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The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi  

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

Here are the best artists and bands from Mississippi. A largely rural state primarily known for the massive river bearing the same name, the Magnolia State has a rich history dating back to the founding of this country, and that legacy only becomes more storied when taking into account all of the notable musicians who have come from this great state. This the list of the most famous musical artists from Mississippi, and they are as varied and eclectic as the state itself. 

Numerous blues and country acts have come from Mississippi. Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker are just some of the names that put the state on the map. However, various rock and pop acts have also come out of Mississippi. Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi. Before she took the world by storm, she sang in her local Baptist church. Little did all those people sitting in the pews know they were watching a future global superstar before their very eyes. Other popular Mississippi artists and groups include Elvis Presley, Rae Sremmurd, Diplo, and The Band Perry.

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

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Gene Kelton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Americana, Blues-rock, Rockabilly
Mean Gene Kelton is an actor.
2
Jim Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Pop music, Country
James Dexter "Jim" Weatherly is an American singer-songwriter. Weatherly played quarterback at the University of Mississippi before choosing songwriting over a football career.
3
Crossin' Dixon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Country, Southern rock
Crossin Dixon is an American country music and Southern rock group signed to the independent Stoney Creek Records label. It was founded by Jason Miller, Michael Bole, Brandon Hyde and Charlie ...more
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Kim Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Country
Kim Hill is a contemporary Christian music singer. Aside from her career as a Grammy Award-nominated and GMA Dove Award-winning solo artist, she has also sung background vocals on projects by ...more
5
Red Roots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Red Roots Christian country music, Bluegrass, Southern Gospel
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Jimmy Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Chicago blues, Blues
James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He was generally considered a part of the "West Side Sound" of Chicago ...more
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Joyce Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Joyce Kennedy
Joyce Kennedy is a member of the musical group Mother's Finest.
8
Cassandra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Folk music, Jazz, Country
Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as "a singer blessed with an unmistakable ...more
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Mississippi Sheiks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Country
The Mississippi Sheiks were a popular and influential American guitar and fiddle group of the 1930s. They were notable mostly for playing country blues, but were adept at many styles of popular ...more
10
Colour Revolt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Alternative rock, Indie rock
Colour Revolt is an American rock band from Oxford, Mississippi.
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Steve Forbert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Americana, Folk music
Samuel Stephen "Steve" Forbert is an American pop music singer-songwriter. He is best known for his song "Romeo's Tune", which reached No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 ...more
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George Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
George Henry Jackson was an American blues, rhythm & blues, rock and soul songwriter and singer. His prominence was as a prolific and skilled songwriter; he wrote or co-wrote many hit songs ...more
13
David L. Cook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Gospel music
David L. Cook is an American Christian country music singer-songwriter, comedian and a multiple Emmy and Telly Awards winner. Born to Donnell and June Cook, David is the oldest of six children. ...more
14
Jimi Jamison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock
Jimmy Wayne "Jimi" Jamison was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He had previously been a member of the platinum-selling rock band Survivor. He was also a member of the ...more
15
Jesse Winchester is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
James Ridout "Jesse" Winchester was an American musician and songwriter who was born and raised in the southern United States. Opposed to the Vietnam War, he moved to Canada in 1967, ...more
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Andrew Wood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Glam metal, Rock music, Grunge
Andrew Patrick Wood was an American musician best known as the lead singer for alternative rock bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood was also known for his androgynous aesthetical ...more
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Furry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Country blues, Delta blues
Walter E. "Furry" Lewis was an American country blues guitarist and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. Lewis was one of the first of the old-time blues musicians of the 1920s to be ...more
18
Paul Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock
Paul Lavon Davis was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompassed soul, country, and pop music. ...more
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Shelly Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Country
Shelly Fairchild is an American music recording artist. Signed to Columbia Records in 2004, she released her debut album Ride in early 2005. It produced the single "You Don't Lie Here ...more
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Zora Young is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Zora Young Blues
Zora Young is an American blues singer. She is a distant relative of Howlin' Wolf. Young's family moved to Chicago at age seven and sang gospel at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church. As an adult ...more
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Pearl River is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Pearl River Country
Pearl River was an American country music band composed of Jeff Stewart, Chuck Ethredge, Joe Morgan, Derek George, Ken Fleming, and Bryan Culpepper. Signed to Liberty Records in 1993, the band ...more
22
Little Freddie King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Electric blues, Texas blues
Little Freddie King is an American Delta blues guitarist. His style was based on Freddie King, although his own approach to country blues is original.
23
Michael Grimm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Michael Grimm Soul music, Blues
Michael Joseph Grimm is an American singer/songwriter and winner of the fifth season of America's Got Talent.
24
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more
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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Mississippi
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall ...more