On This Day

Musicians Born in 1978

  • Jan 1 Tarik O'Regan, British contemporary classical composer (Threshold of Night; Heart of Darkness), born in London, England
  • Jan 3 Kimberley Locke, American pop-dance singer-songwriter and television personality, born in Hartsville, Tennessee
  • Jan 4 Mai Meneses, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (Nena Daconte), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jan 4 Patrick Farrell, American jazz and klezmer accordionist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 6 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian coloratura soprano, born in Manitoba
  • Jan 9 A.J. McLean, American pop singer (Backstreet Boys), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jan 10 Brent Smith, American rock singer (Shinedown), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jan 10 Matt Roberts, American rock guitarist (3 Doors Down - "When I'm Gone"), born in Escatawpa, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • Jan 12 Jeremy Camp, American musician, born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Jan 12 Kris Roe, American musician (The Ataris), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • Jan 17 Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson, British singer-songwriter (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby"), born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
  • Jan 21 Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, American Singer
  • Feb 2 Eden Espinosa, American singer and stage actress
  • Feb 3 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • Feb 10 Don Omar, Puerto Rican singer, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 13 Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist (My Dying Bride), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Feb 14 Dwele [Andwele Gardner], American soul singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 15 Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 19 Immortal Technique [Felipe Coronel], American rapper, born in Lima, Peru
  • Feb 23 Residente [René Pérez], Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13), born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 24 Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 24 John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • Feb 28 Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter, born in Nantes, France
  • Mar 3 Douglas Osmond, American pop vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Provo, Utah
  • Mar 3 Seomoon Tak [Lee Su-jin], Korean rock singer, born in South Korea
  • Mar 3 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • Mar 6 Saukrates [Karl Amani Wailoo], Canadian rapper (Big Black Lincoln), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 10 Ben Burnley, American rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Breaking Benjamin - "Breath"), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Claudio Sanchez, American rock singer, guitarist, and lyricist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Suffern, New York
  • Mar 29 Michael Kaczurak, American singer and actor
  • Mar 31 Tony Yayo [Marvin Bernard], American rapper (G-Unit - "So Seductive"), born in Queens, New York City
  • Apr 4 Lemar Obika, English singer and songwriter, born in Tottenham, London
  • Apr 4 Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer (Dove), born in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Apr 6 Myleene Klass, British pop-opera singer,born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • Apr 6 Martin Mendez, Uruguayan-born bassist (Opeth)
  • Apr 6 Robert Glasper, American jazz, neo-soul, and R&B pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer, born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 6 Armen Nalbandian, Armenian-American jazz pianist, composer, and activist, born in Manchester, England
  • Apr 7 Duncan James, British pop singer (Blue -"If You Come Back"), and actor (Hollyoaks), born in Dorset, England
  • Apr 9 Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club 7), born in Southgate, London
  • Apr 9 Vesna Pisarović, Croatian singer, born in Brčko, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Apr 11 Tom Thacker, Canadian musician (Gob), born in Langley, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 12 Guy Berryman, Scottish bassist (Coldplay), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • Apr 13 Chris Sligh, American singer and Idol finalist, born in Madison, Tennessee
  • Apr 15 Luis Fonsi [Luis López-Cepero], Puerto Rican singer-songwriter ("Despacito"), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 15 Chris Stapleton, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (The SteelDrivers; "Broken Halos"; "Traveller"), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Apr 17 Bilal Abdul-samad, American rocker (Boys), born in Carson, California
  • Apr 21 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • Apr 21 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • Apr 22 Jason Stollsteimer, American singer (The Von Bondies)
  • Apr 26 (Myron) Avant, American R&B singer ("Separated"; "Read Your Mind"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 28 Lauren Laverne [Gofton], British disc jockey, television presenter and punk-pop singer [Kenickie], born in Sunderland, England
  • May 2 Steve Bays, Canadian rock musician (Hot Hot Heat - "In The Middle Of Nowhere"), and record producer
  • May 3 Paul Banks, English-American vocalist (Interpol), born in Clacton-on-Sea, England
  • May 5 Ola Gjeilo, Norwegian composer (Dreamweaver), born in Skui, Norway
  • May 5 Marcus Lewis, American jazz trombonist, composer, arranger, and band leader, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • May 7 Nagash [Stian Arnesen], Norwegian black metal musician (Dimmu Borgir; Troll), born ion Norway
  • May 8 Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer, rapper, and dancer (HOT; JTL), and actor, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • May 11 Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • May 12 Wilfred [Le Bouthillier], Acadian singer, born in Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick
  • May 12 Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume), born in Sopporo, Japan
  • May 15 Zoltan Bathory, Hungarian-born American musician and martial artist (Five Finger Death Punch), born in Szentendre, Hungary
  • May 16 David Ford, English singer-songwriter (Songs for the Road), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • May 16 Jim Sturgess, British actor ("Across the Universe"; "The Way Back"), and singer-songwriter, born in Wandsworth, London, England
  • May 23 Scott Raynor, American drummer (Blink-182, 1992-1998), born in Poway, California
