Guitarist and composer who is known for his unique covers of songs by famous artists such as Michael Jackson and The Beatles. He is known for his fingerstyle and unique combination of rap and jazz. He shares personalized lessons and videos of his playing through YouTube for his over 60,000 subscribers.
He started studying guitar and playing consistently at the age of 6. Originally learning blues and country music, he enrolled at the State University of New York at Purchase. He majored in classical guitar and in 1980 started playing with the band Raf and Cooly C.
He was included in the book The Jazz Guitar: Its Evolution, Player, and Personalities Since 1900 by Maurice J. Summerfield. His album I Remember Michael was also featured in the Top 10 Critics Poll of Jazziz Magazine in 2011.
He was born and raised in New York City and was taught to play guitar by his father.
Michael Clifford is one of the most defining stars of the current generation. He is not only the face and voice of ˜5SOS' (5 Seasons of Summer), but also the pop-rock band's lead guitarist. The band came into limelight when they began uploading music videos and cover songs to YouTube. Together with other band members “ <a title='Luke Hemmings' href='/famous/luke-hemmings.htm'>Luke Hemmings</a>, <a title='Calum Hood' href='/famous/calum-hood.htm'>Calum Hood</a> and <a title='Ashton Irwin' href='/famous/ashton-irwin.htm'>Ashton Irwin</a> - Michael has transformed his career by breaking barriers using only the means of social media to become globally recognized. He is a huge sensation on social platforms, with fans from all over the world rooting for this Australian musician. He has 7.67 million followers on his ˜Twitter' account, and 4.7 million fans on ˜Instagram'. The band has a YouTube channel, where they upload music videos, on their collaborative account they have 3.6 million subscribers with over 600 million views.
Lead guitarist of the Jonas Brothers who appeared on an episode of Hannah Montana that broke cable records with 10.7 million viewers.
James McVey is the lead guitarist and backup vocalist of the British pop rock band ˜The Vamps'. The other members of the band are: Brad Simpson, <a title='Connor Ball' href='/famous/connor-ball.htm'>Connor Ball</a> and <a title='Tristan Evans' href='/famous/tristan-evans.htm'>Tristan Evans</a>. Before forming the band, McVey released a solo EP album on iTunes, titled ˜Who I Am'. It was in 2011 that he first met <a title='Bradley Simpson' href='/famous/bradley-simpson.htm'>Bradley Simpson</a> through YouTube. Not even a year later, <a title='Tristan Evans' href='/famous/tristan-evans.htm'>Tristan Evans</a> and <a title='Connor Ball' href='/famous/connor-ball.htm'>Connor Ball</a> too collaborated with McVey and thus led to the formation of the band ˜The Vamps'. McVey has spunk in him that is widely prevalent in his music compositions and vocals. He took his inspiration from Owl City. As talented as he is on stage, he has looks to kill. With six pack abs and a wide grinning smile, he is every girl's fantasy. McVey is highly ambitious as a person. When he was working solo, he aspired to form a British pop rock band and once that was achieved with the formation of The Vamps, he went further and decided to own a record label, which he eventually did and is called Steady Records'. Aiming to go further, McVey surely seems to be one of the most promising musicians on the scene.
George Ryan Ross III, popularly known as Ryan Ross, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, who is best known for his work with the band ˜Panic! at the Disco'. The band, which also had his friends Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson, and Brendon Urie as members, has released a total of five studio albums till date. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States, Ross aspired to be a great singer from his childhood. He started practicing music at the age of 12 after he received a guitar as a Christmas present. His career began officially in 2004 after he formed the band ˜Panic! at the Disco' along with his best friend Spencer Smith. After having worked on two studio albums with the band, he later joined the band ˜The Young Veins'. The band's debut studio album ˜Take a Vacation!' was released in 2010. After he left ˜The Young Veins', he decided to start a new chapter in his life by beginning a solo career. Since then he has released a few songs through his official SoundCloud page.
Rhythm guitarist and back up vocalist of the alternative rock band 'My Chemical Romance', Frank Iero began playing with local bands in his hometown, New Jersey at the age of eleven. He is also the vocalist of 'Leathermouth', a post-hardcore band and of the electronic-hardcore act ˜Death Spells'. After his parents spilt-up, he was raised by his mother, who encouraged his musical talents by lending out her basement for band practice. Before he became a part of 'My Chemical Romance', Iero played with many other bands, including ˜I Am A Graveyard', ˜Pencey Prep', ˜Hybrid', ˜Sector 12' and ˜Give Up the Ghost'. He had earned a scholarship to Rutgers University but dropped out of the same to pursue a career in music. Apart from his musical endeavors, Iero is also known for his keen business acumen. He ran the company 'Skeleton Crew', a record label, clothing line and publishing business. Some of his well- known 'My Chemical Romance' albums include, 'The Black Parade', ˜Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' and 'Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge'.
