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.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is known for his versatility. Barry ranks second on the Guinness World Records list of successful songwriters and has gifted his fans cult classics of pop/disco music of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Stayin’ Alive.
Co-founder of the rock band, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters is celebrated singer, songwriter and composer. Beginning his career with rhythm guitar, he initially served solely as a bassist in Pink Floyd before emerging as their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader. Later he left the group due to creative difference and embarked on his solo career, releasing numerous albums and singles
Alex Lifeson is a Canadian songwriter, musician, and record producer. He co-founded the progressive rock band Rush and serves as its guitarist. He plays electric and acoustic guitars and can also play other string instruments, such as mandola, mandolin, and bouzouki. Besides music, he is a licensed aircraft pilot and an actor. He has appeared in some TV shows.
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.
Retired singer, songwriter, and bassist, Peter Cetera, first gained fame as an original member of the rock band Chicago. He later launched a successful solo career as well. He often collaborated with David Foster and Amy Grant over the course of his long career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
Lita Ford is an English-born American vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead guitarist for The Runaways, a now-defunct rock band. Also a humanitarian, Ford took part in a cooking television game show titled Chopped in an attempt to raise $10,000 for her charity. In the 2010 film The Runaways, Ford was played by Scout Taylor-Compton.
José Feliciano is a Puerto Rican musician, composer, and singer. He achieved international fame in 1968 after the release of his album Feliciano! Since then, José Feliciano has released more than 50 albums worldwide. Feliciano was made an inductee of the International Latin Music Hall of Fame and the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000 and 2013 respectively.
James Righton is an English musician credited with co-creating the new rave band Klaxons. Apart from releasing albums and singles, James Righton also works on creating music for films and theatre. In 2015, he scored music for a short film titled William. In 2018, he scored for a comedy-drama feature film titled Benjamin.
Known for his uncanny resemblance to his father, legendary musician and former member of The Beatles Paul McCartney, James McCartney is a talented musician in his own right. Though he has played in some of his father’s tracks and has also released his own music, he has mostly been away from the limelight.
Miyavi is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and record producer. Apart from being an entertainer, Miyavi is also a volunteer at UNHCR; since 2013, he has been visiting several refugee camps across the world. He was made an official UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in November 2017.
David A. Stewart is a British musician, record producer, and songwriter. He is best known for forming a pop duo named Eurythmics along with singer-songwriter Annie Lennox. The band became highly successful, earning Stewart and Lennox several awards. The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 and 2022 respectively.
Danny Worsnop has not only been the lead signer of the rock bands We Are Harlot and Asking Alexandria, but has also embarked on a solo career, focusing on country music. He has penned an unpublished memoir, Am I Insane?, and prefers to keep himself away from the media.
Puerto Rican-born guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodríguez-López is best known as the frontman of the progressive rock group The Mars Volta. At 17, he dropped out of high school, hitchhiked throughout the country, and joined the group At the Drive-In. He is also an amateur filmmaker and photographer.