Female Italian-American Singers of the 21st Century
By: Liz Flynn
Some of the top singing talents in America who have achieved international success are, in fact, of Italian heritage. Here are five of the most successful singing sensations of the 21st century.
Madonna’s real name is the very Italian sounding Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. She was originally a dancer before embarking on a singing career. Her first Top Ten hit was ‘Borderline in 1984 and this was the start of a successful career in music that has spanned four decades. She has also had a career in the movies and written children’s books. She has released 83 singles, 13 promotional singles, thirteen studio albums, five compilation albums, four live albums, three soundtrack albums, four remix albums, eleven extended play albums and 21 box sets. She has received many awards during her music career.
Lady Gaga is a controversial figure who has become just as well known for her wacky fashion sense and bizarre behavior as her talent for singing and music. Her real name is Stefanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She already showed musical talent at the age of ten when she began playing the piano but didn’t launch her singing career until she recorded her first songs in 2005. Her debut album was launched in 2008.
Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook and has a multiracial heritage. Her father is African-American and her mother is of Italian, Scottish and Irish descent. Since 2001, she has released six albums and completed seven concert tours. However, she made her debut in the performing arts as an actress when she first appeared on The Cosby Show in 1985.
Demi Lovato is a singer, songwriter, model, author, philanthropist and actress who began her career in the limelight as a child actress in Barney and Friends. In 2008, she gained prominence as a performer when she starred in Camp Rock and released ‘This Is Me’, her debut single. She has released 16 singles and 9 albums.
Ariana Grande-Butera began her career on Broadway in the musical ‘13’. However, it was her recording of the soundtrack ‘Music from Victorious’ that propelled this singer and actress into the limelight. Following this, she signed a recording contract and released ‘Yours Truly’, her debut studio album, in 2013. She released two further albums in 2014 and 2016.