When it comes to the music industry, Houston has produced numerous best-selling performers throughout the years. Many of them would even become global household names, regardless of their genre and style. These are five of the most iconic musicians from our beloved hometown.
It is safe to say Beyonce Knowles-Carter, famously known as Beyonce, is one of the brightest singers in the world. Born in Houston on September 4, 1981, her songs are no stranger on the global charts.
She attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Montrose and participated in a talent show circuit in Houston. Her exceptional singing skills drew the interest of California-based R&B producer Arne Frager and the rest is history.
2. DJ Screw
Robert Earl Davis Jr, better known by his stage name DJ Screw, was an American Hip Hop artist. People call the late rapper "The Originator" as he was famous for the creation of the “chopped and screwed” mixing technique. Former Texas governor Rick Perry even made him an official Texas Music Pioneer.
3. Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett is a four-time Grammy award winner with several chart-topping albums and singles. The singer-songwriter is a jack of all trades when it comes to artistry. His diverse portfolio made him a household name in the music and film industry. Because of his contribution, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Houston.
4. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff has put herself on the map as a singer despite being initially known for her acting role as Lizzie McGuire. The mother of three was born and raised in Houston. She is best known for her pop-rock elements in her songs. Her second studio album "Metamorphosis" had sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.
5. Clint Black
Clint Black gained massive success through his debut album "Killin' Time", which produced four number-one singles. He was born in New Jersey on February 4, 1962, but spent most of his childhood in the Houston suburb of Katy. Black was named Male Vocalist of the Year in the 1990 Country Music Association Awards.