Singers From Illinois

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Illinois has produced a number of Singers who have made it big. These include Keke Palmer, R. Kelly, Juice WRLD, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Vedder and others.
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Juice WRLD
(Rapper)
Juice WRLD
375
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 8, 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.
 2 
Ludacris
(Rapper & Actor Known for His Album ‘Incognegro’ and His Role in 'Fast & Furious' Series)
Ludacris
33
Birthdate: September 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Three-time Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris soared to fame with his second album, Back for the First Time. Fans also loved him as Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He owns a label, a line of headphones, and a restaurant. His Ludacris Foundation is associated with many youth initiatives. 
 3 
Eddie Vedder
(Musician, Songwriter, Lead Vocalist and Guitarist of the Rock Band ‘Pearl Jam’)
Eddie Vedder
24
Birthdate: December 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Pearl Jam lead singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder went from being a hotel security guard to being ranked 7 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Best Lead Singers of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been a vocal supporter of environmental initiatives and abortion rights.
 4 
Common
(Rapper)
Common
27
Birthdate: March 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
 5 
Chaka Khan
(Singer)
Chaka Khan
17
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.
 6 
John Prine
(Known for an Often Humorous Style of Original Music That Has Elements of Protest and Social Commentary)
John Prine
15
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 7, 2020
 7 
Patti Smith
(Known for Her Hit Single “Because the Night”)
Patti Smith
15
Birthdate: December 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the punk poet laureate, Smith became an influential figure of the punk rock movement with the release of her album Horses. Many world-renowned musicians, such as Madonna and Michael Stipe, have cited Smith as their inspiration. Even actresses like Ellen Page and Maria Doyle Kennedy have called Smith a major influence.

 8 
Chance the Rapper
(Rapper Known for His Mixtapes "Acid Rap," "10 Day" and "Coloring Book")
Chance the Rapper
162
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Chance the Rapper is best known for his Billboard-charting mixtape Coloring Book, which was the first streaming-only album to earn a Grammy. An avid social activist in Chicago, he owns the non-profit SocialWorks. He is known for his signature style of wearing a cap with the number "3" on it.
 9 
Donny Hathaway
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer)
Donny Hathaway
3
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 13, 1979
 10 
Curtis Mayfield
(Singer, Guitarist)
Curtis Mayfield
9
Birthdate: June 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 26, 1999
Soul singer and guitarist Curtis Mayfield gained fame with The Impressions. His songs such as People Get Ready carried prominent social themes. The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee was paralyzed from the neck down after an accident during a live performance in 1990 but continued to record even after that.
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Jennifer Hudson
(Singer & Actress Known for Her Role in the Musical 'Dreamgirls')
Jennifer Hudson
6
Birthdate: September 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Jennifer Hudson shot to fame after reaching the finals of the third season of American Idol. She is known for her Academy Award-winning role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. She also won the Grammy twice, one for her self-titled debut album and the other for the musical The Color Purple
 12 
Keke Palmer
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ and the Sitcom 'True Jackson, VP')
Keke Palmer
13
Birthdate: August 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo

Keke Palmer is an American actress, television personality, and singer. In 2019, she was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 celebrities who are shaping the future of health, entertainment, business, politics, and more. Palmer, who has been open about her struggle with depression and anxiety, supports movements, such as Black Lives Matter.

 13 
Mandy Patinkin
(Actor and Singer)
Mandy Patinkin
10
Birthdate: November 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
From singing in synagogues as a teenager to winning a Tony Award for his performance as Che in the Broadway play Evita, Mandel Patinkin has come a long way. Fans also loved his portrayal of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and his Emmy-winning performance in Chicago Hope.
 14 
Chief Keef
(Rapper, Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer)
Chief Keef
79
Birthdate: August 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo

Chief Keef is a hip-hop sensation who has revolutionized the drill and trap sub-genres. His track I Don’t Like was remixed by Kanye West and was featured on the Billboard Rap Top 20. He was dropped by the label Interscope for several legal issues and then formed his own label.

