Famous British Rhythm & Blues Singers

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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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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. 

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
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Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Rag’n’Bone Man
(Known for His Deep Baritone Voice and His Debut Studio Album 'Human')
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.

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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
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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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Leona Lewis
(Known for Her Debut Studio Album 'Spirit' and as the Winner of Third Series of 'X-Factor')
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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Jorja Smith
(Singer Best Known for Her Debut Album 'Lost & Found')
Jorja Smith
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Birthdate: June 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walsall, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Jorja Smith is an English singer-songwriter whose first studio album Lost & Found featured on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at third position. One of the youngest and most exciting talents in the music world, Smith is the recipient of the 2018 Brit Critics' Choice Award. In 2019, she won the Best British Female Artist award at the Brit Awards.

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Sam Smith
(Singer Known for Featuring on Disclosure's Breakthrough single "Latch")
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.
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James Arthur
(Singer and Songwriter Known for Winning the Ninth Series of "The X Factor")
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.

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Amy Jade Winehouse
(Known for Her Deep, Expressive Contralto Vocals and Her Eclectic Mix of Musical Genres)
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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Idris Elba
(Known for His Roles in the Series 'The Wire' and 'Luther')
Idris Elba
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Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

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.

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Lulu
(singer)
Lulu
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Birthdate: November 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland
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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.

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Louise Redknapp
(English Singer, Songwriter, Media Personality and Member of R&B Girl Group ‘Eternal’)
Louise Redknapp
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Birthdate: November 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom
 16 
Courtney Hadwin
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Appearances in ‘The Voice Kids UK 2017 ‘ and ‘America's Got Talent’)
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.

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Jesy Nelson
(English Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Girl Group ‘Little Mix’)
Jesy Nelson
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Birthdate: June 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Romford, London, England
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
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Joss Stone
(Singer-songwriter who Rose to Fame with Her Debut Album 'The Soul Sessions')
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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Harvey Cantwell
(English Singer and Television Personality Known for His Show ‘Friday Download’)
Harvey Cantwell
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Birthdate: January 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartley, Kent, England
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.
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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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Lisa Stansfield
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Lisa Stansfield
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Birthdate: April 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heywood, Greater Manchester
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Conor Maynard
(Singer-songwriter)
Conor Maynard
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Birthdate: November 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton, East Sussex, England
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Ella Henderson
(Singer-songwriter)
Ella Henderson
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Birthdate: January 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
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Shayne Ward
(Singer)
Shayne Ward
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Birthdate: October 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester
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Denny Laine
(Musician)
Denny Laine
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Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
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Paul Carrack
(Singer)
Paul Carrack
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Birthdate: April 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, England, UK
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Frankie Bridge
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Birthdate: January 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Essex, England
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Alex Clare
(Singer)
Alex Clare
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Birthdate: September 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Southwark, London, England
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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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Jade Jones
(singer)
Jade Jones
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Birthdate: February 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
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Natasha Hamilton
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Stage actor, Actor)
Natasha Hamilton
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Birthdate: July 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool
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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
 33 
Ronnie Lane
(Bass Guitarist and Founding Member of Rock-&-Roll Bands 'Small Faces' and 'Faces')
Ronnie Lane
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Birthdate: April 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plaistow
Died: July 4, 1997

Ronnie Lane was an English musician, music producer, and songwriter. He is best remembered as the founding member of the popular rock and roll bands, Small Faces and Faces. Ronnie Lane’s work with the bands earned him a posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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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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Heather Small
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Birthdate: January 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
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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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Melanie Blatt
(Singer, Actor)
Melanie Blatt
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Birthdate: March 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London Borough of Camden
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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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Brian Harvey
(Musician)
Brian Harvey
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Birthdate: August 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Walthamstow, London, England, UK
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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
(English Jazz and R&B Musician)
Georgie Fame
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Birthdate: June 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leigh
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Jessica Taylor
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Birthdate: June 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Preston
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Michelle Gayle
(Actor, Singer)
Michelle Gayle
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Birthdate: February 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
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Chanelle Hayes
(Singer, Model)
Chanelle Hayes
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Birthdate: November 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Styal
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Dane Bowers
(singer)
Dane Bowers
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Birthdate: November 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London Borough of Sutton
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Lisa Maffia
(Singer)
Lisa Maffia
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Birthdate: June 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South London
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Javine Hylton
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Birthdate: December 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington
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Ruby Turner
(Actor, Singer, Songwriter)
Ruby Turner
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Birthdate: June 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montego Bay