List of people from Nashville, Tennessee
The following is a list of notable people who have lived in Nashville, Tennessee.
People born in Nashville:
|John Adams||1825||Brigadier General during the American Civil War|||
|Duane Allman||1946||Guitarist and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band|||
|Gregg Allman||1947||Singer, keyboardist and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band|||
|Casey Atwood||1980||NASCAR driver|||
|Frank Maxwell Andrews||1884||Important figure in U.S. military aviation|||
|Alfred Bartles||1930||Composer of jazz/classical crossover music|||
|Bill Belichick||1952||Football coach of 5-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots|||
|Madison Smartt Bell||1957||Novelist|||
|Julian Bond||1940||Civil rights activist|||
|Robert Earl Bonney||1882||U.S. Navy Medal of Honor recipient, 1910|||
|Linn Boyd||1800||Member of Congress from Kentucky and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives|||
|Beverly Briley||1914||Mayor of Nashville, 1963–1975|||
|Marvelyn Brown||1984||HIV/AIDS activist|||
|Kitty Cheatham||1864||Singer and actress|||
|Miley Cyrus||1992||Actress and singer|||
|Anne Dallas Dudley||1876||Women's suffrage activist|||
|Bill Frist||1952||Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader|||
|John Gordy||1935||Tennessee Volunteers and Detroit Lions football player|
|Noodles Hahn||1879||Major League Baseball player|||
|Bobby Hamilton||1957||NASCAR driver|
|Bobby Hebb||1938||R&B/soul songwriter, singer, musician known for the hit "Sunny"|
|Les Hunter||1942||Center of 1963 Loyola Ramblers basketball national championship team|
|Thomas Setzer Hutchison||1875||Military officer, police commissioner, civil reformer, author, inventor|
|Lillian Jackson||1919||All-American Girls Professional Baseball League founding member|
|Marion James||1934||Blues singer|||
|Claude Jarman, Jr.||1934||Actor|
|Randall Jarrell||1914||Poet and writer|
|Jeff Jarrett||1967||Professional wrestler|
|Lucille La Verne||1872||Actress|||
|Margaret Landis||1890||Silent screen actress|||
|Mary Louise Lester||1921||All-American Girls Professional Baseball League founding member|
|Kathy Liebert||1967||World Series of Poker bracelet winner|
|Beth Littleford||1968||Comedian and actress|||
|Ron Mercer||1976||Professional basketball player|
|Tom Moran||1899||Football player|||
|Chord Overstreet||1989||Singer, songwriter, TV actor|
|Bettie Page||1923||Pin-up model|||
|Keith Paskett||1964||Professional football player for Green Bay Packers|||
|James B. Pearson||1920||U.S. Senator|||
|Annie Potts||1952||Actress||[note 1]|
|Shelton Quarles||1971||Professional football player for Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Diandrea "Dee" Rees||1977||Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and director|
|Emily J. Reynolds||1956||Former Secretary of the U.S. Senate|||
|Robert Ryman||1930||Visual artist|||
|Hillary Scott||1986||Singer-songwriter, member of country music trio Lady Antebellum|
|John Seigenthaler||1927||Journalist, writer, and political figure|
|Nate Simpson||1954||Football player|
|Ahmaad Smith||1983||Football player|
|Samuel Stritch||1887||First American member of the Roman Curia|
|Phillip Supernaw||1990||NFL player|||
|Andrea True||1943||Pornstar and disco singer|||
|Eric Volz||1979||Magazine publisher convicted of murder in Nicaragua|
|Lark Voorhies||1974||Television actress|||
|Charlie Wade||1950||Football player|
|William Walker||1824||Journalist, adventurer, and briefly the President of Nicaragua|||
|Kitty Wells||1919||Musician and singer, commonly referred to as the Queen of Country Music|||
|Hank Williams III||1972||Singer and musician|||
|Del Wood||1920||Ragtime, gospel, and country music pianist|||
Musicians and songwriters
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Due to its status as a major hub of music production (especially country and gospel music), Nashville attracts a wide array of musicians, singers, and songwriters.
