Berklee College Of Music Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Berklee College Of Music. The list includes people like Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Charlie Puth, Sofia Boutella & Melissa Etheridge. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as musicians, singers, film & theater personalities, dancers and media personalities etc.
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Quincy Jones
(Musician and Second Most Oscar-Nominated African American)
Quincy Jones
45
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the previous century, Quincy Jones is known for his work with other legendary artists like Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra. As the first African-American to find success at the Academy Awards ceremony, Quincy has influenced a host of black musicians and songwriters.

 2 
Steven Tyler
(Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Aerosmith')
Steven Tyler
26
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, United States

Popularly known as the Demon of Screamin, Steven Tyler is the lead singer of the famous rock band Aerosmith. Known for his high-energy performances, Tyler is named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tyler launched a non-profit organization called Janie's Fund and has helped raise more than $2.4 million for the organization.

 3 
Sofia Boutella
(Algerian Actress and Dancer Known for Her Films: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ and ‘Atomic Blonde’)
Sofia Boutella
57
Birthdate: April 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bab El Oued, Algeria

Algerian-French dancer, actress and model, Sofia Boutella garnered fame with the hugely successful international commercial campaign for Nike. The success paved way for her to become a star dancer with Rihanna and Madonna. Later, she starred in films like StreetDance 2 and Star Trek Beyond. Earlier, she was a part of French national gymnastics team.

 4 
Charlie Puth
(Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Known for His Singles ‘See You Again’, and ‘We Don't Talk Anymore’)
Charlie Puth
67
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rumson, New Jersey, United States
Charlie Puth initially gained fame through his covers and originals on his YouTube channel, CharliesVlogs. He briefly worked under Ellen DeGeneres's label. He is known for the multiple-Grammy-nominated track See You Again by rapper Wiz Khalifa, which featured him, and his chartbusters One Call Away and We Don't Talk Anymore.
 5 
Meghan Trainor
(Pop Singer-songwriter Known for her Debut Single 'All About That Bass')
Meghan Trainor
55
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States

Meghan Trainor is an American talent show judge and singer-songwriter. Trainor is credited with promoting body positivity through her music; her songs often have lyrical themes based on personal empowerment and body image. Also a well-known philanthropist, Meghan Trainor works closely with organizations, such as The American Cancer Society. She also takes an active part in several charity events.

 6 
Trey Parker
32
Birthdate: October 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Conifer, Colorado, United States

Trey Parker is an American animator, writer, composer, filmmaker, actor, and voice actor. Parker is credited with co-creating one of the most popular animated sitcoms of all time, South Park. He is also credited with co-developing The Book of Mormon along with Matt Stone.

 7 
Steve Vai
(Guitarist, Composer and Songwriter Best Known for His Albums 'Flex-Able' and 'Passion and Warfare')
Steve Vai
11
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Carle Place, New York, United States
Three-time Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Steve Vai began his career as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa and played for his band till he launched his solo career. Guitar World named him the “10th Greatest Guitarist. His music was featured in music videos such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
 8 
Eric Andre
(Actor)
Eric Andre
22
Birthdate: April 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
Catriona Gray
(Winner of Miss Universe 2018)
Catriona Gray
31
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairns, Australia
Filipino-Australian model Catriona Gray soared to fame after winning the 2018 Miss Universe pageant, thus becoming the fourth from her country to win the title. Apart from winning Miss Universe Philippines 2018, she had also been named Miss World Philippines 2016. She has worked for the OTOP initiative, too.
 10 
Diana Krall
(Jazz Pianist)
Diana Krall
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. With several gold and multi-platinum albums under her belt, Krall is regarded as one of the best-selling artists of her generation. In 2009, Billboard called her the second-greatest jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

 11 
Donald Fagen
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist)
Donald Fagen
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
Ann Cusack
(Actress)
Ann Cusack
13
Birthdate: May 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Ann Cusack, sister of actor John Cusack and comedian Joan Cusack, has appearded in minor roles in many series, such as Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Bones, Better Call Saul, Castle Rock, and The Boys. She has also appeared in movies such as Multiplicity and A League of Their Own.
 13 
Wyclef Jean
(Haitian Rapper Who is a Member of the New Jersey Hip Hop group 'Fugees')
Wyclef Jean
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian musician, actor, and rapper. This Grammy Award-winning musician garnered national attention when his efforts to raise relief funds to aid the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake through his charitable organization Yéle Haiti were questioned as reports suggested that Jean retained the money for his own benefit. The organization has been the subject of controversy.

 14 
Melissa Etheridge
(Singer-songwriter)
Melissa Etheridge
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 15 
St. Vincent
(Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a member of the Polyphonic Spree as well as a collaborator with Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, and Kid Cudi)
St. Vincent
32
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
 16 
Ramin Djawadi
(Composer known for his scores for the 2008 Marvel film Iron Man and the HBO series Game of Thrones, for which he was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2009, 2018 and 2020)
Ramin Djawadi
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Duisburg, Germany
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 17 
Aimee Mann
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Academy Award Winning Soundtrack for the Film 'Magnolia')
Aimee Mann
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

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.

