Broward and Palm Beach's Most Successful Music Acts, Part One
What is success? To some, it is a measure of happiness. To others, it is a measure of wealth, and to still others, health. To measure the success of a musician or an artist of any sort can be just as arbitrary.
With that in mind, using a combination of commercial and critical success coupled with a sprinkle of historical significance, we have ranked the top 20 most successful musicians born or bred in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
20. Johnny Depp
This Miramar native is undoubtedly the most famous person on the list. But even though he headed to California with dreams of being a rock star, he became a household name due to his acting in movies like Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood. The teenager whose band the Kids graced the stage of the Button South in the early '80s would be glad to know decades later he's still playing guitar with none other than Alice Cooper and Joe Perry in the celebrity supergroup Hollywood Vampires.
19. Robb Bank$
The Coral Springs rapper graced the cover of this publication earlier this year. The son of the Jamaican reggae star Shaggy, Robb Bank$ has been able to carve out his own identity. Over the course of four mixtapes and last year's album Year of the Savage, he's slowly been morphing from an underground favorite into a mainstream player.
18. Poison the Well
After a five-year hiatus, the hardcore punk quartet recently returned to the stage with shows at Churchill's and Culture Room. Nearing twenty years from their formation in 1997, the band has had former members go on to make their mark. Derek Miller, for instance, formed Sleigh Bells. Old school fans at last month's sold-out shows will tell you there's no improving upon the perfection of Poison the Well's debut The Opposite of December recorded in Pompano Beach..
17. Jack Off Jill
Perhaps most famous for lead singer Jessicka Addams' romance with Marilyn Manson, this nineties Fort Lauderdale band had its own shock rock and riot grrl bonafides. After breaking up in 2000, the band has played some reunion shows the past couple years but has yet to make a triumphant homecoming.
16. Jake Miller
The Weston-raised 23-year-old is already on his second career. After becoming a YouTube sensation due to his rapping skills, the former University of Miami student decided on a move to Los Angeles for a do-over. Now a pop singer, Miller this year released the EP Overnight and played a stadium tour opening for Fifth Harmony which included an August date at his hometown Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre.
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