Brendon Boyd Urie is an American singer and musician best known as the lead vocalist of the group ˜Panic! At the Disco.' He is the only original member remaining in the band even years after its formation. He has been active in the music industry since 2004. Born in St. George, Utah, he moved with his family to Las Vegas when he was only two. He started taking guitar classes when he was in high school and eventually got acquainted with Brent Wilson, Spencer Smith, and Ryan Ross. They eventually formed the group ˜Panic! At the Disco', and released their debut album ˜A Fever You Can't Sweat Out'. The album was a commercial success and was listed by Rolling Stones Magazine as one of the Top 40 Emo Albums. The song ˜I Write Sins Not Tragedies' reached the top 10 in the US. Along with his group, he also released several other successful albums including ˜Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!' and ˜Death of a Bachelor'; the latter nominated for a Grammy Award. Brendon Urie is quite popular on social media as well, with 273k followers on Facebook, 3.1 million followers on Instagram, and 1.9 million followers on Twitter.
Elvis Aaron Presley was a noted American singer and actor. He is most acknowledged for his contribution to the Rock and Roll genre of Western music. Also known as ˜The king of Rock and Roll', Presley popularized rockabilly, which was a blend of rhythm and blues and Country music. His performance style was a combination of energy and erotic sensuousness. He was greatly influenced by the African-American singers like Arthur Crudup and his music cut across racial prejudices. This made him quite a controversial figure. His gorgeous looks and scintillating stage performances brought Hollywood to his threshold. He acted in several movies and even composed music for movie soundtrack albums. After a seven year long break from live performances, Presley returned to the small screen with ˜Elvis', a show that became an instant hit. He was the first performer whose concert was broadcast via satellite. He received numerous music awards and was included in several music halls of fame. He is also the best selling solo artist in the history of music. One of the most celebrated music and cultural icons of the twentieth century, Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 due to drug overdose.
Tyler Robert Joseph is an accomplished American singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, rapper and record producer, more renowned as lead vocalist of the Grammy Award winning musical duo ˜Twenty One Pilots'. Foraying into the world of music early in his life, Joseph embarked on a solo career which included releasing his album ˜No Phun Intended' comprising songs like ˜Save' and ˜Whisper' among others. He went on to form the band ˜Twenty One Pilots' with his friends, Chris Salih and Nick Thomas. The group came up with their first album ˜Twenty One Pilots' and that was well received. Eventually, Salih and Thomas left the band which presently comprise of Joseph and the drummer <a title='Josh Dun' href='/famous/josh-dun.htm'>Josh Dun</a>. After Joseph and Dun released the band's second album ˜Regional at Best', they signed with American record label ˜Fueled by Ramen LLC' and came up with their debut album with the label titled ˜Vessel'. Their real breakthrough came with their second album with the label ˜Blurryface' that topped Billboard 200. Two of its singles ˜Stressed Out' and ˜Ride' climbed at #2 and #5 on Billboard Hot 100 respectively. Their international tours enhanced their popularity further and moving on they won the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Freddie Mercury was a famous singer and songwriter known for his performances as the lead artiste of the rock-and-roll band, 'Queen'. He was musically inclined from a very young age, and according to acquaintances, he had the ability to listen to any song and play the tune on the piano. After singing for a few short-lived bands, he formed his own music group called 'Queen', along with musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor. The band became quite popular in the 70s, belting out hits like 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'We Are the Champions'. This incredible singer was famous for his live concerts, having performed in over 700 such shows. His performances were marked by his flamboyant personality on stage and his vocal range. 'Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God' is a monodrama about this great singer's life. He has also been named by 'BBC' as one of the '100 Greatest Britons', and by the 'Rolling Stone' magazine as one of the 'Top 100 Singers of All Time'. Since he was the first celebrity rock artiste to have succumbed to AIDS, several organizations, including 'The Mercury Phoenix Trust', founded by 'Queen' band members, have organized concerts to raise funds for research in the field
The rise of up and coming young talent in the Unites States has taken the American music industry by storm during recent times. This trend started more than a decade ago with the popularity of Justin Timberlake and hasn't ceased even till date. In the last few years, new names like Ed Sheeran, Zarry, Shawn Mendes and others have hogged the limelight. Their good looks and catchy numbers have become immensely popular and have captured the imagination of the young population across the world. Another such youngster who has become a household name in recent times is Andy Biersack. He is a famous young American singer/pianist who first arrived at the music scene as the lead singer of the band- ˜Black Veil Brides'. He founded the band and remained its last surviving member. Biersack soon adopted the name Andy Black as a part of his claim to fame and forwarded a genre of music which was along the lines of yesteryear bands like ˜Kiss' and ˜Motley Crue'. Through the course of the next couple of years, Andy Biersack went from strength to strength and gained fame in the American arena.
