American Female Folk Singers

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 1 Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

A four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, singer Tracy Chapman is best known for her hit single, Give Me One Reason. Interested in music from a young age, she learned to play multiple instruments as a child. She made her major-stage debut in 1985 and soon became a sensational hit. She is also known for her social activism.

 2 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

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 3 Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 29, 1974

Cass Elliot was a popular American singer and actress. As part of the famous folk-rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot played an important role in influencing the counterculture of the 1960s and its music scene. She had a great impact on the American entertainment industry of the 1960s.

 4 Joan Chandos Baez

Joan Chandos Baez.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

Singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez has been active in the music world for over six decades. She emerged as a major musical figure in the counterculture era of the 1960s. Her music encompasses various genres like pop, folk-rock, country, and gospel music. She is involved in civil rights, human rights, and environmental activism as well.

 5 Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Emmylou Harris is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Apart from being a bandleader, a solo artist, and an interpreter of other artists' works, Harris is also an activist; since 1999, she has been conducting Concerts for a Landmine Free World, an annual benefit tour. She is also an ardent supporter of animal rights organizations, such as PETA.

 6 Mary Travers

Mary Travers.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 16, 2009

Mary Travers was an American singer and songwriter. She was part of Peter, Paul and Mary, one of the most successful and popular folk music groups of the 1960s. Apart from working with the music group, Travers released five solo albums. In 1999, she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as part of the group.

 7 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Payson, Utah, United States
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 8 Deborah Ryan

Deborah Ryan.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama

Deborah Ryan is an American singer and actress who started her career as a child artist before going on to establish herself as a successful adult actress in the TV and film industry. A multi-talented personality, Ryan can also play the guitar, keyboard, and piano. Also a well-known philanthropist, Ryan has been working on various causes, such as ocean conservation.

 9 Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 10 Christina Perri

Christina Perri.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia

Christina Perri is an American singer-songwriter whose debut album Lovestrong was certified platinum. She is also known for recording the popular love theme, A Thousand Years, for the movie, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Apart from releasing studio albums and extended plays, Christina Perri also headlines concert tours.

 11 Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann.
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Famous As: Alternative Artist
Birthdate: September 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond

Aimee Mann is an American singer and songwriter whose song Save Me, which she recorded for the soundtrack of the film Magnolia, earned her a Grammy Award and Academy Award nomination. Apart from being a singer and songwriter, Aimee Mann has also made several appearances on film and television. She also appears on the albums of other artists.

 12 Deborah Falconer

Deborah Falconer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Deborah Falconer has appeared in quite a few films, such as the comedy Pyrates and the biographical film The Doors. She also released music albums such as Untangle and Brave Like Me. She was previously married to actor Robert Downey Jr. and also had a son with him.

 13 Sierra Deaton

Sierra Deaton.
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: February 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 14 Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 15 Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States

 16 Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom.
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nevada City, California

Joanna Newsom is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. Noted for her unique musical style, Newsom's early work was influenced by polyrhythms. She is one of the most important members of the modern freak folk and psychedelic folk movement. Newsom is also noted for her songwriting, which incorporates elements of avant-garde modernism and Appalachian music.

 17 Janis Ian

Janis Ian.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Author
Birthdate: April 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx

 18 Sasha Spielberg

Sasha Spielberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 19 Judy Collins

Judy Collins
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Famous As: Singer, Street artist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle

 20 Kim Carnes

Kim Carnes
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, USA

 21 Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clarksville, Iowa, United States

 22 Pink

Pink.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: oylestown, Pennsylvania, United States

Pink is an American singer-songwriter known for her acrobatic stage presence and raspy voice. Having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, Pink is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. A recipient of several prestigious awards, Pink was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. Her work has inspired many other artists like Taylor Swift.

 23 Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belleville, New Jersey, USA

 24 Ashe

Ashe.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 24, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

 25 Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 26 Exene Cervenka

Exene Cervenka.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Exene Cervenka soared to fame as a singer of the punk rock band X. She has also held exhibitions for her mixed media art, published books, and released a spoken word album. She has also expressed her views as a conspiracy theorist named Christine Notmyrealname, on social media.

 27 Rebecca Pidgeon

Rebecca Pidgeon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

 28 Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paragould, Arkansas, United States

 29 Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seguin, Texas, U.S.

 30 Dana Rosemary Scallon

Dana Rosemary Scallon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Islington, London, England

 31 Judee Sill

Judee Sill
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: November 23, 1979

 32 Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City New York, U.S.

 33 Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Charleston, West Virginia, United States

 34 Jill Gibson

Jill Gibson
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Famous As: Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 35 Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bedford Hills, New York, United States

 36 Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aledo, Illinois, U.S.

 37 Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City

 38 Lori McKenna

Lori McKenna
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: December 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stoughton

 39 Mimi Fariña

Mimi Fariña
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
Died: July 18, 2001

 40 Kate Wolf

Kate Wolf
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Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: December 10, 1986

 41 Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell
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Birthdate: March 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vermont

 42 Odetta

Odetta
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: December 2, 2008

 43 Dar Williams

Dar Williams
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Writer, Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Kisco

 44 Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: October 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colorado Springs

 45 Ronnie Gilbert

Ronnie Gilbert
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 6, 2015

 46 Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie
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Famous As: Historian, Singer, Musicologist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Viper
Died: June 1, 2015

 47 Chiwoniso Maraire

Chiwoniso Maraire
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Olympia, Washington, United States
Died: July 24, 2013

 48 Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, United States

 49 Lydia Mendoza

Lydia Mendoza
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: May 31, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: December 20, 2007

 50 Susan Reed

Susan Reed
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Died: April 25, 2010