2 Tori Kelly(Known for Her Debut Album 'Unbreakable Smile')
Tori Kelly was initially spotted on Star Search and won America's Most Talented Kid. She failed to make it to the "Top 24" of American Idol but later released Billboard Hot 100-charting singles such as Nobody Love. The two-time Grammy-winner has also voiced Meena in Sing and its sequel.
3 Erykah Badu(Singer-Songwriter Know for Her Singles like "On & On," "Honey," and "The Healer.")
Widely regarded as the queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter whose debut studio album Baduizm helped popularize neo-soul in the late-1990s. Thanks to her popularity, Erykah Badu serves as a subject for street art in several places, including Greater London, England. Also an actress, Badu has appeared in popular films, such as The Cider House Rules.
4 Faith Hill(One of the Most Successful Country Music Artists of All Time)
5 Tinashe Kachingwe(Her Single "2 On" featuring 'Schoolboy Q' Reached Number One on The Rhythmic Airplay Chart)
7 Debbie Gibson(Singer-songwriter, Actress)
8 Alison Krauss(Singer)
9 Sheila E.(Percussionist)
10 Macy Gray(Singer-songwriter)
11 Teddy Geiger(Musician)
12 Teena Marie(Singer-songwriter, Record producer)
13 Brandi Carlile(Folk Rock Singers)
14 Jennifer Nettles(Singer-Songwriter)
15 Alanis Morisette(Singer-Songwriter)
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.
16 Ester Dean(Singer)
17 Martina McBride(Singer-Songwriter)
18 Diane Warren(First songwriter in Billboard magazine to have seven hit)
21 Rickie Lee Jones(Singer)
22 Jennifer Warnes(Singer)
Santigold is an American singer-songwriter renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice. She achieved popularity after the release of her critically acclaimed album Santogold in 2008. The same year, she was named the Best Breakthrough Artist at the NME Awards USA. In 2009, she won the Vanguard Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Santigold's work has influenced artists like Bob Evans.
24 Heather Headley(Singer)
Trinidadian-American singer-actor Heather Headley is best known for her Tony- and Drama Desk-winning performance in the musical Aida. The Northwestern University drop-out was also part of the theatrical version of Whitney Houston’s movie The Bodyguard and won a Grammy for her gospel album Audience of One.
25 Jody Watley(Singer)
26 Joan Osborne(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer)
27 Jackie DeShannon(Singer-songwriter)
29 Kara DioGuardi(Songwriter, television personality served as a judge on American Idol)
30 Paula Cole(Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Composer)
31 Lari White(Country Singers)
32 Farrah Franklin(Singer)
34 Lady Miss Kier(Singer)
35 Blu Cantrell(Singer-songwriter)
36 Karen O(Singer)
37 Sister Souljah(Writer)
39 Martha Wash(Musician)
40 Deniece Williams(Soul Singer-Songwriter Best Known for the Songs: 'Free', 'Silly', 'It’s Gonna Take a Miracle')
The daughter of singer parents, Deniece Williams grew up singing gospel. Though she initially aspired to be a nurse and an anesthetist, she later took up music full-time and began performing at nightclubs. The Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with tracks such as They Say and I Believe in You.