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Artists Who Broke Later in Their Careers Pt. Two

Almost every day it seems like we are bombarded with the newest, youngest artist. It can be terrifying to exist these days as a twenty-something if you don’t know exactly how to reach your life dreams before your thirtieth birthday. So if you feel overwhelmed and unsure about your career, take a moment to remember that lots of artists didn’t reach stardom until later in life.


Sufjan Stevens first began creating music in the 1990’s, but it wasn’t until 2005, when he turned 33, that he began to publicly become successful. Stevens’ album Illinoise was a 75 minute concept album all about the American state. When Stevens was 38 he released Carrie & Lowell, his most popular album to date. This record was prominent in the US, Australia, and the UK, making it to number 10 or higher on the charts.


California-rapper Anderson Paak used to release music under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy, when he was 27. However, it wasn’t until 2014 when he released his first album using his own name. Paak’s most prominent album, Malibu, was released in 2016 when the artist was 30 years old. This album reached number nine on the US R&B charts.


Mostly known for his composition work, the 65 year old guitarist has been creating music since the 1980’s. His film score for the movie The Order, earned him a Grammy nomination in 2003. In 2013, Torn was a guitarist on The Next Day, David Bowie’s penultimate album. Other well-known television and film he’s created music for include The Craft, The Big Lebowski, Friday Night Lights, the Twilight saga, and an episode of Glee.


The 39 year old DJ began working professionally in the music industry after touring with M.I.A. in 2005. However, it wasn’t until his 2012 release of Express Yourself that his music began to get recognized on international charts. For the majority of his professional life, Diplo has been a school teacher in Philadelphia.


Annie Lennox first rose to fame after her group, Eurythmics, released their breakthrough album “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” when she was 31 in 1983. Since then, the now 63 year old has won eight BRIT Awards, four Grammy’s, and one Golden Globe. In 2015, she was the first woman to be made a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA) at the Ivor Novello Awards.


Baby Dee first began her career as a street musician in Ohio in the ’70s. She later became a church organist for 10 years until finally quitting to create her own music. Dee was 48 years old when she released her first album, Little Window. However, it wasn’t until her third album, Safe Inside the Day, which was recorded and then released in Brooklyn, that she began to receive much more recognition and began touring internationally.

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