Artist

by reneejbl | created - 05 Apr 2014 | updated - 05 Apr 2014 | Public

Music soothes the soul. Music brings reality to life. Music brings back memories of an era already lived. Music can be the moment when the most fondest moment is beginning.

1. Frankie Beverly

Soundtrack | Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Frankie Beverly was born on December 6, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Howard Beverly.

2. Jill Scott

Actress | Why Did I Get Married?

Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mother, Joyce, and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a ...

3. The Temptations

Soundtrack | Hardcore Henry

Debuted in 1961.

4. Rick James

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

Rick James was born on February 1, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA as James Ambrose Johnson Jr. He was married to Tanya Hijazi. He died on August 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

5. Nelly

Soundtrack | The Longest Yard

Nelly went to Spain with his father, Air Force Man Cornall Haynes Sr., until he was 3 years old, then moved to St. Louis. Nelly's folks struggled financially and split up when he was 7. As the youngest child in the neighborhood he grew up getting into trouble with the big kids. As a result he ended...

6. Ja Rule

Soundtrack | The Fast and the Furious

Ja Rule was born on February 29, 1976 in Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Jeffrey Atkins. He has been married to Aisha Atkins since April 14, 2001. They have three children.

7. DMX

Soundtrack | Exit Wounds

DMX was born on December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Earl Simmons. He was previously married to Tashera Simmons.

8. Mary J. Blige

Soundtrack | Mudbound

Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Mary Jane Blige. She has been married to Kendu Isaacs since December 7, 2003.

9. Snoop Dogg

Actor | Turbo

Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, to Beverly (Tate) and Vernell Varnado, who was a mail carrier and singer. His parents were both originally from Mississippi. He got his name from his mother, who jokingly remarked that he looked like the Peanuts character Snoopy. Snoop is known ...

10. George Clinton

Soundtrack | Howard the Duck

George Clinton was born on July 22, 1941 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. He has been married to Stephanie Lynn Goshorn since September 25, 1990.

11. Otis Redding

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Otis Redding was born on September 9, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, USA as Otis Ray Redding Jr. He was married to Zelma Atwood. He died on December 10, 1967 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

12. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

Soundtrack | Syriana

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson was born on February 3, 1935 in Houston, Texas, USA as Jr. John Watson. He died on May 17, 1996 in Yokohama, Japan.

13. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, ...

14. Janet Jackson

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...

15. Phil Collins

Soundtrack | Tarzan

Phil Collins was born in Chiswick, London, England, to Winifred (Strange), a theatrical agent, Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent. He spent most of his early entertainment life as a young actor and model. He played the "Artful Dodger" in the West End production of "Oliver!" ...

16. Erykah Badu

Actress | The Cider House Rules

Erykah Badu was born on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Erica Abi Wright.

17. Maxwell

Soundtrack | Life

Maxwell was born on May 23, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Maxwell Rivera.

18. Ice Cube

Soundtrack | Friday

Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, to Doris (Benjamin), a custodian and hospital clerk, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He first came to public notice as a singer and songwriter with the controversial and influential band N.W.A. His compositions with that group included many ...

20. Bone Thugs n Harmony

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

Their album E. 1999 Eternal and song Tha Crossroada were both dedicated to late rapper Eazy-E.

21. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...

22. TLC

Soundtrack | The Other Guys

TLC is known for her work on The Other Guys (2010), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and We're the Millers (2013).

23. Zapp

Soundtrack | Pixels

24. Jamie Foxx

Actor | Django Unchained

Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the biographical film Ray (2004). The same year, he was nominated for the Academy...

25. The O'Jays

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

The O'Jays (they took their name from that of their manager, Eddie O'Jay) formed in 1958 in Canton, Ohio, as The Triumphs. The group members were all students at Canton's McKinley High School. They went through a few name changes before settling on The Mascots, under which they cut several records ...

26. Angie Stone

Actress | The Hot Chick

Angie Stone was born on December 18, 1961 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA as Angela Laverne Brown. She is known for her work on The Hot Chick (2002), Ride Along (2014) and The Fighting Temptations (2003).

27. R. Kelly

Soundtrack | Space Jam

R. Kelly was born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, and attended Kenwood Academy High School, where his music teacher-mentor Lena McLin inspired him to become a singer. He used to sing on street corners. He started off his career with a group by the name of Public Announcement. R. Kelly a ...

