American Female Pianists

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 1 Aretha Franklin

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Famous As: Singer & Activist
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 Lady Gaga

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Popular singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga has been active in the music industry since her teens. One of the world's best-selling music artists, she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. A versatile performer, she is known for her consistent image reinventions in music. She is actively involved in philanthropy and social activism.

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 3 Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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 Toni Braxton

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Famous As: American R&B Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Severn
Soul and R&B sensation Toni Braxton initially performed with her sisters in The Braxtons. She won three of her seven Grammys with her debut album. Known for her Billboard-charters such as Un-break My Heart, she also collaborated with Babyface, competed in Dancing with the Stars, and produced Braxton Family Values.

 5 Florence Foster Jenkins

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

 6 Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist, Writer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan

 7 Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
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 8 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.

 9 Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 10 AJ Michalka

AJ Michalka
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torrance, California

AJ Michalka is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. She is credited with forming the popular pop duo Aly & AJ along with her sister Alyson Renae Michalka. Also a respected actress and voice actress, AJ Michalka has contributed to the success of several TV series, such as Steven Universe and The Goldbergs.

 11 Teddy Geiger

Teddy Geiger
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 12 Tori Amos

Tori Amos
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Famous As: Musician and Singer
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. 

 13 Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leavenworth

 14 Norah Jones

Norah Jones
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, 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.

 15 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 16 Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States

 17 Alexa Ray Joel

Alexa Ray Joel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 18 Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina

 19 Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 20 Joan Bennett Kennedy

Joan Bennett Kennedy
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Famous As: American musician
Birthdate: September 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

 21 Colbie Caillat

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

 22 Nina Simone

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 23 Alison Sudol

Alison Sudol
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 24 Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 25 Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer
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Famous As: Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Playwright, Blogger, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

 26 Liz Phair

Liz Phair
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 27 Maria Brink

Maria Brink
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, USA

Maria Brink is a singer and songwriter best known as the lead singer of the rock band In This Moment.  She developed an early interest in performing and received encouragement from her mother. She began her musical career as a young woman and played with numerous other bands before forming In This Moment. She is also an aspiring artist.

 28 Ève Curie

Ève Curie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 2007

French and American writer, journalist, and pianist Ève Curie was one of the daughters of scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. She was the only one in the Curie family who did not choose a career in science. She authored her mother’s biography and was actively involved with UNICEF, helping women and children in developing countries.

 29 Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Elliman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 30 Mia Zapata

Mia Zapata
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: August 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 7, 1993

 31 Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Homestead, Florida, United States

Former lead singer of the hard-rock band Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm is known for her trademark screams and her tracks such as I'm So Sick and All Around Me. Her album Life Screams made her the first solo female performer to top the hard-rock album charts. She has also penned a memoir.

 32 Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 30, 1995

 33 Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997

 34 Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963

 35 Angela Marie DiFranco

Angela Marie DiFranco
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 36 Sophie B. Hawkins

Sophie B. Hawkins
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 37 Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: League City, Texas, United States

 38 Jody Watley

Jody Watley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 39 Lisa Coleman

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

 40 Grace Potter

Grace Potter
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waitsfield, Vermont, United States

 41 Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey

 42 Nadia Bjorlin

Nadia Bjorlin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA

 43 Andy Allo

Andy Allo
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bamenda, Cameroon

 44 Lola Astanova

Lola Astanova
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: July 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 45 Lari White

Lari White
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Famous As: Country Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dunedin, Florida, USA
Died: January 23, 2018

 46 Toni Tennille

Toni Tennille
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States

 47 Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist
Birthdate: August 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charlottesville

 48 Lisa Hannigan

Lisa Hannigan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kilcloon, County Meath, Ireland

 49 Sandi Patty

Sandi Patty
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

 50 Sophie Simmons

Sophie Simmons
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Sophie Simmons is a singer, model, and TV personality. The daughter of an actress and a musician, she was introduced to show business at an early age. She began her career as a teenager. As a model, she promotes body positivity and launched a body-positive clothing line. She has released many singles, including the super hit Black Mirror.