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Carlos Santana was born in 1947 in Mexico. His father was a mariachi player, and so the young Carlos began following in his father’s footsteps, learning the violin as a child. By the time he was eight, he began guitar lessons, and when the family moved to Tijuana, he began performing in local bars. In the early 1960’s, the Santana family moved to San Francisco, and Carlos finished out his high school education there. Carlos Santana founded the Santana Blues Band in 1...Santana Bio Continue
Shawn Wayans was born in 1971 into one of the most famous families of comedians. As the youngest of the ten Wayans children, Shawn grew up with siblings Keenan, Damon, Marlon, Nadia, and Kim in New York City and joined the family for In Living Color when the ground breaking show premiered in the early 1990’s. Following In Living color, Shawn starred in the television show The Wayans Bros. and then began a career in film with Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While D...Shawn Waynes Bio Continue
Sheena Easton was born in 1959 in Bellshill, in Scotland. She grew up in a working class family and suffered the loss of her father when she was only around ten years old. The family struggled to stay together and provide for the children, but as a teenager, Sheena Easton secured her education with a scholarship to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. While she pursued her studies, she also began singing in local night clubs in the evenings. In 1979, Sheena Easton was ...Sheena Easton Bio Continue
The drummer and singer known as Sheila E was born Sheila Escovedo in 1957. Long before Sheila rose to fame in the 1980’s, mainly for her association with Prince, she studied music in a family filled with percussionists and performers. It was no surprise that Sheila’s talents would set her apart in the world of music, and by the time she was in her twenties she was a percussionist in high demand, performing alongside such notable celebrities as Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, and Mar...Sheila E. Bio Continue
The gospel music singer Shirley Caesar was born in 1938 in Durham, North Carolina. Young Shirley grew up singing for her family and friends when she was still just a child. Her first endeavors at recording began before she was a teenager, and so it’s no surprise that when she was only eighteen she as offered a gig as a member of the Caravans, one of the era’s most successful gospel groups. Caesar stayed with the Caravans until 1966, at which time she launched h...Shirley Caesar Bio Continue
The R&B singer Shirley Murdock was born in 1957. Young Shirley grew up in Toledo listening to gospel music and singing with her local church choir. After she was hired as a backup singer for an R&B group led by Roger Troutman, the two began recording singles together, including the song “Girl, Cut It Out,” which was released in the mid 1980’s. Murdock’s talents garnered her the attention of Elektra Records, which signed her in 1985, in time to release the to...Shirley Murdock Bio Continue
The German producer and DJ Robin Shultz was born in 1987. Shultz recently rose to prominence as the DJ who re-mixed the smash hit single for Lilly Wood & the Prick, “Prayer in C,” but Robin Shultz has also recently released his own debut single, “Waves,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Robin Schulz started his DJ career while he was still a teenager. Within just a few years, barely into...Shock G Bio Continue
The Scottish rock band Simple Minds was formed in 1977 in Glasgow. The group began as the punk band known as Johnny & the Self-Abusers, and became well-known in Scotland, performing frequently at summer concerts and small festivals. But the band eventually split into two sub-groups, with one group forming Simple Minds. With members Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Brian McGee, Derek Forbes, and Mick MacNeil, Simple Minds went on to garner a deal with Arista Records, releasing the deubt albu...Simple Minds Bio Continue
The English pop band Simply Red was established in the mid 1980’s, founded by members Elliot Rashman and Mick Hucknall. The duo came together and began to gather up additional session musicians, bringing David Fryman, Tony Bowers, Fritz McIntyre, Tim Kellett, and Chris Jones into the group. After signing with Elektra in 1985, Simply Red released its debut, “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention),” which garnered significant critical and commercial success. ...Simply Red Bio Continue
David Adkins, better known as “Sinbad,” was born in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Denver, Sinbad entered the US Air Force. While stationed in Kansas, he would frequently visit local bars and clubs to dabble in stand-up comedy, a habit that eventually earned him a dishonorable discharge for repeatedly going AWOL, among other minor offenses. The event motivated Sinbad to pursue his dream of comedy even more, and he began actively competi...Sinbad Bio Continue
Skid Row formed in the late 1980’s in New Jersey when Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo added Scott Hill, Rob Affuso, and Sebastian Bach began playing clubs and bars around the east coast of the United States. When the band was ready, Dave Sabo called in a favor to longtime friend Jon Bon Jovi, who had years ago agreed that if one of the two struck success in the music industry, they’d help the other along. Bon Jovi manager Doc McGhee signed Skid Row and secured a record de...Skid Row Bio Continue
The guitarist and songwriter known as Slash was born in 1965 in Hampstead, London, to creative parents who were already working as visual artists and designers for a number of musicians and actors. As a young child, Slash frequently found himself traveling back and forth to Los Angeles, and upon his parents separation, he found the city to be a refuge where he encountered some of the most creative and inspirational people in the music business. By the early 1980’s, Slash h...Slash Bio Continue
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