Famous American Soul Singers

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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.

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Diana Ross
(Lead Singer of 'the Supremes', the Best-Charting Female Group in History)
Diana Ross
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Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

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John Legend
(Best Known for His Debut Album 'Get Lifted' and 'Once Again')
John Legend
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Birthdate: December 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, actor, film producer and theatre director and his song All of Me from his fourth studio album was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. He has released a host of successful albums. He has also won many awards, including an Oscar and a handful of Grammys. He is also an actor and a TV personality.

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 4 
Stevie Wonder
(Singer-Songwriter and Musician)
Stevie Wonder
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Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder, is one of most influential and the best-selling musicians of all time. That Girl, Gotta Have You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and Happy Birthday are some of his chartbuster songs. He has won many awards and accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards.

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Marvin Gaye
(Known as the 'Prince of Soul' and Popular for His Song 'Sexual Healing')
Marvin Gaye
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Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 1, 1984

American singer Marvin Gaye is one of the most successful black artists ever and his albums have sold in millions. His success reached great heights with the 1972 song What's Going On. The 1982 single Sexual Healing was the biggest hit of his career and was a chartbuster. He was tragically shot dead by his father after a family altercation.

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James Brown
(Central Progenitor of Funk Music and Referred to as 'Godfather of Soul')
James Brown
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Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

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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.

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Bobby Brown
(Singer-Songwriter)
Bobby Brown
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Birthdate: February 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Grammy-winning singer and New Edition member Bobby Brown was a pioneer of the new jack swing, a combination of R&B and hip-hop, and shot to fame with the album Don't Be Cruel and the hit My Prerogative. His marriage to Whitney Houston was plagued with domestic strife and drug issues. 
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Jhené Aiko
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Songs ‘The Worst’ and ‘Sail Out’)
Jhené Aiko
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Birthdate: March 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

American singer and songwriter Jhené Aiko's musical style is associated with PBR&B, a new wave of music viewed as an alternative to contemporary R&B. Her personal life, which includes an early pregnancy at the age of 20, the death of her brother Miyagi, a major car accident, and troubled relationships, has not affected her impressive music career.

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Jennifer Hudson
(Singer & Actress Known for Her Role in the Musical 'Dreamgirls')
Jennifer Hudson
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Birthdate: September 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Jennifer Hudson shot to fame after reaching the finals of the third season of American Idol. She is known for her Academy Award-winning role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. She also won the Grammy twice, one for her self-titled debut album and the other for the musical The Color Purple
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Khalid (Singer)
(Best Known for His Debut Studio Album 'American Teen')
Khalid (Singer)
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Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Stewart, Georgia, United States

Khalid is an American singer-songwriter whose work in Logic’s hit single 1-800-273-8255 earned him a nomination at the Grammy Awards. He has also received prestigious awards, such as Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Award, and American Music Awards. In 2019, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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Christopher Stapleton
(Named ‘Artist-Songwriter Of the Decade’ by ACM)
Christopher Stapleton
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Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Five-time Grammy-winning country artist Chris Stapleton is best known for hits such as Parachute. He has also co-written tracks such as Kenny Chesney's Never Wanted Nothing More. Before going solo, he was part of the bands The SteelDrivers and The Jompson Brothers. His music blends country with bluegrass and soul.

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Elle King
(American Singer-Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist)
Elle King
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Birthdate: July 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

American singer, Elle King, made her mark in showbiz when her debut single Good To Be A Man was released in March 2012 as a digital download. Her 2014 single Ex's & Oh's became one of the top songs in US. Under the Influence, America's Sweetheart, Good Girls, Different for Girls, Wild Love are some of her other popular songs.

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Donna Summer
(Singer-Songwriter)
Donna Summer
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Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 2012
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Vanessa Williams
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Birthdate: March 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
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Isaac Hayes
(Singer-songwriter)
Isaac Hayes
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Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Covington, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 10, 2008
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August Alsina
(Singer, Songwriter)
August Alsina
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Birthdate: September 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

A singer-songwriter whose music generally falls into the Alternative R&B category, August Alsina is a young man who is applauded not just for his musical talents but also for his zest for life. He suffers from an autoimmune disease that attacks his liver, and he is constantly fighting to live a normal life.