- Roy Acuff – country singer and songwriter; co-founder (with Fred Rose) of the Acuff-Rose publishing house
- Trace Adkins – country music singer and songwriter
- Dean Alexander – country singer and songwriter
- Chet Atkins – country guitarist and record producer
- The Band Perry – country pop band
- Dave Barnes – acoustic singer and songwriter
- Greg Bates – country singer-songwriter
- David Berman – singer/songwriter of Silver Jews
- Beeb Birtles – former member of Little River Band
- Pat Boone (Charles Eugene Boone) – pop singer and actor
- J. J. Cale – songwriter and musician, known for writing "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"
- Glen Campbell – pop and country musician, TV personality and actor, sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
- Johnny Cash – country singer, songwriter and actor, known to his fans as "The Man in Black"
- June Carter Cash – country singer and songwriter, wife of Johnny Cash, and member of the A.P. Carter Family
- Desmond Child – hit rock/pop songwriter for Cher, Kiss, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Bonnie Tyler, Bon Jovi, and others
- Cimorelli – YouTube Girl Group, originally from El Dorado Hills, California
- The Civil Wars – folk/Americana duo
- Kelly Clarkson – pop singer-songwriter, first winner of American Idol
- Patsy Cline – country singer and songwriter, first woman in Country Music Hall of Fame
- Kyle Cook – singer-songwriter of matchbox twenty
- Rita Coolidge – pop recording artist and songwriter
- Billy Cox – guitarist, last surviving member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- Sheryl Crow – singer, songwriter, actress
- Billy Ray Cyrus – country singer, songwriter, and actor
- Miley Cyrus – country/pop singer, songwriter, star of Hannah Montana; daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
- Steve Earle – country singer and songwriter
- Tommy Emmanuel – guitarist, native to Australia but lives in Nashville
- Zac Farro – drummer
- Fisk Jubilee Singers – African-American gospel choir
- Lester Flatt – bluegrass pioneer
- Béla Fleck – banjoist, lived in Nashville most of his young adulthood, originally from New York City
- Dan Fogelberg - singer-songwriter of diverse musical styles, top-selling musician of 1970s-80s
- Ben Folds – singer-songwriter, former frontman of Ben Folds Five
- Framing Hanley – alternative rock band
- Peter Frampton – English rock musician, producer, songwriter, lives in Nashville
- Josh Gracin – country singer
- Amy Grant – singer and songwriter known for Christian themes
- Emmylou Harris – country singer, songwriter, and musician
- Kerry Harvick – country singer, songwriter, cast member of the hit reality series Bad Girls Club
- Lil Hawthorne – music hall performer involved in bringing Dr. Crippen to justice
- Brandon Heath – Christian singer/songwriter
- Bobby Hebb – R&B/soul songwriter, musician, singer known for the song "Sunny"
- The Hemphills – gospel music group; winner of eight GMA Dove Awards
- Jimi Hendrix – electric guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer
- John Hiatt – songwriter and musician
- Faith Hill – country music singer
- Hot Chelle Rae – popular rock pop band
- Harlan Howard – Music Row songwriter
- Alan Jackson – country singer and songwriter
- Waylon Jennings – country singer and guitarist
- Naomi Judd – mother-daughter (with Wynonna Judd) country music singer and songwriter
- Wynonna Judd – mother-daughter (with Naomi Judd) country music singer and songwriter
- Kesha – pop singer
- Kings of Leon – rock musicians
- Robert Knight – R&B singer best known for the hit "Everlasting Love"
- Kris Kristofferson – country songwriter, singer, and actor
- Lady Antebellum – country music trio group
- Brenda Lee – pop singer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
- Little Richard – rock musician
- Kimberley Locke – pop and R&B singer
- Liam Lynch – musician and co-creator of the television show Sifl and Olly
- Loretta Lynn – country singer and songwriter
- Barbara Mandrell – country singer and songwriter
- Chris Marion – member of classic rock's Little River Band
- Martina McBride – singer and songwriter
- Tim McGraw – country music singer, songwriter and actor
- Reba McEntire – country music singer and actress
- Roger Miller – country singer and songwriter, known for "King of the Road"
- Dave Mustaine – lead musician for heavy metal band Megadeth
- 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
- John Oates – hit rock and soul recording artist from duo Hall & Oates has homes in Colorado and Nashville
- Roy Orbison – singer and songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, known for "Pretty Woman"
- Brad Paisley – country singer, songwriter
- Paramore – rock musicians
- Dolly Parton – country singer, songwriter, and actress
- Johnny Paycheck – country singer
- Wayne Perry – country singer-songwriter and producer
- Kellie Pickler – country music singer and songwriter
- Millard Powers – member of Counting Crows, musician, songwriter, producer, engineer
- Rascal Flatts – country music trio
- Tex Ritter – singing cowboy
- Earl Scruggs – bluegrass banjo player
- Blake Shelton – country singer, judge on TV series The Voice
- Michael W. Smith – Christian music artist
- Edwin Starr – '70s funk singer
- Chris Stapleton – award-winning country/bluegrass/rock musician
- Starlito – rapper
- Marty Stuart – country/bluegrass musician; host of his own show on RFD-TV
- Donna Summer – disco and R&B singer
- Taylor Swift - one of the world's top-selling pop singer-songwriters
- Jamie Teachenor – platinum-selling singer-songwriter
- That Poppy – pop singer and songwriter
- Thompson Square – country music duo
- Ernest Tubb – singer and songwriter, one of the pioneers of country music
- Shania Twain – country music singer and songwriter
- Steven Tyler – lead singer/songwriter of rock band Aerosmith
- Keith Urban – country music superstar, married to Nicole Kidman
- Townes Van Zandt – folk music singer-songwriter
- Gillian Welch – contemporary "alt-country" songwriter and singer
- Kitty Wells – singer and musician from country music's early days
- Matt Wertz – acoustic singer and songwriter
- Dottie West – country singer and songwriter
- Jack White – guitarist and lead vocalist of The White Stripes
- Hayley Williams – musician, songwriter, lyricist
- 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, known for "Stand By Your Man"
- Dwight Yoakam – country musician, songwriter and actor
- Taylor York – musician, songwriter, lyricist
- Young Buck – rapper and member of G-Unit
- Little Big Town – country music group
- Edward Carmack – former U.S. Senator, newspaper editor and attorney
- Bill Frist – former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
- Al Gore, Jr. – former U.S. Vice President and Senator; Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
- Andrew Jackson – former U.S. President
- Andrew Johnson – former U.S. President and Vice President
- John Lewis – civil rights leader, U.S. Congressman (GA 5th Dist.), and former SNCC chairman
- James K. Polk – former U.S. President
- Fred Thompson – former U.S. Senator and actor
- Megan Barry – first female mayor of Nashville
- Phil Bredesen – mayor of Nashville 1991–99, governor of Tennessee 2003–2011
- Ben Cunningham – leader of the grassroots political group Tennessee Tax Revolt, Inc.
