Famous People of Guyanese Heritage:
|Leona Lewis |
Multi-Platinum Selling Music Artist
Lewis was born on April 3, 1985 in the London Borough of Islington , to Aural Josiah "Joe" Lewis, a youth worker from Guyana of Black African descent and Maria Lewis, a British social worker of Welsh , Italian and Irish descent.
She rose to fame as the winner of the third series of The X Factor , and became the first female winner of the show. Lewis has gone on to become a multi-platinum selling artist and three time Grammy Award nominee. Her debut single " A Moment Like This ", went on to become the fastest selling UK single after it was downloaded over 50,000 times within thirty minutes of its release. In November 2008, she set a UK record for the fastest selling download-only release of the Snow Patrol cover of "Run" which sold 69,244 copies in two days. Her second single, "Bleeding Love ", was released worldwide and reached over thirty number one positions in charts around the worldand the biggest selling single of 2008.
Check out her website: leonalewismusic.co.uk
Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Music Artist
Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988 to a Barbadian father (Ronald) and a Guyanese mother (Monica) in the Parish of St. Michael, Barbados.
Rihanna has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and has had number-one singles in 35 countries. She has achieved nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since first appearing on the chart on June 11, 2005, which is the most by any artist during that time span. Rihanna has sold 5,563,000 albums in the United States. She won World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year at the 2007 World Music Awards, and thenFavourite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favourite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the 2008 American Music Awards.
Rihanna won 2 Grammy Awards in 2010 for the single, "Run This Town".
Check out her website: rihannanow.com
|Eddy Grant |
Platinum Selling Music Artist
Born in Plaisance, Guyana, on March 5, 1948, the young Edmond Montague Grant grew up on the sound of his homeland, tan singing, an Indo-Caribbean vocal style whose roots lay in south Asia and are the backbone of modern chutney. Then in 1960, the Grant family emigrated to England, taking up residence in the working-class Stoke Newington area of London. The young teen's musical horizons swiftly expanded, embracing R&B, blues, and rock that percolated across his new island home. He first made his name in the 1970s as lead singer of The Equals. His later solo hits include the anti-apartheid song, "Gimme Hope Jo'anna", "Electric Avenue", and "I Don't Wanna Dance", which went to #1 in the UK charts. "Electric Avenue" sold over a million copies in 1983 and was a UK Top Ten hit again in 2001 as a remix.
Check out his website: eddygrant.com
|Deborah Cox |
Platinum Selling Music Artist / Actress
Deborah was born on January 7, 1974 in Toronto, Canada to Guyanese parents with strong musical roots. She began singing for TV commercials at age 12, also entering various talent shows with her mother's help. Her 1999 smash hit "Nobody's Supposed to be Here" was the longest-running number one single in the history of Billboard magazine's R&B charts. She got into the music industry as a backup vocalist for Céline Dion, and after signing to Arista Records, released her self-titled debut album in 1994. The album made her a rising star, and set the stage for 1998's One Wish. The first single from that album, "Nobody's Supposed to be Here", spent a record 14 weeks atop the Billboard R&B charts. On February 17, 2004, Cox made her Broadway debut in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida. Her third album, The Morning After, was released in November, 2002.
Check out her website: deborahcox.com
Melanie Fiona Hallim was born on July 4, 1983 in Toronto, Canada to Guyanese parents.
Fiona was featured on Reggae Gold 2008 with "Somebody Come Get Me". Her debut single, "Give It to Me Right" peaked at number 20 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and number 41 on the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, "It Kills Me" became her breakout song on the Billboard Hot 100 were it cracked the Top 50. The song earned Fiona a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. "The Bridge" also earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist.
Check out her website: melaniefiona.com
|Sean Patrick Thomas|
Born December 17, 1970 in Wilmington, Delaware is a Guyanese-American actor. Originally went to the University of Virginia to study to be a lawyer. A chance audition for a part in "A Raisin In the Sun" changed his direction. He ultimately got his master's degree in drama from New York University in 1996. Thomas is best known for his roles in films such as Save the Last Dance and the Barbershop films.
Credit to: moonsammy.ca for the research on Sean.
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