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6 Mindblowing Memphis Musicians You Should Know

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There’s nothing we love more than strolling down Beale Street in the summer, smelling barbecue, grabbing a frozen drink from Wet Willie’s, and filling our ears with tunes from local Memphis musicians playing inside Beale’s best restaurants and bars!ย 

Just as much as we miss them, our local musicians miss performing for us.ย Keep reading to get to know a few of Memphis’ best local musicians, so that when our favorite venues open their doors, we can all join in on the party!ย 

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๐Ÿ“ธ @lifeexplicitband

Life Explicit

If you’ve been itching for some funky fusion, get in tune with Life Explicit. Banding together from all areas of Memphis, this band has harmoniously blended their vast cultural experiences with their joined passion for Memphis’ historically diverse and groundbreaking music scene.

When they’re not rocking the stage, they love checking out other local bands and looking around town for some awesome spots for a photoshoot (they should check out our Memphis Murals blog)!

When the outdoors open up again, be sure to join them for a night at Railgarten, one of their favorite venues to perform.

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๐Ÿ“ธ @raneemimam

Raneem Imam

With a background in singing and songwriting, Raneem’s Pop Soul sound has allowed her to step outside the box and offer listeners an experience like never before!

Coming from Cordova, TN, she credits the many powerful voices spread throughout the history of Memphis along with Memphis’ beautiful downtown scenery for inspiration.

Her unique sound has allowed her to grace the stage of the world-famous Orpheum theater, and she has big hopes of performing on the Levitt Shell and Mud Island stages.

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๐Ÿ“ธ @theprvlg


Hailing from South Memphis, this twin duo has taken the Memphis scene by storm with their infectious sound, keeping local crowds on their feet and wanting more.

Although we won’t be able to enjoy them in May from the stage of the annual Beale Street Music Festival, you’ll be sure to catch the pair performing at the Green Room in Crosstown in no time!

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Charles Pender II

Coming from a family of musicians in Germantown, homegrown jazz saxophonist Charles Pender II has played around the city of Memphis for years, a city with a sound he believes is unparalleled to any other!

With plenty of performance experience under his belt, Pender’s sound can be heard alongside bands across the Mid-South and beyond.

On any normal Thursday, you could pass by Havana Mix, grab a drink and enjoy smooth sounds from the Jazz R&B artist himself. Until then, sit back, relax and get ready for some smooth jazz on this album!

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๐Ÿ“ธ @baileybigger (Photo by @hellojoshclark)

Bailey Bigger

Coming from just across the River in Marion, AK, folk singer Bailey Bigger is making BIG moves in the Memphis music community and has even performed at Levitt Shell.

She attributes many old country songwriters and folk singers such as Bob Dylan for the folk/old country influence in her music. Alongside her passion for folk music, she has an appreciation for the grit and soul pulsing through Memphis’ music veins.

When she’s not trolly hopping in Memphis’ Historical Arts District, catch her performing at any outdoor venue for a community atmosphere like no other!

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๐Ÿ“ธ @porcelanmusic


With a smooth, melodic vibe and a voice to match, Porcelan has been able to make her mark on the music scene in Memphis by storm. She doesn’t fall short of Memphis’ reputation for raw, richness in her music.

Her liveliness gives audiences a certain freshness they don’t even know they need! Like most of us, she enjoys the impact the Memphis Music Festival has on the community as a whole and loves the sounds coming from the infamous Beale Street on any weekend, especially one with the girls.

There's plenty more where that came from!

In a city that bred some of the best, like BB King and Isaac Hayes and Johnny Cash, Memphis‘ music influence continues to penetrate our hearts through the voices of so many musicians.

Be sure to check these artists out on all social platforms and come back to see updates for other local musicians you know and love!

Jaelyn Montgomery

Jaelyn Montgomery

Jaelyn is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Memphisย City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Memphis area, download the UNATION appย and follow @StufftoDoinMemphis on Instagram andย Facebook.


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