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Dame Shirley Bassey

Her mother was English, her father was Nigerian (From Black Britain Online).  Known to Americans most for her belting rendition of the theme to Goldfinger, the 1964 edition in the James Bond series (as well as 1971's Diamonds Are Forever and 1979's Moonraker), Shirley Bassey was one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the 20th century.   Her Greatest Hits Album was released earlier this year.

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Irene Cara

Her father was a black Puerto Rican and her mother was Cuban and French. She achieved popular and critical acclaim for her performance in the film `Fame' (1980) and for her contributions to the soundtrack of the hit film `Flashdance' (1983).  She won a Grammy for her performance of the film's hit single `Flashdance . . . What a Feelin' ' and shared another Grammy with 15 other co-writers for her contributions to the `Flashdance' score. The following year she had another hit single with `Breakdance'.

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Her father is Black, her mother is  European/Cherokee (according to the bio on her website). This rapper was first heard collaborating with Jay-Z on cuts like "Can I Get A...", "Jigga What?" and "Do It Again."  In 2000 she released her solo debut album All Money Is Legal.

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Pat Smear

His father was a German Immigrant and his mother was an African-American and Cherokee mix (according to  Guitarist briefly with Nirvana and then with the Foo Fighters.  Also released 2 solo albums.


The biography on her official website says, "blessed with parents of Jamaican, Indian and Dominican descent..." She was the first artist signed to Clive Davis' J Records. Her first single, "Bizounce," has climbed to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and her debut album Olivia was released earlier this year.

Craig David

His mother is White and his father Black (according to an interview on MTVAsia). He rose to prominence after teaming up with Artful Dodger on the club smash "Re-Rewind", and quickly followed this up with a string of solo hits. He confirmed his position as a major UK recording artist with the release of his debut solo single "Fill Me In" which stormed to number 1. This was followed by a second Artful Dodger collaboration "Woman Trouble", and a succession of solo releases. His album "Born To Do It" also reached number 1, and in February 2001 Craig was nominated in six catagories at the Brit Awards.

Emilia Rydberg

Her mother is White (Swedish) and her father is Ethiopian. A Europop singer has enjoyed multi-platinum success in her native Scandinavia. The title track of her debut album Big Bad World was released in September 1998 and in less than two weeks achieved platinum sales, staying on top of the Swedish charts for seven weeks. It also proved hugely successful in Norway, Denmark, Austria, and England.

Crystal Sierra

Her father is Colombian and her mother is Black. A singer / songwriter who melds contemporary hip-hop and R&B with the infectious flavor of Latin rhythms drawn from her own roots. She release her debut album Morena in November of 2000.

Debelah Morgan

Her mother is Indian, her father is Black. Her debut album, "Debelah", was released in 1994. Four years later she released, "It's Not Over". This time, released under Motown lable, the album was available in Europe and Asia. Debelah's comeback album, "Dance With Me" has been receiving raving reviews from major music magazines, including Billboard, Vibe and the online Wall Of Sound. has been increasingly popular across the US, and it's reaching fans all over the world.

Alicia Keys

According to her biography she is biracial. The magazine "Black Hairstyles said she was half White, half Black. Alicia signed to Arista Records in 1998 writing, producing and recording the debut she'd begun penning at age 14. In late 1999, Alicia followed Clive Davis to his new J Records where she released her debut album Songs In A Minor.

Trevor Penick

His father is Black, his mother is White (from an article in the LA Times). He was a third-year theater student at Cal State Fullerton with designs on an acting career until he tried out for ABC's Making of the Band. An all-around entertainer, Penick possessed the dancing and singing skills and now he's one-fifth of the teen-oriented outfit O-Town. They released their debut album "O-Town" in January of 2001.


According to her biography on Arista Records website she is, "born in St. Louis of mixed parents (her mother is African American and her father is Puerto Rican)..." Toya smoothly fuses jazz, traditional R&B and hip-hop influences in her singing. She will release her debut album later this summer. The first single, "I Do," is already a nationwide success. "I Do" debuted at #10 on the Soundscan Top Singles Chart.

Chris Cain

His mother is White (Greek) his father is Black. He began playing California blues clubs in the mid-'80s. Soon, his following was large enough to earn him a contract with an independent record label. Cain's debut album, Late Night City Blues, was released in 1987. In 1988, Cain and his band received a handful of WC Handy Award nominations, including blues band of the year and guitarist of the year. Cain signed to Blind Pig in 1990, releasing his second album, Cuttin' Loose, the same year and then Can't Buy A Break in 1992 and Somewhere Along the Way in 1995.

Blu Cantrell

Her mother is White and her father is Black (According to August 2001 issue of Vibe Magazine). Her big break came in Atlanta, where RedZone Entertainment's Tab and C. "Tricky" Stewart signed her after listening to her demo. Soon after, Cantrell was halfway to living out her dream, singing back up for such established acts as Puffy and Faith Evans. Her debut album So Blue on Aritsa records was released in July 2001.

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