 15 
Soulja Boy
(Rapper)
Soulja Boy
48
Birthdate: July 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Soulja Boy is best known for his Billboard Hot 100-topping track Crank That. Named to the 2010 Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings, he revolutionized the art of promoting music through social media, especially through YouTube. He is part of a deal with the World Poker Fund.
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Lil Durk
(Rapper and Lead Member and Founder of the Collective and Record Label 'Only the Family')
Lil Durk
68
Birthdate: October 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Lil Durk is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. He is credited with founding a rap collective and record label called Only the Family (OTF). Over the years, Lil Durk has faced many legal issues, including his arrest for unlawfully carrying a weapon. He has also been involved in feuds with other rappers, such as Tyga, The Game, and Tay600.

 17 
Minnie Riperton
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Minnie Riperton
9
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 12, 1979
 18 
Polo G
(Rapper and Record Executive Known for His Albums: ‘Die a Legend’, ‘The Goat’ and ‘Hall of Fame’)
Polo G
117
Birthdate: January 6, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Polo G is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record executive. Polo G, who became famous for his Chicago drill sound, gradually adopted a more melodic style. Renowned for his vivid storytelling, Polo G's lyrics often reflect on subjects, such as mental health and racism. In 2020, he announced the launch of ODA Records, his own record label.

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Craig Robinson
6
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 20 
Kel Mitchell
17
Birthdate: August 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo

Kel Mitchell is an American actor, musician, singer, stand-up comedian, and rapper. He is known for his work in TV series like All That and Kenan & Kel. Over the years, Kel Mitchell has also been working towards bettering the lives of black people; he was honored by the Carson Black Chamber for his show, The Back House Party.

 21 
Peter Wentz
(American Musician Best Known as the Bassist and Lyricist for the Rock Band ‘Fall Out Boy’)
Peter Wentz
5
Birthdate: June 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Pete Wentz gained fame as the bassist/lyricist for the rock band Fall Out Boy and later formed the electropop group Black Cards. He owns a record label, an apparel company, and a film production company. He has hosted Best Ink and is associated with charities such as UNICEF's Tap Project.
 22 
Richard Marx
(Singer-songwriter)
Richard Marx
8
Birthdate: September 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo

Richard Marx is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1987, his self-titled debut album was certified triple-platinum, following which he went on to work on several chart-busting hits. As a songwriter, Marx worked on Luther Vandross' Dance with My Father, which earned him the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2004.

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Clint Walker
4
Birthdate: May 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 21, 2018
 24 
Earl Sweatshirt
(Rapper - Member of Hip Hop Group 'Odd Future')
Earl Sweatshirt
29
Birthdate: February 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces

Rapper and record producer Earl Sweatshirt was previously known as Sly Tendencies. He was part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future. Following the release of his debut mixtape, his mother sent him to a Samoa boarding school. He went back to Los Angeles soon and began making music again.

 25 
Alison Krauss
6
Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
 26 
Young Dolph
(Rapper)
Young Dolph
14
Birthdate: August 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 17, 2021
 27 
R. Kelly
(One of the Most Successful and Best-Selling R&B Male Artists of the 1990s)
R. Kelly
50
Birthdate: January 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn

One of the best known R&B artists, R Kelly, who’s sung many chart-topping songs and has sold millions of records, has been accused of sexual abuse by many women. He and is facing several state and federal charges in the US. He was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and child pornography.

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Peter Cetera
(Lead Vocalist and Bassist of the Rock Band 'Chicago')
Peter Cetera
4
Birthdate: September 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo

Retired singer, songwriter, and bassist, Peter Cetera, first gained fame as an original member of the rock band Chicago. He later launched a successful solo career as well. He often collaborated with David Foster and Amy Grant over the course of his long career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. 

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Nichelle Nichols
5
Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 30, 2022
 30 
Billy Corgan
(Lead Singer and Guitarist of the Rock Band 'The Smashing Pumpkins')
Billy Corgan
4
Birthdate: March 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces

Billy Corgan is an American professional wrestling promoter, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with forming the popular alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. He is also credited with founding Resistance Pro Wrestling and currently owns the National Wrestling Alliance promotion, for which he also serves as the promoter. Having struggled with several mental disorders, Corgan promotes abuse support networks.

