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The Ultimate List of Mormon Musicians on the Billboard Charts


Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband

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This bluegrass band is made up of five Mormon men from Utah. Its members include Ryan Shupe (fiddle, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, lead vocals), Roger Archibald (guitar, vocals), Ryan Tilby (bass guitar, string bass, banjo, vocals), Craig Miner (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, vocals), and Nate Smeding (drums).

After becoming regional favorites, they signed a deal with Capitol Records and cut an album in 2005 called Dream Big, hitting #13 on the "Country Music" chart. Their single by the same name hit #27 on both the "Hot Country Songs" chart and "Country Airplay" chart.

They have since released Last Man Standing, Brand New Shoes, and Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband: Live. They are planning to release their new album, We Rode On, in 2016.

Scot Alexander (of Dishwalla)

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Bassist Scot Alexander (second from right) joined the Church when he was 19 years old. Soon after, in 1991, he met John Robert Richards while browsing in a record store. The two discovered they had similar taste in music, and together they formed the alternative band Dishwalla.

Five of their songs have hit the Billboard charts. In 1996, "Counting Blue Cars" peaked at #5 on both the "Adult Top 40" and "Hot 100 Airplay" charts, #4 on the Top 40 Mainstream charts, #2 on the Mainstream Rock charts, and #1 on the Modern Rock charts. That year, the song also earned the band the Billboard Award for "Best Rock Song." Their other Billboard singles include "Charlie Brown's Parents," "Give," "Once in a While," and "Somewhere in the Middle." 

Dishwalla's music has also been featured in several movies, such as Blast from the Past and Empire Records, as well as TV shows like Charmed, Smallville, The OC, and NCIS. 

Christian Jacobs  and Chad Larson (of The Aquabats)

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Two founding members of the California rock band The Aquabats are members of the Church—Christian Jacobs  and Chad Larson.

Originally formed in 1994, this unique band is easily identified by their masks, matching costumes, and comedic persona in which they claim to be crime-fighting superheroes. The band has released six albums, two of which have charted on the "Billboard 200." Their latest album, Hi-Five Soup!, also reached #5 on the "Top Heatseekers" chart.

From March 2012 to January 2014, the band also created and starred in The Aquabats! Super Show!, a live-action, musical comedy television series, which aired on The Hub cable channel. The show earned six Daytime Emmy Award nominations and one Daytime Emmy Award.

The Jets

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All eight members of The Jets and their nine other siblings were raised Mormon by their parents Mike and Vaké Wolfgramm. 

Of Tongan decent, the band grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From a young age, the members of the Wolfgramm family were performing at various functions until they officially formed a band in 1985, specializing in freestyle Latin, R&B, and pop.

In 1986, The Jets landed #3 on the Billboard's Hot 100 with "Crush on You." They continued to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart with nine more songs, including "Make It Real," which topped the Adult Contemporary chart and "Sendin' All My Love," which topped the Billboard Dance chart. 

The King Sisters

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Daughters of music professor and voice coach William "King" Driggs, it's no wonder The King Sisters were musically inclined at a young age. 

Maxine, Luise, and Alyce began performing while still in middle school when the family moved from Pleasant Grove, Utah, to Oakland, California. As their fame grew, the sisters moved back to Utah where they performed on KSL radio and later began their own ABC TV series The Family King Show.

The group was very popular during their day, and several of their songs topped the U.S. Billboard charts, including "Hot Lips" at #3 in 1937 and "I Said No!" at #2 in 1942. Their ground-breaking album Imagination was also nominated for a Grammy Award. 

The Five Browns

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At just three years old, each of the members of the Brown family—Desirae, Deondra, Gregory, Melody, and Ryan Brown—began playing the piano.

The group made history as the first five siblings to be simultaneously accepted in Julliard—a prestigious school for drama, dance, and music students with a 6.7 percent acceptance rate. 

Their first album The 5 Browns reached #3 on the Classical Albums Billboard chart in 2005 and was #1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. Their 2006 album No Boundaries landed #6 on the Classical Albums chart and #15 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. 

Nathan Pacheco

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Nathan Pacheco is a classically trained tenor vocalist who's mother taught him at an early age to appreciate music through piano and violin lessons.

After serving a mission and graduating from BYU in vocal performance, Pacheco was invited to tour with Yanni in his 2009 "Voices" tour. He also was invited to tour with Latin singing sensation Olga Tañon and also did a tour with Katherine Jenkins in Scotland, England, and Wales. He even performed for Prince Charles with the British Forces Foundation and the USO. 

His self-titled album reached #3 on the Classical Albums chart and #7 on the Heatseekers Album chart. His EP, Introducing Nathan Pacheco, reached #18 on the Heatseekers Albums charts.  

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