Famous British Rhythm & Blues Singers

Find out more about the greatest British Rhythm & Blues Singers, including Adele, Mick Jagger, Victoria Beckham, Susan Boyle and Joss Stone.

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Zayn Malik
(Singer)

Zayn Malik
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Birthdate: January 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bradford, England
Popular singer Zayn Malik shot to fame with the television reality show The X Factor and later became a part of a hugely successful band One Direction. Afterwards, Zayn Malik set out to establish his solo career and released his debut album, Mind of Mine, which made him a star. The singer has also made an entry into fashion world.

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Liam Payne
(Singer, Songwriter)

Liam Payne
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Birthdate: August 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England

Liam Payne is a popular English singer-songwriter who is part of the world-renowned boy band One Direction. Also a well-known philanthropist, Liam Payne has supported Comic Relief and Unicef. In 2020, he helped raise over $10 million for charitable organizations fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to his charity work, he serves as an inspiration to many youngsters across the world.

 3 
Alesha Dixon
(Singer, Model, Dancer)

Alesha Dixon
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Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

Alesha Dixon is an English singer-songwriter, rapper, and TV personality. She initially wanted to become a teacher, but destiny had other plans for her, and she ended up entering the music world. She rose to fame as a singer in the 2000s as a member of the girl group Mis-Teeq. She later pursued a successful solo career as well. 

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Rag’n’Bone Man
(Singer-songwriter)

Rag’n’Bone Man
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Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uckfield, East Sussex. England

Rag'n'Bone Man is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his baritone voice, Rag'n'Bone Man was named British Breakthrough Act at the 2017 Brit Awards where he also won the prestigious Critics' Choice Award. Over the years, he has also received several other awards like Echo Awards, NRJ Music Award, and an Ivor Novello Award.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
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Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

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Anne-Marie
(Singer-songwriter)

Anne-Marie
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Birthdate: April 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: East Tilbury, Essex, England

 7 
Leona Lewis
(Singer-Songwriter)

Leona Lewis
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Birthdate: April 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
British singer Leona Lewis soared to fame with her win on The X Factor. Her debut album, Spirit, with the chartbusting track Bleeding Love, was certified 10xplatinum in the U.K. She also appeared as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats. She is also an avid animal rights activist. 
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 8 
Ella Mai
(Singer)

Ella Mai
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Birthdate: November 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

English singer, Ella Mai, was one of the contestants on the TV show, The X Factor, in which she auditioned as part of a trio. Even though she didn’t last long on the show, she went ahead to create her own music and became a sensation following the release of her eponymous album that topped the US R&B chart. 

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Amy Jade Winehouse
(Singer-songwriter)

Amy Jade Winehouse
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Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England
Died: July 23, 2011
Soul and jazz singer Amy Winehouse is best remembered for her tracks Stronger Than Me and Rehab. She was the first British female to win five Grammys. Following her death due to alcohol poisoning at age 27, her album Back to Black became U.K.’s best-selling album of the 21st century.

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Jess Glynne
(Singer)

Jess Glynne
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Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Jess Glynne, named one of Forbes’s Most Influential People Under 30 in 2019, initially rose to fame as a featured artist on tracks such as Rather Be and My Love. She became the first British female solo singer with seven number one UK Singles Chart tracks.

 11 
James Arthur
(Singer-songwriter)

James Arthur
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Birthdate: March 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England

James Arthur is an English singer-songwriter who achieved popularity after winning the popular British reality TV music competition The X Factor in 2012. Apart from debuting at the top position on the UK Singles Chart, his debut single also went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies, making it the most successful single in the history of the show.

 12 
Sam Smith
(Singer-songwriter)

Sam Smith
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Birthdate: May 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Sam Smith first gained fame after being featured on the Disclosure track Latch in 2012. Smith is genderqueer and prefers using the pronoun “they/them.” Smith’s debut album won four Grammys. Smith also won a Golden Globe and an Academy award for the Spectre theme song, Writing's on the Wall.

 13 
Idris Elba
(Actor)

Idris Elba
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Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Idris Elba is a successful actor both on the small and the big screen and is mainly known for the television series The Wire and Luther and also for films, such as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation. He has also acted in blockbuster films of Marvel Comics universe like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

 14 
Lulu
(singer)

Lulu
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Birthdate: November 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

 15 
Billy Ocean
(Recording Artist)

Billy Ocean
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Birthdate: January 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fyzabad

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.

 16 
Louise Redknapp
(Singer-Songwriter)

Louise Redknapp
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Birthdate: November 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom

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Harvey Cantwell
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Birthdate: January 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartley, Kent
Harvey Cantwell, better known as Hrvy, gained fame with his EP Holiday. He was a presenter on Friday Download and also appeared in the web series Chicken Girls. A huge star on social-media platforms such as Instagram, he has also been part of the reality show Strictly Come Dancing.

