On This Day

Musicians Born in 1981

  • Jan 6 Mike Jones, American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 10 Brian Joo, Korean-American K-pop and R&B singer ("Fly to the Sky"), born in Absecon, New Jersey
  • Jan 11 Jamelia Niela Davis, English singer, born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 11 Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 13 Jason James, Welsh heavy metal bassist (Bullet for My Valentine, 2003-15)
  • Jan 14 Rosa López, Spanish pop singer, born in Láchar, Spain
  • Jan 15 Pitbull [Armando Christian Perez], American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 15 Howie Day, American singer, born in Bangor, Maine
  • Jan 16 Nick Valensi, American rock guitarist (The Strokes), born in New York City
  • Jan 17 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • Jan 21 Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • Jan 21 Andy Lee, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Jan 22 Willa Ford [Amanda Lee Williford], American pop singer, and actress, born in Ruskin, Florida
  • Jan 25 Toše Proeski, Macedonian pop-rock singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)

Alicia Keys

Jan 25 Alicia Keys [Cook], American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, and pianist ("Girl On Fire"; 'No One"), born in NYC, New York

  • Jan 26 Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan Spanish conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Jan 29 Jonny Lang, American blues musician, born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • Jan 29 Álex Ubago, Spanish-Basque pop-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (¿Qué pides tú?), born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Jan 30 Josh Kelley, American musician, born in Augusta, Georgia

Justin Timberlake

Jan 31 Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter ("Can't Stop The Feeling!"; "Sexyback"), and actor (Friends With Benefits) born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Feb 3 Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • Feb 6 Jens Lekman, Swedish musician, born in Angered, Sweden
  • Feb 8 Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
  • Feb 9 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) Huntington Beach, California (d.2009)
  • Feb 10 The Rev [James Owen Sullivan], American musician (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Feb 10 Natasha St-Pier, Canadian pop singer, born in Bathurst, New Brunswick
  • Feb 11 Kelly Rowland, American singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 15 Matt Hoopes, American rock guitarist (Relient K), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Feb 15 Olivia Longott, American hip-hop and R&B singer (G-Unit), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 18 Kamasi Washington, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 19 (Mary) Beth Ditto [Patterson], American rock singer (The Gossip), and actress, born in Judsonia, Arkansas,
  • Feb 19 Vitas [Vitaly Grachev], Russian operatic-pop singer (Opera #2), born in Daugavpils, Latvian SSR (now Latvia)
  • Feb 20 Chris Thile, American folk and progressive bluegrass mandolin player, songwriter (Nickel Creek; Punch Brothers), and broadcaster (Live From Here), born in Oceanside, California

Josh Groban

Feb 27 Josh Groban, American singer ("You Raise Me Up"), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Mar 3 Kim Yoo-Jin (Eugene), South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 3 Sung Yu Ri, South Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 3 Tobias Forge, Swedish heavy metal singer (Ghost), born in Linköping, Sweden
  • Mar 4 Carol Banawa, Filipino singer and celebrity
  • Mar 4 Donny Tourette [Patrick Brannan], British punk rock singer (Towers of London), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 5 Zach Williams, American Christian rock musician (There was Jesus), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Mar 11 Russell Lissack, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • Mar 11 LeToya Luckett, American singer (ex-Destiny's Child)
  • Mar 11 Paul Wall, American rapper
  • Mar 14 Mei-Ting Sun, Chinese concert pianist, born in Shanghai, China
  • Mar 15 Young Buck [David Brown] American rapper, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 16 Danny Brown [Daniel Sewell], American rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 18 Jang Nara, Korean singer and actress
  • Mar 22 (Shawn) Mims, American rapper (This Is Why I'm Hot), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 26 Jay Sean [Kamaljit Singh Jhooti], British pop, Bhaṅgṛā, and R&B singer, born in London, England
  • Mar 26 Anaïs Mitchell, American singer-songwriter and playwright (Hadestown - 2019 Tony for Best Musical), born in Vermont
  • Mar 27 JJ Lin, Chinese singer (Music Voyager), born in Singapore
  • Mar 29 Megan Hilty, American actress and singer (Wicked), born in Bellevue, Washington
  • Mar 29 P.J. Morton, American singer-songwriter and musician (Maroon 5; Gospel According to PJ), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 1 Hannah Spearritt, British pop singer (S-Club7), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • Apr 3 Aaron Bertram, American ska trumpeter (Suburban Legends, 1998-2005), and children's music educator (Kids Imagine Nation), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Apr 5 Mariqueen Maandig (Rezner), Filipino-American singer, songwriter, and musician (How to Destroy Angels; West Indian Girl), born in The Phillippines
  • Apr 10 Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten), born in Liverpool
  • Apr 13 Justyna Danczowska, Polish concert pianist, born in Krakow, Poland
  • Apr 17 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer, born in Lappeenranta, Finland
  • Apr 26 Ms. Dynamite [Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley] English musician, born in Archway, North London
  • Apr 26 Caro Emerald [Caroline van der Leeuw], Dutch singer ("On A Night Like This"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Apr 27 Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese pop singer ("I'm In Love (The Whistle Hit)": "Somebody Sent Me An Angel"), born in Floriana, Malta
  • May 1 Daniel Letterle, American actor (Camp), and singer, born on Northfield, Ohio
  • May 3 Farrah Franklin, American singer (former member of Destiny's Child), born in Los Angeles, California

