The music in New Jersey - by Elena&Benedetta


The American state of New Jersey has a different musical culture reflecting its population and history.

Some of the most renowned modern popular musicians from New Jersey are Hoboken native Frank Sinatra, who was one of the most popular singer of the 20th century.

Bruce Springsteen, nicknamed “The Boss”, became an American idol with complex lyrical stories about teens growing up in Freehold and other economically and depressed areas of New Jersey. His most successful studio album, Born in the U.S.A and Born to Run, showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life. He draws on many musical influences from the reservoir of traditional American popular music, folk, blues and country.Other famous Jersey musicians include Jon Bon Jovi, The Rascals, The Chemical Romance and Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, producer and model. Houston’s 1985 debut album “Whitney Houston” became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film “The Bodyguard”. The film’s original soundtrack is lead single “I will always love you” became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history.

Disco and R&B singer Gloria Gaynor was born and raised in Newark. Another Bergen County indie band is The Lumineers, in which founding members are from Ramsey but are currently based in Colorado.

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FoLk MuSiC

One of the more documented regions for early folk music in the colonial era is from the Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey. It was there, in the sandy deep forests, that the earliest settlers played musical elements of their home countries as well as sang stories of the new land they called home. Various workshops, music development institutions, and festivals throughout New Jersey have celebrated folk music for decades.


In the early 20th century, Newark was an important center for jazz innovation. James P. Johnson and other pioneers helped invent stride. New Jersey continues to be the place that many Jazz musicians call home.

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (based at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center), the New Jersey State Opera and the New Jersey Ballet are all located in the Newark area. These groups regularly travel to different venues throughout the state to give performances