Grammy Award-winning jazz singer who has sold over 50 million records and who gained international fame for his 2005 album, It's Time.
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer counted amongst the most influential jazz singers of all time. Popularly known as the ˜First Lady of Song', she harbored the dream of becoming an entertainer from a young age and entered in an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934. She not only wowed the audience with her voice, but also won the first prize of $25. After she met drummer and bandleader Chick Webb, she started singing in his group. Her song ˜A-Tisket, A-Tasket' became her first No. 1 hit in 1938, followed by her second hit, ˜I Found My Yellow Basket', co-written by her. After Webb's death, Ella became the leader of the band, which she renamed as Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra. While her career took off in 1946, it reached its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, when she earned the title of the ˜First Lady of Song' for her unparalleled popularity and vocal talents. Her ability to mimic instrumental sounds and her vocal improvisation of scatting became her signature techniques. She made history by winning a Grammy Award in 1958, the first won by any African-American woman. Over the course of her career, she recorded over 200 albums and more than 2,000 songs, and sold more than 40 million albums.
American jazz singer who rose to fame on the hit reality competition show America's Got Talent. She lost her hearing at the age of 18 but continued to pursue her passion and traveled as a jazz soloist and a motivational speaker.
Child jazz singer whose cover of <a title='Frank Sinatra' href='/famous/frank-sinatra.htm'>Frank Sinatra</a>'s "My Way" went viral in 2017. She publishes cover videos on her victoriafatu YouTube channel, where she has amassed more than 110,000 subscribers. Her cover of the song "Fly Me to the Moon" has amassed 100 million views alone. She appeared on season 3 of Little Big Shots and season 13 of America's Got Talent.
Nina Simone was one of the most iconic American musical icons of the 20th century. She was a successful singer, musician, pianist, songwriter, and social activist. Born and raised in North Carolina, Nina belonged to a highly religious family. In 1950, she started learning music at the ˜Juilliard School' in New York City but had to drop out of the course due to lack of funds. Soon, she started performing in night clubs and hoped to build a career in music. Her major breakthrough was the 1957 song ˜I Loves You, Porgy.' This was the beginning of the era of Nina Simone. She rocked the blues and jazz music charts throughout her career. Over the 1960s, she became one of the most popular female music and fashion icons. In the 1970s, she faced major mental and financial issues, which gave rise to speculations that her career might have ended. However, she made a comeback in the 1980s and earned herself an iconic status. Throughout her career, she has released 40 albums. Some of her most well-known international hits were ˜Sinner Man' and ˜Feeling Good.'
Bengali-American singer-songwriter who is a jazz vocalist and the daughter of <a title='Ravi Shankar' href='/famous/ravi-shankar.htm'>Ravi Shankar</a>. She released the hit single "Don't Know Why."
The first African-American performer to host a variety TV show, Nat King Cole remains to be one of the most memorable voices in the music history of America. He was a pianist, singer and head of the band, ˜King Cole Trio'. He first gained fame as a jazz pianist and was known for his trademark soft, and baritone voice. He enjoyed an immensely successful sole career and his singles went on to peak the music charts. A prodigious child, he began learning to play the piano at the age of four and got formal training in music since he was 12. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school to pursue a career in the music industry. During his lifetime he encountered many instances of racism, especially during his professional tours and in one instance he was even attacked by a white supremacist group. In spite of facing criticism for not doing enough for the Civil Rights Movement, Cole strongly maintained his stand that he was more of performer than an activist. He created controversy when he hosted the TV variety series, ˜The Nat King Cole Show'.
Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop singer whose hits include "The Impossible Dream" and "The Love Boat Theme."
Well known as Sal the Voice, he is a jazz singer/crooner from the 11th season of America's Got Talent who was a top 10 finalist on the show.
