Last updated on May 25th, 2023 at 08:48 am
Most people know that Dyslexia is a reading disability that impedes the ability of a reader to understand how letters and sounds relate to each other. Because of this, most individuals who are diagnosed with dyslexia suffer from poor reading abilities.
While in years past, if someone was diagnosed with a learning disability it was believed that they would not be successful in life. However, with certain interventions and determination, many people with dyslexia go on to live successful lives.
Are you curious about 15 famous musicians who are dyslexic? Read on to learn more!
Known for her folk-pop musical sound, Jewel was diagnosed with Dyslexia as a child and struggled her way through reading. Despite this challenge, she learned to play the guitar in high school and has stated that she had to practice “20 times as hard” as everyone else.
2. Carly Simon
Diagnosed with Dyslexia as a child, Carly Simon struggled with reading to the point that she was made fun of by her peers. However, now with others in her family also diagnosed with the learning disability, she has become a champion by telling people that “children with dyslexia need not feel inadequate.”
3. Lou Reed
Founder of the famous band, Velvet Underground, Lou Reed struggled with reading longer pieces of writing. This did not deter him, however, from learning to love reading so much that he also earned a degree in English in addition to his musical talent.
From an early age in elementary school, Cher struggled to keep up with her classes and assignments. Being diagnosed with dyslexia, and eventually dropping out of high school did not stop her from pursuing her dreams of becoming a singer, songwriter, actress, and advocate for those with learning differences.
5. Gwen Stefani
Although the famous singer and songwriter, Gwen Stefani, was only diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult, she claims that it has helped her to understand her struggles as a child. With her children having some of the same learning difficulties as she has, she has been better able to help them since she has lived through it.
6. Joss Stone
British singer and songwriter, Joss Stone has always been forthcoming with her struggles with dyslexia even from an early age. She started her career as a singer when she was only a teenager because she wanted to have a job, but knew that because of her dyslexia, she would struggle with a traditional one.
7. Mick Fleetwood
Known as one of the founding members of the famous band, Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood went undiagnosed concerning his struggles with his school work. After being diagnosed, he credits dyslexia to his creativity and massive success on the drums.
8. Ozzy Osbourne
The extremely creative and massively successful heavy metal superstar, Ozzy Osbourne has struggled with dyslexia since he was a child. Although he has trouble with reading and writing, he is a true inspiration to others with the diagnosis with his various ways of adjusting such as carrying a tape recorder with him always.
9. Stewart Copeland
Although Stewart Copeland, founder of The Police, grew up in Beirut, he was struggling with his reading so much that he was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia and sent to a prep school in England. Being in an environment where he was able to get the help he needed was a huge help in his current success.
10. Tony Bennett
Known as a singer and songwriter, Tony Bennett has graced fans with his musical talent for more than five decades. The best advice he has for others who struggle with dyslexia is, “To learn something, you have to keep doing it until it appears effortless.”
11. Noel Gallagher
Singer and songwriter of the once-famous band, Oasis, Noel Gallagher has struggled with dyslexia since he was a child. Being the songwriter for the group, he has said that when he initially gave a newly written song to the other band members, they could not make sense of it. This was because he left out some of the words, although he thought they were all there.
12. John Lennon
When this famous founding member of The Beatles, was a child in school, he was known to be somewhat of a troublemaker because he struggled with reading. Although John Lennon scored low on most assignments and exams, he excelled in music and art which led him to one of the most successful bands of all time.
13. Florence Welch
Despite her diagnosis of dyslexia when she was in primary school, Welch fought hard to excel in her classes. Through her struggles, she found her bliss in singing and went on to find success as the lead singer of the band, Florence and the Machine.
14. Chris Robinson
This founder of the Black Crowes and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, grew up struggling through his dyslexia diagnosis. While reading and writing was an area of contention for him, he found solace in music and stated, “Music was always something that made sense.”
15. Sir Tom Jones
Known for several hit songs such as, “It’s Not Unusual” Sir Tom Jones has struggled with dyslexia his entire life, although he was not diagnosed until he was a teenager. Although his reading abilities held him back, he went on to lead a successful career as a Welsh crooner and songwriter known to many.
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