Famous 21st Century Pianists

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 1 
Aretha Franklin
(Singer-Songwriter)

Aretha Franklin
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Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 2 
Ray Charles
(Singer-songwriter)

Ray Charles
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Birthdate: September 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: June 10, 2004

Ray Charles went on to become a great singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist, despite suffering blindness due to glaucoma early in his life. One of the most respected and decorated musicians of all time, Ray Charles has been named in lists, such as 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He pioneered the soul music genre, which remains his greatest contribution.

 3 
John Williams
(Composer)

John Williams
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Birthdate: February 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York City

John Williams is an American composer, pianist, trombonist, and conductor. Widely considered the greatest film composer ever, John Williams has played a significant role in the American film industry by composing music for films, such as the Jurassic Park films, Star Wars saga, the Indiana Jones films, and Schindler's List. He has also influenced several other composers like Marcus Paus.

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 4 
Toni Braxton
(One of the Best-Selling Female R&B Artist In History)

Toni Braxton
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Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Severn, Maryland, United States
Soul and R&B sensation Toni Braxton initially performed with her sisters in The Braxtons. She won three of her seven Grammys with her debut album. Known for her Billboard-charters such as Un-break My Heart, she also collaborated with Babyface, competed in Dancing with the Stars, and produced Braxton Family Values.

 5 
Norah Jones
(Singer-Songwriter)

Norah Jones
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Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States

Norah Jones is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. Having sold over 50 million records worldwide, Jones is one of the most successful and best-selling singers of her generation. She was ranked 60th on the artists of the 2000s decade list published by Billboard magazine. Norah Jones has won several prestigious awards including multiple Grammy Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

 6 
Roger Waters
(Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer)

Roger Waters
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Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey

Co-founder of the rock band, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters is celebrated singer, songwriter and composer. Beginning his career with rhythm guitar, he initially served solely as a bassist in Pink Floyd before emerging as their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader. Later he left the group due to creative difference and embarked on his solo career, releasing numerous albums and singles

 7 
Fiona Apple
(Singer-songwriter)

Fiona Apple
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Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
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Bob Seger
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)

Bob Seger
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Birthdate: May 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Singer, songwriter, and musician, Bob Seger, first gained fame in the 1960s as a heartland rock artist. Known for his classic raspy and powerful voice, he recorded many songs that dealt with themes like love and women. With worldwide sales of more than 75 million records, he is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

 9 
Harry Connick Jr.
(American singer)

Harry Connick Jr.
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Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Grammy-winning singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. was born to a lawyer mother and an attorney father, who also owned a record store. He mastered the piano as a child and formed his first jazz band at 10. He later soared to fame with the multi-platinum soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally...

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Alicia Witt
(Actress)

Alicia Witt
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Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

 11 
Taylor Hawkins
(Musician)

Taylor Hawkins
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Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Jack Antonoff
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Birthdate: March 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bergenfield, New Jersey, USA

 13 
Serj Tankian
(Singer-songwriter)

Serj Tankian
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Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

 14 
Burt Bacharach
(Pianist, Composer, Songwriter)

Burt Bacharach
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Birthdate: May 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Legendary musician and songwriter Burt Bacharach teamed up with lyricist Hal David and created many popular songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, including countless Billboard charters. He has won six Grammys and three Academy Awards for his tracks, and most of his songs were sung by Dionne Warwick. 

 15 
Paul Reiser
(Comedian)

Paul Reiser
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Birthdate: March 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 16 
Debbie Gibson
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)

Debbie Gibson
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Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 17 
Don Shirley
(Composer)

Don Shirley
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Birthdate: January 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Died: April 6, 2013

 18 
Ryan Tedder
(Singer-songwriter)

Ryan Tedder
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Birthdate: June 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

 19 
Jon Batiste
(Musician)

Jon Batiste
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Birthdate: November 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States

 20 
Nick Cave
(Singer-songwriter)

Nick Cave
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Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warracknabeal
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 

 21 
Randy Newman
(Singer-songwriter & Pianist)

Randy Newman
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Birthdate: November 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Teddy Pendergrass
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Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingstree, South Carolina, USA
Died: January 13, 2010

 23 
Fats Domino
(Singer-Songwriter, Pianist)

Fats Domino
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Birthdate: February 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: October 24, 2017

 24 
Teddy Geiger
(Musician)

Teddy Geiger
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Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 25 
Yanni
(Composer)

Yanni
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Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kalamata, Greece

Yanni is a Greek keyboardist, pianist, composer, and music producer. He achieved international recognition by organizing and producing concerts at historic monuments, such as Taj Mahal, Burj Khalifa, and the Great Sphinx of Giza. Adhering to his one world, one people philosophy, Yanni works with musicians of various nationalities to create music that incorporates an eclectic fusion of ethnic sounds.

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Brian McFadden
(Singer-songwriter)

Brian McFadden
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Birthdate: April 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Artane, Dublin, Ireland

Once the face of Irish boy band Westlife, Brian McFadden later went solo. Starting his career with live pop-RnB gigs in Dublin clubs, he later mastered soft rock, too. He was a judge on Australia's Got Talent and also participated in shows such as Dancing on Ice and The Jump.

