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The Best Musical Artists From Maryland 

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Updated March 3, 2020 1k votes 138 voters 6.8k views 103 items

List Rules Only artists born or raised in Maryland or bands formed in Maryland.

Here are the best artists and bands from Maryland. Home to many unique animals and flora as well as beautiful landscapes, the Old Line State also has a great local music scene. Many Maryland musical artists have broken out into the mainstream over the decades, so you may just see the next big band or singer. 

Toni Braxton, one of the most famous soul R&B artists of all time, was born in Severn, Maryland. She actually got her start performing with her sisters in a group called The Braxtons, which earned her attention from some music industry big wigs who wanted to take her solo. On the opposite end of the musical genre spectrum, Frank Zappa was born in the state, too. He was a prolific yet controversial artist who initially hailed from Baltimore. Other popular Maryland artists and bands include Logic, Good Charlotte, Sisqo, and Animal Collective.

Vote up the best Maryland artists, and feel free to add any other musicians, rappers, singers, and bands with Maryland roots.

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Rock music, Experimental rock & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3, Apostrophe (’) [The Old Masters, Box Three], + more

Labels: DiscReet Records, Verve Music Group, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Rykodisc, Barking Pumpkin Records, + more

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form ...more

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Torch song, Ballad & Swing music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Lady in Satin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport, The Best of Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday Sings, Lady Sings the Blues, + more

Labels: Aladdin Records, Decca Records, Commodore Records, Verve Music Group, Brunswick Records, + more

Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her ...more

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Logic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

Albums: Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Young Sinatra (Undeniable), Young Sinatra

Labels: Def Jam Recordings

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (born January 22, 1990), known by his stage name Logic, is an American rapper. He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He has amassed a large Internet ...more

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Good Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

Albums: The Young and the Hopeless, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, The Chronicles of Life and Death, Good Charlotte, Good Morning Revival, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Epic Records, Daylight Records, Capitol Records

Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland, that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden, ...more

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Snowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart, The Heat, Toni Braxton, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Blackground Records, LaFace Records, Geffen Records, Arista Records

Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. In the late 1980s she began ...more

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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage ...more

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All Time Low is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

Albums: Put Up or Shut Up, Don't Panic, So Wrong, It's Right, The Party Scene, + more

Labels: Emerald Moon Records, Hopeless Records, Interscope Records

All Time Low is an American rock band from Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Gaskarth, lead ...more
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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: New Wave, Worldbeat & Experimental music; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: Strange Mercy, Rei Momo, Love This Giant, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Big Love: Hymnal, + more

Labels: Thrill Jockey, Sire Records, Luaka Bop, Nonesuch Records

David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and ...more

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Mario is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Electronic dance music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Turning Point, Mario, How Do I Breathe, D.N.A., Mario's fourth album, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, EMI, J Records, RCA Records

Mario Dewar Barrett (born August 27, 1986), known mononymously as Mario, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and model. He is known for his singles "Just a Friend" (2002) and ...more
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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Piano rock, Dark cabaret & Electronic dance music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel, Strange Little Girls, Under the Pink, Scarlet's Walk, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Republic Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Rhino Entertainment, + more

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos, August 22, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Having already begun ...more

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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Indie rock, indie folk & folk rock; Nationality: American

Albums: Fear Fun, Pure Comedy, God's Favorite Customer, I Love You, Honeybear

Labels: Sub Pop, Yer Bird, Wester Vinyl, Bella Union

Joshua Michael Tillman (born May 3, 1981), also known as Father John Misty and previously J. Tillman, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and record producer.