Gerard Way is a dynamic American rock/ punk singer-songwriter, band member, musician and comic book writer/director. He founded the band ˜My Chemical Romance' in 2001, which had its fair share of stardom until it split in 2013. Like most of the children, Way was fond of comic books as a child. Fulfilling his passion, he created his own dark-humored mini-comic series ˜The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' and released the comic book ˜The Umbrella Academy' in 2007. Way went on to release his debut solo album in 2014 and named it ˜Hesitant Alien'. It peaked the ˜UK Rock Albums' chart and was labelled a platinum selling album. Gerard is also known for his association with the boy band ˜The Hormones'. He is the band's lead vocalist alongside guitarists Ian Fowles and Matt Gorney, drummer Jarrod Alexander and pianist James Dewees. Battling with a distraught childhood wasn't easy for the rock star and most of his teenage years were spent in isolation, depression and alcoholism. His only source of inspiration was his grandmother who taught him both music and art. With sheer perseverance and determination, he overcame a rotten past and is today known as a pioneer of punk and has made it a thriving genre in mainstream music.
Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer-songwriter who rocked the music world with his band Nirvana. He is known to have displayed artistic traits since early childhood but being a victim of parent's separation, he had a troubled youth. Finding solace in music, he started with playing the guitar and slowly and steadily went deeper into the world of music. Albums such as Bleach, Nevermind, in Utero were some of his very popular ones. Nirvana signing with the Grefen Records came as a major accomplishment in his career. Although he continued to grow exponentially on the professional front but his personal life went down the drain due to his severe drug addictions. Plagued with health and family issues, he was a struggling patient of depression and drug addiction throughout his life but his exemplary song writing skills helped Nirvana sell some over 25 million albums in the U.S. and over 75 million all over the world; thereby making him an iconic personality in the field of rock music.
Kellin Quinn is a famous American rock singer who is particularly popular for being the lead singer of the post-hardcore rock band, ˜Sleeping with Sirens'. He has been a part of this renowned band since 2009, and has come a long way since his humble beginning. In a world where many genres of rock music exist, he has given a whole new twist to it. He has been a part of various other bands as well, and is responsible for producing different kinds of music. Besides being the powerful vocalist and singer that he is, Kellin Quinn is also an excellent songwriter and composer. His powerful words have made a deep impact on many people. Hence he enjoys a huge fan following on both online channels such as Instagram and Twitter, and offline. He is also known to be a remarkable keyboardist, which just makes him all the more sought-after!
John Lennon, one of the founding members of the rock band, The Beatles, was a legendary musician and songwriter. Hailing from Liverpool, England, he went on to achieve great fame and success not just in his native country, but throughout the world. The Beatles, which also had <a title='Paul McCartney' href='/famous/paul-mcCartney.htm'>Paul McCartney</a>, <a title='George Harrison' href='/famous/george-harrison.htm'>George Harrison</a> and Ringo Starr in its line-up, became the greatest and most influential band of the rock era, and also the most commercially successful one. Already a well-known musician by the time he formed the Beatles, Lennon was catapulted to even greater heights of stardom as a member of this band. To become a famous musician was a dream Lennon held close to his heart from his childhood which was marred by domestic instabilities. His parents broke up when he was very young and he lost his mother as a teenager. The painful experiences of his early life made their way into his poignant and evocative lyrics which have entertained generations of music lovers. He found great success with The Beatles and after its disbanding went on to enjoy a thriving solo career. Rebellious by nature, he was a pacifist at heart and was also actively involved in political and peace activism. His life was tragically cut short by a deranged man who shot him to death when he was just 40.