  • May 25 Adam Gontier, Canadian rock singer-songwriter (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • May 26 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • May 26 Jaheim [Hoagland], American R&B singer ("Put That Woman First"), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • May 29 Per "Howlin' Pelle" Almqvist, Swedish musician (The Hives - "Hat To Say I Told You So"; "Walk Idiot, Walk"), born in Fagersta, Sweden
  • Jun 3 Lyfe Jennings, R&B singer-songwriter
  • Jun 6 Carl Barât, English rock singer (The Libertines; Dirty Pretty Things), born in Basingstoke, North Hampshire, England
  • Jun 6 Mariana Popova, Bulgarian pop singer ("Dream About Me"), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Jun 6 Jeremy Gara, Canadian drummer (Arcade Fire), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jun 7 Tony An, Korean K-pop singer and dancer (H.O.T), born in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Jun 9 Matthew Bellamy, British singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Muse - "Uprising"; "Supermassive Black Hole"), born in Cambridge, England
  • Jun 14 The-Dream [Terius Nash], American R&B singer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • Jun 15 RoRo [Romell Chapman], American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 16 Jasmine "Fish" Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer (Courage), born in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Jun 23 Frédéric Leclercq, French bassist (DragonForce)
  • Jun 23 Memphis Bleek, American rapper
  • Jun 24 Ariel Pink [Rosenberg], American hypnagogic pop and chillwave musician and songwriter ("Before Today"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 24 Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen, Finnish symphonic metal guitarist (Nightwish; Brother Firetribe), born in Kitee, Finland
  • Jun 25 Layla El, English dancer, model and 2006 WWE Diva Search winner, born in London
  • Jun 26 Alex Dana, French singer (L5's singer), born in Marseille, France
  • Jun 27 Lolly [Anna Shantha Kumble], British singer ("Viva la Radio"), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England
  • Jun 29 Sam Farrar, Australian-American bassist (Phantom Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 29 Nicole Scherzinger, American singer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jul 4 Stephen McNally, British singer and songwriter (BBMak, 10 Reasons to Live), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jul 7 Misia [Misaki Itō], Japanese singer (Mother Father Brother Sister), born in Omura, Japan
  • Jul 9 Mark Medlock, German pop singer (Now Or Never), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jul 10 Jesse Lacey, American musician (Brand New)
  • Jul 12 Mélanie De Biasio, Belgian jazz singer, composer and flute player (A Stomach Is Burning), born in Charleroi, Belgium
  • Jul 17 Émilie Simon, French singer, born in Montpellier, France
  • Jul 18 Verónica Romeo [Sotoca], Spanish pop singer, born in Elche, Spain
  • Jul 21 Damian Marley, Jamaican musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jul 23 Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer (Yan Zi), born in Singapore
  • Jul 28 Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • Jul 28 Luka Udjbinac, Croatian jazz musician, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Jul 31 Will Champion, British drummer (Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"), born in Southampton, England
  • Jul 31 Zac Brown, American country-rock singer and guitarist (Zac Brown Band - "Toes"; "Knee Deep"), born in Dahlonega, Georgia
  • Aug 1 Dhani Harrison, British musician (In Parallel; Brainwashed), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • Aug 5 Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer (Byzantine Chant)
  • Aug 7 Jamey Jasta [James Shanahan], American metal singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 7 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 8 Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • Aug 15 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot - "The Beautiful Letdown"), born in Lake Arrowhead, California
  • Aug 17 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania), born in Sokndal, Norway
  • Aug 22 Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 23 Julian Casablancas, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 26 Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer and songwriter, born in Isleworth, Hounslow, England
  • Aug 26 Cedric Burnside, American Blues musician and singer-songwriter (I Be Trying), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Aug 28 Jess Margera, American drummer (CKY), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 3 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist and musician (Windir), born in Sogndal, Norway (d. 2004)
  • Sep 6 Cisco Adler, American singer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 6 Tony Thaxton, American drummer (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Sep 7 Adrian [General Austin] Witcher, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Sep 11 Ben Lee, Australian singer-songwriter ("Cigarettes Will Kill You"; "Love Me Like the World Is Ending"), and actor (The Rage in Placid Lake), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 12 Michael Paget, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, South Wales
  • Sep 12 Ruben Studdard, American singer (American Idol, I Need An Angel), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sep 13 Swizz Beatz [Kasseem Dean], American rapper and record producer (Full Surface Records), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 14 Danielle Peck, American country music singer ("Findin' a Good Man"), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Sep 16 Matthew Rogers, American TV host and country singer, born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 20 Patrizio Buanne, Austrian-Italian singer and guitarist, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Sep 20 Sarit Hadad [Sarah Hudadatov], Israeli pop and Mizrahi singer, born in Afula, Israel
  • Sep 27 Brad Arnold, American singer (3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"), born in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • Sep 28 Bushido [Anis Ferchichi], German rapper, born in Bonn, West Germany
  • Sep 29 Kurt Nilsen, Norwegian singer (She's So High, World Idol)
  • Oct 2 Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese J-pop singer-songwriter ("Secret"), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Oct 3 Jake Shears [Jason Sellards], American rock singer (Scissor Sisters), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • Oct 5 James Valentine, American musician (Maroon 5), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct 7 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq), born in Welwyn Garden City, England
  • Oct 8 Mike Moreno, American jazz guitarist (First in Mind), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 9 Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife -"You Raise Me Up"), born in Dublin, Ireland