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Jada Pinkett Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Jada Pinkett Smith (born September 18, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and businesswoman. She began her acting career in 1990, with a guest appearance on ...more

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Sisqó is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Thong Song, Unleash the Dragon, Return of Dragon, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Sisqó, Sisqo, + more

Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Dragon Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Universal Music Group

Mark Althavan Andrews (born November 9, 1978), better known by his stage name Sisqó (stylized as SisQó), is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and ...more

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Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Swing music, Big band & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Portrait of Cab Calloway, Minnie the Moocher, Mr. Minnie the Moocher, The Chronological Classics: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1931-1932, Hi-De-Ho, + more

Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer, dancer, and bandleader. He was associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, ...more
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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Urban contemporary, Hip hop music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are), Ridin', The Best of Me, Moodring, Fear of Flying, + more

Labels: Manhattan Records, Motown Records, Universal Motown Records, Interscope Records

Mýa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), known mononymously as Mýa, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. Born into a musical family, before entering the ...more

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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Blues-rock, Heartland rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: 1+1, Nils Lofgren, All Out, Cry Tough, Gone Crazy, + more

Labels: MCA Records, Rykodisc, A&M Records, Columbia, Capitol Records

Nils Hilmer Lofgren (born June 21, 1951) is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he has been a member of ...more

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Dru Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

Albums: Dru Hill, Enter the Dru, In My Bed, InDRUpendence Day, Dru World Order, + more

Labels: Island Records, Def Jam Recordings

Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire included soul, hip hop soul and gospel music. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland, and active since 1992, ...more
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Beach House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

Albums: Teen Dream, Bloom, Devotion, Beach House, iTunes Session EP, + more

Labels: Bella Union, Carpark Records, Sub Pop

Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally. Their self-titled debut album was ...more

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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Opera, Classical music & Contemporary classical music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Music in Twelve Parts, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Hours, Metamorphosis, "Heroes" Symphony: From the Music of David Bowie & Brian Eno, + more

Labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Elektra Records, Sony Classical Records, Nonesuch Records, Virgin Records

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. Glass's work has been described as minimal ...more

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Tamar Braxton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Urban contemporary, Pop music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Tamar, Love and War, Winter Loversland, The One, Love and War, + more

Labels: Universal Republic Records, Epic Records, DreamWorks Records, Casablanca Records

Tamar Estine Herbert (née Braxton, born March 17, 1977), is an American singer, actress and television personality. Braxton began her career in 1990 as a founding member of The Braxtons, ...more

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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christina Milian, Best Of, AM to PM, It's About Time, So Amazin', + more

Labels: Murder Inc Records, MySpace Records, Island Records, Young Money Entertainment, Def Jam Recordings, + more

Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian (), is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Maryland, Milian ...more

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Root Boy Slim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Root Boy Slim And The Sex Change Band With The Rootettes, Don't Let This Happen To You, Root 6, Dog Secrets

Labels: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Ichiban Records, I.R.S. Records, Warner Bros. Records

Root Boy Slim (July 9, 1944 – June 8, 1993) was the stage name assumed by American musician Foster MacKenzie III. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina but raised in Washington, D.C.'s ...more
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Spank Rock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland

Albums: YoYoYoYoYo, Bangers & Cash, FabricLive 33: Spank Rock, Sweet Talk, Rick Rubin, + more

Labels: Downtown Records, Big Dada

Naeem Juwan, better known by his stage name Spank Rock, is an American rapper and songwriter from Baltimore. He rose to fame with his 2006 album YoYoYoYoYo, which was produced by former group ...more
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Joel Madden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Pop punk, Alternative hip hop & Dance-punk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: City of Sin

Labels: Epic Records

Joel Rueben Madden (né Combs; March 11, 1979) is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, as well as a record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. ...more

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Haddaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Maryland
Genre: Synthpop, Pop music & Electronic music; Nationality: Germany

Albums: What Is Love, Haddaway, My Face, Collectors Edition - The Drive / Let's Do It Now, The Drive, + more

Labels: Coconut Records, Arista Records, Razor & Tie

Nestor Alexander Haddaway (born 9 January 1965) is a Trinidadian-born German vocalist and musician best known for his 1993 hit single "What Is Love".