Musicians From Kentucky

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Kentucky has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Wynonna Judd, Christopher Stapleton, Nick Lachey and others.
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Loretta Lynn
(Country Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Hits ‘You Ain't Woman Enough' and 'Fist City')
Loretta Lynn
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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).

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Jack Harlow
(Rapper)
Jack Harlow
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Birthdate: March 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Christopher Stapleton
(Named ‘Artist-Songwriter Of the Decade’ by ACM)
Christopher Stapleton
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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.

 4 
Tinashe Kachingwe
(Her Single "2 On" featuring 'Schoolboy Q' Reached Number One on The Rhythmic Airplay Chart)
Tinashe Kachingwe
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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.
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Tom T. Hall
(Singer)
Tom T. Hall
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Birthdate: May 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Dwight Yoakam
(Singer-Songwriter, Actor and Director)
Dwight Yoakam
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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.

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Wynonna Judd
(One of the Best-Selling Country Artists of All Time)
Wynonna Judd
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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.

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Bryson Tiller
(Best Known for Hit Single 'Don't')
Bryson Tiller
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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.

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Trace Cyrus
(Musician)
Trace Cyrus
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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.

 10 
Naomi Judd
(American Actress and Singer Best Remembered as One-Half of the Country Music Duo 'The Judds')
Naomi Judd
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Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Naomi Judd was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered as one-half of the country music duo, The Judds, which won nine Country Music Association awards and five Grammy Awards between 1980 and 1991. Naomi Judd stopped performing in 1991 due to health reasons. In 2022, she was made an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Crystal Gayle
(Country Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her 1977 Hit Single 'Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue')
Crystal Gayle
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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.
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Sturgill Simpson
(Country Singer-songwriter Known for His Albums 'High Top Mountain' and 'Metamodern Sounds in Country Music')
Sturgill Simpson
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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.

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Keith Whitley
(Country Music Singer and Songwriter.)
Keith Whitley
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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.

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Tyler Childers
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Birthdate: June 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Kevin Richardson
(singer, musician, model, songwriter)
Kevin Richardson
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Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
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Kevin Olusola
(Best Known as the Beatboxer of the Cappella Group 'Pentatonix')
Kevin Olusola
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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.

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Chuck Woolery
(Game show host)
Chuck Woolery
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Birthdate: March 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Nick Lachey
(Lead Singer of the Boyband '98 Degrees')
Nick Lachey
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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.
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Mary Travers
(Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Folk Music Group ‘Peter, Paul and Mary’)
Mary Travers
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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.

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Artimus Pyle
(Drummer)
Artimus Pyle
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Birthdate: July 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Chris Frantz
(Drummer)
Chris Frantz
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Birthdate: May 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
 22 
Ricky Skaggs
(Singer)
Ricky Skaggs
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Birthdate: July 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Adrian Belew
(Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Songwriter)
Adrian Belew
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Birthdate: December 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Carly Pearce
(Singer-songwriter)
Carly Pearce
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Birthdate: April 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Jackie DeShannon
(Singer-songwriter)
Jackie DeShannon
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Birthdate: August 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
John Michael Montgomery
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Birthdate: January 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Bill Monroe
(Singer-songwriter)
Bill Monroe
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Birthdate: September 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 9, 1996
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Steven Curtis Chapman
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Steven Curtis Chapman
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Birthdate: November 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Grandpa Jones
(Banjoist, Singer, Songwriter)
Grandpa Jones
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Birthdate: October 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 19, 1998
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Jim James
(singer, singer-songwriter, guitarist)
Jim James
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Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Richard Hell
(Singer)
Richard Hell
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Birthdate: October 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
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Will Oldham
(Singer)
Will Oldham
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Birthdate: December 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
The Blessed Madonna
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Birthdate: October 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
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Lionel Hampton
(Bandleader)
Lionel Hampton
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Birthdate: April 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 31, 2002
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Rubi Rose
(Rapper, Model)
Rubi Rose
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Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
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Merle Travis
(Musician)
Merle Travis
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Birthdate: November 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: October 20, 1983
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Gary Stewart
(Musician, Singer)
Gary Stewart
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Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 16, 2003
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Dottie Rambo
(Singer)
Dottie Rambo
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Birthdate: March 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 11, 2008
 39 
Jack Lawrence
(singer, banjoist, songwriter)
Jack Lawrence
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Birthdate: December 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Patty Hill
(Composer)
Patty Hill
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Birthdate: March 27, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 25, 1946
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Patrick Henry Hughes
(Multi-Instrumentalist)
Patrick Henry Hughes
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Birthdate: March 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
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John Jacob Niles
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Birthdate: April 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 1, 1980
 43 
Ben Sollee
(Singer)
Ben Sollee
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Birthdate: November 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Erin Hill
(Harpist)
Erin Hill
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Jimmy Raney
(Musician)
Jimmy Raney
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Birthdate: August 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 9, 1995
 46 
Jonah Jones
(Musician)
Jonah Jones
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Birthdate: December 31, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 30, 2000
 47 
Wayne Williams
(Musician .)
Wayne Williams
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Birthdate: May 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Buell Kazee
(Singer, Banjoist)
Buell Kazee
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Birthdate: August 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 31, 1976