List of people from Nashville, Tennessee

List of people from Nashville, Tennessee

The following is a list of notable people who have lived in Nashville, Tennessee.

Native Nashvillians

People born in Nashville:

Musicians and songwriters

Due to its status as a major hub of music production (especially country music), Nashville attracts a wide array of musicians, singers, and songwriters.
*Roy Acuff - country music singer and songwriter; co-founder (with Fred Rose) of the Acuff-Rose publishing house.
*Chet Atkins - country guitarist and record producer
*Dave Barnes - acoustic singer and songwriter
*David Berman - singer/songwriter of Silver Jews
*Beeb Birtles - former member of the Little River Band
*J. J. Cale - songwriter and musician, best known for writing "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"
*Johnny Cash - country music singer and songwriter, known to his fans as "The Man in Black"
*June Carter Cash - country music singer and songwriter, wife of Johnny Cash, and member of the A.P. Carter Family.
*Billy Ray Cyrus - country music singer, songwriter, and actor
*Steve Earle - country music singer and songwriter
*Lester Flatt - bluegrass pioneer
*Ben Folds - singer-songwriter, former frontman of Ben Folds Five
*Josh Gracin - country music singer
*Amy Grant - singer and songwriter known for strong Christian themes
*John Hiatt - songwriter and musician
*Emmylou Harris - country music singer, songwriter, and musician
*Jimi Hendrix - influential electric guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer
*Trey Hill - Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter, Producer with Jason Michael Carroll, Former member of Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated band, SONICFLOOd
*Faith Hill - country music singer
*Harlan Howard - legendary Music Row songwriter
*Alan Jackson - country music singer and songwriter
*Waylon Jennings - country music singer and guitarist
*Kris Kristofferson - country music songwriter, singer, and actor
*Kimberley Locke - Adult Contemporary Pop/R&B singer
*Liam Lynch - musician and co-creator of the television show Sifl and Olly
*Loretta Lynn - country singer and songwriter
*Chris Marion - member of classic rock's Little River Band
*Roger Miller - country singer and songwriter
*Willie Nelson - guitarist and country singer, member of the outlaw country movement
*Aaron Neville - soul singer and member of the Neville Brothers; displaced from his native New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
*Roy Orbison - rock and roll singer and songwriter
*Dolly Parton - country music singer, songwriter, and actress
*Johnny PayCheck - country music singer
*Kellie Pickler - country music singer and songwriter
*Tex Ritter - singing cowboy
*Earl Scruggs - influential bluegrass banjo player
*Ernest Tubb - singer and songwriter, one of the pioneers of country music
*Shania Twain - country and pop music singer and songwriter
*Carrie Underwood - pop country singer and songwriter
*Keith Urban - country musician, pop singer and songwriter
*Townes Van Zandt - folk music singer-songwriter
*Gillian Welch - contemporary "alt-country" songwriter and singer
*Matt Wertz - acoustic singer and songwriter
*Jack White - guitarist and lead vocalist of The White Stripes
*Hank Williams, Sr. - early county music singer and songwriter
*Allen Woody - bassist for the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule
*Victor Wooten - virtuoso electric bass guitar player
*Tammy Wynette - country singer and songwriter, best known for "Stand By Your Man"
*Dwight Yoakam - country musician, songwriter, and actor
*Tommy Emmanuel - Native to Australia but lives in Nashville. Guitarist well known for his fingerstyle technique
*Stix Izza - Singer,Song-writer and Producer

Political figures


*Al Gore - former U.S. Vice President
*Andrew Jackson - former U.S. President
*James K. Polk - former U.S. President
*Bill Frist - former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
*Fred Thompson - former U.S. Senator


*Karl Dean - current mayor of Nashville (as of 2007)
*Diane Neighbors - current vice mayor of Nashville (as of 2007)
*Phil Bredesen - mayor of Nashville 1991–1999, current governor of Tennessee
*Ben Cunningham - leader of the grassroots political group Tennessee Tax Revolt
*John Jay Hooker - attorney, perennial candidate, and political gadfly

Other Nashvillians

*Adam Hooker, Slamball Standout
*Mike Curb - founder of Curb Records, former Lieutenant Governor of California
*Greg Downs - Flannery O'Connor Award-winning short story writer
*William Driver - nicknamed the U.S. flag "Old Glory"
*Tony Earley - novelist and short story writer
*Ralph Emery - country music disk jockey and television host
*Tipper Gore - Second Lady of the United States from 1993 until 2001
*Nicole Kidman - actress
*Andy Kirby - NASCAR driver
*James Lawson - civil rights leader and Methodist minister
*Alan LeQuire - sculptor
*Z. Alexander Looby - lawyer active in the American Civil Rights Movement
*Dan May - civic leader
*Diane Nash - civil rights leader
*Yvette Nelson - actress & model
*Ann Patchett - novelist
*Minnie Pearl (Sarah Cannon) - country comedian who appeared frequently on the Grand Ole Opry
*Dave Ramsey - talk radio host and best-selling author
*Wilma Rudolph - track star and Olympic gold-medalist
*Marcia Trimble - victim of an infamous child murder case
*Jim Varney - actor, best known for his character Ernest P. Worrell
*Robert Penn Warren - Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet
*Oprah Winfrey - talk show host and entrepreneur
*Reese Witherspoon - Academy Award-winning actress
*John Seigenthaler, Jr. - MSNBC News Anchor, son of John Seigenthaler, Sr.
*Stix Izza - Singer,Song-writer and Producer



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