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Meet the 10 Biggest Musicians From Oklahoma

Meet the 10 Biggest Musicians From Oklahoma

There’s a lot to love about a state like Oklahoma. It’s located in the South Central region of the United States next to Texas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arkansas. There are currently more than 3.9 million people living in Oklahoma today including some super famous celebs. Have you ever been curious to know how Oklahoma got its state name? Click here to find out how each state got its name.

Aside from Oklahoma’s state name, we also know this is a destination where multiple talented musicians were born. To compile this list of famous musicians with hometowns in Oklahoma, 24/7 Tempo consulted several entertainment websites. These include Hello Music Theory, Last FM, and Voices of Oklahoma.

Blake Shelton

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Ada is Blake Shelton’s hometown.
  • Hometown: Ada

Blake Shelton was born on June 18, 1976, in Ada, Oklahoma. Shelton started making waves in the music scene in 2001 with his debut single “Austin.” It was part of his first-ever album and landed on the Billboard Hot Country chart for five weeks in a row in the number one spot. Talk about becoming a huge success straight out of the gate! The early 2000s was a great era for Shelton, but he’s continued to be a noteworthy musician decades later.

Now, people recognized him from his time filming “The Voice” alongside other talented musicians including his current wife, Gwen Stefani. Some of the awards Shelton has won include the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year, the Billboard Music Award for Top Country Artist, and the American Music Award for Favorite Country Album.

Garth Brooks

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Tulsa is Garth Brooks’s hometown.
  • Hometown: Tulsa

Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1989, Brooks splashed onto the country music scene with a song called “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” The single was enough to bring him notoriety since it peaked in the number eight position on the Country Billboard Charts that year.

Since then, some of his other big songs have been “The Dance,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” His Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has also been amazing for his career. Brooks is an award-winning musician who is taking home the Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, the Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, and the Billboard Music Award for Top Country Artist.

Reba McEntire

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Reba McEntire is an Oklahoma-born star.
  • Hometown: McAlester

Reba McEntire was born on March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. Plenty of people recognize McEntire from her time filming the popular TV show “Reba” from 2001 until 2007. Beyond being an actress, she’s a talented musician who’s been releasing music for decades. Her first single was released in 1976 titled “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand.” Although the song didn’t do well at first, McEntire didn’t give up.

She released “Can’t Even Get the Blues” in 1982, and this song resonated well with country music lovers everywhere. Some of the awards McEntire has one are the Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, the Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Toby Keith

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Clinton is Toby Keith’s hometown.
  • Hometown: Clinton

Toby Keith was born on July 8, 1961, in Clinton, Oklahoma. The first song Keith debuted was called “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” in 1993. It only reached 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, but it was enough to put Keith on the map. Some of his bigger songs since then have been “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” “Don’t Let The Old Man In,” and “As Good as I Once Was.”

It’s not exactly surprising that Keith is an award-winner with many fabulous songs under his belt. He can claim the Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year, the Billboard Music Award for Top Country Artist, and the Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year for himself.

Kristin Chenoweth

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Broken Arrow is where Kristin Chenoweth is from.
  • Hometown: Broken Arrow

Kristin should know it was born on July 24, 1968, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Chenoweth made herself familiar with the millennial crowd when she appeared on “Glee” as a recurring character. Her talent as a singer is the reason she was invited to star on such a music-centered teen drama. Some of the biggest songs she’s released so far are “Popular,” “Evil Like Me,” and “Dancing Through Life.”

Her connection to Broadway is undeniable as well. Some of her songs have been used for soundtracks like “Wicked” and “Descendants.” Chenoweth has won many awards including the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

Chet Baker

Chet Baker
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Yale is Chet Baker’s hometown.
  • Hometown: Yale

Chet Baker was born on December 23, 1929, and Yale, Oklahoma. The song that solidified Baker as a legitimate musician was called “My Funny Valentine” in the early 1950s. Baker was recognized for being a regular performer in jazz clubs throughout the Los Angeles area. After establishing himself on the music scene, he formed a quartet with a few other musicians who play the piano, bass, and drums. Baker himself spent the bulk of his life focused on playing the trumpet.

Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood is an Oklahoma-born star.
  • Hometown: Muskogee

Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. When Carrie Underwood won “American Idol” in 2005, it was a game-changing moment in her career. She is now considered one of the most beloved country music singers ever with a long list of memorable songs on her list.

Some of her bigger songs include “Before He Cheats,” “If I Didn’t Love You,” and “Jesus Take the Wheel.” The award-winning singer has taken home the Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and the Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)

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Nathan Followill (on drums) was born in Oklahoma.
  • Hometown: Oklahoma City

Nathan Followill was born on June 26, 1979, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Followill is the drummer from a band called Kings of Leon. Kings of Leon is beloved for hit songs like “Sex on Fire,” “Use Somebody,” and “Waste a Moment.” Along with the rest of his bandmates, Followill has won awards such as the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, the Juno Award for International Album of the Year, and the Danish Music Award for International Album of the Year.

Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects)

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Tyson Ritter (left) was born in Oklahoma.
  • Hometown: Stillwater

Tyson Ritter was born on April 24, 1984, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ritter is the lead singer from the band the All-American Rejects. As of now, the band has sold more than 10 million albums since forming in 1999. Ritter led the way in the band along with Nick Wheeler as the lead guitarist, Mike Kennedy as the backing vocalist, and Chris Keeler as the drummer.

The rock band is incredibly popular on YouTube where they have more than 840,000 subscribers. They also pull in millions of views on music videos for songs like “Move Along” and “Dirty Little Secret.”

Leon Russell

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Leon Russell was born in Oklahoma.
  • Hometown: Lawton

Leon Russell was born on April 2, 1942, in Lawton, Oklahoma. The American musician and songwriter had an impressive career that stand across six decades. He dipped his toes into several musical genres such as rhythm and blues, bluegrass, gospel, rock n’ roll, and country.

The talented musician died on November 13, 2016, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Russell and the rest of the musicians on this list have released some of the biggest songs every year for decades. Click here to discover the top songs from music lovers every year since the 1960s. 

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