Musicians From Texas

Texas has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Chris Martin, Selena, Jamie Foxx, Kacey Musgraves, Nick Jonas 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 Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly
7
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.

 2 Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan
7
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.

 3 Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison
9
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.

 4 Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson
14
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 Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell
5
Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 8, 2004

 6 Don Henley

Don Henley
8
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.

 7 Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons
5
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
You May Like

 8 Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills
4
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 9 Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
4
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus

Regarded as the personification of the perfect pop star, Kelly Clarkson is a product of American Idol. After winning the competition, she went on to become a popular star and was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. She has also inspired other popular musicians, such as Kelsea Ballerini and Demi Lovato. Kelly is also a well-known philanthropist.

 10 Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers
16
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.

 11 Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert
9
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 Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson
6
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.

 13 Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles
4
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.

 14 Sly Stone

Sly Stone
4
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces

 15 Mark Salling

Mark Salling
4
Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 30, 2018

Beginning his career as a child actor, American actor, Mark Salling, gained fame with his portrayal of musically-inclined football star Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman’ in television series Glee. The actor, who was also a singer and musician, was arrested for possessing images of child pornography. He pleaded guilty but before his court sentencing, he was found dead from asphyxia by hanging.

 16 George Strait

George Strait
5
Famous As: American singer
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. 

 17 Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings
4
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. 

 18 Chris Pérez

Chris Pérez
7
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. 

 19 Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf
5
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra

Born Marvin Lee Aday, rock singer Meat Loaf is best known for his Bat Out of Hell trilogy. The Grammy-winning performer has also appeared in movies such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. After breaking a leg during a concert in Canada, he completed the tour on a wheelchair.

 20 Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter
3
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: February 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 16, 2014

 21 Maren Morris

Maren Morris
4
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.

 22 Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis
4
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.

 23 Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx
10
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Actor, singer-songwriter, and comedian, Jamie Foxx became internationally famous for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray, a role that earned him an Academy Award. He is also known for hosting his own television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. Besides acting, he is also a Grammy Award-winning musician who has released four albums.

 24 Larry Graham

Larry Graham
3
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo

 25 Barry White

Barry White
5
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.

 26 Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean
9
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.

 27 Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo

 28 The D.O.C.

The D.O.C.
4
Famous As: Musician, Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini

 29 Chris Martin

Chris Martin
0
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces

Chris Martin is the lead singer of the rock band, Coldplay, which he has co-founded. The band gained fame after they released the song Yellow in 2000. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. Martin has also worked in solo collaborations with other artists and written songs for various projects.

 30 Selena

Selena
24
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 31, 1995

Known as the queen of Tejano music, Selena became the most famous Mexican-American entertainers during the late 20th century, thanks to her contributions to fashion and music. She is one of the most influential Latin artists ever. Her rags-to-riches story, which includes struggle, fame, and finally death at the age of 23, was showcased in the 1997 film, Selena.

 31 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
5
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. 

 32 George Jones

George Jones
7
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.

 33 Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu
15
Famous As: Singer
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.

 34 Kirstin Maldonado

Kirstin Maldonado
4
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.

 35 Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves
15
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.

 36 Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall
4
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.

 37 Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker
7
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra

 38 Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett
8
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 39 Matt Stone

Matt Stone
4
Famous As: Actor, Animator, Producer, Director, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Matt Stone co-created the Comedy Central animated sitcom South Park, with Trey Parker. The duo voiced most of the show’s characters, too. The show won the duo five Emmys and was turned into a film. Stone has also co-directed the Grammy- and Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon, with Parker. 

 40 Hayley Orrantia

Hayley Orrantia
4
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.

 41 Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges
4
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer

 42 Caleb Landry Jones

Caleb Landry Jones
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 43 Billy Preston

Billy Preston
4
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.

 44 Otis Williams

Otis Williams
4
Famous As: Baritone Singers
Birthdate: October 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 45 Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith
7
Famous As: Musician, Singer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 46 Ciara

Ciara
3
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.

 47 Robby Benson

Robby Benson
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Robby Benson is an American actor, filmmaker, composer, singer, and teacher. He gained popularity in the late-1970s when he established himself as a teen idol, appearing in films like Ice Castles and One on One. Apart from being an entertainer, Robby Benson is also a fundraiser and activist for heart research.

 48 Kevin Abstract

Kevin Abstract
3
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer

 49 Gary Clark, Jr.

Gary Clark, Jr.
3
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 50 Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin
3
Famous As: Composer and Pianist
Birthdate: November 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 1, 1917
Composer and pianist Scott Joplin, or the King of Ragtime, had written more than 100 original ragtime pieces. His most iconic piece was the Maple Leaf Rag. He had also written two operas, including Treemonisha. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize. The film The Sting featured his compositions.