Brian May is an English musician, songwriter, astrophysicist and famous guitarist of ˜Queen'. With his iconic haircut that defies the image of a scientist, he went on to become a legend in the genre of ˜rock' music, selling more albums than ˜The Beatles'. May picked up the guitar when he was just 7 years old forming his first band in school. It was astonishing for his family and friends at the time who realized his passion for music and science, which worked very well as a combination for him. He then pursued PhD in Astrophysics at Imperial College, London, quitting in between, cashing on the fame garnered by his famous rock band, ˜Queen'. As a part of the band, he composed several tunes and even wrote some very popular songs. With several guitar solos, covers and collaborations with legendary artists, May's music albums have topped the music charts in the UK and USA. After 30 years, he went back to college to complete his PhD and has also continued to perform live around the world.
Tony Perry is an American guitarist, and musician. He is the leading guitarist of the rock band, ˜Pierce the Veil.' Born to Mexican parents, Perry was interested in music right from his childhood days. His grandfather was his first music teacher and taught him to play guitar. When Vic Fuentes and Mike Fuentes formed the rock band, ˜Pierce the Veil,' Perry joined them, as their lead guitarist. After Perry joined the band, they released their first album which was titled, ˜A Flair for the Dramatic.' It was received well by the music lovers in the United States. This was followed by several other albums, such as ˜Selfish Machines,' and ˜Misadventures.' Perry has conducted his music tours across continents such as Australia, Asia, and Europe. He has performed at several music festivals, including ˜Soundwave Festival,' and Slam Dunk Festival.'
Jeremy Miles Ferguson, or Jinxx, as he is more popularly known, is an American musician, songwriter, and composer presently associated with the rock band ˜Black Veil Brides'. For this Los-Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, music came calling early. He was taught to play guitar by his half-brother Travis when he was two years old, and gave his first on-stage performance alongside his father when he was eight. He joined ˜Black Veil Brides' in 2009 after serving as a member in the groups ˜The Drastics', ˜Amen', and ˜The Dreaming'. BVB released their first studio album, ˜We Stitch These Wounds', on July 20, 2010. It reached #1 spot on the ˜Billboard Independent Albums' chart. In 2011, Jinxx and his group released their first and only EP till date, ˜Rebels'. He and fellow band member Jake Pitts won the ˜Revolver's Golden Gods Awards' for best guitarists in 2012. He starred in the 2012 feature ˜Legion of the Black', the film adaptation of the group's third studio album ˜Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones'.
Rose to fame as the lead guitarist of the Los Angeles-based hard rock band Guns N' Roses. His guitar prowess is best exemplified on such tracks as "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Paradise City" and "November Rain."
Jimi Hendrix is considered as one of the greatest electric guitarists that the music world has ever witnessed. He composed music combining different genres of hard rock, jazz and blues into soulful unforgettable renditions. His style of music has been a source of inspiration for many budding musicians. He started his musical career by forming his first band The Jimmy Hendrix Experience where he played the guitar and also sang as the lead vocalist. His first single Hey, Joe took the world by storm. He made headlines after his iconic performance in 1969 in the Woodstock Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival in the 1970s. His second album was Axis: Bold as Love released in 1968 and his final album Electric Ladyland was also released in the same year. It featured the hit All Along the Watchtower. Soon after, the band split in 1969. His style of music was strongly influenced by blues artists like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, Elmore James and rhythm and blues guitarists Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper. His music was also inspired by the jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. This lead guitarist expired at the age of 27 on 18th September, 1970.
Jack Barakat is a popular Lebanese-American guitarist who gained popularity following his guitar performance within his well acclaimed band All Time Low. Founded back in 2003 as NeverReck, the band was started by two music enthusiastic school friends - Jack Barakat and Marc Shilling. Barakt soon roped in a drummer, Yanni Giannaros, and another school friend (now lead vocalist at All Time Low) <a title='Alex Gaskarth' href='/famous/alex-gaskarth.htm'>Alex Gaskarth</a> into the group. The band started out by visiting songs by pop punk bands such as Blink-182 as well as, writing and composing their own songs. The Maryland quartet that started off as a nerdy school band, transformed into an official band named All Time Low in 2004. The all-boys band got their first successful break after the release of their very first studio album The Party Scene in 2005. Thereafter the group went on to enjoy the success & stardom with several songs that grabbed the #1 spot on the US charts.
Popularly known as the Quiet Beatle, George Harrison is a name to reckon with even today. A powerful contributor in the field of music, Harrison in his lifetime held the profile of a musician, songwriter, singer and guitarist. From an early age, he was inspired by the beauty of music and worked hard all through to uplift the level of harmony. What is interesting to note is that Harrison used the power of music to raise awareness in the world about life of the spirit and the true calling. He was deeply and profoundly inspired by Hinduism and was an ardent admirer of Indian culture and mysticism. The same was reflected in most of his work which intently reflected his preference for Eastern music and instruments. While Harrison was surrounded by McCartney and Lennon who were geniuses in their own right, it did not overshadow his talent and skilfulness at music and he attained much popularity and critical acclaim. While he did excellently well during his association with Beatles post break-up, he easily stepped out of the shadows of his band mates to reveal himself a powerfully spiritual songwriter with an expansive sense of melody. Till date, he is remembered for bringing the entire 1960s generation to Eastern religion and musical influence.