Well-Known Celebrities Who Also Play the Piano

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There are plenty of well-known celebrities who also play the piano. Many people might not know that these stars are talented musicians, too. You can find them in just about any genre – classical, rock and roll, and even country! If your child wants to learn to play the piano, maybe you should take a look at this list of famous people who love music so much they couldn’t stay away from it.

1. John Legend

John Stephens, known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and one Academy Award. He plays the piano as well as the guitar. His music career started in 2004 with his debut album Get Lifted, which was certified three times platinum in the United States. John Legends music is also available as piano sheet music for beginners and almost any level of a piano player. This is great for people who want to play the piano, but don’t know where to start.

2. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. He came into stardom with his boy band ‘N Sync and even started producing film scores for several soundtracks of his movies. When he went solo, he became more successful than ever before with countless chart-topping hits. His career now spans almost twenty years, which makes him one of the best selling music artists in history! He plays many instruments, including classical guitar, drums, bass guitar and keyboard instruments such as piano and organ. It is no wonder why Steinway & Sons gave him a customized piano about seven years ago!  He won ten Grammy Awards as well as two Emmy Awards. His debut solo album Justified, released in 2002, was a commercial success and has been certified four-times platinum in the United States. He plays both piano and guitar.

3. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. He has won three Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and many other awards. He was named by The Hollywood Reporter as the highest-paid actor in the world with his films grossing over $5 billion worldwide! Robert Downey Jr. is best known for his roles as Sherlock Holmes in 2009 and 2010, Iron Man in 2008, 2012 and upcoming 2015, as well as Charlie Chaplin in 1992. Apart from the piano, he plays the banjo and guitar. Even though he has never had formal lessons, Robert Downey Jr. is so talented that he can play almost any instrument!

4. Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He was born in the year 1947 on March 25th to a family who worked in their own grocery store business. He has won five Grammy Awards as well as one Academy Award. His music career started in the 1960s when he played at local pubs where he used to play pop covers for min wage or tips plus drinks! His real success came when he released his first album in the year 1970. Now, he is considered one of the most popular and greatest singers/songwriters of all time. His music career spans over forty years and he has sold more than 250 million records!  Elton John plays piano and keyboard for many songs including “Your Song,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Candle in the Wind,” and many others. He also plays several other instruments such as acoustic guitar, drums, harmonica, bass guitar and trumpet.

5. Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He started playing music at a young age – before he was even five years old! He has been blind since the age of twelve due to glaucoma, but that just made him more determined to succeed in his career. Today, he is a critically acclaimed singer and songwriter who played many instruments including piano and drums, just to name a few. His first album with Motown Records was called ‘Tribute to Uncle Ray’ followed by albums such as Where I’m Coming From, Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness’ First Finale. In 2008, he was ranked number eighteen on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Stevie Wonder plays the piano for some great songs such as “For Once In My Life” and “Sir Duke”.

6. Johnny Depp

John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II is an American actor, film producer and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. His portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series made him one of the biggest box offices draws in Hollywood! Today, he is considered one of the most influential actors in Hollywood due to his portrayal of some memorable characters. Johnny Depp started playing the guitar when he was a teenager but switched over to piano when he was eighteen years old because it ‘opened up a whole new palette’ for him. He cites The Beatles as his primary influence, although he also enjoyed listening to bands such as The Clash and rock music from others like Australia and Japan.

7. Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. She was born in Conyers, Georgia on February 23rd 1994. She started acting at the age of seven when she played a small role in the film “I Am Sam”. Dakota Fanning starred alongside other big names like Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Angelina Jolie and Susan Sarandon! Today, her latest hits are The Twilight Saga series where she stars as Jane Volturi. Her other movies include War of the Worlds (2005), Man On Fire (2004) and Hide & Seek (2005).

Who would’ve thought that many well-known celebrities also plays the piano? These stars are not just amazing singers and actors, but talented musicians as well. You can find them in just about any genre – classical, rock and roll, and even country! If your child wants to learn to play the piano, maybe you should take a look at this list of famous people who love music so much they couldn’t stay away from it.


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