Faith Hill: An Inspiration to All There are many great entertainers across the nation. Each one of these entertainers has something about them that makes them great in their own way. Faith Hill is a model of an ideal entertainer because of her great success as a country singer and her admirable life outside of her career. “Faith Hill was born Audrey Faith Perry on September 21, 1967, in Jackson, Mississippi” (“Hill, Faith”). She was only a few days old when Ted and Edna Perry adopted her (Hinman 15).
Selena Quintanilla is a role model now and when she was alive. She inspires young women and especially young latino women to be the best selves they can be no matter how hard it is.Selena Quintanilla was a Latino singer that rose to fame in 1992 when she finally heard one of her songs on the radio. She also recorded an English album that attracted her many more American fans. Without her family know of this would have been possible. Even though Selena died young she still had a memorable life.
Billie’s boyfriend at this time was trumpeter, Joe Guy, with him she started using heroin. Her drinking and drug use intensified after her mother passed away in 1945. Even though Billie was suffering from these personal problems, she remained a major star in the Jazz world and in popular music. In 1947 she appeared in a film, New Orleans, along with Louis Armstrong. In her later years, her lifestyle was starting to take a toll on her voice.
The band was forced to disband with World War II taking place, and Fitzgerald became a solo artist singing bebop (“Ella Fitzgerald Tribute”). This was the height of the singer’s career when she focused only on singing. Ella Fitzgerald became known as “The First Lady of Song,” and won many awards, including 13 Grammys and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Oliver). Fitzgerald was so talented and a bright singer who never failed to bring warmth to her audience. She would sing a sad song in a sweet tone that brought smiles to her listeners (Gourse 30).
Baker can remembered as an outstanding dancer and a civil rights activist who paved the way for African American women. June 3, 1906, in St. Louis,Carrie McDonald and Eddie Carson brought a new life into the world . Baker had made herself famous, but it all had to start somewhere. Josephine had a rough childhood. Baker grew up without a father and lived in poverty.
Benjamin started her singing career singing at nightclubs, community dances and other social events. Powerful women figures like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald influenced her sound as a musician. Other very influential people in Benjamin’s life include Duke Ellington and Abdullah Ibrahim, her husband who she had a child with. Following the Sharpeville massacre, Benjamin and her husband Ibrahim lived in New York, raising both money and awareness for the anti-apartheid cause (Chinen, 1). Benjamin is in the history books as one of the greats alongside Billie Holiday because of the way she told stories using her voice and a microphone.
The Embodiment of Poetry "Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri"("Maya Angelou Biography" 1). "Maya and her brother, Bailey, moved to Stamp, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother after their parents divorced." "While living in Stamps, she faced racial discrimination that was the legally enforced way of life in the South, but she also absorbed the deep religious faith and old fashioned courtesy of traditional African American life." "Her brother, Bailey was unable to pronounce her name as a young child so he called her "My" as in "My sister." "After a few years, he started calling her "Maya" when he read about the Maya Indians."
Marian was born into a poor family, she started singing in church. She quickly was discovered and became very famous, which led her to being the first black singer to perform with New York’s Metropolitan Opera and very first American-born classical singer (Teachout 1-2). Even though she came from a turbulent background, she came back and led a successful life in her singing career. The color of your skin does not define you, Marian Anderson made sure that others knew that, by breaking the bonds of black history in
Amy has always been encompassed in music, surrounded by uncles on her mother’s side that were jazz musicians, her father, a former singer, and her grandmother was once in a relationship with Ronnie Scott, a jazz musician. By the time Winehouse was 12, she was enrolled in the esteemed Sylvia Young Theatre School, where a fellow classmate passed along a tape of her singing to his music label, which eventually led to Winehouse getting signed to Island/Universal. That same year, “Winehouse was expelled for ‘not applying herself’ and piercing her nose”(Biography.com 1). Winehouse’s professional career began when she released her first album, “Frank”, in 2003. For this, “the album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize as well as two BRIT awards for Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Act.
Maya Angelou was born in 1928 which was a time when segregation was very real. To make matters worse, her parents got divorced early on. At the time of the divorce, she was only two, so of course this event influenced her greatly. She went to live with her uncle and grandmother. Her brother came too.
Her father was no longer around for her anymore but her mother was. When she was a teen she helped her mom earn money by working in a local drug store. She ended up dropping out of school. Wally Fowler came to her town and she made it backstage. She impressed Wally and he gave her a chance to audition for Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Country singer Lynn Anderson has died at the age of 67. Anderson enjoyed a long career both as a country singer and cross-over artist. She had her first solo hit in 1967, while signed as an artist with Chart Records. The song was Ride, Ride, Ride, an upbeat song written by Anderson’s mother Liz Anderson. Though Ride, Ride, Ride was a popular tune, Anderson experienced worldwide success with her 1970 mega-hit Rose Garden, which eventually became her signature song.
Then there was Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk who met their career demise in the early nineteen forties. But Williams, in continuing to outdo herself, also outdid these heroes of her time in several crucial respects: she played better in her sixties than she ever did, reaching an artistic fulfillment in the nineteen-seventies that was due to the triple coincidence of external circumstances of the music world, those of her personal life, and those of her own creative evolution (The New Yorker). I admire Mary Lou Williams’s strength, persistence and talent, what did in her era was monumental. Being a woman. African-American, composing and arranging music; as well as leading a band was not a common thing back in her time.
In November of 1990, Nancy Yanes’s life changed when she was finally immigrating to America. Nancy, an immigrant from Sayopango, El Salvador, arrived to the US only knowing a few of her family members, with no understanding of the language, and didn’t have any money to support herself on her own. Nancy left behind a life of poverty and crime-ridden neighborhoods to reunite with her parents and younger brother. Nancy Yanes’ mother, Rosina Guerrero had to leave her children behind and come to America illegally. It took her 8-9 years to be able to get the legal document to bring her two children; Nancy and her sister, into the U.S. Rosina believed “a small sacrifice now would mean a huge benefit later.” Life in El Salvador was extremely dangerous.
Since losing the family business there was no income and Selena and her siblings singing was their only income, Selena lost many days of school because of the band and she dropped out after finishing 8th grade. She eventually earned her GED in 1989. Selena was recognized by freddie label and her career went uphill from there. She has won over 60 awards from 1983-1995 and she gave much of her money to charities. She was a spokesperson for battered women and also made a shelter for battered women, she also supported the D.A.R.E association, and raised awareness for HIV/AIDS to finance research.