Here are the best artists and bands from North Carolina. North Carolina has a long tradition of old-timey music. The state produced many country musicians at the turn of the 20th century, but that does not mean North Carolina has slowed down in the slightest in recent years. Many chart-topping artists were either born or raised in the Old North State. With so many to choose from, it can be tough to determine who the best musical artists from North Carolina are, but this list will certainly try.
One noteworthy fact about the state is that it has produced many successful contestants on American Idol. Fantasia, Clay Aiken, and Kellie Pickler all came from the state and made their way to superstardom on the hit TV show. A lot of famous rock bands, such as Ben Folds Five, Sylvan Esso, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise, also got their early starts in North Carolina. Talent is just bursting at the seams in the state, and these examples barely scratch the surface. Other popular North Carolina artists include J. Cole, Fred Durst, Luke Combs, and R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo.
This list of North Carolina musical artists has singers, rappers, and bands from all genres. No matter what you like to listen to, you will find someone on this list you are a fan of. Vote for the acts you like best.
Albums: Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights, Cole World: The Sideline Story, The Come Up, + more
Albums: I and Love and You, Emotionalism, A Carolina Jubilee, Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions, Mignonette, + more
Albums: The Very Best of Nina Simone, Nina Simone Sings the Blues, At Carnegie Hall, Nina Simone and Piano, Nina Simone at Newport, + more
Albums: A Love Supreme, My Favorite Things, Giant Steps, Blue Train, Ascension, + more
Albums: Precious Memories, Bound for The Promised Land, Absolutely the Best, Shouts the Blues and Old-Timey Songs, Just as I Am: 30 Favorite Old Time Hymns, + more
Albums: Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon, Homesick Heroes, Simple Man, + more
Albums: Stand by Me, Anthology, Seven Letters, 3 for 3, Supernatural, + more
Albums: Whatever and Ever Amen, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, Naked Baby Photos, + more
Albums: An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends, Full Circle, Wind in the Wire, + more
Albums: Carolina, Caught in the Act, Sinners Like Me, The Outsiders, Chief, + more
Albums: Daughtry, Baptized, Leave This Town, Leave This Town: The B-Sides, Outta My Head, + more
Albums: Kellie Pickler, Small Town Girl, The Woman I Am, 100 Proof, Tough, + more
Albums: Misterioso, Monk's Dream, Monk's Music, Solo Monk, The Chronological Classics: Thelonious Monk 1947-1948, + more
Albums: See You Tonight, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, Scotty McCreery – American Idol Season 10, Clear as Day, For Once In My Life (American Idol Performance), + more
Albums: Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel, Strange Little Girls, Under the Pink, Scarlet's Walk, + more
Albums: Fantasia, Free Yourself, Side Effects of You, Back to Me, I Believe, + more
Albums: Back to the Future: The Very Best of Jodeci, The Show, The After Party, The Hotel, Diary of a Mad Band, + more
Albums: Railroad Bill, Etta Baker With Taj Mahal, Banjo
Albums: Nick Cannon, Can I Live?, Gigolo, Child of the Corn, Stages, + more
Albums: Betty Davis, Nasty Gal, Betty Davis Hangin' Out in Hollywood, They Say I'm Different, Is It Love or Desire, + more
Albums: Heartbreaker, Gold, Love Is Hell, Jacksonville City Nights, Cold Roses, + more