Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was raised in a working class family and they had little money so they moved from place to place frequently. His family was religious and Elvis was raised to have a strong faith in God. He attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents, where gospel music became an important influence for him. Elvis received his first guitar as a gift from his mother on his 11th birthday in 1946 and a few years later he won a talent show at Humes High School in Memphis.
The Houston’s family had moved to East Orange right after the 1967 the Newark riots. She and her two older brothers were raised in a Christian environment. Cissy motivated her daughter to improve on her musical skills. By the age of 11 Whitney had already been performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist
The following year she released another album which was called “Amor Prohibido” that also went gold. With these achievements, this made Selena the first women to achieve huge success in Tejano and the first Tejano artist to win a Grammy award and have albums go gold. After achieving so much success in Tejano music Selena wanted to crossover to American music. She started recording the album “Dreaming of you” but sadly she did live to see her album success. Selena was murder on March 31, 1995.
She then went on to winning her first Oscar for best-supporting actress while playing in “Barber Shop 2”. Queen Latifah later created her talk show “The Queen Latifah Show.” She also played an outstanding role in “Set It Off” as Cleo. Queen Latifah changed the way everyone looked at black women who rapped. She then later became one of the many faces of “CoverGirl”. She became a voice for black women who were not yet seen in the music industry.
In need of capital to expand the Sun label, Sam Phillips sold Presley's contract to RCA in late 1955 for 35,000 dollars. During the early years of his music career Elvis song many songs that were in that time considered black music. “Legend has it that Presley was the white boy singing black music that Sam Phillips was seeking in order to make a fortune” (Elvis Presley). This caused a huge eruptions in his fans because he was drawing in both white and African American youth to his songs. Because of the explosion of fans he had Elvis became one of the most loved and admired artist at the
Ella’s first big break was when Chick Web hired her to sing in his band in 1935. She recorded her first album with Chick and her first hit. At age twenty she reached number one in national charts for the song, "A-tisket, A-tasket" recorded with Chick. He fostered her talent and was, essentially, the reason for her fame. Her fame would not have been possible without Chick being her mentor.
This was a major accomplishment for her because not many blacks, at the time, won awards like she did. Many people would say that being black is bad but this one Scandinavian read about a concert that Anderson was putting on and said “Ah, a Negro singer with a Swedish name! She is bound to be a success in Scandinavia”. Anderson was putting her name on the map. Because this Scandinavian liked her voice, he encouraged his friends to hear her as well;they liked her voice too and she became very famous and popular in the Scandinavian territories.
The world has seen many talented singers and composers throughout history. Some have had much success, some limited success, and others no success. Shirley Caesar as a gospel artists has merited success in her career because of her love for God, her passion for music, and her hard work, commitment, and dedication in pursuing her dream as an artist. Today she has become a musical legend that will be a part of the world’s legacy. According to encyclopedia.com, “Shirley Caesar is a famous gospel singer whose singing career started in church at an early age as she sang with her family.
Although Rhapsody in Blue was noted by most biographers as his most famous production, he had composed many other pieces that are anticipated to never be forgotten. The first song George ever published was, “When You Want ‘Em You Can’t Get ‘Em”. This song as well as many to follow are what sparked the initial conditions he needed for his name to become attention grabbing, especially to Broadway luminaries. One of the most popular years for George, prior to Rhapsody, was experienced in 1919 when his hit song “Swanee” and show La, La Lucille were both performed. The song premiered in the musical Sinbad which quickly sold more than two-million recordings.
Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song”, was a singing sensation and the most famous female jazz vocalist of all time. She is famous for several quotes but the quote that stands out and means the most to me says, “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” Ella proved this quote to be true because she endured many struggles throughout her lifetime but she never let it stop her from doing what she loved most, and that was singing. Singing gave Ella joy and comfort. She also used her struggles and memories to assist her in expressing her emotions while performing. Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, VA on April 25, 1917.
Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport, Virginia. She had a troubling childhood as she was growing up. Her parents separated shortly after her birth leaving her with no father. As a way to express herself, she turned to singing. Ella’s fame and success started when she was discovered in an amateur singing contest.
Her mama was a schoolteacher and her daddy was also a world champ steer roper. She made her singing debut in first grade Christmas play. In Third grade, she was asked to sing at the Kiowa High School Graduation. Reba sang in her group with her brother and sister as The Singing McEntires. In 1974 she was singing at The National Rodeo Finals when Red Steagall heard her singing and signed her to mercury records in 1975.
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey. She grew up singing gospel music as a young girl in her church choir with family members, and with her mother, the choir director. It was ordained that she would be a singer when she grew up. At the age of 15, Whitney was trying to capture a record deal of her own. While she tried to acquire a record deal, she was discovered by a photographer.