Usher

Oct 14 Usher [Raymond IV], American singer (My Way, Confessions) and actor, born in Dallas, Texas

  • Oct 14 Justin Brannan, American musician (Most Precious Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 16 Abel Talamántez, American LAtin, pop, and Tex-Max singer (Menudo; Los Super Reyes), born in Pecos, Texas
  • Oct 16 Ethan Luck, American rock musician (The O.C. Supertones; Demon Hunter; Relient K), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 19 Chris Sellers, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 19 Henri "Trollhorn"Sorvali, Finnish heavy metal muscian (Moonsorrow), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Oct 20 Paul Wilson, Scottish bass player (Snow Patrol), born in Kinlochleven, Scotland
  • Oct 22 Ed Droste, American indie-rock singer-songwriter (Grizzly Bear - "Two Weeks"), born in Massachusetts
  • Oct 26 Mark Barry, British pop musician (BBMak - "Back Here"), born in Manchester, England
  • Oct 27 Vanessa-Mae [Vanakorn Nicholson], Singaporean-British violinist and Olympic alpine skier, born in Singapore
  • Oct 27 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2017)
  • Oct 28 Justin Guarini [Bell], American pop singer and actor (American Idol), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Nov 6 Jolina Magdangal, Filipina singer, actress and television host, born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, Philippines
  • Nov 7 Tomoya Nagase, Japanese actor and singer (TOKIO), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Nov 9 Sisqó [Mark Althavean Andrews], American singer (Dru Hill, Unleash the Dragon), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 10 Eve [Jeffers-Cooper], American rapper ("Let Me Blow Ya Mind"), actress (Barbershop films), and television personality (The Talk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 10 Diplo [Thomas Wesley Perez], American record producer and DJ (Major Lazer, LSD), born in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Nov 12 Andrew Kinlochan, English singer and musician (1st openly gay boyband member), born in Hertfordshire
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Fraiture, American rock bassist (The Strokes), born in New York City
  • Nov 16 Carolina Parra, Brazilian musician (CSS), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 18 Andris Nelsons, Latvian conductor (Boston Symphony; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Nov 19 Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz vocalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 20 Ryan Leslie, American hip-hop, neo-soul, and pop singer-songwriter, musician and producer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 20 Freya Lin, Taiwanese singer, born in Taiwan
  • Nov 22 Karen O [Orzolek], American singer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), born in Busan, South Korea
  • Nov 23 Tommy Marth, American rock saxophone player (The Killers, 2008-2010), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2012)
  • Nov 25 Ringo Shiina [Yumiko Shiina], Japanese singer, songwriter and musician (Tokyo Jihen), born in Urawa, Saitama
  • Nov 26 Matthew Taylor, American bassist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Nov 27 Tim Yeung, American heavy metal drummer (Vital Remains; I Am Morbid), born in Rochester, New York
  • Nov 27 Mike Skinner, British singer-songwriter and rapper (The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free), born in Chipping Barnet, London, England
  • Nov 30 Clay Aiken, American pop singer
  • Dec 1 Mat Kearney, American singer and songwriter, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Dec 2 Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer and songwriter (I'm Like a Bird), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Dec 2 Chris Wolstenholme, British musician and bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
  • Dec 3 Trina [Katrina Laverne Taylor], American rapper (Glamorest Life), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 4 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer (Gemilang), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Dec 6 K. D. Aubert, American actress and singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 7 Frankie J. [Francisco Javier Bautista, Jr.], Mexican-American singer (Kumbia Kings), born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Dec 12 Evren Genis, Turkish composer, born in Ankara, Turkey
  • Dec 12 Louis, Korean singer ("Jung Hwa Ban Jum")
  • Dec 13 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone), born in Tokyo
  • Dec 14 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Peresecina, Moldova
  • Dec 14 Martina Filjak, Croatian concert pianist, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Dec 15 Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • Dec 16 Kaine [Eric Jackson], American rapper (Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 17 Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • Dec 23 Esthero [Jenny-Bea Englishman] Canadian dance-rock musician and singer, born in Stratford, Ontario

John Legend

Dec 28 John Legend [Stephens], American EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony Awards winner), piano player; singer-songwriter ("All Of Me"; "Glory"), producer, actor (Jesus Christ, Superstar), and television personality (The Voice) born in Springfield, Ohio

  • Dec 29 LaToya London, American R&B and soul singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 30 Inferno [Zbigniew Promiński], Polish heavy metal drummer (Behemoth), born in Tczew, Poland
  • Dec 30 Tyrese [Gibson], American R&B singer (Tyrese) and actor (Transformers), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 31 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 31 Tom Hamilton Jr., American songwriter, guitarist, producer, and singer (Brothers Past; American Babies; Billy & the Kids), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About 1978

How Old? 43 or 44 years old
Generation: Generation X

Chinese Zodiac: Snake (Jan 1 - Feb 6), Horse (Feb 7 - Dec 31)