Craig David

May 5 Craig David, English singer (7 Days, Insomnia), born in Southampton, Hampshire

  • May 6 Matthew Leone, bassist of Madina Lake
  • May 6 Nathan Leone, lead singer of Madina Lake
  • May 6 Mark O'Connell, American drummer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • May 8 Björn Dixgård, Swedish rock guitarist and singer (Mando Daio), born in Falun, Sweden
  • May 12 Kentaro Sato, Japanese television, video game, classical, and choral composer (Requiem Pacis - Requiem of Peace), and conductor, born in Hamamatsu, Japan

Rami Malek

May 12 Rami Malek, American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

  • May 14 Sarbel [Michael Maronitis], British-Cypriot pop singer ("Se Pira Sovara"), born in London, England
  • May 17 Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
  • May 18 Vincent Houdijk, Dutch jazz vibraphonist and bandleader (VinnieVibes), born in The Netherlands
  • May 19 Nate Cole, American singer
  • May 20 Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter (“Fight Song”), born in New York City
  • May 21 Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer, born in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany
  • May 23 Gwenno Saunders, Welsh dancer and singer (The Pipettes)
  • May 26 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • May 26 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer
  • May 26 Isaac Sladen, American vocalist, pianist, and songwriter (The Fray - "How To Save A Life"; "You Found Me"), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • May 27 Özgür Çevik, Turkish pop singer (Star Academy), and actor, born in Ankara, Turkey
  • May 28 Adam Green, American anti-folk singer-songwriter, born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • May 30 Devendra Banhart, Venezulan-American singer-songwriter (Cripple Crow), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 1 Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter, born in Ravensdale, Washington
  • Jun 4 William Barton, Australian didgeridoo player, and composer (Kalkadunga) born in Mount Isa, North-West Queensland, Australia
  • Jun 5 Sebastien Lefebvre, Canadian rock guitarist (Simple Plan - "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 8 Alex Band, American singer (The Calling - "Wherever You Will Go"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 9 Vic Zhou, Taiwanese pop singer (F4), actor (Meteor Garden; Home), and model, born in Yilan, Taiwan
  • Jun 9 Anoushka Shankar, British-Indian sitar player, composer, and daughter of Ravi Shankar, born in London, England
  • Jun 10 Hoku, American singer and actress
  • Jun 12 John Gourley, American musician, singer, and songwriter (Portugal. The Man), born in Wasilla, Alaska
  • Jun 15 Billy Martin, American guitarist and songwriter (Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless), born in Annapolis, Maryland,
  • Jun 16 Ben Kweller, American singer/songwriter
  • Jun 21 Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist (The Killers- "Mr. Brightside"; "Human"), born in Henderson, Nevada
  • Jun 22 Chris Urbanowicz, British rock guitarist (The Editors, 2002-12), born in Aslockton, England
  • Jun 28 Michael Crafter, Australian musician (I Killed The Prom Queen), born in Perth, Australia
  • Jul 7 Synyster Gates, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jul 12 Adie [Adrienne Camp], South African contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter (The Benjamin Gate), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jul 14 Yomi [Jun Chiba], Japanese rock vocalist (Nightmare), born in Ōsaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jul 19 Didz Hammond, British bassist and backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things; The Cooper Temple Clause), born in Reading, England
  • Jul 21 Blake Lewis, American musician (American Idol), born in Redmond, Washington
  • Jul 21 Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress, born in Hackney, London, England
  • Jul 21 Romeo Santos, American Bachata singer-songwriter (Aventura), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jul 23 Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41 - "In Too Deep"), born in Ajax, Ontario
  • Jul 31 Ira Losco, Maltese singer (Walk on Water), born in Sliema, Malta
  • Jul 31 Matthew Sanders, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Aug 1 Ashley Parker Angel, American pop singer (O-Town), and actor, born in Redding, California
  • Aug 4 Marques Houston, American R&B singer (Immature-IMx) and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 5 Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress (47 Ronin), born in Toshima, Japan
  • Aug 6 Leslie Odom Jr., American actor and singer (Hamilton), born in New York City
  • Aug 8 Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and songwriter
  • Aug 8 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • Aug 8 Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer
  • Aug 10 Natsumi Abe, Japanese pop singer (Dream Morning Musume), born in Muroran, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • Aug 11 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Aug 11 Sandi Thom, Scottish born singer
  • Aug 18 Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K), born in Eustis, Florida
  • Aug 21 Collie Buddz [Colin Patrick Harper], American reggae and dancehall artist ("Come Around"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 24 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Aug 26 Nico Muhly, American contemporary classical composer, born in Vermont

