The music world is home to many famous fathers of twins. From classic crooners to rap stars and rockers, these celebrities know how to stay in tune while raising twins.
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Elvis Costello is a British singer/songwriter who is a father of twin boys. His wife, Diana Krall, is a celebrity mom of twins
. She gave birth to Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James in December 2006. Elvis Costello is a Grammy winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is best known for eclectic new wave songs from the 1980's, such as "Every Day I Write the Book," "Watching the Detectives," and "Alison."
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The eponymous lead singer of the band Daughtry came to fame as a finalist on American Idol
. He is one of the most successful musicians to come out of the American Idol franchise, even though he did not win the competition. The song "It's Not Over" was nominated for a Grammy in 2008. His twins, Adalynn Rose and Noah James, are two of his four children with wife Deanna Daughtry. The boy and girl were born in November 2010.
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Not to be confused with the Roman soldier and statesman Mark Antony
, the two actually do share something in common. They both fathered twins with famous women known for their beauty. While Mark Antony shared the spotlight in ancient times with Cleopatra, the modern day Marc Anthony is known for his marriage -- and divorce -- to celebrity singer/actress Jennifer Lopez
. The multiple Grammy-award winner is one of the best-selling salsa
artists of all time. His twins, Maximilian David Muñiz and Emme Maribel Muñiz, are known as Max and Emme. They were born in 2008.
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Kenny Rogers was sixty-five years old when he fathered twins in 2004. Justin Charles and Jordan Edward were born to Rogers' wife, Wanda Rogers, who is herself an identical twin. Kenny Rogers is a popular singer, most famous for country hits such as The Gambler
and Islands in the Stream
. He's won numerous awards for his recordings, during a career spanning more than thirty years.
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Ricky Martin started his career as part of the popular Latin boy band Menudo, but solidified his success as a solo artist. With songs in both English and Spanish, he is noted for popularizing Latin music
among mainstream music fans. Songs such as ""Livin' La Vida Loca" and "She Bangs" were among the star's English releases and propelled the artist to the top of the charts. He became a father to twin boys via a surrogate. The twins, Matteo and Valentino, were born in August 2008. Martin is also known for the humanitarian work accomplished through his foundation.
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Among the musical dads on this list, Johann Sebastian Bach's fame originated in different era. The German composer and musician may have lived in the eighteenth century, but his music lives on to modern times. In his own time, he was renowned as an organist, but it is his legacy as a composer
that makes him one of the most recognized musicians of all time. His cantatas, concertos and works for organ and harpsichord remain among the best loved musical compositions. Between two wives, J.S. Bach fathered twenty children in total, including twins that were stillborn in 1713. The boy and girl - Johann Christoph and Maria Sophia - were two of seven children born to Bach's first wife, Maria, but unfortunately they did not survive.
7. Sean P. Diddy Combs
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Rapper, actor, writer, record executive, fashion mogul, producer ... Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has had almost as many careers as he has had names. He's been known as Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy, and various other incantations through the years. His great success in the hip hop
genre makes him one of the wealthiest celebrities in the industry. Combs is the father of twin daughters, D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs, who were born in 2006 to Kim Porter. The twin girls are two of his five children.
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Recognized as one of the greatest American jazz musician, Nat King Cole's fame as a pianist and singer endured long after his death from lung cancer in 1965. His twin girls, Casey and Timolin were the last two of the musician's five children and were only four years old when he passed away. Nat King Cole also hosted a television variety show in the mid 1950's. His song, "Unforgettable," was originally a hit in 1952, but the artist gained posthumous accolades when it was rearranged and re-recorded as a duet
with his daughter, Natalie Cole
, forty years later. The song won a Grammy for "Record of the Year."
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The frontman of the eponymous Dave Matthews band, this dad of twin girls is a popular singer and songwriter. Stella Busina and Grace Anne were born in 2001 and are two of the three children that Dave Matthews shares with wife Jennifer Ashley Harper. Although born in South Africa, the artist made his home in Charlottesville, Virginia
as a young man, where he formed a band to perform the songs he'd written. Songs like "So Much to Say" and "Gravedigger" earned the band Grammy recognition, and they remain one of the most popular critically and commercially acclaimed bands of the twenty-first century.
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came to fame as a 1970's folk artist, but the prolific singer/songwriter has enjoyed enduring fame well into the twenty-first century. Songs like "Fire and Rain," "You've Got a Friend," and "Carolina in My Mind" are familiar melodies that appeal to several generations. James Taylor is the father of twin boys with his third wife, Caroline ("Kim") Smedvig. Rufus and Henry were born in 2001 via a surrogate mother.