American Female Composers

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 1 
Joan Jett
(Founder of the Rock Band 'The Runaways' & Frontwoman of 'Joan Jett & the Blackhearts')

Joan Jett
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Birthdate: September 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States

Joan Jett, also known as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, is the frontwoman of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, best known for their rendition of the Arrows song I Love Rock 'n Roll, which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Jett also released the hit Cherry Bomb with the Runaways

 2 
Chaka Khan
(Singer)

Chaka Khan
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Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.

 3 
Alanis Morisette
(Singer-Songwriter)

Alanis Morisette
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Birthdate: June 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Alanis Morisette is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actress. Renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice, Morisette has been named by Rolling Stone as the Queen of Alt-Rock Angst. A recipient of 13 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, Morisette has released several successful albums, including Jagged Little Pill, which was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

 4 
Michel'le
(Singer-Songwriter)

Michel'le
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Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Compton, United States

 5 
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. 

 6 
Peggy Lee
(Singer)

Peggy Lee
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Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died: January 21, 2002

 7 
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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 8 
Diane Warren
(First songwriter in Billboard magazine to have seven hit)

Diane Warren
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Birthdate: September 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Van Nuys, California, United States

 9 
Beth Hart
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer)

Beth Hart
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Birthdate: January 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 10 
Wendy Carlos
(Musician)

Wendy Carlos
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Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

 11 
Susan Tedeschi
(Singer, Guitarist)

Susan Tedeschi
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Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 12 
Banks
(Singer)

Banks
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Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Orange County, California, US

 13 
Linda Perry
(Famous songwriter for stars like Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, Kelly Osbourne, and Christina Aguilera)

Linda Perry
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Birthdate: April 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

 14 
Joan Osborne
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer)

Joan Osborne
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Birthdate: July 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Anchorage

 15 
Jackie DeShannon
(Singer-songwriter)

Jackie DeShannon
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Birthdate: August 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hazel, Kentucky, United States

 16 
Kari Jobe
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer)

Kari Jobe
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Birthdate: April 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waco

 17 
Carole Bayer Sager
(Songwriter, Singer, Composer, Lyricist)

Carole Bayer Sager
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Birthdate: March 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City

 18 
Paula Cole
(Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Composer)

Paula Cole
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Birthdate: April 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockport

 19 
Melody Gardot
(Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Composer, Pianist)

Melody Gardot
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Birthdate: February 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey

 20 
Gillian Welch
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Composer)

Gillian Welch
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Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 21 
Toni Tennille
(Singer-songwriter)

Toni Tennille
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Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 22 
Lisa Coleman
(Musician)

Lisa Coleman
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Birthdate: August 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States

 23 
Martha Wash
(Musician)

Martha Wash
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Birthdate: December 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, USA

 24 

Fanny Crosby
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Birthdate: March 24, 1820
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brewster, New York, United States
Died: February 12, 1915

 25 
Lisa Fischer
(Vocalist)

Lisa Fischer
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 26 
Judith Hill
(Singer-songwriter)

Judith Hill
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Birthdate: May 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 27 
Sylvia Fine
(Actor, Film producer, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter)

Sylvia Fine
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Birthdate: August 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 28, 1991

 28 
Phoebe Snow
(Singer-songwriter)

Phoebe Snow
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Birthdate: July 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 26, 2011

 29 
Judee Sill
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist)

Judee Sill
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Birthdate: October 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: November 23, 1979

 30 
Barbara Orbison
(Record producer, Music publisher, Composer)

Barbara Orbison
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Birthdate: January 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bielefeld
Died: December 6, 2011

 31 
DEV
(Songwriter)

DEV
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Birthdate: July 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tracy, United States

 32 
Kay Thompson
(Author)

Kay Thompson
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Birthdate: November 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 2, 1998

 33 
Francesca Battistelli
(Singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter)

Francesca Battistelli
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Birthdate: May 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

 34 
Amy Beach
(Composer)

Amy Beach
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Birthdate: September 5, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Henniker, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 27, 1944

 35 
Florence Price
(Composer)

Florence Price
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Birthdate: 1887 AD
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1953 AD

 36 
Lady Starlight
(DJ Best Known for Her Numerous Collaborations with 'Lady Gaga')

Lady Starlight
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Birthdate: December 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, United States

Lady Starlight is an American musical performer and DJ best known for her frequent collaborations with Lady Gaga. Starlight is credited with helping Lady Gaga design her eccentric onstage outfits early in her career. Gaga's costumes would later contribute immensely to her overall popularity. Starlight is also credited with influencing Lady Gaga's on-stage persona and career.

 37 
Cynthia Weil
(Composer, Songwriter)

Cynthia Weil
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Birthdate: October 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

 38 
Lonette McKee
(Know for her Role as Sister Williams in the original 1976 film Sparkle)

Lonette McKee
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Birthdate: July 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 39 
Patti Russo
(Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer)

Patti Russo
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Birthdate: May 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Jersey

 40 
Diamanda Galás
(Musician)

Diamanda Galás
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Birthdate: August 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 41 
Meredith Monk
(Musician)

Meredith Monk
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Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 42 

Pauline Oliveros
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Birthdate: May 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: November 24, 2016

 43 
Kate Wolf
(Composer, Singer-songwriter)

Kate Wolf
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Birthdate: January 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: December 10, 1986

 44 
Marilyn Bergman
(Composer)

Marilyn Bergman
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Birthdate: November 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 45 
Carla Bley
(Known for Her Jazz Opera 'Escalator Over the Hill')

Carla Bley
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Birthdate: May 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

 46 
Ellie Greenwich
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer)

Ellie Greenwich
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Birthdate: October 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 26, 2009

 47 
Emily Robison
(Musician, Singer)

Emily Robison
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Birthdate: August 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States

 48 
Laura Veirs
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)

Laura Veirs
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Birthdate: October 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colorado Springs

 49 
Miri Ben-Ari
(Composer, Musician)

Miri Ben-Ari
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Birthdate: December 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ramat Gan

Shirley Graham Du Bois
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Birthdate: November 11, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: March 27, 1977