The most musically gifted children of musicians have inherited their famous parents' natural abilities, and they've also been able to channel them into some great music. Having a musically talented mother or father doesn't automatically ensure that kids will grow up to be equally as talented. Sometimes, though, they do, and that's what this list is about. Vote for the artists that you believe are truly the most musically gifted, and vote down any artists that you don't think make the cut. Also, feel free to add any great talents whose parents are/were famous musicians, too.
The musicians on this list are the children who show enough promise to get noticed in the industry -- not just because their parents are famous musicians, but because they have enough musical talent that they don't have to just rely on their dad or mom's well-known name.
Some of the musicians on this list have not one, but two famous musical parents. Among them: singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, whose parents are Loudon Wainwright III and the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle. Musician and actor Ben Taylor is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon (his sister, Sally Taylor, is also a musician). Amazingly, none of the famous parents rank among MTV's best voices in music ever, but they don't really do music anymore, do they?
Another interesting observation: Many of the musically gifted kids of famous musicians on this list are the eldest children in their families, including Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash), Natalie Cole (daughter of Nat King Cole), Adam Cohen (son of Leonard Cohen), Nancy Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra) and. Liza Minnelli (daughter of Judy Garland) while others are famous only children like Lisa Marie Presley whose dad Elvis Presley was also an only child.
It's almost possible to compile a separate list of musically gifted children of The Beatles and considering they produced many of the best albums of all time, it's no surprise they'd have talented musical offspring as well. Julian Lennon and his younger half-brother, Sean Lennon (sons of John Lennon), have each enjoyed some success in the music industry. Dhani Harrison, the son of George Harrison, is a gifted musician, singer and songwriter and Paul McCartney's son, James McCartney, has released several EPs in recent years. Zak Starkey, son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, apparently inherited his dad's talents: Starkey has worked as a drummer for Oasis and The Who, among others.And no list of musically gifted children of musicians would be complete without mentioning reggae legend Bob Marley's four talented sons: Ziggy, Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-mani Marley. Impressive legacy, no?
- 1Pop musicDaughter of Judy Garland
Albums: Results, Paris — Palais des Congrès: Intégrale du spectacle, Liza Minnelli, Come Saturday Morning, The Rink (1984 original Broadway cast)
- 2Rock music, Folk musicDaughter of Johnny Cash
Albums: King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac, 10 Song Demo, The Wheel
- 3Adult contemporary music, Pop musicDaughter of Nat King Cole
Albums: Christmas With You, Unforgettable: With Love, This Will Be Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love, Dangerous, Ask a Woman Who Knows
- 4Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soulDaughter of John Raitt.
Albums: Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental, Silver Lining, Longing in Their Hearts
- 5Opera, BalletSon of Leopold Mozart
Albums: Symphony Edition, Classical Anthology, Eternal Classics, Concertos for Flute, Harp and Orchestra (Orchestra: Saint Paul's Philharmonic Orchestra; Flute: Ubaldo Rosso; Harp: Ursula Mazurek; Conductor: Silvano Frontalini)
- 6Vocal jazz, Jazz bluesDaughter of Ravi Shankar
Albums: Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall, New York City, Not Too Late
- 7Outlaw country, Country rockSon of Hank Williams
Albums: Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection, Rowdy, The Almeria Club Recordings
- 8Pop music, Rock musicSon of bandleader Ozzie Nelson
Albums: Rick Sings Nelson, Rudy the Fifth, The Rock 'n' Roll Era: Ricky Nelson: 1957-1972, Best of Ricky Nelson, The Lost '60s Recordings
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- 10New Wave, Pop musicSon of Miles Copeland, Jr., trumpet player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Albums: Kollected Works, Klark Kent: Music Madness From the Kinetic Kid, The Rhythmatist, Orchestralli, The Stewart Copeland Anthology
- 12Rock musicSon of John Lennon
Albums: Sosv1, Mr. Jordan, Valotte, Help Yourself, Photograph Smile
- 13Hip hop music, Synthpop
Albums: Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999, Love Symbol Album, Around the World in a Day
- 14Pop music, Rock musicSon of Frank Zappa
Albums: Music for Pets, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Havin' a Bad Day, Confessions, Automatic
daughter of Mel Tillis
Albums: Just in Time for Christmas, Homeward Looking Angel, Put Yourself in My Place, Greatest Hits, All of This Love
- 16Musical theatre
Son of William Lloyd Webber
Albums: The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (1994 Los Angeles cast), Excerpts from The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar (Highlights 20th Anniversary)
- 17Rock music, Folk musicSon of Tim Buckley
Albums: Grace, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, Songs to No One 1991-1992, Live at Sin-é, So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley
- 18Rock music, Alternative rockSon of George Harrison
Ziggy MarleyReggaeSon of Bob Marley
Albums: Dragonfly, Love Is My Religion, Wild and Free, In Concert, Family Time
- 20Rock music, Alternative rockSon of Bob Dylan
Albums: Seeing Things, Women + Country
- 21Skiffle, Pop music
Albums: Two Sides of the Moon
- 22Blues-rock, Rock music
Albums: Thomas Rhett, It Goes Like This, Something to Do With My Hands, It Goes Like This
- 24Daughter of Brian Wilson
- 25Pop musicDaughter of John and Michelle Phillips
Albums: Naked and Sacred, Naked and Sacred, Naked and Sacred, I Live For You