While many of the most popular stars in music today got their start at a very early age (just look at the likes of Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Lorde), that’s not exactly the case for everybody. Plenty of now-famous singers were late bloomers when it came to breaking into the music industry.
Though the careers of these artists may not have started until they were in their 30s, that didn’t stop them from going on to make a significant impact in music, with everything from chart-topping hits to Grammy wins. Here are 10 musicians who got their big break later on in life.
1. Sheryl Crow
Crow worked as a music teacher at a Missouri elementary school, created commercial jingles for McDonalds and Toyota, and served as a backing vocalist for Michael Jackson in the ’80s before starting work on her first album in the early ‘90s. In 1992, she recorded her first attempt at a self-titled debut record, which was ultimately rejected by the label.
Still, the album ended up getting dispersed via various file sharing networks, and Crow slowly began garnering some public attention. She released her first official debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, in 1993 and became a true breakout success at the age of 31, with the release of the record’s third single, “All I Wanna Do.”