The continent has produced some of the finest voices in the music sector. Across the major music genres, talents have been outstanding, with new impressive talents emerging every day. It’s worth noting that the world has witnessed thousands of powerful artists, and listing all of them could take weeks or even months. Well, people respect artists because they have everything that has put them on top of the game, including money, fame, and not to mention talent. It’s not surprising that others see them as untouchable due to the massive influence that they boast across the continent.
Unlike what you see in the public domain, many artists have had to overcome different adversities, including disabilities, financial challenges, negativities, and personal problems, to attain greatness. Their life stories are a true manifestation of what people go through to rise to affluence. From this, the discussion will focus on some prominent names in entertainment that faced adversities. Stevie Wonder is one musician that has enjoyed the longest stay in entertainment. More simply, he boasts more than five decades in the industry, having joined music in the early 1970s.
Today, Stevie Wonder is one most decorated superstars in entertainment with over 21 Grammy Awards. Not only that, more than 30 tracks from his multiple albums topped different billboard charts. Despite an impressive performance in music, it’s more difficult to believe that a powerful superstar has been struggling with blindness since birth, a combination of premature birth and too much oxygen in an incubator. When mentioning iconic singers that were multi-talented, Ray Charles is one name that cannot miss on the list.
Ray Charles is remembered for being the force behind the modern pop sound. He was excellent in different music genres, ranging from RNB to Jazz to Soul to pop to country. Unfortunately, Ray Charles’ past was never without obstacles. The deceased lost sight when he was barely 8, with medical examination indicating that he was suffering from glaucoma. To matters even worse, feel witnessed his young brother drown to death. With numerous challenges in the past, Ray Charles was worth $75 million at his demise, according to Celebrity Net worth.
Majorities know Jay-Z as the richest musician on the continent who’s married to Beyoncé, another decorated superstar. But only fewer understand the challenges that the iconic rapper and a producer had to overcome to become the biggest name in entertainment. For example, a rapper was rejected by every record label when he wanted to record his first jam. To a greater extent, the rejection was a blessing since it made him start a record label. Currently, Jay-Z is the second wealthiest musician on the planet, with an estimated net worth of $1 billion based on celebritynetworth.com.
Rick Allen’s miseries caught up with him when he was already a big name in the industry. During the 1984 horrible car accident that severed one of the arms of drummer Rick Allen threatening his career. The good news is that it could not stop him from cementing the position in the sector even though with much difficulty. Playing drums without one arm meant that more attention should be placed on foot petals to replace the missing arm. Not only that, the superstar was forced to spend many hours training for a new technique.
Engineers had to step in to redesign the drum kit so that it can suit his condition. With the massive support plus unrelenting encouragements that he received from bandmates, Rick Allen regained the position. This was evident on the album “Hysteria,” which attracted more than 20 million sales. Majorities of fans know Eminem because of a rapping style that makes him the fastest across the continent. However, Eminem’s childhood was never smooth. It’s important to realize that the rapper did everything that a spoiled child could do. Several challenges that Eminem experienced ranged from poverty to bullying to drug abuse.
Eminem has never failed to hit his parents for neglecting him when growing up. Having said that, Eminem is not only the most successful rapper on the planet, but he is among the top 20 richest rappers worldwide. One lesson that you can learn from this list is that you can become successful in life regardless of your past adversities.