 18 
Bruce Randall Hornsby
(Singer)
Bruce Randall Hornsby
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 19 
Mike Portnoy
(Drummer, Musician, Singer, Record producer, Composer)
Mike Portnoy
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Beach
 20 
Mj Rodriguez
(Actress)
Mj Rodriguez
10
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 21 
Tiwa Savage
(Nigerian Singer and Actress Known for Her Album ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘I Look to You’)
Tiwa Savage
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer, actress, and songwriter. After having created an opportunity to establish herself in the United Kingdom, Savage returned to Nigeria and played an important role in elevating the Nigerian music industry. In 2018, she became the first woman to win the MTV Europe Music Award under the Best African Act category.

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Billy Squier
(Rock guitarist who released songs like "The Stroke," "Lonely Is the Night," and "My Kinda Lover.")
Billy Squier
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 23 
Howard Shore
(Composer, Conductor, Film score composer)
Howard Shore
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto

Best known to international audiences for his scores of the hit trilogies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Canadian composer Howard Shore had begun playing music at age 8 and was part of bands by age 13. He has 3 Academy Awards and 4 Grammy Awards in his kitty.

 24 
Gavin DeGraw
(Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Guitarist, Musician)
Gavin DeGraw
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: South Fallsburg
 25 
John Petrucci
(Guitarist, best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater)
John Petrucci
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kings Park, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 26 
Esperanza Spalding
(Music educator, Jazz musician, Singer)
Esperanza Spalding
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 27 
Keith Jarrett
(Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician, Saxophonist, Songwriter, Musician)
Keith Jarrett
2
Listed In:
Birthdate: May 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allentown
 28 
Bruce Cockburn
(Canadian Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist)
Bruce Cockburn
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
 29 
Allison Scagliotti
(Actress)
Allison Scagliotti
2
Birthdate: September 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monterey, California, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 30 
Chloe Webb
(Actress)
Chloe Webb
2
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 31 
Wang Leehom
(American Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Film Producer, and Director)
Wang Leehom
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, U.S.
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 32 
Gillian Welch
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Composer)
Gillian Welch
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
 33 
Ingrid Andress
(Singer-songwriter)
Ingrid Andress
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
 34 
Alan Silvestri
(Composer and conductor of film and television scores)
Alan Silvestri
1
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 35 
Paula Cole
(Singer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Composer)
Paula Cole
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockport
 36 
ContraPoints
(YouTuber exploring a wide range of topics such as politics, gender, ethics, race, and philosophy.)
ContraPoints
12
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: October 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Arlington County, Virginia, United States
 37 
Juan Luis Guerra
(Singer)
Juan Luis Guerra
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 38 
Al Di Meola
(Guitarist)
Al Di Meola
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
 39 
Vinnie Colaiuta
(Drummer, Jazz musician)
Vinnie Colaiuta
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brownsville
 40 
Sid Sriram
(Playback singer)
Sid Sriram
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai district Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Born in Chennai, to a Carnatic music teacher mother, Sid Sriram later moved to the US with his family. The talented singer-songwriter is a Berklee College of Music alumnus and is known for his skills mixing pop/soul and Indian classical elements. His Indian playback credits include Adiye from the film Kadal.

 41 
Brendon Small
(Composer, Singer, Animator, Screenwriter, Television actor, Journalist)
Brendon Small
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 42 
Brad Whitford
(Musician)
Brad Whitford
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winchester, Massachusetts, United States
 43 
Ouyang Nana
(Musician)
Ouyang Nana
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan, China
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 44 
Derek Sherinian
(Musician, Composer, Pianist)
Derek Sherinian
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laguna Beach, California, United States
 45 
Kiesza
(Canadian Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer)
Kiesza
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 46 
David Marks
(Guitarist)
David Marks
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hawthorne, California, United States
 47 
Betty Who
(Pop Singer Best Known for Her Singles ‘Somebody Loves You’ and ‘Heartbreak Dream')
Betty Who
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Betty Who is a singer-songwriter best known for her cover of Donna Lewis’ song I Love You Always Forever. Born in Australia, she moved to USA as a young girl to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. She began her career as an independent artist and later signed with RCA Records. She is openly bisexual. 

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Jeff Bhasker
(Multi-instrumentalist known his many collaborations with Kanye West)
Jeff Bhasker
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States
 49 
John Scofield
(Guitarist, Composer, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist)
John Scofield
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dayton
 50 
Leah LaBelle
(Singer)
Leah LaBelle
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 31, 2018
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
While there are numerous universities around the world that offer courses related to engineering, management and architecture, only a handful are dedicated towards arts. The Berklee College of Music is one such famous institution which imparts lessons in music and leaves no stone unturned in polishing the skills of its students. Be it Jazz, hip hop, rock, flamenco or bluegrass, this institution offers courses related to most genres of music. Thus, the Berklee college of music is an aspiring musician’s paradise. This great institution was founded back in the 1940’s by a pianist named Lawrence Berk and was initially christened ‘Schillinger’, as a mark of tribute to the eminent musician Joseph Schillinger. The Berklee College of Music has often been in the news for its notable alumni, most of whom are great achievers today. Singer and songwriter John Mayer, record producer Quincy Jones, musicians Diana Krall and Gary Burton are former students of this great institution. Several tracks of John Mayer’s, such as ‘Your Body Is A Wonderland’ have been chartbusters and made him a phenomenon of sorts worldwide. Most people find it hard to believe that more than 260 former students of this institution are recipients of the prestigious Grammy Awards. Here’s a list of noteworthy personalities from Berklee College Of Music, who have made their alma mater proud with their outstanding achievements. The remarkable accomplishments of these individuals speak volumes about how this institution transforms its pupils for the better.