Singers From Kentucky

Kentucky has produced a number of Singers who have made it big. These include Loretta Lynn, Nick Lachey, Dwight Yoakam, Christopher Stapleton, Billy Ray 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 Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 3 Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo

Billy Ray Cyrus’s song Achy Breaky Heart was the first triple-platinum single in Australia. Its music video made the line dance a trend. Billy has eight top-10 Billboard Hot Country charters. His debut album, Some Gave All, spent the longest time by any debut artist on Billboard 200.

 4 Christopher Stapleton

Christopher Stapleton
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 5 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.

 6 Jack Harlow

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

 7 Tinashe Kachingwe

Tinashe Kachingwe
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
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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 8 Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 29, 2002
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Rosemary Clooney, aunt of George Clooney, was known for her roles in movies such as White Christmas and for her hit jazz/pop tracks such as This Ole House. She chaired a foundation for the brain-injured, in memory of her sister, and also authored two autobiographies. 

 9 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.

 10 Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam
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Famous As: Singer
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.

 11 Bryson Tiller

Bryson Tiller
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Famous As: Rapper
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.

 12 Brian Littrell

Brian Littrell
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Brian Littrell soared to international fame as part of the 1990s' boy band named the Backstreet Boys. He later launched a solo career and became a renowned singer. Part of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, he is also the father of country singer Baylee Littrell.

 13 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.

 14 Tom T. Hall

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

 15 Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson
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Famous As: Musician
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.

 16 Steve Kazee

Steve Kazee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Steve Kazee is an American singer and actor. Best known for his work in theatre, Steve Kazee received a Tony Award in 2012 under the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical category for his performance in the musical, Once. For his work in Once, Steve Kazee also won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

 17 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.

 18 Tyler Childers

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

 19 Kevin Olusola

Kevin Olusola
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Famous As: Beatboxer
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.

 20 Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter and Actor
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 Don Everly

Don Everly
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 22 Telma Hopkins

Telma Hopkins
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 23 Will Chase

Will Chase
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo

 24 Carly Pearce

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

 25 Naomi Judd

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

 26 Ricky Skaggs

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

 27 Jackie DeShannon

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

 28 Patty Loveless

Patty Loveless
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 29 Steven Curtis Chapman

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

 30 John Michael Montgomery

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

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

 32 Richard Hell

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

 33 Grandpa Jones

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

 34 Jim James

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

 35 Julieta Venegas

Julieta Venegas
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 36 Merle Travis

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

 37 Will Oldham

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

 38 Dottie Rambo

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

 39 John Jacob Niles

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

 40 Todd Duncan

Todd Duncan
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Famous As: Baritone
Birthdate: February 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 28, 1998

 41 Ben Sollee

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

 42 Erin Hill

Erin Hill
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 43 Gary Stewart

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

 44 Buell Kazee

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