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 31 
Phil Everly
(Singer)
Phil Everly
5
Birthdate: January 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 3, 2014
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Anthony Rapp
5
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 33 
Warren Zevon
(American Rock Singer-Songwriter and Musician Best Known for His Album ‘Excitable Boy’)
Warren Zevon
3
Birthdate: January 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 7, 2003

Warren Zevon was an American musician, rock singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, Zevon contributed immensely to the success of songs recorded by other artists, such as Murray McLauchlan. Also known for his acerbic lyrics and dry wit, Warren Zevon made several appearances on shows like the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with David Letterman.

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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
(Actress and Singer)
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
6
Birthdate: November 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Carmen in The Color of Money. She has also delivered stellar performances in movies such as Scarface and The Perfect Storm, and plays such as Man of La Mancha. She appeared as Naz Pouran in the series Limitless.
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Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)
Lupe Fiasco
41
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 36 
Emily Alyn Lind
3
Birthdate: May 6, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus

Emily Alyn Lind, daughter of producer John Lind and actor Barbara Alyn Woods, started off as a child actor, with The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia. She won a Young Artist Award for her role in the series Revenge and also appeared as Snakebite Andi in Doctor Sleep.

 37 
Da Brat
(Rapper and Actress Known for Her Albums: ‘Funkdafied’ and ‘Not Tonight’)
Da Brat
20
Birthdate: April 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Rapper Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, is best known for her debut album, Funkdafied, which made her the first solo female platinum certified rapper. The two-time Grammy nominee soared to fame with her hits such as Loverboy. She has also served prison time for assaulting a waitress.
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Burl Ives
(American Musician, Actor and Folk Singer Known for His Hit 'A Little Bitty Tear')
Burl Ives
4
Birthdate: June 14, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 14, 1995
 39 
Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)
Dan Fogelberg
9
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 16, 2007
 40 
Haley Reinhart
(American Singer Who Came Third in the Tenth Season of 'American Idol')
Haley Reinhart
10
Birthdate: September 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo

Haley Reinhart is an American songwriter, singer, and voice actress. She started hogging the limelight after finishing third in the 10th season of popular reality TV show, American Idol. Also a well-known philanthropist, Reinhart has worked closely with organizations, such as Starkey Hearing Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. She has also been involved with charities that fight against bullying.

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David Soul
(Actor)
David Soul
6
Birthdate: August 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
 42 
Patrick Stump
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Composer)
Patrick Stump
3
Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
 43 
G Herbo
(Rapper Known for His Mixtapes ‘Welcome to Fazoland,’, ’Pistol P Project’ and ‘Ballin Like I'm Kobe’)
G Herbo
39
Birthdate: October 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Rapper Herbert Randall Wright III, initially known as Lil Herb and now known as G Herbo, became famous for his collaborations with rapper Lil Bibby. He has contributed to various philanthropic ventures, too, and had once launched a campaign to safeguard the mental health of Black youngsters.  
 44 
SmokePurpp
(Rrapper & Pproducer)
SmokePurpp
17
Birthdate: May 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
 45 
Fredo Santana
(Rapper Known for His Albums ‘Trappin Ain't Dead’ and ‘Fredo Kruger 2’)
Fredo Santana
14
Birthdate: July 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 19, 2018

Fredo Santana was an American rapper whose debut studio album peaked at number 45 on Billboard 200 chart. Santana suffered from drug addiction throughout his life and attributed his addiction to trauma experienced in his childhood. Eventually, his addiction took a toll on his health and he died in 2018 at the age of 27, joining the dreaded 27 Club.

 46 
Anastacia
(Singer-songwriter)
Anastacia
23
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
 47 
Maria Kanellis
(Professional wrestler, Model, Singer, Playboy Playmate, Beauty pageant contestant)
Maria Kanellis
3
Birthdate: February 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
 48 
Donald O'Connor
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 27, 2003
 49 
Jodi Benson
(Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Musician, Stage actor)
Jodi Benson
3
Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
 50 
Mason Ramsey
(Singer)
Mason Ramsey
4
Birthdate: November 16, 2006
Sun Sign: Scorpio