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Tanita Tikaram - 100% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1969, Munster, Germany. Tikaram’s intense lyrics brought her instant commercial success at the age of 19. She spent her early years in Germany where her Fijian-born father was serving with the British army. In 1982, the family moved to England, settling in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Tikaram began writing songs and in November 1987 played her first gig at London&# Read more

Shawn Colvin - 83% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shanna Colvin, 10 January 1956, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. A singer-songwriter in the tradition of her teen idol Joni Mitchell, Colvin was of considerable age before she recorded her first songs. Backed by fellow guitarist and songwriting partner John Leventhal (later a collaborator with Marc Cohn), her debut pulled together arresting material with an understated approac Read more

Tori Amos - 78% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Myra Ellen Amos, 22 August 1963, Newton, North Carolina, USA. Singer-songwriter Amos was compared early in her career to everyone from Kate Bush to Joni Mitchell. She began playing the piano aged two-and-a-half, and was enrolled in Baltimore’s elite Peabody Institute as a five-year-old prodigy. Legend has it that she was formally ejected for ‘playing by ear’ t Read more

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Natalie Merchant - 74% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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26 October 1963, Jamestown, New York, USA. Having originally sung in a church choir, Merchant joined the highly regarded 10, 000 Maniacs in 1981 while studying at Jamestown Community College in New York. She would eventually leave that band over a decade later in 1992, three years before she made her solo bow. Merchant self-evidently relished the control afforded her by this Read more

10,000 Maniacs - 68% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US band originally comprised enigmatic vocalist Natalie Merchant (26 October 1963, Jamestown, New York, USA), backed by Robert Buck (b. 1958, Jamestown, New York, USA, d. 19 December 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar), John Lombardo (b. 30 September 1952; guitar), Dennis Drew (b. 8 August 1957; keyboards) and Steven Gustafson (b. 10 April 1957; bass). Merchant Read more

Aimee Mann - 68% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1960, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Having begun performing with the punk-inspired Young Snakes, Aimee Mann achieved recognition during the mid-80s as the lead vocalist of the critically acclaimed ’Til Tuesday. Frustrated with the industry trying to push a more mainstream approach - and suggesting that writers outside the band should contribute material - Mann le Read more

Kate Bush - 65% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Catherine Bush, 30 July 1958, Bexleyheath, Kent, England. While still at school, the precocious Bush was discovered by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, who was so impressed by the imaginative quality of her songwriting that he financed some demo recordings. EMI Records were equally taken with the product and in an unusual act of faith decided not to record her immediately. I Read more

Beth Orton - 63% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Elizabeth Caroline Orton, 14 December 1970, East Dereham, Norfolk, England. Beth Orton pulled off the unlikely task of making folk-influenced music hip among mid-90s clubbers. Her early musical heroes were artists such as Neil Young, Rickie Lee Jones and Joni Mitchell, but by her teens she was more interested in an acting career than in being a singer. However, when William Read more

Sheryl Crow - 62% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 February 1962, Kennett, Missouri, USA. Sheryl Crow’s asymmetric and abrasive songwriting is not the stuff for lazy listeners. She tackles difficult subjects head-on, wrapping the spare lyrics in angular melodies which stick in the mind.Raised in small town Missouri, Crow’s father was a ‘driven’ lawyer who prosecuted the Ku Klux Read more

Joni Mitchell - 61% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Roberta Joan Anderson, 7 November 1943, Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. After studying art in Calgary, this singer-songwriter moved to Toronto in 1964. The following February she gave birth to her daughter Kelly Dale Anderson but reluctantly gave her up for adoption at six months old (the subject was dealt with most memorably by the singer on the track ‘Little Green’ Read more

Sarah McLachlan - 61% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 January 1968, Bedford, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has featured on the Canadian folk scene since she was a 20-year-old, and through a series of well-received albums and tours has blossomed into a well-rounded folk rock artist and a confident live performer. Her third album, 1993’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, was produced by Daniel La Read more

Kristin Hersh - 59% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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7 August 1966, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Hersh initially enjoyed acclaim as the lead singer of Throwing Muses, one of alternative US rock music’s most influential and enduring bands. She elected to pursue a simultaneous solo career after the parent band nearly dissolved in 1992. With her step-sister and bandmate Tanya Donelly setting out to form the commercially successful Read more

Joan Osborne - 54% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 July 1962, Anchorage, Kentucky, USA. Osborne began her singing career one evening at the Abilene blues bar in New York, USA. Prompted by several drinks, she took the stage at 3 am as a dare and sang Billie Holiday’s ‘God Bless The Child’. The resident pianist at the club encouraged her to attend the bar’s regular open-microphone nights. Although a reluc Read more

Heather Nova - 53% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Heather Frith, 6 July 1968, Bermuda. This singer-songwriter’s early childhood was spent on her family’s yacht, sailing around the Caribbean (her brother is the reggae singer, Mishka). Frith’s early interest in music intensified when, aged 19, she moved to Providence to study painting and film at the Rhode Island School of Design. She did not join in with the l Read more

Rickie Lee Jones - 53% match to Suzanne Vega

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 November 1954, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jones emerged from a thriving Los Angeles bohemian sub-culture in 1979 with a buoyant debut album, peppered with images of streetwise characters and indebted, lyrically, to beat and jazz styles. The set included the Chuck E. Weiss tribute ‘Chuck E.’s In Love’, a US Top 5 single, and ‘Easy Money’, a song previo Read more


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