 18 
Courtney Hadwin
(Singer-songwriter)

Courtney Hadwin
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Birthdate: July 6, 2004
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sunderland, England

Courtney Hadwin is an English singer-songwriter who achieved popularity by participating in the first series of ITV's The Voice Kids and the 13th season of NBC's America's Got Talent, where she was a finalist. She is one of the youngest artists to sign a record deal with Arista Records and Syco Entertainment.

 19 
Jesy Nelson
(Singer)

Jesy Nelson
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Birthdate: June 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Romford, United Kingdom
Jesy Nelson gained fame as part of the British all-girl pop group Little Mix, which was the first group to win The X Factor. The tattoo-covered singer also won numerous awards, including a National Television Award for Factual Entertainment, for hosting the body image-related documentary Odd One Out

 20 
Nadine Coyle
(Singer)

Nadine Coyle
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Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

 21 
Joss Stone
(Singer-songwriter)

Joss Stone
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Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dover, Kent, England

Joss Stone is an English singer, actress, and songwriter. One of the most successful British female singers of her generation, Stone has sold more than 15 million records worldwide. She has also received several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Award and Brit Awards. In 2006, Joss Stone became the youngest woman to be featured in the Sunday Times Rich List.

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Rochelle Humes
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Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Romford, Essex, England, UK

 23 
Lisa Stansfield
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician)

Lisa Stansfield
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Birthdate: April 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heywood, Greater Manchester

 24 
Tiwa Savage
(Singer-songwriter)

Tiwa Savage
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Birthdate: April 11, 1966, 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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Mick Hucknall
(Singer-songwriter known for his signature red hair and for being the lead singer of the band Simply Red)

Mick Hucknall
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Birthdate: June 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manchester, England, United Kingdom

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Fleur East
(Singer-songwriter)

Fleur East
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Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London

Fleur East is an English rapper, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her participation in the popular reality television music competition The X Factor where she finished second in 2014. She then went on to release her debut studio album Love, Sax and Flashbacks which peaked at number 12 on the Scottish Albums Chart.

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Shayne Ward
(Singer)

Shayne Ward
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Birthdate: October 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester

 28 
Conor Maynard
(Singer-songwriter)

Conor Maynard
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Birthdate: November 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton, East Sussex, England

 29 
Ella Henderson
(Singer-songwriter)

Ella Henderson
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Birthdate: January 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England

 30 
Ruel
(Singer-songwriter)

Ruel
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Birthdate: October 29, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isleworth, London, England

 31 
Paul Carrack
(Singer)

Paul Carrack
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Birthdate: April 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, England, UK

 32 
Denny Laine
(Musician)

Denny Laine
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Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

 33 
Alex Clare
(Singer)

Alex Clare
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Birthdate: September 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England

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Frankie Bridge
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Birthdate: January 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Essex, England

 35 
Steve Marriott
(Musician)

Steve Marriott
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Birthdate: January 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manor Park, London, England
Died: April 20, 1991

Steve Marriott was an English musician who served as the frontman guitarist of popular rock bands like Small Faces and Humble Pie. In Britain, he became a mod-style icon during his career and was one of the most photographed celebrities at that time. Steve Marriott died at the age of 44 and was posthumously honored with an Ivor Novello Award.

 36 
Jade Jones
(singer)

Jade Jones
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Birthdate: February 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 37 
Natasha Hamilton
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Stage actor, Actor)

Natasha Hamilton
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Birthdate: July 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool

 38 
Alvin Lee
(Lead Vocalist and Lead Guitarist of the Blues Rock Band 'Ten Years After')

Alvin Lee
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Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
Died: March 6, 2013

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Tim Westwood
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Birthdate: October 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, UK

Tim Westwood is a British DJ and television and radio presenter. He is best known for presenting the popular British reality TV show Pimp My Ride UK. Over the years, Tim Westwood has received several prestigious awards, including MOBO Awards and Radio Academy John Peel Award.

 40 
Beverley Knight
(Contemporary R&B singers)

Beverley Knight
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Birthdate: March 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, England

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Heather Small
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Birthdate: January 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 42 
Ronnie Lane
(Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist)

Ronnie Lane
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Birthdate: April 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plaistow
Died: July 4, 1997

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Tina Barrett
(Singer, Actor, Model)

Tina Barrett
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Birthdate: September 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

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Brian Harvey
(Musician)

Brian Harvey
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Birthdate: August 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London, England, UK

 45 
Melanie Blatt
(Singer, Actor)

Melanie Blatt
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Birthdate: March 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London Borough of Camden

 46 
Celeste
(Singer)

Celeste
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Birthdate: May 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Celeste is an American-British singer-songwriter who became the fifth artist to win the Rising Star Award and top the BBC's Sound of poll in the same year in 2019. Considered one of the finest singers of her generation, Celeste is also admired for her fashion sense. In 2020, she was featured in one of the Top 10 lists by Elle.

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Monie Love
(Musician, Radio personality)

Monie Love
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Birthdate: July 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Battersea

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Lemar
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)

Lemar
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Birthdate: April 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London

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Mica Paris
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician)

Mica Paris
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Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

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Georgie Fame
(Jazz musician, Pianist)

Georgie Fame
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Birthdate: June 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leigh