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Alice Cooper was born in 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. When Cooper was a teenager, he formed his first band, the Spiders, in 1965, which eventually changed names to the Nazz. Alice Cooper released singles with the band under this name, until 1968, when the band’s name also changed to Alice Cooper. Alongside Mike Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Glen Buxton, and Neal Smith, Alice Cooper moved to California, where Frank Zappa signed the band to his label. Pretties for You, the Alice Coop...Alice Cooper Bio Continue
With a career reaching across nearly three decades, Amy Grant has demonstrated her wide-reaching talent and appeal. Earning six Grammies in a variety of categories and selling more than thirty million albums is just the tip of the iceburg for a woman who is one of the few Christian artists to be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Starting with Age to Age (1982), the platinum selling album with the hits “Every Heartbeat,” “Baby, Baby,...Amy Grant Bio Continue
The American gospel singer Andrae Crouch was born in 1942 in California. Crouch was raised in a working-class family, and was greatly inspired by his father’s own street ministry, often taking him to prisons and hospitals to serve those most in need. After joining a local church as its pastor, the senior Mr. Crouch brought young Andrae along and encouraged him to learn to sing in the church choir. Regular piano lessons followed, and soon young Andrae found himself immersed in gospel ...Andraé Crouch Bio Continue
Andrew Dice Clay was born in 1957 in Brooklyln, New York, into a working class family. He showed a talent for comedy early on in life, regularly entertaining his family with living room stand-up routines even before he began elementary school. In addition to his penchant for comedy, he also played the drums, but his success as a comedian eclipsed any aspirations he might have had as a musician. Clay began performing around New York comedy clubs in the late 1970’s, eventual...Andrew Dice Clay Bio Continue
The American jazz and R&B singer Angela Bofill was born in 1954 in New York. Angela’s earliest work as a performer was with the Harlem Chorus, until a chance meeting with executives from GRP Records led to her first record deal in the mid 1970’s. Bofill’s debut album, Angie, was released in 1978 to critical and commercial acclaim, and spawned the hit singles “Under the Moon and Over the Sky” and “This Time I’ll Be S...Angela Bofill Bio Continue
The R&B artist Angela Winbush was born in 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri. Angela rose to fame in the early 1980’s as part of the duo known as Rene & Angela, but long before that time, as a child she learned to sing in her local family church. Initially with aspirations to become an architect, Winbush enrolled at Howard University, but he love of music and her desire to sing deterred her focus and she switched her major to music. Eventually, Angela be...Angela Winbush Bio Continue
Anita Baker was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1958, and grew up in Detroit. Her childhood was filled with the influence of singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, and by the age of twelve, Anita Baker was singing in a gospel choir. At the age of sixteen, she was singing with local bands, and in 1975, Anita Baker auditioned for one of Detroit’s most popular acts, Chapter 8. She joined the group, and a few years later, in 1982, Otis Smith contacted Anita Baker and offered ...Anita Baker Bio Continue
The American gospel and R&B singer Ann Nesby rose to fame in the early 1990’s as part of the group Sounds of Blackness. The group won multiple Grammys in the earlier part of the decade and gave audiences the hits “The Pressure,” “Soul Holiday,” “Optimistic,” and “I Believe.” Nesby released her own debut solo album, I’m Here For You,” in 1996, launching her own career as a singer and actress. I’m Here For...Ann Nesby Bio Continue
After the Eurythmics dissolved in 1991, Annie Lennox proved herself to be a true survivor, establishing a solo career that was even more successful than the Eurythmics. Born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland, while still a teenager Annie Lennox earned a scholarship to the famed Royal Academy of Music in London. She chose to leave school before completing, and by the late 1970’s, Annie Lennox had encountered Dave Stewart, a guitarist, through a friend. Stewart invited Annie ...Annie Lennox Bio Continue
Anthrax was founded in 1981 by Danny Lilker and Scott Ian. The band became known as one of the most important thrash metal groups if the 1980’s, alongside contemporaries such as Metallica and Slayer. Innumerous changes to the lineup has brought in many new members, but Scott Ian has remained with the group since its foundation and remains with them today. Anthrax’s debut album, Fistful of Metal, was released in 1984 and for the rest of the decade, Anthrax...Anthrax Bio Continue
The American actor Armande Assante was born in 1949 in New York. Assante grew up in a household filled with the arts; his mother was a poet and music teacher and father was a painter and artist. Assante developed a talent and appreciation for acting when he was a teenager, and by the early 1970’s, he’d garnered a number of roles on television soaps, including roles on The Doctors and How to Survive a Marriage. Assante’s major screen debut was ...Armand Assante Bio Continue
Arturo Sandoval was born in 1949 in Cuba. Young Arturo fell in love with jazz and the trumpet while he was still a teenager, and studied the instrument classically until he was drafted into the military in the early 1970’s. Although his years in service disrupted an ability to launch a career as a musician, Sandoval continued to practice and play and in the late 1970’s he formed the band Irakere and caught the attention of Columbia Records. Although Arturo recorded w...Arturo Sandoval Bio Continue
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