Famous 21st Century Pianists

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Aretha Franklin
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists in the World & 'Queen of Soul')
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 
John Williams
(One of the Greatest Film Composers of All Time)
John Williams
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Birthdate: February 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States

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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Little Richard
(Known for His Hit Single 'Long Tall Sally' & Regarded as the 'Architect of Rock and Roll')
Little Richard
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Birthdate: December 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: May 9, 2020
The Architect of Rock and Roll Little Richard is best known for his track Tutti Frutti, which was included in the National Recording Registry. His music was characterized by energetic piano and back beats. His songs broke all racial barriers and were equally appreciated by white and black listeners.
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 4 
Fiona Apple
(Singer-songwriter)
Fiona Apple
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Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 5 
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.

 6 
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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Paul Reiser
(Comedian)
Paul Reiser
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Birthdate: March 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 8 
Taylor Hawkins
(Musician)
Taylor Hawkins
5
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 9 
Randy Newman
(Singer-songwriter & Pianist)
Randy Newman
4
Birthdate: November 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 10 
Alicia Witt
(Actress)
Alicia Witt
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Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 11 
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. 
 12 
Jon Batiste
(Musician)
Jon Batiste
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Birthdate: November 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States
 13 
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
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 14 
Ryan Tedder
(Singer-songwriter)
Ryan Tedder
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Birthdate: June 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 15 
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
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 16 
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. 
 17 
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
 18 
Neil Sedaka
(One of the Best Selling Pop Singer-Songwriter Known for His Hits 'Oh! Carol' and 'Calendar Girl')
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.

 19 
Norah Jones
(One of the Best-Selling Jazz Artists & Daughter of Indian Sitarist and Composer Ravi Shankar)
Norah Jones
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Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, 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.

 20 
Leon Russell
(American Musician and Singer-Songwriter)
Leon Russell
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Birthdate: April 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 13, 2016
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 21 
Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)
Dan Fogelberg
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Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007
 22 
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.
 23 
Rita Coolidge
(Musician)
Rita Coolidge
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Birthdate: May 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States
 24 
Andy Biersack
(Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band ‘Black Veil Brides’)
Andy Biersack
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Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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.

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Teddy Geiger
(Musician)
Teddy Geiger
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Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Pat Smear
(Musician)
Pat Smear
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Birthdate: August 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 27 
André Previn
(Known for His Versatile Orchestral Compositions)
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.
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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
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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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Marques Houston
(Singer)
Marques Houston
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Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Phil Anselmo
(Musician)
Phil Anselmo
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Birthdate: June 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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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
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Donald Fagen
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist)
Donald Fagen
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Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 34 
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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Ludovico Einaudi
(Italian Pianist and Composer Known for His Albums ‘I Giorni’, ‘Nightbook’ and ‘In a Time Lapse’)
Ludovico Einaudi
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Birthdate: November 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian composer and pianist. Although he started his career as a classical musician, Einaudi began incorporating other genres like rock, folk, and pop later in his career. Apart from composing studio and live albums, Ludovico Einaudi also composes the scores for films and TV series. His work in the filn Acquario earned him the prestigious Grolla d'oro award.

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Gil Scott-Heron
(Poet and Singer-songwriter)
Gil Scott-Heron
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Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 27, 2011
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Rick Wakeman
(English Keyboardist and Composer)
Rick Wakeman
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Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perivale, London, England, United Kingdom

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.

 38 
Daniel Johnston
(Singer-songwriter)
Daniel Johnston
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Birthdate: January 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
 39 
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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Bruce Randall Hornsby
(Singer)
Bruce Randall Hornsby
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Birthdate: November 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 41 
Andrew W.K.
(Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who released the single "Party Hard" in 2001)
Andrew W.K.
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Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stanford, California, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 42 
Alan Menken
(Composer best known for his scores and songs for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Alan Menken
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Birthdate: July 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 43 
Al Jardine
(Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, Record producer)
Al Jardine
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Birthdate: September 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lima
 44 
Ronnie Milsap
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Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Robbinsville, North Carolina, United States
 45 
Josh Klinghoffer
(Musician)
Josh Klinghoffer
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Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 46 
Colbie Caillat
(Singer-songwriter)
Colbie Caillat
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Birthdate: May 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 47 
Elton John
(Singer, Pianist and Composer- One of the Best-Selling Artists of All Time)
Elton John
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Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.
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Evgeny Kissin
(Russian-born Composer and Concert Pianist)
Evgeny Kissin
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Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow

Evgeny Kissin is a Russian-born composer and concert pianist. He is renowned for his renditions of the works of great musicians like Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Over the course of his illustrious career, Evgeny Kissin has won many prestigious musical awards, such as the Grammy Awards, Triumph Award, and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Award.

 49 
Eric Carmen
(Singer)
Eric Carmen
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Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
 50 
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
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)