Famous Scottish Singers

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 1 
Lewis Capaldi
(Scottish Singer Best Known for His Hit Single 'Someone You Loved')

Lewis Capaldi
26
Birthdate: October 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Lewis Capaldi's success story is one of the greatest testimonies to the fact that magical things can happen when talent meets opportunity. From being just another aspiring singer, he quickly became a popular singer-songwriter in the UK and the US after Ryan Walter stumbled upon his iPhone recording on his SoundCloud account. Subsequently, he was signed to Universal Music Group.

 2 
Bon Scott
(Singer & Musician)

Bon Scott
21
Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19, 1980
Bon Scott worked with bands such as The Spektors, Valentines, and Fraternity before joining the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, replacing lead singer Dave Evans in 1974. He was one of Classic Rock’s 100 Greatest Frontmen of All Time. Following his death, AC/DC released a best-selling album as a tribute.

 3 
Susan Boyle
(Singer)

Susan Boyle
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Birthdate: April 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland
Susan Boyle shot to fame with her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables in an audition for Britain's Got Talent. Her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, was the best-selling debut album in U.K. history. She has also performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
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 4 
Annie Lennox
(Singer-songwriter of)

Annie Lennox
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Birthdate: January 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Known for her androgynous look, four-time Grammy-winning artist Annie Lennox became an international sensation with Eurythmics, a duo she formed with Dave Stewart, delivering hits such as Sweet Dreams. Her song Into the West from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received an Academy Award.
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 5 
Donovan
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer)

Donovan
4
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Donovan is a Scottish guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for developing and popularizing a distinctive and eclectic style that blended many genres, such as folk, jazz, pop, calypso, and psychedelic rock. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2012 and 2014, respectively.

 6 
Emeli Sandé
(R&B Singer Best Remebered for her Album 'Our Vision of Events')

Emeli Sandé
6
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England

 7 
Lauren Mayberry
(Vocalist and Percussionist of the Scottish Pop Band 'Chvrches')

Lauren Mayberry
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Birthdate: October 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Lauren Mayberry is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician. Mayberry, who possesses a soprano singing voice, is the lead vocalist of the popular Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, where she also plays keyboards and drums. One-third of the band, Mayberry co-produces and co-writes the songs along with Martin Doherty and Iain Cook. A vocal feminist, Mayberry runs the feminist collective, TYCI.

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 8 

Lonnie Donegan
3
Birthdate: April 29, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 3, 2002

Lonnie Donegan was a British musician and singer-songwriter. He is remembered for his contribution to a genre of folk music called Skiffle which earned him the nickname King of Skiffle. Donegan is credited with influencing British rock and pop musicians of the 1960s. Thanks to his influence on American music, Donegan is considered an important figure in the British invasion.

 9 
Jimmy Somerville
(Pop Singers)

Jimmy Somerville
4
Birthdate: June 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Jimmy Somerville is a Scottish singer-songwriter best known for his association with popular synth-pop groups like The Communards and Bronski Beat. Somerville, who possesses a soulful and powerful falsetto singing voice, is known in particular for including political commentary on issues like LGBT rights in his songs. In 1984, he won the Grierson Award for his work in Framed Youth.

 10 
Marti Pellow
(Lead Singer of the Scottish Pop Group 'Wet Wet Wet')

Marti Pellow
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Birthdate: March 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clydebank, Scotland
Although discouraged by his father from choosing music as a career option, Mark McLachlan decided to try his luck with a band he formed with three friends. While the band grew to become the internationally renowned Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet, Mark became Marti Pellow, its lead singer.

