Musicians From North Carolina

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

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 1 Nina Simone

Nina Simone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 21, 2008

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 Randy Travis

Randy Travis
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Randy Travis is a country music singer and songwriter. He is widely regarded as an important figure in country music history and his debut studio album Storms of Life played a major role in the neotraditional country movement. Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million records and has several prestigious awards under his belt.

 5 Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter who released his debut solo album, Heartbreaker, to critical acclaim
Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 6 Fred Durst

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

 7 Link Wray

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

Charlie Daniels
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 6, 2020

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.

 9 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. 

 10 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.

 11 The-Dream

The-Dream
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter, and record producer
Birthdate: September 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo

 12 B.o.B

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

 13 Eric Church

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

 14 Ben Folds

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

 15 Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 16 Kellie Pickler

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

 17 Ashnikko

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

 18 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

 19 Rhiannon Giddens

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

 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 Shauna Reynolds

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

 23 Rapsody

Rapsody
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Famous As: American Rapper from Snow Hill, North Carolina
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 24 Clarence Avant

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

 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 Chris Lane

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

 27 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.

 28 Doc Watson

Doc Watson
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Famous As: Former Guitarist who won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Birthdate: March 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 29, 2012

 29 Max Roach

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

 30 Stunna 4 Vegas

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

 31 Daniel Jones

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

 32 Britt Nicole

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

 33 Don Gibson

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

 34 Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
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 35 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.

 36 Prairie Prince

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

 37 Elizabeth Cotten

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

 38 David Vincent

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

 39 Kelsey Lu

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

 40 George Hamilton IV

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

 41 Woody Shaw

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

 42 Billy Taylor

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

 43 Doris Coley

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

 44 Percy Heath

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

 45 Tal Farlow

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

 46 Tommy Giles Rogers Jr.

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

 47 Grady Tate

Grady Tate
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 8, 2017

 48 Etta Baker

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

 49 Mary Lattimore

Mary Lattimore
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1980 AD