Natalie Cole was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and voice artist. The daughter of the legendary musician <a title='Nat King Cole' href='/famous/nat-king-cole.htm'>Nat King Cole</a>, she rose to fame in the 1970s with her hits "This Will Be", "Our Love" and "Inseparable". After a gap of a few years, she went on to re-emerge as a pop artist with her 1987 album ˜Everlasting.' In the 1990s, Cole released her biggest hit ever, ˜Unforgettable... with Love' that sold over 7 million copies and also won her seven Grammy Awards. Raised in Los Angeles' exclusive Hancock Park area, Natalie Cole grew up in a sophisticated musical atmosphere. She consciously moved away from her famous father's shadow and found meteoric success on her own. However, her father, who broke many racial barriers during his own musical career, did not live long enough to see his daughter's success, dying of lung cancer sometime after Cole's 15th birthday. Her father's untimely death scarred her emotionally and it was music that helped heal her. Cole attended the University of Massachusetts and majored in child psychology before briefly attending the University of Southern California. She began her extraordinary musical career following her graduation. In December 2015, Cole breathed her last at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Vocalist who found online acclaim in 2016 after collaborating with <a title='Flying Lotus' href='/famous/flying-lotus.htm'>Flying Lotus</a> on the song "JAZB." She is known for her urban jazz and neo-soul sound.
Jazz bassist and singer who won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, as well as three others. She has worked with groups such as Free the Slaves to end human trafficking.
Shirley Bassey is a world-famous Welsh singer who has recorded numerous hits and is best known for her three James Bond theme songs. Born in Wales, she was the youngest of the seven children of her parents who separated before she was three years old. After leaving school at age 15, she worked in a factory and sang in men's clubs before she made her big breakthrough and landed a recording deal. She released her first single at the age of 19 and had her first hit with the famous ˜Banana Boat Song'. Constantly in the spotlight throughout the 1960s and 1970s, she combined her trademark vocal delivery with elements of jazz, funk and soul. She gained worldwide popularity when she sang ˜Goldfinger' for the eponymous 1964 James Bond movie. Among her subsequent U.K. chart toppers were ˜As I Love You' and ˜Reach for the Stars/Climb Every Mountain' and she continued to have hits in Britain well into the 1970s. She also sang the theme songs for two other Bond films, ˜Diamonds Are Forever' and ˜Moonraker'; both the songs turned out to be blockbusters. One of the first black British entertainers to gain national and international fame, she became a forerunner of the scores of pop music divas who emerged in the last decades of the 20th century.
Jazz and pop singer who recorded over 650 songs on sixty albums, including hits like "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place."
Motown singer who performed the hits "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need to Get By," among others.
Grammy Award-winning frontman and founding member of the funk band Jamiroquai, with whom he has sold more than thirty million albums. He has also pursued a solo career.
American singer and saxophonist who has won acclaim as the leader of the Trap House Jazz collective, which boasts more than 100 members. Some of his most popular projects include the 2015 EP Pink Polo and the 2016 mixtape Loose Thoughts.
Grammy Award-winning musician and singer-songwriter who incorporated jazz, blues, zydeco, and funk into his music.
Jazz and bossa nova singer whose 1983 album Secretos sold in excess of seven million copies. He has sold out live performances at several of the world's leading concert venues including Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
Known for music that fuses many different genres, including jazz, punk, hip-hop, new wave, and electronic dance, this British vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist released his debut studio album, Six Feet Beneath the Moon, in 2013.
Cab Calloway is remembered as a singer, bandleader, actor, author, and composer. During the heyday of the Harlem Style in the 1920s and 30s, Calloway reigned supreme alongside performers such as Louie Armstrong and Duke Ellington. While growing up in Maryland he was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and study law, he instead followed his passion for music. After moving to Chicago, Cab found work as a singer and enjoyed some fame for a few years. An unsuccessful gig in New York City led him to dissolve the existing band and form another. The change paved the way for success in New York and ultimately a long-standing engagement at the Cotton Club, where Calloway evolved his flamboyant style and established himself as a household name. He continued to perform at clubs and popularized jitterbug music, and the scat singing style. Several of his songs became hits, with the unforgettable Minnie the Moocher among his crowning accomplishments. He performed on the stage and films for many years. During his career, he enjoyed the adoration of a diverse audience which realized that his brand of energy, charisma, and talent comes along only once in a while
Jazz, pop, and R&B vocalist who sang the theme from Moonlighting. He collaborated with artists like <a title='Bill Withers' href='/famous/bill-withers.htm'>Bill Withers</a> and <a title='Al Green' href='/famous/al-green.htm'>Al Green</a>.
Jazz guitarist and singer who performed the hit "On Broadway" in 1978. His performance style has been compared to Django Reinhart.