28. Game

Actor | Street Kings

Jayceon Taylor was born on November 29, 1979 in Compton, California. He was born into a life of gang-banging and hustling. When later interviewed, Taylor, aka The Game says at a young age, he recalls seeing both of his parents preparing to do drive-bys. His father was a Nutty Block Crip and his ...

29. Herbie Hancock

Soundtrack | 'Round Midnight

Herbie Handcock is an American actor that was born. Herbert Jeffery Handcock, on April 12, 1940, Chicago, IL. He is best known as a piano player, jazz star, and a composer. He has won many Grammy Awards and has performed with many famous musicians beginning with Miles Davis in the 1960s. He ...

30. Charlie Wilson

Soundtrack | Sleepers

Charlie Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Charles Kent Wilson. He is married to Mahin.

31. The Gap Band

Soundtrack | Sleepers

The Gap Band are a funk, soul and rhythm and blues group from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The band is fronted by the three Wilson brothers: Charlie, Robert, and Ronnie. The Wilson brothers are the sons of a Pentecostal minister and began their music careers singing in their father's church. The Wilson ...

32. Goapele Mohlabane

Soundtrack | Sparkle

Goapele Mohlabane was born on July 11, 1977 in Oakland, California, USA. She is married to Theo Rodrigues. They have one child.

33. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | High Fidelity

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

34. Ray Charles

Actor | The Blues Brothers

A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was ...

35. EPMD

Soundtrack | Whip It

36. Sarah Vaughan

Soundtrack | The Adjustment Bureau

Sarah Vaughan was born March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ, and died April 3, 1990, in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Her parents were Asbury, a carpenter, and Ada, a laundress. She began studying music when she was seven, taking eight years of piano lessons and two years of organ. As a child she sang in the...

37. Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds was born on April 10, 1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Kenneth Brian Edmonds. He has been married to Nicole Pantenburg since May 17, 2014. They have one child. He was previously married to Tracey E. Edmonds and Denise.

38. Ella Fitzgerald

Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...

On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal ...

39. Vivian Green

Actress | De-Lovely

Vivian Green was born in 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for De-Lovely (2004), American Dreams (2002) and Love in the Nick of Tyme (2009).

40. Mariah Carey

Actress | Precious

Mariah was born in Huntington, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia Carey (born: Patricia Hickey), an opera singer and vocal coach, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer. Her mother is of Irish descent, and her father was of African & Venezuelan descent. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields ...

42. Ludacris

Actor | Crash

Ludacris was born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign, Illinois, where he was raised, the son of Roberta Shields and Wayne Brian Bridges. At nine years old, he started rapping. He attended Emerson Middle School and, eventually, Oak Park and River Forest High School for his freshman year. ...

43. Quincy Jones

Producer | The Color Purple

Considered to be one of the greatest minds in music and television history, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells), a bank executive, and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr., a carpenter.

Jones found his love for music while he was ...

44. E-40

Soundtrack | Blade: Trinity

E-40 was born on November 15, 1967 in Vallejo, California, USA as Earl Stevens.

45. Anita Baker

Soundtrack | Forget Paris

Anita was born January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player ...

46. The Isley Brothers

Soundtrack | Rush Hour

Jimi Hendrix played on two of the group's singles (under the name "Jimmy James"), and during 1964 was a member of the group's touring band.

47. Chaka Khan

Actress | The Blues Brothers

Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953 in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA as Yvette Marie Stevens. She has been married to Doug Rasheed since 2001. She was previously married to Richard Holland and Hassan Khan.

48. En Vogue

Actress | En Vogue: Free Your Mind

Ranked #48 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

49. S.W.V.

Soundtrack | Free Willy

SWV's single "Weak" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Sisters With Voices

50. The Chi-Lites

Soundtrack | The Hooker with a Heart of Gold

1970s singing group.

51. Salt-N-Pepa

Soundtrack | Deadpool

Ranked #87 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.

52. Nas

Soundtrack | Belly

Nas, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones on September 14, 1973, is the son of Olu Dara, an unconventional jazz musician. At age nine he was a member of the Devastatin' Seven in the mid-1980s, the fruits of which can be heard on his 1994 debut, "Illmatic," which was released on Columbia/SME later that ...

53. Harold Melvin

Self | Bandstand

Harold Melvin was born on June 25, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for American Bandstand (1952), The Midnight Special (1972) and The Mike Douglas Show (1961). He was married to Ovelia. He died on March 24, 1997 in Philadelphia.

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes