Noah Kahan

Noah Kahan is a singer-songwriter who was born on January 1, 1997, on a tree farm in Vermont. His father taught him how to play guitar at a young age, and by the time he was eight years old he was already writing his own songs. Soon he was uploading them to YouTube and SoundCloud…
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Elton John

Sir Elton John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England on March 25, 1947, has had a career spanning decades. He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music for several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s, though he was already a big fan of the rock and roll of the time…
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The band Fanny was a four piece all-woman band, and the first all-women's band to get a record contract. This hard rock band got its start in California when sisters June and Jean Millington were in high school and created the all-girl band called the Svelts, which later morphed into Wild Honey with members June…
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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, known professionally as Shakira, was born in Colombia February 2, 1977, to a Colombian mother and a Lebanese father. Her musical talent was recognized from an early age as she soaked up musical influences from her Latin and Middle Eastern heritages as well as rock and roll sung in English. Her…
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Indigo Girls

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers first met in elementary school in Decatur, Georgia, and began playing music together in high school. At that time they'd play amateur nights at local bars, calling themselves Saliers and Ray. For college, they moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, where they changed their duo's name to Indigo Girls…
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Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X arrived on the music scene in December of 2018 with his country/hip-hop hit "Old Town Road." It stayed on the Billboard charts for 19 weeks straight and hit #1 on the Hot 100 on April 9, 2019. At the time Rolling Stone published their first article about him ("Desperado") in June of…
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Natalie Curtis Burlin and Angel De Cora

Natalie Curtis Burlin, a white ethnomusicologist and composer from New York, and Angel De Cora, a Ho-Chunk artist from Nebraska, were two educated women who lived at the same time period and had a shared interest in the lives of Native Americans. Curtis Burlin was interested in preserving the music of different tribes as it existed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. De Cora was interested in depicting Native Americans as a people whose outward appearance changed as they gradually became assimilated into white culture. In 1907, Curtis Burlin's book, The Indians' Book, which included many illustrations and lettering by De Cora, was published.
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