Jamaican Female Singers

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Throughout history, there have been many Jamaican women singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Jamaican female singers such as Grace Jones, Rita Marley, Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Tessanne Chin.
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Rita Marley
(Singer)
Rita Marley
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Birthdate: July 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Cuban-born Jamaican singer Alpharita Constantia Marley, or Rita Marley, was married to the reggae legend Bob Marley. She was initially part pf the group I Threes and contributed to the backing vocals for Bob Marley and the Wailers. She later released an autobiography, detailing her life with her husband.
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Cedella Marley
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Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

The daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley and his singer wife Rita Marley, Cedella Marley dons many hats. She is not just a singer but is also a successful fashion designer, an author, and an entrepreneur. She began her singing career with The Melody Makers and now heads her father’s record label.

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Marcia Barrett
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Birthdate: October 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish

Jamaican-British singer Marcia Barrett soared to fame as part of the iconic group Boney M. Later, as a solo artist, she released albums such as Survival. She eventually launched her own record label, Xoah Records. She has also struggled with and put her career on hold for ovarian cancer.

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Spice
(Singer)
Spice
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Birthdate: August 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish

Grace Latoya Hamilton, better known by her stage name Spice, is a dancehall singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She is one of the world's most popular female dancehall artists and is dubbed the Queen of Dancehall. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Spice established the Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation in 2018, in an attempt to uplift young women.

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Liz Mitchell
(Singer)
Liz Mitchell
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Birthdate: July 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish

Remembered as the most popular member of the disco/reggae band Boney M, Liz Mitchell was born in Jamaica but moved to London at age 11. She also worked with the German cast of Hair and was part of the German pop group Les Humphries Singers. She later became a born-again Christian.

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Cedella Booker
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Birthdate: July 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Died: April 8, 2008

Cedella Booker was a Jamaican singer best remembered as the mother of Bob Marley. Booker is credited with conceiving and creating an annual music event, which came to be known as the 9 Mile Music Festival. While Marley helped popularize the festival, Cedella Booker helped spread the legend of Marley far and wide by authoring two books on her son.

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Tessanne Chin
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Birthdate: September 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston

Tessanne Chin soared to fame after winning season 5 of The Voice. The Jamaican recording artist was born to musician parents and was introduced to music as a child. Known for tracks such as Tumbling Down and Fire, he has also campaigned to raise awareness for diseases such as Lupus and AIDS.

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Millie Small
(Singer)
Millie Small
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Birthdate: October 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Died: May 5, 2020

Millie Small was a Jamaican singer-songwriter best remembered for her hit song My Boy Lollipop, which sold more than seven million copies worldwide, apart from taking up the second spot on US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The most successful Jamaican female performer of all time, Millie Small was also the Caribbean's first international recording star.

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Sister Nancy
(Singer)
Sister Nancy
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Birthdate: January 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

Sister Nancy is a Jamaican singer and dancehall DJ. She is the first female dancehall DJ to achieve international recognition. Sister Nancy was the most popular female dancehall DJ in the world for over two decades. One of her most popular singles Bam Bam is often referred to as the reggae anthem.

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Koffee
(Rapper)
Koffee
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Birthdate: February 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica

Koffee is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, deejay, rapper, and guitarist. She is best known for her 2019 extended play Rapture, which earned her the prestigious Grammy Award, making her the only woman and youngest person to receive the award under the Best Reggae Album category.

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Precious Wilson
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Birthdate: October 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spanish Town

Precious Wilson is a Jamaican soul singer best known for her association with the British musical group Eruption, which was an all-male group before Wilson became its lead singer. Precious Wilson left the group in the late 1970s in order to pursue her solo career. Many of her singles have been featured on several international music charts.

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Tami Chynn
(Singer)
Tami Chynn
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Birthdate: June 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston

Tami Chynn is a Jamaican dancer and singer-songwriter. Tami was nominated at the International Reggae and World Music Awards for Best New Entertainer Award in 2006. Apart from recording songs, Tami Chynn has also appeared on commercials for popular brands like Pepsi.

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Lady Saw
(Singer, Songwriter)
Lady Saw
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Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Mary Parish

Lady Saw is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and deejay who was once referred to as the Queen of Dancehall. She has received a Grammy Award and triple-platinum certifications for her albums and songs, making her the first female deejay to have achieved such a feat.