Musicians From Texas

Texas has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Hilary Duff, Nick Jonas, Ciara, Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson and others.

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 1 Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 6, 1988
Six-time Grammy-winner Texan rocker Roy Orbison gained fame with songs such as Oh, Pretty Woman and Drove All Night. His shyness and stage fright made him dye his hair black and wear sunglasses. The "Caruso of Rock" was part of the Traveling Wilburys, along with legends such as Bob Dylan.

 2 Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 3, 1959

Musician and singer-songwriter Buddy Holly was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. Born to a musical family, he learned to sing and play the guitar as a child. He began his career as a teenager and found much success within a short period. Sadly, he died in an aircraft crash when he was just 22 years old.

 3 Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: October 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician. Stevie achieved so much in his mainstream career, that spanned only seven years, that he is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists ever and one of the most influential and iconic musicians in the blues music history. He is credited with reviving blues-rock and his work continues to influence several artists.

 4 Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer

Kris Kristofferson is a popular singer-songwriter and actor. Over the years, Kris has played a major role in the success of many famous singers, having contributed to their musical albums as a songwriter. For his achievements in the field of music, Kris Kristofferson was made a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

 5 Don Henley

Don Henley
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer

Don Henley is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, and musician. A founding member of Eagles, Henley contributed immensely to the success of the band. Don Henley has also been successful as a solo artist, selling more than 10 million albums and winning two Grammy Awards. In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine named him among the greatest singers of all time.

 6 Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 8, 2004

 7 Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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 8 Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 9 Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 20, 2020

Kenny Rogers was an American singer-songwriter. He is among the best-selling musicians of all-time list, having sold over 100 million records. His songs and albums remain influential among country music lovers. A multi-talented personality, Rogers was also successful as an actor and entrepreneur; he was the co-founder of the Kenny Rogers Roasters chain of restaurants.

 10 Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter
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Famous As: Guitarist who was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
Birthdate: February 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 16, 2014

 11 Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Two-time Grammy-winning country singer Miranda Lambert is known for her hit album Platinum and the track Automatic. She was placed third in the singing contest Nashville Star. She has won more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist. Her organization MuttNation Foundation works for rehabilitation of rescue animals.

 12 Sly Stone

Sly Stone
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces

 13 Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 13, 2002
Waylon Jennings was one of the pioneers of outlaw country music. He began performing on KVOW radio, at age 12, and then performed with several bands, such as The Texas Longhorns, The Waylors, and The Highwaymen. He also contributed to Wanted! The Outlaws, the first platinum country album. 

 14 George Strait

George Strait
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus

Country music singer, songwriter, and actor George Strait is regarded as one of the most influential recording artists of all time. Lovingly nicknamed the "King of Country", he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is certified as the 12th-best selling artist in American history. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. 

 15 Nelly

Nelly
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Grammy-winning hip-hop/rap artist Nelly began his career with St. Lunatics. He became a household name after the release of his debut solo album, Country Grammar, in 2000. He ranked third on Billboard’s list of the Top Artist of the Decade and has sold 21 million albums in the U.S.

 16 Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 20, 2022

Born Marvin Lee Aday, rock singer Meat Loaf was best known for his Bat Out of Hell trilogy. Famous for his wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows, this Grammy-winning performer also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows. 

 17 Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jessica Simpson is an American singer, fashion designer, and actress. Her journey from being a teen idol to a sex symbol has been quite inspirational so far. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jessica Simpson has worked with several nonprofit organizations, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation. She has also performed at many benefit concerts.

 18 Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Solange Knowles, younger sister of pop star Beyoncé Knowles, initially performed as a back-up dancer and wrote songs for Beyoncé’s band Destiny's Child. She has delivered Grammy-winning tracks such as Cranes in the Sky and has also won an Impact Award. She also owns a hip-hop-themed children’s merchandise brand.

 19 Chris Pérez

Chris Pérez
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Guitarist Chris Pérez was married to Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla and performed as part of her band, Selena y Los Dinos. Following Selena’s murder by her own manager, Chris sank into depression. He later won a Grammy with the Chris Pérez Band and also wrote a book about Selena. 

 20 Maren Morris

Maren Morris
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: April 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries

Maren Morris is an American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Many of her songs and albums have performed well on Billboard charts; her album Hero peaked at the fifth position on Billboard 200. As a songwriter, Maren Morris has contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Jessie James Decker, and Aubrey Peeples.