 27 
Herbie Hancock
(Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Keyboardist, Actor, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer)

Herbie Hancock
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Birthdate: April 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago

 28 
Aaron Lewis
(Singer)

Aaron Lewis
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Birthdate: April 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Springfield, Vermont, USA

Aaron Lewis is an American singer, musician, and songwriter. He is credited with founding the rock band Staind where he also serves as the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Aaron Lewis works closely with a non-profit organization called It Takes a Community.

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Tori Amos
(Musician and Singer)

Tori Amos
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Birthdate: August 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newton
Alternative rock singer Tori Amos is known for her songs that highlight issues such as feminism. Amos was the youngest to win a music scholarship to the Peabody Institute. She performed with the group Y Kant Tori Read before going solo. She is associated with RAINN, a sexual abuse helpline. 

 30 
Neil Sedaka
(Singer)

Neil Sedaka
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Birthdate: March 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Singer, pianist, and composer Neil Sedaka initially co-founded the group The Tokens. Most of his collaborations have been with lyricists Phil Cody and Howard Greenfield. He has delivered hits such as Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and Bad Blood. He also launched free online mini-concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Andy Biersack
(Singer/Pianist)

Andy Biersack
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Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Andy Biersack is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. He is credited with founding a rock band named Black Veil Brides where he also serves as the lead vocalist. In 2011, Biersack was mentioned in Revolver magazine's 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars list. In 2012, he was ranked fourth in Kerrang magazine's 50 Greatest Rock Stars in the World Today list.

 32 
Leon Russell
(Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Guitarist)

Leon Russell
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Birthdate: April 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lawton
Died: November 13, 2016

 33 
Vanessa Carlton
(Singer-songwriter and Pianist famous for her debut single, 'A Thousand Miles')

Vanessa Carlton
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Birthdate: August 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milford, Pennsylvania, United States
Vanessa Carlton is known for her Billboard-charting debut single, A Thousand Miles, and her platinum-certified debut album, Be Not Nobody. Her album Rabbits on the Run was inspired by A Brief History of Time. The three-time Grammy nominee is also openly bisexual and married to Deer Tick member John McCauley.

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Vic Mignogna
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Birthdate: August 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Vic Mignogna is an American musician and voice actor. He is renowned for providing the English dubs for characters from Japanese anime shows and films like Dragon Ball, Ouran High School Host Club, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and Digimon Adventure tri. His voice-over work in Fullmetal Alchemist, where he voiced Edward Elric, earned him the American Anime Award in 2007.

 35 
Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)

Lupe Fiasco
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Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 36 
Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)

Dan Fogelberg
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Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007

 37 
Pat Smear
(Musician)

Pat Smear
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Birthdate: August 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Los Angeles, California, USA

 38 
Helen Reddy
(Singer)

Helen Reddy
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Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 39 
Nadine Coyle
(Singer)

Nadine Coyle
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Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

 40 
Tom Fletcher
(Musician)

Tom Fletcher
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Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London Borough of Harrow
Tom Fletcher, lead vocalist and guitarist of the band McFly, has also written for several artists and bands, such as Busted, One Direction, and The Vamps. A successful YouTube vlogger, too, he has documented and shared all three pregnancies of his wife, Giovanna. He has also written several children’s books.

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Brandon Flowers
(Lead singer and keyboardist of the Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers)

Brandon Flowers
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Birthdate: June 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Henderson, Nevada, United States

 42 
Rita Coolidge
(Musician)

Rita Coolidge
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Birthdate: May 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States

 43 
Diana Krall
(Jazz Pianist)

Diana Krall
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Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. With several gold and multi-platinum albums under her belt, Krall is regarded as one of the best-selling artists of her generation. In 2009, Billboard called her the second-greatest jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

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Oksana Grigorieva
(Singer-songwriter, Pianist)

Oksana Grigorieva
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Birthdate: February 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saransk, Russia
Russian singer and pianist Oksana Grigorieva patented a method of teaching music to children in the U.S. She is best known for her track Un día llegará. She has been in the news for her bitter break-up with former partner Mel Gibson. She has worked with the Chernobyl Children's Project.

 45 
Rick Wakeman
(Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality)

Rick Wakeman
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Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perivale

One of the most popular rock keyboardists of the progressive rock genre, Rick Wakeman soared to fame as part of the band Yes and later had an equally successful solo career. He had ditched his initial dream of becoming a pianist to start his career as a session musician.

 46 
Daniel Barenboim
(Pianist, Conductor, Music director)

Daniel Barenboim
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Birthdate: November 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Daniel Barenboim is a pianist and conductor currently serving as the general music director of the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He has previously been the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and La Scala in Milan. He is a recipient of Spain's Prince of Asturias Concord Award among others.

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Amanda Palmer
(Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Playwright, Blogger, Songwriter)

Amanda Palmer
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Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

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Patrick Stump
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Composer)

Patrick Stump
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Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States

 49 
André Previn
(Pianist)

André Previn
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Birthdate: April 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 28, 2019
German-American pianist and composer André Previn was a prominent figure in jazz and classical music. He composed tracks for MGM and won four Grammys and four Academy Awards. He was the music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the main conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, among others.

 50 
Chick Corea
(Jazz musician, Composer)

Chick Corea
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Birthdate: June 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 9, 2021