12 Awesome Musicians You Didn't Know Started Out In Bands

It's not hard to see that getting a start in a band, no matter how small, can lead to some pretty great things. Tons of successful musicians today started off with a few companions, skyrocketing them into the industry and helping them land where they are today. Everybody has to start somewhere, and sometimes it's easier to stand out as a group rather than an individual in what is considered one of the hardest industries to break into. Becoming a famous singer or band takes a lot of work and a lot of resilience - groups are turned away by labels day in and day out, but that can't be what stops them from giving up their dreams. There are a few household names that everybody knows started off in a band or group.

Beyonce, one of the world's biggest superstars, got her rise to fame in the all-girl group Destiny's Child with Kelly Roland and Michelle Williams. Most people know them by songs like "Say My Name" and "Survivor." Similarly, Justin Timberlake started off many years ago in the heartthrob boy band N'Sync. N'Sync was made up of Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass. Today, Timberlake is the only one still in the spotlight and making a relevant name for himself. Even the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, started off in the Jackson 5 (as we all know).

To break into the industry and get your toes wet, you might have to suck it up and move forward with a group instead of expecting to be solo. Here are 12 musicians whose early bands or groups are less well known.

12 Richard Fairbrass

11 Sheryl Crow

10 Lemmy

9 Bob Marley


8 Amy Winehouse

7 Phil Collins

6 Bleachers

5 Lionel Richie

4 Fergie

3 Lauryn Hill

2 Missy Elliott

1 Rihanna

Just like Beyonce, it's hard to imagine an artist as talented and strong as Rihanna ever being in a group. A beautiful, powerful singer like herself would do nothing but outshine any other members (again, just like Beyonce). When Rihanna was 15, she auditioned with producer Evan Rogers with two of her classmates to become a trio group. Rogers told Entertainment Weekly that "when Rihanna walked in the room, it was like the other girls didn't exist." So, Rihanna went her separate ways and moved to Connecticut with Rogers and his wife to record a demo. Shortly after, Jay-Z heard her demo and skyrocketed her into the industry she's in now.


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