Musicians From South Carolina

South Carolina has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include James Brown, Coco Jones, Darius Rucker, Young Jeezy, Dizzy Gillespie 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.

Vote for Your Favourite Musicians

 1 
James Brown
(Central Progenitor of Funk Music and Referred to as 'Godfather of Soul')

James Brown
3
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 2 
Darius Rucker
(Singer, Guitarist)

Darius Rucker
8
Birthdate: May 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Darius Rucker gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. He then launched a solo career, releasing Billboard-charting hits such as Wagon Wheel and True Believers. He became the first Black American singer to win the Country Music Association New Artist Award.

 3 

Teddy Pendergrass
7
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 13, 2010

 4 
Young Jeezy
(Rapper and One of the Pioneers Who Popularized Trap Music)

Young Jeezy
5
Birthdate: September 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra

 5 
Dizzy Gillespie
(One of the Greatest Jazz Trumpeters of All Time)

Dizzy Gillespie
3
Birthdate: October 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 6, 1993

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and singer Dizzy Gillespie developed the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge, modifying it with innovative harmony and rhythm. He popularized the bebop style of music and was famous for his signature horn-rimmed spectacles. His contribution to modern jazz earned him the title of the Ambassador of Jazz.

 6 
James Jamerson
(Bass player)

James Jamerson
3
Birthdate: January 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 2, 1983

 7 
Ruston Kelly
(Singer-songwriter)

Ruston Kelly
3
Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
You May Like

 8 
John Phillips
(Musician)

John Phillips
4
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 18, 2001

 9 

Josh Turner
3
Birthdate: November 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 10 
Toro y Moi
(Musician)

Toro y Moi
3
Birthdate: November 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 11 
Peabo Bryson
(Singer)

Peabo Bryson
3
Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries

 12 
Nickolas Ashford
(Songwriter)

Nickolas Ashford
3
Birthdate: May 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 22, 2011

 13 
Jesse Hughes
(guitarist, singer, musician)

Jesse Hughes
3
Birthdate: September 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra

 14 
Shane Carruth
(Film producer)

Shane Carruth
3
Birthdate: January 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 15 
Lee Brice
(Singer-songwriter)

Lee Brice
3
Birthdate: June 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini

 16 
Angie Stone
(R&B and Soul Singer Best Known as the Former Member of the Hip Hop Trio 'The Sequence')

Angie Stone
4
Birthdate: December 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Motivated by her gospel singer father, Angie Stone began singing as a child. She later formed the rap/hip-hop act The Sequence and then became the lead singer of Vertical Hold. Her first solo album, Black Diamond, was a Billboard charter. She has also appeared in movies and campaigned against diabetes.

 17 
Coco Jones
(Singer)

Coco Jones
3
Birthdate: January 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 18 

Bill Anderson
3
Birthdate: November 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 19 
Hank Garland
(Guitarist)

Hank Garland
2
Birthdate: November 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 27, 2004

 20 
John Berry
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician)

John Berry
2
Birthdate: September 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo

 21 
Arthur Freed
(Film producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Actor, Lyricist, Songwriter)

Arthur Freed
2
Birthdate: September 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 12, 1973

 22 
Arthur Smith
(Musician)

Arthur Smith
1
Birthdate: April 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 3, 2014

 23 
Karl Sanders
(Singer, Bassist, Drummer, Guitarist)

Karl Sanders
2
Birthdate: June 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini

 24 
John Blackwell
(Jazz musician)

John Blackwell
0
Birthdate: September 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 4, 2017

 25 

Gene McFadden
1
Birthdate: January 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 27, 2006

 26 
Mona Lisa
(Singer-Songwriter)

Mona Lisa
1
Birthdate: November 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 27 
Lucky Thompson
(Saxophonist)

Lucky Thompson
1
Birthdate: June 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 30, 2005

 28 
Susan Reed
(Musician)

Susan Reed
1
Birthdate: January 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 25, 2010

 29 
Jimmy Hamilton
(Clarinetist, Saxophonist)

Jimmy Hamilton
0
Birthdate: May 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 20, 1994

 30 
Blind Joe
(Former country blues and gospel singer and guitarist who recorded in the 1920s and 1930s)

Blind Joe
0
Birthdate: August 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 15, 1961