- Karl Dean – former mayor of Nashville
- John Jay Hooker – attorney, perennial candidate, and political gadfly
- Diane Neighbors – current vice mayor of Nashville (as of 2007)
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- William N. Bilbo – attorney, lobbyist for passage of the 13th Amendment, ending slavery
- Connie Britton – actress, stars in ABC's Nashville
- Richard Henry Boyd – founder and head of the National Baptist Publishing Board
- Virginia E. Walker Broughton – African American author and Baptist missionary
- Mary R. Calvert (1884–1974) – astronomical computer and astrophotographer
- Tracy Caulkins – three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer
- Mike Curb – founder of Curb Records, former Lieutenant Governor of California
- George A. Dickel – liquor distributor
- Rachel DiPillo – actress, currently stars in NBC's Chicago Med
- Greg Downs – Flannery O'Connor Award-winning short story writer
- James T. Draper, Jr. – president of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1982–1984; president of Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources, 1991–2006
- William Driver – nicknamed the U.S. flag "Old Glory"
- Tony Earley – novelist and short story writer
- Ralph Emery – country music disc jockey and television host
- Eddie George – Heisman Trophy winner, four-time Pro Bowl NFL running back, businessman and professional actor
- Tipper Gore – Second Lady of the United States 1993–2001
- Francis Guess – Nashville businessman and member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1983–1989)
- Adam Hooker – 2008 Slamball League MVP and starting stopper for Champion Slashers
- Jesse James – notorious outlaw and bank robber
- Phil Harris - Noted comedian, actor, singer, and jazz musician
- Ashley Judd - Actress and political activist
- Demetria Kalodimos – Emmy Award-winning anchor for WSMV-TV
- Nicole Kidman – actress
- Karen Kingsbury – novelist
- Andy Kirby – NASCAR driver
- Harmony Korine – filmmaker and artist
- Rachel Korine – actress and photographer, married to Harmony Korine
- Jessica Kresa – professional wrestler, known as ODB
- 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
- Patrick McCauley – journalist, lived in Nashville from 1954 to 1959, edited Southern School News
- Fred Meyer – treasurer of Aladdin Industries in Nashville, pre-1971; chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, 1988–1994; president of Tyler Corporation in Dallas, 1983–1986; native of suburban Chicago
- Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, fka Carlos Leon Bledsoe – committed the 2009 jihadi Little Rock military recruiting office shooting
- Diane Nash – civil rights leader
- Yvette Nelson – actress and model
- Ann Patchett – novelist
- Minnie Pearl (Sarah Cannon) – country comedian who appeared frequently on the Grand Ole Opry
- Dave Ramsey – talk radio host and author
- Grantland Rice – sportswriter
- Herb Rich – NFL football player
- Wilma Rudolph – track star and Olympic gold medalist
- Fred Russell – sportswriter
- T. M. Schleier – early photographer
- John Seigenthaler, Jr. – MSNBC news anchor; son of John Seigenthaler, Sr.
- Dinah Shore – singer, actress, and television personality
- Azariah Southworth – former host of a Christian television show; LGBT rights advocate
- Richard Speight, Jr. – actor
- Martin Strel – long-distance swimmer, Big River Man and actor from Slovenia
- Preston Taylor – minister, businessperson, philanthropist
- Adair Tishler – actress
- Marcia Trimble – victim of an infamous child murder case
- Jim Varney – actor, known for his character Ernest P. Worrell
- Robert Penn Warren – Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet
- Dawn Wells – actress, Gilligan's Island
- William Wilkerson – founder of Flamingo Las Vegas hotel, Ciro's nightclub
- Oprah Winfrey – talk show host and entrepreneur
- Reese Witherspoon – Academy Award-winning actress
- Some sources list Potts' birthplace as Franklin, Kentucky, rather than Nashville.
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