List and Biographies of World Famous Singers

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.
AaliyahAaliyah
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 records ...
Aaron CarterAaron 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 NevilleAaron 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 LincolnAbbey 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 of ...
Al YankovicAl 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 MorissetteAlanis 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 HunterAlberta 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 GluckAlma 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 GrantAmy 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 LeeAmy 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 BocelliAndrea 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 LennoxAnnie 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 KiedisAnthony 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 in a ...
Asha BhosleAsha 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 SimpsonAshlee 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 her ...
Avril Ramona LavigneAvril 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 RoseAxl 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 StreisandBarbra 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 ManilowBarry Manilow
Barry Manilow is a universally celebrated American superstar whose career spans a number of fields including singing, recording, songwriting, ...
Barry WhiteBarry 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 HarperBen 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 MidlerBette Midler
Winner of Grammy and Golden Globe Awards, Bette Midler is an American singer-songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. One of the bestselling female ...
Beyonce KnowlesBeyonce 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 ...
Bill WithersBill 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 CyrusBilly 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 CrosbyBing 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 Guomundsdottie Bjork
Bjork Guomundsdottie is a famous Icelander singer of the alternative music. She is also known for writing her own songs and producing her ...
Bon ScottBon Scott
Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott was an Australian musician of Scottish origins who rose to fame as the leading singer and songwriter of the hugely ...
BonoBono
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 GeorgeBoy 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 PaisleyBrad 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 GreenBrian 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 and ...
Britney SpearsBritney 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 HollyBuddy 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 BruniCarla 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 SimonCarly 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 UnderwoodCarrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood is a contemporary American country singer. Hailing from a small town, this singer took her first step towards stardom after ...
Chantal KreviazukChantal Kreviazuk
Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian singer-songwriter of adult contemporary music genre who is also a trained classical pianist. Her music potential ...
Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels, born as Charles Edward Daniels, is an American musician known for his characteristically southern rock, country and bluegrass ...
Charlotte ChurchCharlotte 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 BenningtonChester Bennington
One of the lead singers of the legendary rock band, ‘Linkin Park’, Chester Bennington is best known for his trademark high pitched voice that ...
Chris LeDouxChris 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 champion ...
Chris MartinChris 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 AguileraChristina 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 DChuck D
Born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, he adopted the stage name, Chuck D, and became the leader of the band, ‘Public Enemy’. His lyrics are socially ...
Clay AikenClay 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 RichardCliff 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 ...
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 ...
Debbie HarryDebbie 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 ArnazDesi 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 SmithElliott 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 RossumEmmy 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 ...
Eric IdleEric 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 EvansFaith 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 and ...
Frank IeroFrank Iero
Rhythm guitarist and back up vocalist of the alternative rock band 'My Chemical Romance', Frank Iero began playing with local bands in his ...
Frankie AvalonFrankie 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 AllanGary 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 RossdaleGavin 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 SimmonsGene 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 HarrisonGeorge 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. CohanGeorge M. Cohan
George M. Cohan was an American entertainer, songwriter, actor, playwright, dancer and producer considered to be ‘the father of American Musical ...
George StraitGeorge 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 being ...
Gloria EstefanGloria 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 JonesGrace 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 the ...
Grace SlickGrace 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 ...
Huey LewisHuey 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 and ...
Ian MacKayeIan MacKaye
Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye is a musician who redefined the musical genre of hardcore punk—his fans call him the unofficial Godfather of hardcore. ...
Ice CubeIce 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 industry. ...
Ja RuleJa 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 BrowneJackson 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 BluntJames 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 TaylorJames 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 FoxxJamie Foxx
Eric Marlon Bishop, better known by his screen name Jamie Foxx, is a multifaceted entertainer—he is an actor, comedian, musician and radio host ...
Janis IanJanis 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 ...
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 LopezJennifer 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 LewisJerry 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 man—he ...
 Jesse McCartneyJesse 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 DuranteJimmy Durante
James Francis ‘Jimmy’ Durante was a famous American performer/entertainer, pianist, comedian, actor and singer. His flawless comic timing, the ...
Joe CockerJoe 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 MellencampJohn Mellencamp
John Mellencamp is a rock musician who specializes in the genre of heartland rock characterized by traditional instrumentation. A highly ...
Jon Bon JoviJon Bon Jovi
John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., famously known as Jon Bon Jovi, is one of the world’s best-selling music artists and the lead singer of the band ...
Julian CasablancasJulian Casablancas
Julian Fernando Casablancas is a singer and songwriter best known for being the lead vocalist of the rock band ‘The Strokes’ which also has the ...
June Carter Cash June Carter Cash
June Carter Cash was a prominent American singer, songwriter, actress and author. She was born to Maybelle Addington Carter and Ezra Carter into ...
Justin Randall TimberlakeJustin Randall Timbe...
Six times Grammy Award winner and 20 times Grammy Award nominated singer, Justin Timberlake is one of the most popular and commercially ...
Kanye WestKanye West
Kanye Omari West was raised in the middle-class background of the Chicago city by his highly educated mother Donda West. He had a knack for ...
Kate BushKate Bush
Three-time Grammy Award nominated English singer, songwriter, music producer, director and musician, Kate Bush is revered as one of the most ...
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
Keith Urban is a country musician and guitarist who is famous not just in his native Australia but also in the U.S. and the rest of the world ...
Robert James Ritchie - Kid RockKid Rock
Kid Rock is a successful musician of America. Some of his well known albums include ‘The Polyfuze Method’ and ‘Devil Without a Cause’. His ...
Kinky FriedmanKinky Friedman
Kinky Friedman is a man who dons several hats. He started out as a country musician and achieved cult fame for his satirical and Jewish-themed ...
Kishore KumarKishore Kumar
The soulful voice behind many of the hit Bollywood songs of yesteryears’ superstar Rajesh Khanna, playback singer Kishore Kumar was a unique and ...
Lata MangeshkarLata Mangeshkar
Hailed as the ‘Nightingale of Bollywood’, there is no doubt that Lata Mangeshkar is one of the best recognized and respected female voices in ...