3 Doors Down & 15 Other Music Artists From Mississippi
3 Doors Down has joined forces with Daughtry for a 19-city trek across the United States. Opening for the co-headliners will be nu metal superstars P.O.D. 3 Doors Down begins their tour on Nov. 17 in Tunica, Mississippi with their ninth annual “The Better Life Foundation Concert.” The mission of the foundation, which the band founded, is to improve the lives of children.
Tunica seemed like a strange place to begin a concert tour until I learned 3 Doors Down is from Mississippi (Escatawpa to be exact). Initially, I thought it was odd that a big-time rock band came from Mississippi until I did some research. I soon found out that the southern state has produced a lot of big-time artists.
I told a friend what I had found and she agreed it was odd but suggested that the music industry was a great way to escape the poorest state in the union. Regardless, I continued my extensive research and eventually found several prominent musicians born in Mississippi. They didn’t always stay but they began their life in Mississippi all the same. Below are 15 of the state’s most notable musicians and singers.
1. Lance Bass
Lance Bass was born in Laurel and grew up in Ellisville. He sang bass in a little group known as ‘N Sync. He joined the boy band after getting a call from Justin Timberlake. Bass was one of the youngest and most famous singers to publically acknowledge his homosexuality.
Today, this Mississippian is best known for her acting (Moesha, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Drop Dead Diva), but she released her first studio album in 1993 when she was just 15 years old. As of 2012, Brandy Norwood has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
3. Jimmy Buffett
It’s hard to believe but Margaritaville began in Mississippi. Jimmy Buffett was born on Christmas Day, 1946 in Pascagoula. He didn’t stay in the state for long as his family moved to Alabama. Jimmy Buffet’s name maybe synonymous with the beach but he was born in a landlocked state.
4. Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley, and the previously mentioned Brandy, were both born in McComb. Like many on our list, Diddley didn’t stay in Mississippi for long. He moved to Chicago when he was six. His claim to fame is inventing “The Bo Diddley Beat,” a rhythm that changed rock and roll.
5. Faith Hill
Country music superstar Faith Hill was born in Ridgeland and raised in the town of Star (how prophetic)—both are near Jackson, Mississippi. Hill has sold more than 40 million albums during her career and is married to a fellow country music star, Tim McGraw. He’s from Louisiana.
6. Howlin’ Wolf
Howlin’ Wolf’s real name is Chester Arthur Burnett. He was named after U.S. President Chester A. Arthur. Born in White Station, Wolf was an opposing figure who stood six foot, three inches tall. He was a seminal figure in the history of blues music and a pioneer of electric blues.
7. Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson entered the world in May of 1911 in Hazlehurst. The enigmatic guitarist died when he was just 27. Although his discography is small he practically invented the genre of the “Mississippi Delta Blues.” Bottom line, Johnson is one of the most influential artists of all-time.
8. Albert King
Albert King is literally one of the “Kings” of blues guitar (along with Freddie King and our next entry). The “Velvet Bulldozer” was born in Indianola, Mississippi but grew up in Arkansas. His most important work is the album Born Under A Bad Sign (1967).
9. B.B. King
While Albert King is one of the “kings,” B.B. King is the “king” of the blues. Born in Itta Bena, King is ranked sixth on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all-time. He’s an extremely popular musician who still performs 100 shows a year despite being in his late 80s.
10. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley is our third “king” in-a-row. The “King of Rock and Roll” was born Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee when he was 13. His first single, “Heartbreak Hotel,” dropped in 1956. The rest as they say is history.
11. LeAnn Rimes
Like many on our list, LeAnn Rimes was born in Mississippi (Star to be exact) but moved out of the state while very young. In her case, she was six and she moved to Texas. The country music crooner hit it big when she was just 13 years old. Today, she’s more of a celebrity than a singer.
12. Britney Spears
Britney Spears was born in McComb. Her family stayed there long enough for Britney to have a cup coffee… or because she was an infant at the time, a cup of formula. Britney grew up in Louisiana but landed her first professional show business job in New York City.
13. Conway Twitty
Born in Friars Point, Conway Twitty’s family relocated to Arkansas when he was just ten. Twitty was best known for his duets with Loretta Lynn and his 40 number one country singles. That was a record until it was broken by George Strait in 2006.
14. Muddy Waters
Oddly enough, the so-called “Father of Modern Chicago Blues” was born in Mississippi. Waters said he was born in Rolling Fork but historians believe he first greeted the world in Issaquena County. Both the band and the magazine were named after Waters’ song “Rollin’ Stone”
15. Tammy Wynette
The “First Lady of Country Music” was born in Tremont and then raised in Itawamba County. She’s best known for her song “Stand by Your Man” and for her marriage to George Jones. She was a huge country music star in the 1970s alongside Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.
3 Doors Down & 15 Other Music Artists From Mississippi