning actor, Frank Sinatra was the darling of the American audiences ...

Frankie Avalon Frankie Avalon

Not many teen idols are able to carve a successful career for themselves as they mature, but Frankie Avalon is someone who first rocked the ...

Gary Allan Gary Allan

Gary Allan Herzberg, popularly known as Gary Allan, is an American country music artist. He worked for years with his band the ‘Honky Tonk ...

Gavin Rossdale Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the British rock band ‘Bush’. Although he is a native of London, he found bigger ...

Gene Simmons Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons, the lead singer and co-founder of the hard rock band Kiss was born as Chaim Witz in Israel and later migrated to the U.S. He had ...

George Harrison George Harrison

Popularly known as the Quiet Beatle, George Harrison is a name to reckon with even today. A powerful contributor in the field of music, Harrison ...

George M. Cohan George M. Cohan

George M. Cohan was an American entertainer, songwriter, actor, playwright, dancer and producer considered to be ‘the father of American ...

George Strait George Strait

George Harvey Strait is an American country music singer who is popularly referred to as the “King of Country” by his fans. In addition to ...

Gloria Estefan Gloria Estefan

Born as Gloria Maria Fajardo, this Cuban born, Grammy award winning singer is better known by the name Gloria Estefan. Considered to be the most ...

Grace Jones Grace Jones

Beverly Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer and actress who was nominated for the Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her role ‘Conan ...

Grace Slick Grace Slick

As one of the first female rock stars in a world dominated by male singers, singer Grace Slick helped redefine the role of women in modern ...

Harry Connick, Jr. Harry Connick, Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr. is an American singer, conductor, pianist, actor, composer, and television music competition judge. Born Joseph Harry Fowler ...

Helen Carter Helen Carter

Helen Carter was an American singer, guitarist and songwriter, known for performing with her mother and sisters in ‘The Carter Family Band’. ...

Huey Lewis Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis, born as Hugh Anthony Cregg, is an American musician, singer, lyricist and actor. He is the lead singer for the band ‘Huey Lewis ...

Ian MacKaye Ian MacKaye

Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye is a musician who redefined the musical genre of hardcore punk—his fans call him the unofficial Godfather of ...

Ice Cube Ice Cube

Widely regarded as the founding father of the genre of ‘gangsta rap’, Ice Cube is one of the top ‘A list’ hip hop artists in the music ...

Ja Rule Ja Rule

Ja Rule is regarded as one of the most successful rappers ever in the U.S. He has a musical style that combines hard core rap with heavy metal ...

Jackson Browne Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is a legendary American singer and songwriter. He is one of the bestselling musicians in the United States and has sold more than ...

James Blunt James Blunt

James Blunt, an English singer-songwriter and musician, started his career as a commissioned officer in the British Army. He rose to the rank of ...

James Taylor James Taylor

With a combined sale of more than a 100 million copies throughout his career, James Taylor is a sensitive and deep-rooted singer-songwriter who ...

Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx

Eric Marlon Bishop, better known by his screen name Jamie Foxx, is a multifaceted entertainer—he is an actor, comedian, musician and radio ...

Janis Ian Janis Ian

Janis Ian is one of the celebrated singers and songwriters of the 20th century. A child prodigy, she was musically inclined since young and took ...

Janis Joplin Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was an American singer-songwriter, also known as the ‘First Lady of Rock n Roll’. She was known for her forceful, gutsy singing ...

Jason Mraz Jason Mraz

The man who gave Americans the hit album ‘Mr. A-Z’ which sold over 100,000 copies, singer cum songwriter Jason Mraz is a person who loves ...

Jay-Z Jay-Z

American rapper and entrepreneur, Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is one of the biggest names in ‘Rap’ and in the ...

Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez

One of the extremely popular entertainers of today, Jennifer Lopez has shown her versatility to the world as a dancer, actor and singer. She is ...

Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, the comedian who rose to fame as one of the wildly popular duo ‘Martin and Lewis’ during the 1950s is more than just a funny ...

 Jesse McCartney Jesse McCartney

Jesse Abraham Arthur McCartney is an American singer, songwriter, movie and stage actor. He is well-known for his long term association with ...

Jimmy Durante Jimmy Durante

James Francis ‘Jimmy’ Durante was a famous American performer/entertainer, pianist, comedian, actor and singer. His flawless comic timing, ...

Joe Cocker Joe Cocker

John Robert Cocker, popularly known to his fans as Joe Cocker is a rock and blues singer characterized by his gritty voice and peculiar body ...

John Mellencamp John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp is a rock musician who specializes in the genre of heartland rock characterized by traditional instrumentation. A highly ...