David Bowie was an English singer and songwriter famous for his musical innovation and visual presentation. A popular musical figure for over five decades, he was well-known for the creativity he infused into his works. He was a versatile personality who was also a talented multi-instrumentalist, arranger, painter and actor. Born and raised in Brixton, south London, he became interested in music at a young age and was especially influenced by Elvis Presley. He soon began performing to Presley's numbers at the local Wolf Cub group and took up playing the ukulele, tea-chest bass, and piano. Soon there was no doubt in his mind that his calling was to become a singer. However, his claim to stardom did not come easy. Despite his talent and determination, he struggled a lot during his initial years as a singer before managing to establish himself. He reached the peak of his success with his Ziggy Stardust stage show”his flamboyant costumes and androgynous appearance became an iconic element of his image. A singing superstar in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he continued performing and experimenting with musical styles, including industrial and jungle throughout the 1990s and 2000s. He remained actively involved with music until the very end and died of cancer in 2016.
In the world of rock and pop music, if there is one name that resonates magic it has to be that of Sir Elton John. An English singer, pianist, and composer, Elton John continues to weave magic in his compositions and lyrics backing them up with his soulful renditions. His five decades of career has been historic and record-breaking quite literally. With over 300 million records sold, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has some quite unattainable feats under his belt”seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1 songs. For 31 consecutive years, i.e. from 1970 until 2000, he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. He has to his credit more than fifty Top 40 hits and that is not all. His tribute to Princess Diana, ˜Candle in the Wind 1997', sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts even today. And if you think that is all that Elton John has for you, wait. Apart from being a noteworthy English singer and pianist, he is also a well renowned composer, produce and even actor.
Victor Vincent ˜Vic' Fuentes is an American vocalist, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter. He is currently affiliated with the post-hardcore band ˜Pierce the Veil' alongside his brother, Mike, who plays the drums, bassist Jaime Preciado, and lead guitarist Tony Perry. The band was formed in 2006, a few months after Vic and Mike's previous group ˜Before Today' broke up. ˜A Flair for the Dramatic', their debut album was released in 2007. The group has since brought out three more albums. In October-November 2008, the group headlined a tour for the first time. It was called ˜The Delicious Tour' and it also featured ˜Emarosa', ˜Breathe Carolina', and ˜Four Letter Lie'. He has also collaborated with the likes of ˜Misdelphia' (˜Aviation'), ˜Chiodos' (˜Love Is a Cat from Hell'), ˜Punk Goes Pop 5' (guest vocal for the cover of Gotye's ˜Somebody That I Used to Know'), ˜All Time Low' (˜A Love Like War'), and ˜Slaves' (˜Starving for Friends').
Patrick Vaughn Stump is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music critic and actor providing vocals for his band ˜Fall Out Boy'. He is also a pianist, vocalist, rhythm guitarist and composer. The multi-talented boy from Illinois has stapled his name as one of the contemporary America's best artists. He also works solo and his music has been described as being ˜Funky and R&B infused'. He has been also awarded with the ace magazine Billboard's ˜one of the best voices in punk' tag. His band's four singles have managed to reach the top spot in the Billboard 200 charts and their studio album ˜Infinity on High' was the first one to take a hold of the position, two more of their albums followed the suite and turned up on the first spot of the most followed American music chart, the Billboard 200. Patrick has worked often with several artists in collaboration and has produced albums for others as well. Some internal problems in the ˜Fall Out Boy' forced him to leave the band for quite some time and in that time, he released a solo album ˜Soul Punk', an extend play titled ˜Truant Wave' and went out on a US and Europe tour to promote the EP, which eventually was liked by people. Stump rejoined ˜Fall Out Boy' and has released two more albums until now.
