10 Famous Singers From Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, the Steel City, has been the launchpad for stars like Christina Aguilera, Wiz Khalifa, and Perry Como, each leaving a unique stamp on their respective genres. Here, we explore these artists’ distinct contributions to the music landscape.

1. Christina Aguilera

Pop icon Christina Aguilera first honed her impressive vocal range in Pittsburgh where she spent her early years before skyrocketing to global stardom. Aguilera’s journey from local talent to international superstar was marked by a string of hit songs, leading her to become a coach on The Voice and earning her multiple Grammy Awards for her outstanding musical contributions.

2. Wiz Khalifa

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Rap artist Wiz Khalifa remains deeply rooted in his Pittsburgh origins, an influence most notably celebrated in his breakout hit “Black and Yellow,” which has become an anthem for the city. Alongside his chart-topping success, Khalifa has established an influential presence in the music industry with his label Taylor Gang and continues to produce work that resonates with fans globally.

3. Mac Miller

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Hip-hop artist Mac Miller began his ascent to fame from the vibrant neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, bringing a distinctive style that left an indelible mark on the music scene. His albums, including the critically acclaimed “Blue Slide Park” and “Swimming,” reflect his journey, with numerous nods to the city that shaped his artistic identity.

4. Billy Porter

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Broadway star Billy Porter drew upon his Pittsburgh upbringing to fuel a career that spans theater, television, and music, leading him to receive critical acclaim and a host of accolades. Known for his Tony-winning role in “Kinky Boots” and his groundbreaking character in the television series “Pose,” Porter has also earned an Emmy Award, solidifying his status as a versatile and pioneering artist.

5. Jackie Evancho

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Jackie Evancho captured hearts across the nation with her angelic voice as a young classical crossover singer on “America’s Got Talent.” Her successful run on the show launched an illustrious career, making her one of the youngest artists to achieve global recognition in the realm of classical music.

6. George Benson

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Jazz guitarist George Benson traces his musical beginnings back to the cultural tapestry of Pittsburgh, where he first played in the smoke-filled jazz clubs. His prodigious talent propelled him from the local scene to international acclaim, cementing his legacy as a Grammy winner with his virtuosic skills and smooth vocals.

7. Anti-Flag

Punk rock band Anti-Flag emerged from Pittsburgh’s vibrant music scene, channeling the city’s gritty energy into a career punctuated by fierce political activism. Their brand of punk music serves as a mouthpiece for social justice, echoing their strong political messages throughout a career that continues to inspire and provoke.

8. Bret Michaels

Rising from the streets of Pittsburgh, Bret Michaels, the iconic frontman of the rock band Poison, went on to conquer the music world with his band’s high-energy anthems. His fame extended beyond rock music as he later became a well-known figure on reality TV, showcasing his versatility and charisma off-stage.

9. Gene Kelly

Pittsburgh native Gene Kelly brought his athletic and innovative dance style from the city’s streets to the bright lights of Hollywood, where he became an enduring symbol of the golden era of musicals. As an actor, dancer, and singer, he is forever etched in the annals of film history, particularly for his iconic performance in “Singin’ in the Rain.”

10. Phyllis Hyman

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Phyllis Hyman, a renowned R&B and jazz singer, laid the foundation for her musical career in the heart of Pittsburgh, which led her to fame for her soulful voice and emotive performances. Her talents were not confined to the recording studio; she also shone on Broadway, notably in her role in the musical “Sophisticated Ladies.”