Famous Black Soul Singers

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 1 John Legend

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, actor, film producer and theatre director and his song All of Me from his fourth studio album was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. He has released a host of successful albums. He has also won many awards, including an Oscar and a handful of Grammys. He is also an actor and a TV personality.

 2 Aretha Franklin

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.

 3 Diana Ross

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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

 4 Stevie Wonder

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder, is one of most influential and the best-selling musicians of all time. That Girl, Gotta Have You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and Happy Birthday are some of his chartbuster songs. He has won many awards and accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards.

 5 Marvin Gaye

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1984

American singer Marvin Gaye is one of the most successful black artists ever and his albums have sold in millions. His success reached great heights with the 1972 song What's Going On. The 1982 single Sexual Healing was the biggest hit of his career and was a chartbuster. He was tragically shot dead by his father after a family altercation.

 6 Seal

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Seal is a British singer and songwriter. He has received several prestigious awards over the course of his career. Also known for his charity work, Seal has performed at several charity events in an attempt to help non-profit organizations, such as the Make It Right Foundation.

 7 Ray Charles

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 10, 2004

Ray Charles went on to become a great singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist, despite suffering blindness due to glaucoma early in his life. One of the most respected and decorated musicians of all time, Ray Charles has been named in lists, such as 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He pioneered the soul music genre, which remains his greatest contribution.

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 8 James Brown

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Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 9 Sade Adu

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian, British

 10 Solange Knowles

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Solange Knowles, younger sister of pop star Beyoncé Knowles, initially performed as a back-up dancer and wrote songs for Beyoncé’s band Destiny's Child. She has delivered Grammy-winning tracks such as Cranes in the Sky and has also won an Impact Award. She also owns a hip-hop-themed children’s merchandise brand.

 11 Donna Summer

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 17, 2012

 12 Anderson Paak

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 13 Berry Gordy

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Famous As: Record Executive
Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 14 Isaac Hayes

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: August 10, 2008

 15 Cynthia Erivo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 16 Lauryn Hill

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Famous rapper and singer, Lauryn Hill, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and a pioneer in the Neo soul genre. The artist whose album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won five Grammy Awards, is an inspiration for numerous singers and rappers. Earlier, she gained recognition as member of Fugees, an award-winning hip hop group.

 17 Teddy Pendergrass

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2010

 18 Israel Houghton

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 19 Macy Gray

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Leon Bridges

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 21 Billy Ocean

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Famous As: Recording Artist
Birthdate: January 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Trinidadian, British

Billy Ocean is a recording artist who achieved popularity in the 1980s when he became the most famous Trinidad–British R&B singer. Over the years, he has also been one of the most prominent supporters of the Rastafari movement. In the 2020 New Year Honours, Billy Ocean was appointed MBE for services to music.

 22 Jill Scott

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 23 Alex Newell

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 24 D'Angelo

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 25 LeToya Luckett

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 26 Johnny Gill

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 27 Bobby Womack

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 27, 2014

 28 Fleur East

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 29 Luke James

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 30 Tiwa Savage

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerien

 31 Gerald Levert

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 10, 2006

 32 Dennis Edwards

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 1, 2018

 33 Tank

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 34 India Arie

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 35 Dee Dee Warwick

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 2008

 36 Sampha

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 37 Anthony Hamilton

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 38 Jody Watley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 39 Merry Clayton

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 40 Jazmine Sullivan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Shanice

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 42 Sevyn Streeter

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 43 Kelly Price

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 44 Angie Stone

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 45 Rodney Jerkins

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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: July 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 46 Gloria Jones

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 9, 2006

 47 Blu Cantrell

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 48 Pras Michel

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 49 Percy Sledge

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 14, 2015

 50 Booker T. Jones

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American