Paul McCartney is an English musician and a former member of the legendary music band ˜The Beatles'. A multiple Grammy Award winner, he is also a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. With his unprecedented success as a musician he has achieved a legendary status, and is regarded as one of the icons of 20th century English music. He loved music from a young age and was influenced by his father who was a trumpet player. He began writing songs as a teenager and started playing the guitar. As a young man he met John Lennon in a church festival and Lennon who played with a band invited Paul to join them. Soon other aspiring musicians too joined the group, and thus ˜The Beatles' was born. Over the next few years ˜The Beatles' went on to achieve phenomenal fame and all the group members, including Paul McCartney became internationally famous. He was already an influential figure by the time The Beatles broke up and easily embarked on a successful solo career. Along with all his musical achievements, he is also well-known for his philanthropic activities and social activism
Billy Joe Armstrong is an American singer, songwriter, musician and guitarist. His interest in music developed from a very young age. His father was a jazz musician and bought him his first guitar and thus his tryst with music began. When he was five-year-old, he recorded his first song ˜Look for Love'. He learnt to play the guitar from George Cole for almost ten years. He also learned to play the drums, piano, harmonica and mandolin. He formed a band called,˜Sweet Children' along with childhood friend <a title='Mike Dirnt' href='/famous/mike-dirnt.htm'>Mike Dirnt</a>. Two years later, they formed the band ˜Green Day' along with other friends. ˜Green Day's' most famous hit is the rock opera, ˜American Idiot' which fetched them many awards and was also made into a Broadway musical in which Armstrong himself acted. ˜Green Day's' other albums include ˜Kerplunk' and ˜Dookie'. He has penned the lyrics for a number of songs,for singers like Penelope Houston and bands like ˜Rancid'as well as˜The Go-Go's'. He is the co-owner of the recording company, ˜Adeline Records'.
The musician who shot to fame with his controversial yet super hit album ˜Antichrist Superstar', Marilyn Manson is both highly popular and notorious among the masses. The singer known for his boldness and outrageous nature has earned as many detractors as his fans over the years with his politically incorrect lyrics and unconventional music. He had a difficult childhood as he was repeatedly molested by a neighbor. Growing up, he felt lonely and began to write poems and songs. For several years he struggled to make a living and in spite of being so talented, success evaded him. Eventually he got noticed and was able to launch his musical career. Born as Brian Hugh Warner, the American singer adopted the stage name Marilyn Manson when he began performing. From an early age he was eccentric and quirky. Even though his mother was religious, he harbored strong anti-Christian feelings which he expressed through his songs. His rebellious nature and refusal to adhere to religious norms endeared him to independent minded folks and irked the traditional ones. His weird dressing style added to his mystery and charm. He wore garish makeup and a stylized contact lens in one eye, with bright red lipstick lending him the creepy look that his fans love so much.
Chester Bennington was one of the lead singers of the legendary rock band, ˜Linkin Park', best known for his trademark high pitched voice that mesmerized a countless number of Linkin Park fans. What made him particularly special was the fact that he had risen to glory after facing innumerable challenges and struggles in his early life. Bennington's childhood was far from rosy. His parents divorced when he was very young and he became a victim of sexual abuse. As a teenager, he took to the habit of drugs to deal with emotional distress and worked many jobs in order to pay for his drug habit. He was a lonely youngster and hardly had any friends. It was this loneliness that slowly started feeding his passion for music and he soon became a part of his first band, ˜Sean Dowdell and His Friends?' He later joined the band, ˜Grey Daze'. His career as a musician took off after he auditioned to be a part of the band ˜Linkin Park'. The blockbuster reception of the band's debut album, ˜Hybrid Theory' catapulted Bennington's position as a musician and gave him the much-needed and deserved recognition as one of the most iconic figures of music in the 21st century.
John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., famously known as Jon Bon Jovi, is one of the world's best-selling music artists and the lead singer of the band ˜Bon Jovi'. He is also known for his solo albums and acting career in Hollywood. Jovi was born in New Jersey in a middle class family and knew since a very young age that he is going to be a rock star one day. He was not interested in studies and instead devoted his time in playing music and singing with local bands and recording demos at his cousin's recording studio. Soon he was noticed by New Jersey radio station and he, along with his band mates, signed his first deal and became an international craze soon after. Along with his musical career, he has always worked hard for his acting stints in movies and television. Jovi's film career has been interesting as he started with small-time cameos and ultimately got lead roles in movies like ˜The Leading Man' and ˜Moonlight and Valentino'. He also ventured out in the world of business with his record label ˜Jambco Records', management company ˜Bon Jovi Management' and professional arena football team ˜Philadelphia Soul'. He is socially active and is the founder of the charitable foundation ˜The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation'; reason why he was appointed by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Services.
