American Female Folk Singers

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 1 Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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
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.

 3 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.

 4 Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 5 Judy Collins

Judy Collins
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 6 Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grass Valley, California, United States

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.

 7 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.

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 8 Jewel

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

 9 Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States

 10 Regina Spektor

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

 11 Janis Ian

Janis Ian
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Author
Birthdate: April 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farmingdale, New Jersey, United States

 12 Colbie Caillat

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

 13 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.

 14 Sierra Deaton

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

 15 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

 16 Maddie Poppe

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

 17 Kim Carnes

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

 18 Ashe

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

 19 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

 20 Rebecca Pidgeon

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

 21 Suzanne Vega

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

 22 Nanci Griffith

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

 23 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.

 24 Sasha Spielberg

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

 25 Iris DeMent

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

 26 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

 27 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

 28 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.

 29 Dana Rosemary Scallon

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

 30 Jill Gibson

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

 31 Norma Tanega

Norma Tanega
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Famous As: Former Folk and Pop singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States
Died: December 29, 2019

 32 Anais Mitchell

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

 33 Suzy Bogguss

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

 34 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

 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 Lori McKenna

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

 37 Peggy Seeger

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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten
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Famous As: Folk musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 5, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 29, 1987

 41 Laura Veirs

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

 42 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

 43 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

 44 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

 45 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

 46 Vienna Teng

Vienna Teng
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter known for her fourth album, Inland Territory
Birthdate: October 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saratoga, California, United States

 47 Okay Kaya

Okay Kaya
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Famous As: Actress, Singer known for her second full-length album under the moniker Okay Kaya titled Watch This Liquid Pour Itself in 2020
Birthdate: August 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

Brooklyn-born Norwegian-origin singer-actor Kaya Wilkins, better known as Okay Kaya, mostly sings about her own mental trauma, sexuality, and mental health. Known for hit tracks such as Psych Ward and Dance Like You, she has also starred in the Norwegian supernatural thriller Thelma. She considers songwriting her therapy.

 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 Christine Lavin

Christine Lavin
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, United States