Willpower, inspiration, inner strength… it’s all built through the life experience. But the truth is it’s not good experience always. If you think that all the genius musicians belong to a good family. They can be born from the most difficult of times. As artists like Lata Mangeshkar and Kailash Kher have proved, some of the most soulful, the deepest and artistic music can come from pain and struggle.
Have a look to some of the best and iconic musicians who have proved the same.
Before Kailash Kher became the household name he is today, he was a struggling singer running a family friend’s export business. When that business collapsed in 1999, Kailash went into a deep depression and even attempted suicide. His singing career picked up by 2003 however, and once Allah ke Bande released, there was no stopping this soulful song.
Michael Jackson, endured heavy abuse from their father/then-manager Joe Jackson when they were children. Michael openly spoke about how he was whipped by his father if he ever missed a note, was beaten regularly. According to Michael, Joe sat in a chair with a belt in his hands and says,”if you didn’t do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you”.
Lata Mangeshkar, this is not just a name, she is the idol for every singer in the music industry. She had to struggle before making it to where she is today. Her father passed away from a heart disease and she was just 13 that time. Her family needed money and being the eldest she had to start working from a very young age.
Eminem’s childhood was anything but stable. He dropped out of 9th grade after having to repeat it multiple times, fought and was thrown out of the house frequently by his mother and worked several jobs to pay the bills. He had a substance abuse problem in his personal issues.
This skillful guitarist had a bad childhood, believing that his grandmother and her second husband were his parents, but his mother was actually his older sister. This was all at the age of 9. He also lost his son in 1991, which was the most tragic moment of his life.
His real name is Dileep Kumar. This name converted to A.R Rahman when he converted to Islam with his entire family after an unexpected death of his father and he was just 9 at that time. His family was under severe financial pressure and then he had to struggle a lot and go through a lot of hurdles.
A young Christina and her mother both faced emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her army lieutenant father. He frequently beat her and her mother even found her with blood pouring out her face once because she’d made too much noise. She turned to singing as an outlet for this pain and helplessness.
He was sexually abused by his father at the age of 2. He and his younger siblings were also apparently physically abused by his stepfather to who he thought was his real father for several years. Basically, he had a really messed up childhood.
Ray Charles had a horrifying childhood. He became completely blind by the age of 7 when he suffered from glaucoma. He lived in extreme poverty and lost his mother at the age of 14.
James Brown was born in 1933 in a small wooden shack, and his family lived in extreme poverty. His parents had a volatile marriage, and his mother soon left them. He started living with his aunt at a brothel and frequently had to hustle to just get by. At the age of 16, he was convicted of robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center.