Ronald Joseph Radke is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Being the founding member of ˜Falling in Reverse' a popular American rock band, he is also the lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist for the band. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States, Radke had a rough childhood. He sought solace in music and learned to play piano and guitar. He formed several bands during his high school and started writing songs during his teenage years, which included ˜Listen Up' and ˜Besides the Issues.' His band ˜Falling in Reverse' was formed during his early twenties, with the help of Nason Schoeffler, a close friend. A few years later, they released their debut studio album ˜The Drug in Me is You'. The album was a huge success, reaching number 19 in the US Billboard 200. Over the next few years Radke, with ˜Falling in Reverse,' released three more successful full-length studio albums. Despite having earned both name and fame, Radke has also gained notoriety for his involvement with violent incidents. Radke was once arrested for being involved in an altercation, which resulted in the shooting of a teenage boy. He was sentenced to four years in prison. However, he was released after two and a half years.
Matthew Healy is the lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist of the Manchester based Indie rock group who call themselves ˜The 1975'. He goes by the nickname Truman Black Matty or just Matty to his friends. His parents were both part of show business, which exposed him to music at an early age. From jamming with his friends in college and playing in local pubs, Matthew and his band have made a name for themselves by making a number of live performances and releasing three hit albums in the UK. Matthew is the main songwriter of his group that produces a variety of music in different styles. They have toured Europe and USA and performed in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Today the band has a large following of young fans and has been recognised by being awarded at UK's annual music ˜Q' Awards and the ˜Brit Awards'. Healy as an individual is a strong supporter of the British Humanist Association and is active on social media with a large following. His unique style makes him stand out from contemporary artists and has been the driving force behind the success of his band.
Alex Gaskarth is an English-American singer, musician, and lyricist who became popular as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and lyricist of All Time Low, an American rock band, which was formed in 2003 by him and his three friends. Alex is also a podcast host. He hosted the prestigious Alternative Press Music Awards on two consecutive years”2015 and 2016”along with his best friend <a title='Jack Barakat' href='/famous/jack-barakat.htm'>Jack Barakat</a>. Alex's musical career started in 2002, at the age of 15, when he joined a band called Crew Fighters. His career touched greater heights with the band All Time Low. Till date, All Time Low has released seven studio albums, the latest being on June 2, 2017. He and his band-mates work very hard on every song and album, which reflects in their popularity and success. As of today, they are one of the most famous bands in the world of punk-pop.
Anna Mae Bullock, popularly known by her stage name Tina Turner, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and author. She is one of the most popular female rock artists of the world and is known as the ˜queen of the rock'. Turner has received eight Grammy Awards in various categories and has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame. She has sold over 100 million copies of her albums worldwide, which is why she has been named as ˜one of the greatest singers of all time' by Rolling magazine. But all this success and fame was not easy to achieve for her““she had to start from scratch as she had no formal training in singing and music and on the top of that she faced a very difficult childhood. She met her husband, Ike Turner, when she was only 16, who helped her in getting recognized in the music industry and for many years she only sang duets with him. Her relationship with Ike was of abusive nature as he was a raging alcoholic and a cocaine addict. He used to beat her and emotionally abuse her. She went through a major downfall in her personal and professional life after getting divorced from him but thankfully she turned to Buddhism, which helped her concentrate better on her career. ˜Private Dancer' is considered to be her comeback album, which sold 20 million copies and earned her prestigious awards. Turner is semi-retired now and has taken up the citizenship of Switzerland, which is where she lives now.
Singer and guitarist who has won acclaim with his socially-conscious brand of protest music, which includes songs like "King Charles." His debut LP, 21st Century Liability, was released on Geffen Records in 2018.
John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Famous for his special skills in guitar and his artistic pursuit for classy pop-rock songs, he has earned major chart success in the US and other countries. Known for both his solo career and his career with the ˜John Mayer Trio' group, the knowledgeable musician has millions of fans across the globe. He picked up a guitar at the age of 13 and took lessons for two years. Then through his strong perseverance and determination, he started a career in music. His big break came when he performed at the ˜2000 South by Southwest Music Festival' in Austin following which Aware Records signed him . The winner of seven Grammy Awards, he at times changed his musical styles and became successful across genres, establishing himself in contemporary rock and broadening his scope to incorporate the blues. TIME applauded him for his vigorous voice texture, and emotional fearlessness. Most of his albums are commercially successful and have been accredited multi-platinum.