Who are two of your favorite musicians, singer/songwriters who you feel should have more of an audience? The first one being a musician who deserves wider recognition and the second one who is probably not known by the general public. For the first, I would say Van Morrison and for the second, I pick Emitt Rhodes. I would be interested in who your favorites are.
The 1st one would be Roy Harper. He sang the vocals on "Have a cigar" for Floyd and had loads of great musicians on his albums. Jimmy page, Kate bush, Ian Anderson even Paul and Linda McCartney. Perhaps because he has never "sold out" his recognition has been limited.
I think Holder & Lea don't get the recognition they deserve as two of finest writers of pop/rock music the UK has ever had. Most people probably don't even know who they are although they're more likely to of heard of the group they're in, Slade.
A 1999 BBC documentary estimated their worldwide record sales in excess of 50 million records, not too shabby and they were fantastic live
van morrison doesn't have wide recognition? sure, the more the merrier, but he is really, really famous, and has been for half a century! i was listening to him in 1970 and i was a latecomer.
i am not sure how famous esperanza spalding is, but i think she could use more recognition.
who ever heard of love tractor? i'm not sure they're still a band but if they were, still no one would know them. they're contemporaries of r.e.m. and from the same university town. but if you want someone current.... more people should know about kitka.
I think Van Morrison already does get a lot of recognition, he is a local hero here in Northern Ireland, but maybe you’re right he could get more. Emitt Rhodes, I have never heard of, but will go and look him up when I finish this post. My choice would obviously have to be Norwegian Band a-ha as I have been waging a one woman campaign here on Agnostics to raise their profile since joining last June. They have now sold over 100 million albums and yet are still regarded in the USA as one hit wonders. They’ve got 2 Guinness world records (largest paying audience for a rock concert 198,000 at Rock in Rio 1991) and longest held note at 20.2 seconds for Morten Harket on Summer Moved On, and he can still do it live and hold it today for the same length, even at age 59. I firmly believe if they were an English or American Band they would be up there with all the other big names in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The one I would nominate as the one not known by the general public, but again only in the English speaking world, is Laura Pausini who is an Italian singer who is a megastar everywhere else. This just demonstrates that there is a wealth of talent in other parts of the world that is unknown and underrated.