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The Texas greats: Influential women musicians

By Melissa Crowe
Aug. 7, 2013 at 3:07 a.m.


Beyonce was ranked as the second-most powerful musician in the world - listed after only Lady Gaga, according to Forbes, which announced its list of the world's most powerful celebrities this summer.

All the way back to "Survivor" from the Destiny's Child era to her Mrs. Carter Show Tour that's on the road right now, Beyonce has built her career on taking power - not just for herself but for every woman.

Not surprisingly, Texas has a history of powerful female musicians. Here's 11 more of our favorites.

Janis Joplin

Born: Jan. 19, 1943, in Port Arthur

Style: Psychedelic-acid rock, blues rock, jazz blues

Early influences: Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Lead Belly

Accolades: Grammy Award Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Sang: "And, and each time I tell myself that I, well I think I've had enough / But I'm gonna, gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough"

Erykah Badu

Born: Feb. 26, 1971, in Dallas

Style: Traditional soul vocals, staccato hip-hop rhythms and laid-back jazzy grooves

Early influences: Joni Mitchell, Parliament-Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, Phoebe Snow, Chaka Khan

Accolades: American Music Awards winner, two-time BET Award winner, four-time Grammy Award winner, MTV Video Music Award winner, two-time NAACP Image Award winner, three-time Soul Train Music Award winner, three-time Soul Train Lady of Soul Award winner

Sang: "Guess I was born to make mistakes / But I ain't scared to take the weight / So when I stumble off the path / I know my heart will guide me back"

Norah Jones

Born: March 30, 1979, moved to Grapevine in 1986

Style: Jazz, roots rock

Accolades: Four-time World Music Award winner, nine-time Grammy Award winner, Brit Award Winner

Sang: "I'll pretend my heart's not on fire / If you steal my true love's name / Broke down subway in this city of spires / Tape your picture over his in the frame"

Natalie Maines

Born: Oct. 14, 1974, in Lubbock

Style: Rock, country, alternative country, bluegrass, country rock, folk

Accolades: 13-time Grammy Award winner

Sang: "Today was hard / But tomorrow's new / And if you're there for me / I'll be there for you / Yes I will see us through"

Selena

Born: April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson

Style: Mexican cumbia, Latin pop, Tejano

Accolades: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award winner, five-time BMI Award winner, 11-time Billboard Latin Music Award winner, Grammy Award winner, 10-time Lo Nuestro Award winner, 36-time Tejano Music Award winner

Sang: "Yo se que tienes un nuevo amor / Sin embargo, te deseo lo mejor / Si en mi, no encontraste felicidad / Tal vez alguien mas / te la dara"

Tanya Tucker

Born: Oct. 10, 1958, in Seminole

Style: Country

Early influences: Ernest Tubb and Mel Tillis

Accolades: Two-time Country Music Association Award winner, two-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, Music City News Country Award winner

Sang: "They've heard it's all uphill / But all they know is how they feel / The world says they'll never make it / And love says they will"

Kelly Clarkson

Born: April 24, 1982, in Fort Worth

Style: pop, pop rock

Accolades: Four-time American Music Award winner, 13-time Billboard Music Award winner, three-time Grammy Award winner, three-time MTV Video Music Award winner, two-time MuchMusic Award winner, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award winner, People's Choice Award winner, Radio Music Award winner, six-time Teen Choice Award winner, three-time TMF Award winner

Sang: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger / Stand a little taller / Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone / What doesn't kill you makes a fighter / Footsteps even lighter / Doesn't mean I'm over 'cause you're gone"

Miranda Lambert

Born: Nov. 10, 1983, in Longview

Style: Country

Early influence: Garth Brooks

Accolades: Two-time Music Row Award Winner, 15-time Academy of Country Music Award Winner, five-time CMT Music Award winner, seven-time Country Music Association Award winner,Grammy Award Winner, CMT Teddy Award winner, two-time American Country Award Winner

Sang: "Slapped my face and he shook me like a rag doll / Don't that sound like a real man / I'm gonna show him what a little girl's made of / Gunpowder and lead"

Marcia Ball

Born: March 20, 1949, in Orange

Style: Swamp blues, Texas blues, New Orleans R&B

Early influences: Irma Thomas, Fats Domino and James Booker

Accolades: Five-time Grammy Award nominee, nine-time Blues Music Award winner, Austin Music Hall of Fame

Sang: "When I woke up this morning / I saw the sun was shining in my door / I opened up my eyes and saw / I did not have to worry anymore / I'm going to let a little secret slip / It's not the destination, it's the trip / It's the moss you gather while you roll / Don't you know, that's how it goes"

LeAnn Rimes

Born: Aug. 28, 1982, moved to Garland in 1988

Style: Soprano voice, country and pop

Early influences: Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, Wynonna Judd and Barbra Streisand

Accolades: Two-time Grammy winner, two-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, American Music Award winner, CMT Music Award winner

Sang: "You can try to resist / Try to hide from my kiss / But you know but you know / That you can't fight the moonlight"

Vikki Carr

Born: July 19, 1941, in El Paso

Style: Jazz, pop, country and Latin pop

Accolades: Three-time Grammy Award winner

Sang: "When you're looking for roses / There are thorns you will meet / And remember, my child / Without any thorns / The rose can't be sweet"

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