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Great Female Keyboard Players

Music is a universal joy. Its appeal knows no limits of age, time, or gender. In this article, we will focus on some of the great female piano players of the past and the present.

Carole King

Carole King is one of the greatest songwriters in history. She paired up with husband Gerry Goffin as a songwriting team in the early 1960s, and they soon had their first hit with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles, which hit #1 on the pop charts. Dozens of hits followed: “Up On The Roof” by the Drifters, “The Loco-Motion” by Little Eva, “Chains” by The Beatles, and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by The Monkees, among many others.

After her personal and professional life with Goffin came to an end, she embarked on a solo career. Her first album, 1970’s WRITER, established her as part of the growing singer-songwriter movement. She took her career even further with the smash hit album TAPESTRY. Considered one of the seminal albums of its time, the album contained classics like “I Feel the Earth Move” and “It’s Too Late.” She continues to write and record.

Norah Jones

The daughter of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, Norah Jones released her first album, COME AWAY WITH ME in 2002. It was a winning combination of jazz, country and pop that sold over 36 million copies and won multiple Grammy Awards. She has continued to release critically and commercially successful albums, and has worked alongside artists such as Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Foo Fighters.

Anna Vinnitskaya

Anna Vinnitskaya was born in 1983 and is regarded as one the best classical pianists of her young generation. The Russian Vinnitskaya reached international fame in 2007 when, at the age of 23, she won first prize at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition, which has launched the careers of many renowned pianists.

Demi Lovato

After making her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends, Demi Lovato rose to prominence in 2008 when she starred in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Her debut album, Don't Forget (2008), debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. The following album, Here We Go Again, debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, while its title track became her first single to reach the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at fifteen.

Lillian Hardin Armstrong

Lil was the second wife of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, and she collaborated with him on a number of songs. She was one of the most accomplished Jazz pianists of her time. Her compositions include "Struttin' with Some Barbecue", "Don't Jive Me", "Two Deuces", "Knee Drops", "Doin' the Suzie-Q", "Just for a Thrill" (which became a major hit when revived by Ray Charles in 1959), "Clip Joint", and "Bad Boy" (a minor hit for Ringo Starr in 1978).

How About You?

These are just a few of the many great women of piano. We hope it has inspired you to take it up yourself!

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