John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. Image courtesy of SCPRT.
South Carolina is home to a wide variety of musical styles and traditions.
South Carolina Symbols
More information on these symbols can be found at the SC State House Student Connection.
- The State Songs: “Carolina” and “South Carolina On My Mind”
- The State Music: The Spiritual
- The State Popular Music: Beach Music
- The State Opera: Porgy & Bess
Famous South Carolina Musicians & Singers
Meet performers that have lived in South Carolina and are now known across the country.
- James Brown (1933-2006)
Singer, songwriter, and dancer that has been called “The Godfather of Soul” (born in Barnwell, SC)
- Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)
Jazz trumpeter and major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz (born in Cheraw, SC)
Listen to Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, "Salt Peanuts"
- Eartha Kitt (1927-2008)
Actress, singer, and cabaret star (born in North, SC)
- Edwin McCain (1970- )
Alternative rock singer-songwriter and musician (born in Greenville, SC)
- Bill Pinkney (1925-2007)
Member of the R&B group, The Drifters and influential in the beach music scene (born in Dalzell, SC)
- Julie Roberts (1979- )
Country music singer (born in Lancaster, SC)
- Darius Rucker (1966- )
Lead singer and rhythm guitarists of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. The band was formed at USC in Columbia (born in Charleston, SC).
- Angie Stone (1961- )
R&B and soul singer-songwriter and record producer (born in Columbia, SC)
- Aaron Tippin (1958- )
Country music artist and record producer (raised in Traveler’s Rest, SC)
- Josh Turner (1977- )
Country music artist (born in Hannah, SC)
South Carolina Music Links
- Gullah Music
Learn about slave songs and Gullah music with Aunt Pearlie-Sue! You can write a blues song, sing a worship song in the praise house, and find the hidden meaning in a work song.
- South Carolina Soundtrack
What would you put on a soundtrack about South Carolina? Find out what one collection looks like!