Musicians From Kentucky

Kentucky has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Nick Lachey, Loretta Lynn, Christopher Stapleton, Wynonna Judd, Trace Cyrus and others.

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 1 Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries

Loretta Lynn is an American singer known for her groundbreaking contribution to country music. In a career spanning six decades, she has released multiple gold albums and has won Grammy Award thrice. Apart from being the most decorated female country singer, Loretta is also the only female Academy of Country Music (ACM) Artist of the Decade (the 1970s).

 2 Christopher Stapleton

Christopher Stapleton
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Famous As: Named ‘Artist-Songwriter Of the Decade’ by ACM
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries

Five-time Grammy-winning country artist Chris Stapleton is best known for hits such as Parachute. He has also co-written tracks such as Kenny Chesney's Never Wanted Nothing More. Before going solo, he was part of the bands The SteelDrivers and The Jompson Brothers. His music blends country with bluegrass and soul.

 3 Jack Harlow

Jack Harlow
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces

 4 Tinashe Kachingwe

Tinashe Kachingwe
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Famous As: Her Single "2 On" featuring 'Schoolboy Q' Reached Number One on The Rhythmic Airplay Chart
Birthdate: February 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Tinashe started as a child actor, appearing as a motion-capture model in The Polar Express and as Robin Wheeler in Out of Jimmy's Head. She later began performing with The Stunners. She has delivered Billboard-charting hits such as 2 On and has collaborated with the likes of Britney Spears.

 5 Tom T. Hall

Tom T. Hall
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini

 6 Trace Cyrus

Trace Cyrus
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces

The son of Billy Ray Cyrus and the oldest of the famous Cyrus siblings, Trace Cyrus is an American musician. In 2010, he formed a band named Ashland HIGH, which has released a couple of albums. Trace Cyrus is known for his eccentric style and multiple tattoos that cover his entire upper body.

 7 Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton
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Famous As: Aactor
Birthdate: July 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton was an American musician, singer, and actor. A self-made man, Stanton established himself as an actor by playing supporting roles in popular films, such as The Godfather Part II and Alien. A lovable person, Harry Dean Stanton was celebrated by singer Deborah Harry and the music band Pop Will Eat Itself.

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 8 Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra

Dwight Yoakam is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is credited with popularizing honky tonk music, which he pioneered. In 2014, his song Guitars, Cadillacs was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest country songs list. Yoakam has also starred in several films, such as Sling Blade, Panic Room, and The Minus Man.

 9 Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Bryson Tiller is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. After achieving success with his debut single Don't, Tiller went on to sign a deal with RCA Records and then came up with his debut album Trapsoul, which peaked at the eighth position on the Billboard 200 chart. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and has performed alongside the likes of Rihanna.

 10 Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Country-pop crossover singer Crystal Gayle is best known for her Billboard-topping track Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue and her Hot 100-charting single Talking in Your Sleep. She also gained fame for her signature floor-length hair and was named to Country Music Television’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music.

 11 Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson
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Famous As: singer, musician, model, songwriter
Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra

 12 Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini

Sturgill Simpson is an American actor and country music singer-songwriter. Often compared to Waylon Jennings, Simpson has recorded some critically-acclaimed albums, such as Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and A Sailor's Guide to Earth. Sturgill Simpson's journey from being a drug peddler, who experimented with LSD during high school, to becoming a famous musician is quite inspiring.

 13 Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini

Wynonna Judd is an American country music singer. One of the most decorated female country singers of her generation, Judd was honored with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame for her contribution to music. Also a philanthropist, Judd joined hands with Habitat for Humanity and helped raise more than $90 million to aid victims of natural disasters.

 14 Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 9, 1989

Keith Whitley was an American singer whose career was cut short by his sudden death at the age of 34. Before his death, due to alcohol intoxication, Whitley recorded two albums, which spawned 12 chart-busting singles. His third and final studio album was released posthumously.

 15 Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini

 16 Kevin Olusola

Kevin Olusola
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Famous As: Best Known as the Beatboxer of the Cappella Group 'Pentatonix'
Birthdate: October 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra

Kevin Olusola is an illustrious beatboxer of the a capella band Pentatonix. He is also seen playing the cello occasionally in their songs. Scott Hoying spotted him playing the cello in a viral video. The group has released eleven albums, garnered more than two million views on their YouTube channel and sold over two million records.

 17 Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd
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Famous As: Nurse, Motivational speaker, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 18 Chuck Woolery

Chuck Woolery
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Famous As: Game show host
Birthdate: March 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces

 19 Chris Frantz

Chris Frantz
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus

 20 Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nick Lachey, member of the popular boyband 98 Degrees, also had a successful solo career. He was part of the reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica with his former wife Jessica Simpson and later co-hosted Love is Blind with his current wife, Vanessa. He also starred in the series Charmed.

 21 Mary Travers

Mary Travers
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 16, 2009

Mary Travers was an American singer and songwriter. She was part of Peter, Paul and Mary, one of the most successful and popular folk music groups of the 1960s. Apart from working with the music group, Travers released five solo albums. In 1999, she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as part of the group.

 22 Artimus Pyle

Artimus Pyle
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: July 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer

 23 Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Gus Van Sant is considered one of the most prominent auteurs of the New Queer Cinema movement. The American film director is famous for movies that deal with homosexuality. Also admired as a painter, photographer, and musician, Sant has released two musical albums and a novel. Van Sant’s famous films include Drugstore Cowboy, Good Will Hunting, Elephant, and Milk.

 24 Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 25 Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer

 26 Carly Pearce

Carly Pearce
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus

 27 Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo

 28 John Michael Montgomery

John Michael Montgomery
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 29 Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 9, 1996

 30 Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: November 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 31 Richard Hell

Richard Hell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra

 32 Grandpa Jones

Grandpa Jones
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Famous As: Banjoist, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 19, 1998

 33 Jim James

Jim James
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Famous As: singer, singer-songwriter, guitarist
Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus

 34 Rubi Rose

Rubi Rose
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Famous As: Rapper, Model
Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
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 35 The Blessed Madonna

The Blessed Madonna
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: October 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra

 36 Will Oldham

Will Oldham
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 37 Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton
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Famous As: Bandleader
Birthdate: April 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 31, 2002

 38 Merle Travis

Merle Travis
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: October 20, 1983

 39 Gary Stewart

Gary Stewart
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 16, 2003

 40 Dottie Rambo

Dottie Rambo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 11, 2008

 41 Jack Lawrence

Jack Lawrence
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Famous As: singer, banjoist, songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 42 Patty Hill

Patty Hill
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 27, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 25, 1946

 43 Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes
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Famous As: Multi-Instrumentalist
Birthdate: March 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces

 44 John Jacob Niles

John Jacob Niles
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 1, 1980

 45 Jimmy Raney

Jimmy Raney
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 9, 1995

 46 Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 47 Erin Hill

Erin Hill
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 48 Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams
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Famous As: Musician .
Birthdate: May 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus

 49 Jonah Jones

Jonah Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 31, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 30, 2000

 50 Buell Kazee

Buell Kazee
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Famous As: Singer, Banjoist
Birthdate: August 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 31, 1976