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The Best Musical Artists From Georgia  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Wyoming or groups formed in Georgia.

Here are the best artists and bands from George. The Peach State is also the birthplace of some of the world's greatest musicians. From country and rap to pop and R&B, this list explores the most famous musical artists from Georgia. 

While Kanye West is widely recongized as an artist from Chicago, the Grammy-winning rapper and producer was actually born in Atlanta, Georgia. Other popular Atlanta rappers include Migos, OutKast, Future, T.I., and 21 Savage. Many country music stars, like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, were also born in Georgia. 

Vote up the best Georgia muscial artists, and any other singers, rappers, musicians, or bands who deserve to be on this list.  

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music
Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the ...more
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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more
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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Southern soul, Soul blues, Rock music
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a ...more
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Chloe x Halle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
R&B, Indie pop, Soul
Chloe x Halle (stylized as CHLOE X HALLE) is an American contemporary R&B duo made up of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey (born July 1, 1998 and March 27, 2000 respectively). Sister duo Chloe ...more
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Cindy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
New Wave, Alternative rock
Cynthia Leigh Wilson is a vocalist, songwriter and a founding member of new wave rock band The B-52s. She was born in Athens, Georgia.
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Justin Guarini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
Justin Guarini is an American singer/songwriter and actor who rose to fame in 2002 as the first runner-up on the debut season of the television show American Idol.
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Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country, Neotraditional country
Alan Eugene Jackson is an American singer, songwriter and musician, known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 15 ...more
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Luke Bryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country
Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan is an American country singer-songwriter. Luke Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. After ...more
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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular ...more
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Jason Aldean is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Country rock, Country
Jason Aldine Williams, known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American country music singer. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has recorded for Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has ...more
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Dem Franchize Boyz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Snap music
Dem Franchize Boyz was a Southern Rap group from Atlanta signed to E1 Music. The group had four members: Parlae, Pimpin', Jizzal Man, and Buddie.
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Kaki King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock
Kaki King is an American guitarist and composer. King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar, and ...more
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Sleepy Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Sleepy Brown Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Patrick "Sleepy" Brown is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Savannah, Georgia. He is one-third of the successful Atlanta-based production team of Organized Noize, ...more
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Tinsley Ellis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues
Tinsley Ellis is an American blues and rock musician, who grew up in southern Florida.
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Tionne Watkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Tionne Tenese Watkins, better known by her stage name T-Boz, is an American singer, songwriter, model, dancer, actress, author, and executive producer. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Watkins rose to ...more
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Vanessa Briscoe Hay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Vanessa Briscoe Hay New Wave, Rock music, Folk rock
Vanessa Briscoe Hay is an American singer for the Athens, Georgia bands Pylon and Supercluster.
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Bill Doss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Indie rock
Bill Doss was an American rock musician. He co-founded The Elephant 6 Recording Company in Athens, Georgia and was a key member of The Olivia Tremor Control. Following the band's break-up, he ...more
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Brooks Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Jazz, Blues
Brooks Williams is an American acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter. His style combines roots, jazz, blues, classical, and folk. He has released some albums consisting of contemporary folk ...more
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Kristen Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Folk rock, Country
Kristen Alyson Hall is an American folk rock singer/songwriter and a founding member of the country music group Sugarland. She had a solo career and released several albums, formed the country ...more
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Nivea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
Nivea B. Nash, who performs under the mononym Nivea, is an American singer whose recordings reached the Billboard charts during the early 2000s. Nivea is known most for her singles "Don't ...more
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Robin Finck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Industrial rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock
Robert John "Robin" Finck is an American guitarist. He is one of only a few artists who has played in two different bands listed on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock": ...more
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Rozonda Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
Rozonda Ocelean "Chilli" Thomas is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality who rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of group TLC, one of the ...more
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Linda Hopper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Pop punk, Pop rock, Power pop
Linda Elizabeth Hopper is the vocalist for the Atlanta, Georgia-based rock group Magnapop. Her pop punk/power pop vocal style helped to define the band's sound and she has co-written their minor ...more
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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music
Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American recording artist, songwriter, businesswoman, humanitarian and author. A four-time Grammy Award-winner, she is best ...more
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Zac Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Georgia
Zac Brown is the lead singer and guitarist of the band, Zac Brown Band.