Beyoncé Knowles

Sep 4 Beyoncé Knowles, American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, producer and actress (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 4 Lacey Sturm, American rock singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • Sep 6 Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong Cantopop singer, born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 7 Paul McCoy, American rock vocalist (12 Stones), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • Sep 8 Alex Lofoco, Italian jazz-fusion bassist, born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 8 Etsuko Tajima, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 11 Charles Kelley, American country singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Augusta, Georgia

Jennifer Hudson

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American Academy and Grammy Award-winning actress (Dreamgirls; Respect) and singer ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor, born in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 14 Ashley Roberts, American singer (Pussycat Dolls - "Don't Cha"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Sep 17 Jonathan Radtke, American rock guitarist (Kill Hannah)
  • Sep 19 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • Sep 22 Adam Lazzara, American singer (Taking Back Sunday), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • Sep 22 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • Sep 23 Natalie Horler, English-German singer (Cascada - "Evacute The Dancefloor"), born in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
  • Sep 24 Diana Rotaru, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Sep 25 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian [Flores], American actress (Grandfathered), and singer (A.M. To P.M.), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 28 Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • Oct 2 Toro [Alvan Guo Yi Jun], Taiwanese pop singer (Energy)
  • Oct 4 Juka, Japanese singer
  • Oct 5 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • Oct 8 Ruby [Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq], Egyptian singer ("Do You Know Why") and actress (The Baby Doll Night), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Oct 9 Andrea Tarrodi, Swedish classical composer (Zephyros; Stellar Clouds), born in Stockholm
  • Oct 13 Kele Okereke, Nigerian-English musician (Bloc Party), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 15 Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer, born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 25 Jerome "Romeo" Jones, American singer (Food for Thought), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Austin John Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 26 Guy Sebastian, Malaysian-born Australian singer ("Angels Brought Me Here"), born in Klang, Malaysia
  • Oct 31 Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, Pencey Prep; founder of Skeleton Crew), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • Nov 1 LaTavia Roberson, American pop and R&B singer (Destiny's Child, 1990-99 - "Say My Name"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 7 Anthony Moffat, Scottish musician, writer and filmmaker, born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • Nov 16 Allison Crowe, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Nov 17 Sarah Harding, British pop singer (Girls Aloud - “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine), born in Ascot, England (d. 2021)
  • Nov 18 Giancarlo "Gian" Magdangal, Filipino pop singer and stage actor, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Nov 20 Kimberley Walsh, English pop singer (Girls Aloud - "The Promise"), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • Nov 20 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), born in Selkirk, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • Nov 22 Ben Adams, English singer
  • Nov 24 Morgan James [Grunerud] American Broadway actress, singer and songwriter (Hunter; The White Album), born in Boise, Idaho
  • Nov 26 Natasha Bedingfield, British singer (Unwritten), born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
  • Nov 26 Anıl Eraslan, Turkish jazz and classical cellist, and composer (Sert Sessizler), born in Burdur, Turkey
  • Nov 29 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor, born in Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Dec 1 Marcus Johnson, American jazz keyboard and piano player, born in Columbus, Ohio

Britney Spears

Dec 2 Britney Spears, American popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U"), born in McComb, Mississippi

  • Dec 4 Andreas Polyzogopoulo, Greek jazz trumpet player (Heart Of The Sun), born in Samiko, Greece
  • Dec 10 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • Dec 11 Zacky Vengeance [Baker], American rock guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Olympia, Washington
  • Dec 13 Amy Lee [Hartzler], American singer and songwriter (Evanescence), born in Riverside, California
  • Dec 15 Najoua Belyzel, French singer
  • Dec 16 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian pop singer (Nu Virgos), and actress, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • Dec 17 40 Cal. [Calvin Alan Byrd], American rapper, born in Harlem, New York City
  • Dec 20 Chris Edwards, British rock bassist (Kasabian), born in England
  • Dec 21 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Dec 23 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia
  • Dec 24 Dima Bilan, Russian actor & singer-songwriter, born in Ust-Dzheguta, Russia
  • Dec 27 Javine [Dionne Hylton], British singer (Surrender, Touch My Fire), born in London, England

About 1981

How Old? 39 or 40 years old
Generation: Millennial

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Jan 1 - Feb 4), Rooster (Feb 5 - Dec 31)