 11 
Elizabeth Fraser
(Singer-songwriter best known as the vocalist for the pioneering dream pop band Cocteau Twins)

Elizabeth Fraser
3
Birthdate: August 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grangemouth, Scotland

Once described as “the voice of God,” Scottish singer Elizabeth Fraser gained fame as part of the dream pop band Cocteau Twins, known for its obscure lyrics and foreign words which were inserted in the songs because they sounded good. Sexually abused by her family members, she left home at 16

 12 
Derek William Dick
(Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Composer, Poet)

Derek William Dick
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Birthdate: April 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

Better known by his pseudonym, Fish, Scottish rock singer Derek William Dick first gained fame as part of the British band Marillion. Known for hits such as Kayleigh, he later also had a successful solo career. He once revealed how he almost died twice, from skin-infection-induced blood poisoning.

 13 

Lena Zavaroni
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Birthdate: November 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
Died: October 1, 1999

Scottish singer Lena Zavaroni is an example of how harmful unregulated childhood stardom can be. At 10, she became the youngest singer with a Top 10 album on the UK Albums Chart. However, after a lifelong battle with anorexia nervosa and depression, she died at 34, following a psychosurgical operation.

 14 

Nicol Williamson
3
Birthdate: September 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Scotland, UK
Died: December 16, 2011

Actor Nicol Williamson was often compared to superstar Marlon Brando. Born to a Scottish factory owner, he initially worked in his father’s factory. Best known for his Drama Desk-winning roles in the plays Hamlet and Uncle Vanya, he is also remembered for his role in the movie Laughter in the Dark.

 15 

Euan Morton
2
Birthdate: August 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scotland, UK

 16 
Jim Diamond
(Singer-songwriter)

Jim Diamond
2
Birthdate: September 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: October 8, 2015

 17 
Eddi Reader
(musician, singer, songwriter)

Eddi Reader
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow

 18 
Bert Jansch
(Musician)

Bert Jansch
2
Birthdate: November 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Died: October 5, 2011

 19 

Bobby Gillespie
2
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow

 20 
Leon Jackson
(Singer, Jazz musician)

Leon Jackson
2
Birthdate: December 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Whitburn

 21 
Isobel Campbell
(Singer-Songwriter)

Isobel Campbell
2
Birthdate: April 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 22 
Julie Fowlis
(Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist who sings primarily in Scottish Gaelic)

Julie Fowlis
2
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

 23 
Alex Ligertwood
(guitarist, percussionist)

Alex Ligertwood
2
Birthdate: December 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

 24 
Sandi Thom
(Singer, Songwriter)

Sandi Thom
2
Birthdate: August 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banff

 25 
Jim Reid
(Lead singer for the alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain)

Jim Reid
2
Birthdate: December 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Kilbride, Scotland

 26 

Gordon Waller
2
Birthdate: June 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland,
Died: July 17, 2009

Sir Harry Lauder
2
Birthdate: August 4, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portobello
Died: February 26, 1950

 28 
Wattie Buchan
(Lead Vocalist for the Punk Rock Band the Exploited)

Wattie Buchan
2
Birthdate: July 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

 29 
Alexander Young
(Singer, Songwriter)

Alexander Young
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Birthdate: December 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: August 4, 1997

 30 
Greg Holden
(Singer-songwriter)

Greg Holden
1
Birthdate: February 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

 31 
Karl Denver
(Singer, Musician)

Karl Denver
0
Birthdate: December 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: December 21, 1998

 32 
Jackie Leven
(Songwriter, Folk musicians)

Jackie Leven
0
Birthdate: June 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: November 14, 2011

 33 

Benny Gallagher
1
Birthdate: June 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Largs, Scotland

 34 
Jean Redpath
(Singer)

Jean Redpath
2
Birthdate: April 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 21, 2014

 35 
Will Fyffe
(Musical artist)

Will Fyffe
1
Birthdate: February 16, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: December 14, 1947

 36 

Mary Ann Kennedy
0
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 37 

Alistair Hulett
1
Birthdate: October 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: January 28, 2010

 38 

Sophia Dussek
0
Birthdate: May 1, 1775
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 1831 AD

 39 
Rachel Newton
(Harpist,)

Rachel Newton
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Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland