Rickie Lee Jones
Jones started out singing jazz standards in clubs around L.A. Her style grew out of the tradition of jazz singers personalizing standards, many of which she recorded in her 1983 album Girl at Her Volcano. But she's also very rock 'n' roll, and certainly pop; "Chuck E.'s In Love", from her eponymous 1979 debut, reached No. 4 on the Billboard charts. It's utterly charming but also has a compelling depth that few pop artists reach. Her voice is all woozy sensuality, lingering over some lyrics while passing over others, and her songs are layered with both the tragedy and the beauty of impassioned living.