Many... the most inspiring have been artists from the 80s and 90s.
Paul Oakenfold, U2, George Winston, The Police, Vince Guaraldi, Sting, Bob Marley, INXS, Duran Duran, The Doors, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, Arcade Fire, Barenaked Ladies, Beck, Blues Traveler, BoDeans, Cake, Crash Test Dummies, Eurythmics, October Project, Freddy Jones Band, The Samples, Journey, Ottmar Liebert, Led Zeppelin, Men at Work, Pearl Jam, John Mayer, David Sanborn, The Cars, Train, Moby, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Taylor, David Gray, Lenny Kravitz, R.E.M., Thievery Corporation, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Eat World, Elton John, Stone Temple Pilots, Sarah McLachlan, Enya, Norah Jones, Sade, Enigma, Peter Gabriel, etc.
Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, James Gang, Uriah Heep, Thin Lizzy, Free & Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, Santana, Kiss, Poison, L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses, Skid Row, Slaughter, Motley Crue, Kix, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Metallica, Megadeth, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc.
There are a lot of them, but a few main influences would be
I've always loved the music of Jean michel Jarre. Fan of Erasure and Pet shop boys, i think it was anything with electronic music in it that inspired me.
Pearl Jam has been a huge influence to my music, mostly Eddie Vedder and the tone of his voice. Patty Griffin is another large influence to me, her voice, lyrics and melodies are amazing. I have to admit, I have never been one to listen to an array of music. I have my favorites, which is few and far between, and I stick with them. I'm extremely picky with sounds and especially with vocalist in general. There was one point in my life when I did not listen to music at all, I literally did not turn the radio on or listen to any of my CDs. I’m not talking about for a few weeks; I went without music for a few years. During that period, I wrote some of my best songs. No outside influence and nothing to live up to – other than what was inside me. Best career choice I’ve made thus far.
Jay-z,Nas,AZ,Ice Cube,T.I.,Dialated Peoples,I'm mostly eastcoast influenced because thats what I mostly heard on the radio and when I came into the underground the westcoast became influential to me!!
Those who trust music and had given up everything for music.
Luciano Pavarotti and Philippine Madrigal Singers.
Well, some definite inspirations for me, at the start, were Talib Kweli, Mos Def, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, Immortal Technique, and quite a few others. But afterwards, as I started to branch out, I started picking up on little things from other artists, and kind of taking them as tips to improve my music. So there's a lot of dudes that are inspiring to me.
Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Johannes Brahms, George Frideric Handel, Francis Poulenc, Astor Piazzolla, John Williams, Howard Shore, Jim Day, Star Salzman, Jeremy Robson, Iona, Afro-Celt Sound System, Sting, Jussi Björling, Josh Groban, Renée Fleming, James Galway, Obo Addy, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thara Memory, Diana Krall, etc.
Weird Al Yankovic, They Might Be Giants, The Happies, The Cephalopods, All random bands in this life. Jem and the Holograms, yeah that old 80's cartoon, completely inspired me to want to do music, (I had a crush on the red head, Kimber). Weird Al is an inspiration in my life because he went against the norm, and had fun. They Might Be Giants have always been quirky, and just upbeat in their music. It was fun and catchy. I LOVE THESE GUYS!
Wow! The first one that comes to mind is Andrea Bocelli
There are a lot of musicians that I respect and enjoy their music.
I love all kinds of music and I know that everybody has something special to offer.
PT. D.V. PALUSKAR AND PT. BHIMSEN JOSHI
The one n only Maestro Ilayaraja n ofcourse R.D.Burmanji in those days.