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Berry Gordy
(Record Executive)
Berry Gordy
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Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States
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Alicia Keys
(Singer, Actress)
Alicia Keys
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Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

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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
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Daryl Hall
(Singer)
Daryl Hall
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Birthdate: October 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Macy Gray
(Singer-songwriter)
Macy Gray
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Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
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Jon Batiste
(Musician)
Jon Batiste
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Birthdate: November 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States
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Robin Thicke
(Famous for His 2013 Single 'Blurred Lines')
Robin Thicke
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Birthdate: March 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

The son of late actor, Alan Thicke, and actress, Gloria Loring, Robin Thicke followed in the footsteps of his parents to become a popular singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, record producer, and musician. Over the years, Robin Thicke has played a significant role in contributing to the success of artists like Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J. Blige.

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Boz Scaggs
(Singer)
Boz Scaggs
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Birthdate: June 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA
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Janis Joplin
(Known for Her Powerful Mezzo-Soprano Vocals)
Janis Joplin
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Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: October 4, 1970

Best known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, Janis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. Before dying at the age of 27, she achieved so much that Rolling Stone magazine included her in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list in 2004 and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

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Al B. Sure!
(Singer-songwriter)
Al B. Sure!
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Birthdate: June 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Thundercat
(Musician)
Thundercat
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Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Israel Houghton
(Singer-songwriter)
Israel Houghton
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Birthdate: May 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oceanside, California
Christian music singer Israel Houghton has won four Grammys for his traditional and contemporary gospel albums. He works with his backing band New Breed, and his albums are credited to Israel & New Breed. He has also been a worship leader for Champions for Christ and Promise Keepers.
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Jill Scott
(Singer-songwriter)
Jill Scott
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Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Andra Day
(Singer-songwriter)
Andra Day
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Birthdate: December 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington (state) Washington, U.S.
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Leon Bridges
(Singer-songwriter)
Leon Bridges
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Birthdate: July 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
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Roberta Flack
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Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States
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Tichina Arnold
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Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Tichina Arnold started as a child actor, working in films such as Little Shop of Horrors. She then gained fame as Pamela James in Martin and as Rochelle in Everybody Hates Chris. She has also launched the We Win Foundation and was previously the owner of a designer headgear brand. 
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Jackie Jackson
(Singer best known as a founding member of the Jackson 5)
Jackie Jackson
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Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
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Taylor Dayne
(Singer-songwriter)
Taylor Dayne
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Birthdate: March 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA
 37 
Ben Harper
(American Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist)
Ben Harper
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Birthdate: October 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper is best known for his guitar skills and his diverse musical range, which includes blues, soul, folk, rock, and reggae. The three-time Grammy-winning artist is also known for his activism and supports charities such as Little Kids Rock and New Light India
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Cissy Houston
(Gospel Singers)
Cissy Houston
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Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
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D'Angelo
(Singer-songwriter)
D'Angelo
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Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Rebbie Jackson
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Birthdate: May 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
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Reggie Watts
(Comedian)
Reggie Watts
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Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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Eddie Kendricks
(Co-founder of the Motown Singing Group 'The Temptations')
Eddie Kendricks
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Birthdate: December 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Union Springs, Alabama, United States
Died: October 5, 1992
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Sly Stone
(Musician)
Sly Stone
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Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Denton, Texas, United States
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James Ingram
(Singer)
James Ingram
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Birthdate: February 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
Died: January 29, 2019
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Anderson Paak
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Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, U.S.
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Bobbie Gentry
(Singer-Songwriter)
Bobbie Gentry
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Birthdate: July 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chickasaw County, Mississippi, United States
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Gary Clark, Jr.
(Musician)
Gary Clark, Jr.
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Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Austin, Texas Austin, Texas, U.S.
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R. Kelly
(One of the Most Successful and Best-Selling R&B Male Artists of the 1990s)
R. Kelly
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Birthdate: January 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

One of the best known R&B artists, R Kelly, who’s sung many chart-topping songs and has sold millions of records, has been accused of sexual abuse by many women. He and is facing several state and federal charges in the US. He was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and child pornography.

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Brian McKnight
(Singer-Songwriter with Thrid Most Grammy Nominations Without a Win)
Brian McKnight
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Birthdate: June 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

Brian McKnight is a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist in R&B and soul genres. Associated with labels like Motown, Mercury, and Warner Brothers, he is known for his albums, Back at One, and Anytime. The co-writer of the song Wait also hosted radio shows.

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Brittany Howard
(Musician)
Brittany Howard
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Birthdate: October 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Alabama Athens, Alabama, United States