Sara Evans was born on February 5, 1971 in Boonville, Missouri. She was raised on a farm, and was the eldest girl of seven children. Music was a part of her life at an early age; by five she was singing every weekend in her family’s band. At age eight, she was struck by an automobile in front of the family home, and both her legs suffered multiple fractures. Recuperating for months in a wheelchair, she continued singing to help pay her medical bills. When she was 16, she began performing at a nightclub near Columbia, Missouri, a gig that lasted two years.
In 1997, Sara Evans was signed to RCA Records and released her debut album, Three Chords and the Truth. The album produced two singles, “True Lies”, the title track, and “Shame About That”. Although all of these singles charted on the Hot Country Songs chart, none reached the Top 40, making this the only album of her career not to produce any Top 40 hits. Sarah Evans has since released five more albums, four compilation albums and twenty three singles. Four of her singles reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Chart.
Creed is a band that was formed in Tallahassee, Florida in 1995. Creed formed after Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti, friends at Florida State University and high school classmates at Orlando’s Lake Highland Preparatory School, decided to form a band, recruiting Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips to complete the quartet in late 1995. In the summer of 1997, Creed released their debut album My Own Prison. It has been certified 6x platinum and is one of the top 200 selling albums of all time in the United States.
They followed it’s success with the release of their second studio album, Human Clay. The album has sold eleven million copies in the US alone according to Soundscan numbers as of January 2008. It has also been certified 6 times platinum in Canada, 5 times in Australia and 7 times in New Zealand. Creed has gone on to release three more albums and have sold over thirty five million albums to date. The band won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the song “With Arms Wide Open” in 2001. The band disbanded in 2004. On April 27, 2009, after months of speculation and rumors, Creed’s official website announced summer tour dates of the United States and plans to record a new album titled Full Circle.
Girls Aloud are a girl group that were created on the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. Girls Aloud consist of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh. In May of 2003 they released their debut album, Sound of the Underground. The album debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart. The album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry on 6 June 2003. It was certified platinum five months later.
A second version of the album was released on 1 December 2003 and charted at #42 in the UK Album Chart. It had several new tracks, including fourth single “Jump” from the film Love Actually’s soundtrack and “You Freak Me Out” from the remake of the 1976 movie Freaky Friday. The album reappeared in the Top 75 on 31 December 2006, charting at #67, and remaining for a further week, giving it a chart run of 20 non-consecutive weeks on the chart. Then in 2004, Girls Aloud released their second studio album, What Will the Neighbours Say?. Since then they have released 3 studio albums, 2 remix albums, 1 compilation album and twenty one singles.
Fabolous is the stage name of John David Jackson. He was born on November 18, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York. While a senior in high school, Fabolous rapped live on DJ Clue’s radio show and on WQHT Hot 97. He began to pursue a rap career late into twelfth grade. In 2001, Fabolous released his debut album Ghetto Fabolous. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 with 143,180 copies sold and had three singles which were all Rhythmic Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100 hits. The singles were “Young’n (Holla Back)”, “Can’t Deny It” and “Trade It All”. Fabolous released his second album Street Dreams on March 4, 2003.
It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 with 185,000 copies sold in its first week. In November of 2004, Fabolous released this third album, Real Talk. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies sold in one week and had just two charting singles, “Breathe” and “Baby”. Fabolous’ final album was released in 2007 and titled From Nothin’ to Somethin’. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 159,000 copies in its first week and 500,000 worldwide. The album has been certified gold for sales of 542,000.
Lenny Kravitz was born on May 26, 1964 in New York City, New York. He is the son of Roxie Roker, an actress known for her character Helen Willis in the 1970s hit television sitcom The Jeffersons, and Sy Kravitz, an NBC television news producer. In 1985, Kravitz’s parents divorced, which had a profound impact on him. His relationship with his father became extremely strained. Kravitz focused on his music to help him get through this period. That year, Kravitz met actress Lisa Bonet backstage at a New Edition concert. Bonet worked on The Cosby Show, the number one rated show on television. They were close friends for two years before falling in love.
Kravitz moved back to New York City where The Cosby Show was produced in 1987, moving in with now girlfriend Bonet. Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet eloped on November 16, 1987, her 20th birthday, in a Las Vegas ceremony. They had a daughter, Zoe Isabella Kravitz, born on December 1, 1988. Lenny Kravitz and Bonet divorced in 1993. Lenny Kravitz has released eight studio albums and 49 singles during his career. As of present, Kravitz has earned three gold albums, two platinum albums, two double platinum albums, and one triple platinum album.
Tom Petty is an American singer and songwriter. He was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida. After working with his early bands, The Sundowners, The Epics and Mudcrutch Tom Petty began his recording career with the Heartbreakers. They released their first album, “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” in 1976. Their second album, You’re Gonna Get It!, marked the band’s first Top 40 album and featured the singles “I Need To Know” and “Listen To Her Heart”.
Their third album, Damn the Torpedoes, quickly went platinum, selling nearly two million copies; it includes their breakthrough singles “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Here Comes My Girl” and “Refugee.” In 1988, Petty became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. The band’s first song, “Handle With Care,” was intended as a B-side of one of Harrison’s singles, but was judged too good for that purpose and the group decided to record a full album, “Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1”. Tom Petty has since released seven more albums with the Heartbreakers and has produced three solo albums. On February 3, 2008, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed at the Super Bowl XLII Halftime show.
DJ Tiesto is the stage name of Tijs Michiel Verwest. He was born on January 17, 1969 in Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands. In 2001 he released his first solo album In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career as well as his remix of Delerium’s “Silence” featuring Sarah McLachlan which exposed him to more mainstream audiences. He was crowned the “World’s No.1 DJ” 3 consecutive times by DJ Magazine from 2002 through 2004. On 6 April, 2004 Tiesto released his second studio album entitled Just Be.
The album features BT, Kirsty Hawkshaw, and Aqualung on vocals. There is also a remake of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The album’s singles were Love Comes Again, Traffic, Just Be (the title track), and Adagio for Strings. Just after releasing his second studio album Just Be in 2004, at the Summer Olympics he performed live at the opening ceremony in Athens, Greece becoming the first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympics Games. DJ Tiesto has since released two more studio albums which include Parade of the Athletes in 2004 and Elements of Life in 2007. DJ Tiesto is currently working on his next studio album which as of now doesn’t have a title.