Here are the best artists and bands from South Carolina. Particularly known for its influences in the bluegrass, country, R&B, rock, and jazz genres, the Palmetto State has produced a number of memorable acts over the decades. It is also the birthplace of beach music, so if you have ever boogied while hanging out with your friends on the shoreline, then you can thank South Carolina. The best musical artists from South Carolina come from all over the state, but they have all entertained audiences with their talent.
James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, was born in Barnwell but later moved to Georgia when he was still a child. South Carolina is also the state where Hootie & the Blowfish. Singer Darius Rucker and lead guitarist Mark Bryan met when they attended the University of South Carolina. Many bands have similar stories, and some other big bands that got their start in the state include Band of Horses, Crossfade, and The Marshall Tucker Band. Other popular South Carolina artists include Eartha Kitt, Jeezy, Carolina Liar, and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty.
Have you ever thought about who the most famous musical artists from South Carolina are? You will definitely see some big names on this list that come from a range of decades. After you read through them, vote for the singers and bands you like best.
Albums: Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish, Fairweather Johnson, Musical Chairs, Kootchypop"Hootie" is a nickname for the following people: Hootie Ingram (born 1933), former Clemson... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Live at the Apollo, Star Time, Funky Christmas, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag, I Got YouJames Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Carolina Christmas, Where We All Belong, Beyond the Horizon, The Marshall Tucker Band, Searchin' for a RainbowThe Marshall Tucker Band is an American rock band from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Noted for... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Charleston, SC 1966, Back to Then, True Believers, Learn to LiveDarius Carlos Rucker (born May 13, 1966) is an American singer and songwriter. He first gained... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Best of Chubby Checker: Cameo Parkway 1959-1963, You Just Don't Know (What You Did to Me) / Two Hearts, Rosie / Lazy Elsie Molly, 20 Twistin' Hits, Limbo Rock / Let's Limbo Some MoreChubby Checker (born Ernest Evans; October 3, 1941) is an American rock 'n roll singer and... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Everything All the Time, Cease to Begin, Mirage Rock, Tour EP, Infinite ArmsBand of Horses is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. The band... more on Wikipedia
Albums: That Bad Eartha, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Purr-fect: Greatest Hits, I Love Men, Purrfect: The Ultimate CollectionEartha Kitt (born Eartha Mae Keith, January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Night in Tunisia, The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Four, Jazz at Massey Hall, Sonny Side Up, Giants of JazzJohn Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Misguided Roses, Messenger, The Austin Sessions, Honor Among Thieves, Far From OverEdwin McCain (born January 20, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His songs... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, The Inspiration, The Recession, Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, Hood PoliticsJay Wayne Jenkins (born September 28, 1977), known professionally as Jeezy (formerly Young... more on Wikipedia
Toro y MoiIndie pop, Synthpop
Albums: Anything in Return, June 2009, Underneath the Pine, Causers of This, FACT Mix 219: Toro y MoiChaz Bear (born Chazwick Bradley Bundick; November 7, 1986), known professionally as Toro y... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Heat, Daylight, Rivers in the Wasteland, The Outsiders, Live Horses EPNeedtobreathe is an American Christian rock band from Seneca, South Carolina. The band is... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Vertigo, Magazine, The Licorice Tea Demos, Between the Dim and the Dark, BuzzJump, Little Children was a band formed in 1991 in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Crossfade, Falling Away, We All Bleed, Cold, ColorsCrossfade is an American rock band originating from Columbia, South Carolina. Their current... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Call of the Wild, Read Between the Lines, What This Country Needs, You've Got to Stand for Something, Tool BoxAaron Dupree Tippin (born July 3, 1958) is an American country music artist and record... more on Wikipedia
Albums: ...Something to Be, A New York Christmas, Cradlesong, ...Something More, This Is How a Heart BreaksRobert Kelly Thomas (born February 14, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, record... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Hard 2 Love, Love Like Crazy, A Woman Like You, I Don't Dance (Single), Hard to LoveLee Brice (born Kenneth Mobley Brice, Jr., June 10, 1979) is an American country music singer... more on Wikipedia
Albums: A Gangster and a Gentleman, The Id, Instant Vintage, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: StreetsoulAngie Stone (born Angela Laverne Brown; December 18, 1961) is an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
Albums: The Shepherd's Dog, The Creek Drank the Cradle, Our Endless Numbered Days, Kiss Each Other Clean, In the ReinsIron () is a chemical element with symbol Fe (from Latin: ferrum) and atomic number 26. It is... more on Wikipedia
- 20The Sparkletones were an American rock and roll/rockabilly group from Spartanburg, South... more on Wikipedia172
Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
Peabo BrysonUrban contemporary, Adult contemporary music
Albums: Born To Love, A Whole New World, Through the Fire, Straight From the Heart, AnthologyPeabo Bryson (born Robert Peapo Bryson; April 13, 1951, given name changed from "Peapo " to... more on Wikipedia
Albums: Coming to Terms, Wild Blessed Freedom, DrownCarolina Liar is an American alternative rock band. Lead vocalist Chad Wolf is originally from... more on Wikipedia
The Explorers ClubPop rock, Rock and roll
Albums: Freedom Wind, Oblitus Sum Perpolire Clepsydras EP, The Explorers Club EPThe Explorers Club are a Pop rock band from the coast of South Carolina. They are a 6 man band... more on Wikipedia
- 24Augustus "Gus" Aiken (July 26, 1902 in Charleston, South Carolina – April 1, 1973 in New York... more on Wikipedia152
Albums: The Early Years: Demos 1993-1997, Eternal Bond, Back From the Grave, Do It Again, StalkerThe Independents are a horror-punk/ska band from Florence, South Carolina, USA.