 21 Barry White

Barry White
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 4, 2003

Barry White was an American musician, composer, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Renowned for his bass-baritone voice, White was one of the most popular vocalists of his generation. Having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Barry White is counted among the best-selling musicians of all time.

 22 Taylor Hawkins

Taylor Hawkins
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 23 Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra

Johnny Mathis is an American singer and songwriter. Best known for his contribution to popular music, Mathis has been honored with many awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnny Mathis is also renowned for his philanthropic efforts; he has supported such organizations as the American Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 24 Larry Graham

Larry Graham
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo

 25 Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Widely regarded as the queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter whose debut studio album Baduizm helped popularize neo-soul in the late-1990s. Thanks to her popularity, Erykah Badu serves as a subject for street art in several places, including Greater London, England. Also an actress, Badu has appeared in popular films, such as The Cider House Rules.

 26 The D.O.C.

The D.O.C.
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Famous As: Musician, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini

 27 Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo

 28 Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 13, 2010
Jimmy Dean was an American television host, country music singer, businessman, and actor. He is credited with creating and popularizing a food company named Jimmy Dean Foods. He was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, although he was still alive when he was nominated for the honor in 2010.

 29 George Jones

George Jones
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Famous As: Musician, singer, and songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 26, 2013

George Jones was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Renowned for his distinctive voice and phrasing, George Jones was widely regarded as the greatest living country singer during the last 20 years of his life. Jones is also remembered for staying painstakingly loyal to country music throughout his life. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

 30 Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 31 Billy Preston

Billy Preston
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Famous As: Musician & Songwriter
Birthdate: September 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 6, 2006

Billy Preston was an American musician and top session keyboardist who worked with popular artists like Ray Charles, Reverend James Cleveland, Sam Cooke, and the Beatles. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Preston struggled throughout his life with his sexual orientation. He chose not to come out as gay until before his death, due to his religious beliefs.

 32 Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 33 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Debbie Allen is an actress, dancer, choreographer, and singer-songwriter.  She appeared in the musical-drama TV series Fame and also worked as the series’ principal choreographer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards. She runs the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and is a former member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 

 34 Kirstin Maldonado

Kirstin Maldonado
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Three-time Grammy-winning artist Kirstin Maldonado, part of the a cappella group Pentatonix, is known for hits such as Break a Little and All Night, and has sold more than 6 million albums. She has also performed in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots and appeared in an episode of Bones.
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 35 Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra

 36 Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt
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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: March 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 1, 1997

Country singer Townes Van Zandt is remembered for his melancholy and lyrical tracks. His hits such as Pancho and Lefty and To Live Is to Fly have influenced many artists of subsequent generations. He struggled with depression and spent a considerable part of his life in cheap shacks and motels.

 37 Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 38 Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Rapper/choreographer Todrick Hall gained fame after appearing in the ninth season of American Idol. His YouTube videos, featuring his songs and parodies, too, became viral. He has also been a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and is openly gay. He has also appeared as Billy Flynn in the play Chicago.

 39 Dusty Hill

Dusty Hill
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus

 40 DJ Premier

DJ Premier
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Famous As: Club DJ, Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: March 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries

 41 Ciara

Ciara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.

 42 Vinnie Paul

Vinnie Paul
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Famous As: Former Musician best known for being the drummer and co-founder of the heavy metal band Pantera
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 22, 2018

 43 Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer

 44 Hayley Orrantia

Hayley Orrantia
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces

Actress, singer, and songwriter Hayley Orrantia became internationally famous following her role in the comedy series The Goldbergs. Interested in acting and singing from childhood, she began professionally training at the age of 12. She began acting when she was 17 and started her singing career simultaneously. She is an ambassador for the Texas Music Project.

 45 Riff Raff

Riff Raff
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 46 Otis Williams

Otis Williams
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Famous As: Baritone Singers
Birthdate: October 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 47 Mitchel Musso

Mitchel Musso
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer

 48 Buck Owens

Buck Owens
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 25, 2006

 49 Lisa Whelchel

Lisa Whelchel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini

Best remembered as rich and spoiled Blair Warner on NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life, actress Lisa Whelchel is also a well-known singer and songwriter. She reached No. 17 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian music charts with her Christian pop album, All Because of You. Founder of Momtime Ministers and author of ten books, she is also known for her motivational speeches.

 50 Don Williams

Don Williams
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 8, 2017