Musicians From North Carolina

North Carolina has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Nina Simone, Luke Combs, John Coltrane, Tori Amos, Charlie Daniels and others.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Nina Simone

Nina Simone.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 2 Luke Combs

Luke Combs.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces

Luke Combs is an American singer-songwriter. The two studio albums, which he has released so far, have produced nine number-one songs on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. In his relatively short country music career so far, Luke Combs has had a major impact by winning prestigious awards, such as Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards.

 3 John Coltrane

John Coltrane.
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Famous As: Saxophonist, Composer
Birthdate: September 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 17, 1967
Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is remembered for his significant influence on modern jazz. He was initially part of the Navy band and eventually collaborated with musicians such as Miles Davis. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was canonized by the African Orthodox Church.

 4 Fred Durst

Fred Durst.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo

 5 Link Wray

Link Wray.
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: May 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 5, 2005

 6 Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Charlie Daniels, is remembered for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. He had an extensive career that spanned over half a century and was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He had also appeared in a few films.

 7 Tori Amos

Tori Amos.
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Famous As: Musician and Singer
Birthdate: August 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Alternative rock singer Tori Amos is known for her songs that highlight issues such as feminism. Amos was the youngest to win a music scholarship to the Peabody Institute. She performed with the group Y Kant Tori Read before going solo. She is associated with RAINN, a sexual abuse helpline. 
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 8 Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk.
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist & Composer
Birthdate: October 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 17, 1982

Thelonious Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer who was noted for his unorthodox approach and idiosyncrasy during his performance. Mentored by Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk contributed to bebop and was associated with Columbia and Riverside labels. His run-in with the police affected his performance after his New York City Cabaret Card was confiscated following the discovery of narcotics in a car.

 9 Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack.
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 10 B.o.B

B.o.B.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 11 Ben Folds

Ben Folds.
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Birthdate: September 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo

 12 Eric Church

Eric Church
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus

 13 Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap.
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 14 Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 15 Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer

 16 Ashnikko

Ashnikko
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces

 17 Ben E. King

Ben E. King
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Famous As: Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: September 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 30, 2015

 18 Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces

 19 Dennis Edwards

Dennis Edwards
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 1, 2018

 20 Earl Scruggs

Earl Scruggs
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Famous As: Composer, Banjoist
Birthdate: January 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 28, 2012

 21 Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 22 Chris Lane

Chris Lane
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 16, 2013

 23 Shauna Reynolds

Shauna Reynolds
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Birthdate: June 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini

 24 Shirley Caesar

Shirley Caesar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra

Twelve-time Grammy-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar is also known as The First Lady of Gospel. She began her music career with The Caravans and later went solo, releasing phenomenal hits such as Faded Rose and I Remember Mama. She also established a non-profit to serve the needy.

 25 Bernard Edwards

Bernard Edwards
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 18, 1996

 26 Doc Watson

Doc Watson
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Street artist, Banjoist, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 29, 2012

 27 Max Roach

Max Roach
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: August 16, 2007

 28 Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones
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Famous As: musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, record producer
Birthdate: July 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer

 29 Stunna 4 Vegas

Stunna 4 Vegas
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 30 Britt Nicole

Britt Nicole.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo

 31 Clarence Avant

Clarence Avant
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Famous As: Music Executive
Birthdate: February 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces

 32 Don Gibson

Don Gibson
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: April 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 17, 2003

 33 Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo

 34 David Vincent

David Vincent
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus

 35 Prairie Prince

Prairie Prince
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus

 36 George Hamilton IV

George Hamilton IV
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 17, 2014

 37 Kelsey Lu

Kelsey Lu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus

 38 Woody Shaw

Woody Shaw
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Famous As: Trumpeter, Composer
Birthdate: December 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 10, 1989

 39 Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia Barrino.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer

Fantasia Barrino is an American actress, R&B singer, songwriter, and author. She achieved popularity after winning the third season of the popular singing competition television series, American Idol. In 2012, she was ranked 32nd in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music. In 2014, Barrino was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

 40 Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: July 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 28, 2010

 41 Tal Farlow

Tal Farlow
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Famous As: Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: June 7, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 25, 1998

 42 Doris Coley

Doris Coley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 4, 2000

 43 Percy Heath

Percy Heath
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: April 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 28, 2005

 44 Tommy Giles Rogers Jr.

Tommy Giles Rogers Jr.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 45 Sam Jones

Sam Jones
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Famous As: Bassist, Cellist
Birthdate: November 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 15, 1981

 46 Etta Baker

Etta Baker
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: March 31, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 23, 2006

 47 Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1980 AD

 48 Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten
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Famous As: Folk musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 5, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 29, 1987