Virginia Musicians


    Virginia is the home of great musical talent.

    Which do you know and love?


    Missy Elliott 

    Missy Elliott - songwriter, producer, arranger, talent scout, record mogel - was born in Portsmouth and continues to live in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. She is considered the top female hip-hop artist of all time.

    Dr. Ralph Stanley 

    Dr. Ralph Stanley - The success of the movie, O Brother Where Art Thou is credited to the old timey music, particularly the music by Stanley and his brother, the late Carter Stanley - I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow and O, Death! Visit the Ralph Stanley Museum and learn more about this living legend!

    Dave Matthews - He formed The Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville in 1991. They became very popular with the college crowd at the University of Virginia. The band continues to live in Albemarle County but is touring and recording most of the time.


    Kevin Michael "Toby" McKeehan - tobyMac hails from Fairfax and was first known for being one of the dc Talk trio that rose to prominent Christian music fame. He has released four solo albums since departing from dc Talk in 2000, and received a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album in 2009.

    Timothy Z. Mosley - Timbaland is a music producer/songwriter/rapper born and raised in Norfolk. He has worked closely with fellow Virginian Missy Elliott. He is one of the highest paid musicians according to a 2007 Forbes article, "Hip Hop Cash Kings."


    Mary Chapin Carpenter 

    Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter now lives in Northern Virginia. Her most recent album, Between Now & Gone, features 12 self-penned songs.

    The Neptunes - Chad Hugo & Pharrell Williams 

    The Neptunes - Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo grew up and still live in Virginia Beach, considered a "Hip-Hop Hotbed," and became The Neptunes, today's most successful hip-hop production team.

    The Statler Brothers - They paved the way for group performers in country music. Although they retired from touring in 2002, they still perform and enjoy meeting their fans at The Statler Brothers Gift Shop in Staunton.

    Chris Brown - This Tappahannock (Chesapeake Bay) native had overnight success when his first album included what would be a #1 single in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. "Run It," propelled Brown's debut album to #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 155,000 copies in the first week of sales.

    Wayne Henderson 

    Wayne C. Henderson - National Heritage Award musician and instrument maker who lives in Rugby, Va., Henderson has performed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of "Masters of the Steel-String Guitar," and in seven nations of Europe, Asia and Africa. Meet him at the Wayne C. Henderson Festival every June.

    David Lowery - Co-founded the band Cracker, the only band to open for the Grateful Dead as well as for the Ramones. Cracker's latest album, Countrysides, features nine tracks and a 20-minute Quicktime movie. He founded Sound of Music Recording Studio in Richmond.

    Jason Mraz - Mechanicsville native Jason Mraz is a diverse musician touching on pop rock, acoustic and alternative rock.

    Trey Songz - A military "brat" whose family eventually settled in Petersburg, Trey Songz is a grammy-nominated Atlantic Records recording artist belting out R&B hits.

    Bruce Hornsby - Residing in Williamsburg, Hornsby continues to reach new audiences with his avant-garde pieces.

    Elliott Yamin - A top three American Idol finalist from Richmond, Yamin released his debut album in March 2007.

Last Updated: 3/26/2012 11:39 AM
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