artists who most deeply touch you

I would love to hear what folks feel are the artists that have affected them the most over the long haul.The ones who resonate spiritually.My top choices are keith jarrett,joni mitchell,and peter gabriel.Who moves you?
Two that come to me right off are Linda Eder and Loreena McKennit. Linda has a great Christmas Album released last year.
Neil Young and Steely Dan.
Bob Dylan. not sure i can explain how, when, or why this man has had such an impact on me. I remember when I was 13 years old, I was reading a book of songs by this guy called Bob Dylan. It blew me away. I was hearing these songs years before. My Mom used to play a lot of Peter, Paul, and Mary. After reading "A Hard Rains a gonna fall" was the time this artist deeply touched me. Have been ever since. I am still touched. Must be another one of those mental things.
I can't think of words that can explain why I feel the way I do about this man. Probably because i am so bad with words and expressing thoughts, but he could do it for me. I truly believe he is not just a genius, but the most influential artist rock has given us. And much more.
David Gilmour Pink Floyd
Brad Nowell (Sublime), Aimee Mann, Lisa Ekdahl.
Roger Water
India.arie "Voyage to India" Lyrics with substance and Muddy Waters "Folk Singer" An American Classic. Thanks!
I will agree with Creeper on Aimee Mann. Her last two CD's were stunning. I also love the voice of Beth Orton and the band R.E.M which has been one of my favorites since the 80's. Listen to Out of Time or UP by R.E.M

Eric Dolphy
Chris Whitley's debut and anything from Eva Cassidy, lest i forget Led Zeppelin...Kashmir to be exact

i spun Physical Graffiti friday night, and was at awe once again on the textures of that album.
I love to listen to folk singer, Kate Wolf. A complete artist who sang pure sweet music from the heart. Unfortunately she passed away at an early age as has so many others. Happy holidays and best wishes to all. Bill
Nick Drake.
Martin Sexton.
Tori Amos.
Mississippi John Hurt.
Rasa - Indian influenced, deeply spiritual, beautiful.
Jane Siberry, esp "When I was a boy", would love to hear this on vinyl
Kim Ritchie's new cd (great lyrics, reminds me of Beth Orton, Aimee Man)

Laurie Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Moore, Tori Amos, Daniel Lanois, Emmy Lou Harris's newer cd's, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennit, Sequentia, Sheila Chandra, Lisa Gerrard.

Ayub Ogada from Kenya "En Mana Kuoyo",
The Trance Planet Series - 5 cds from Triloka.
Celtic/African fusion - Baka Beyond's "Spirit of the Forest"
Celtic - The Colour of Memory

There is a an African Choral piece - The Misa Luba. I've heard that the cd version is bad but on vinyl it is amazing.
The Beatles, Beethoven
Tom Waits...well, what can you say, the man is a musical genius! A favorite album would be difficult, but if pressed for a desert island disk I'd say Swordfishtrombone. His new ones are wonderful too.

Tori Amos is also a longtime favorite. If you get a chance to see her perform in a good acoustical setting, RUN don't walk to see her play those keyboards and belt out that wonderful poetry! Boys for Pele is a great album!

I just recently saw Patty Griffin in concert and just can't stop listening to two of her three albums. 1000 kisses is probably my favorite and her most recent.

These latter two have a kind of folksy, even country twang to them, so that really rubs you the wrong way, well..your loss.

Gillian Welch, also puts on a brilliant show. Her partner, David Rawlings, is just an amazing guitar player. Her stuff is pretty somber and beautiful, so you've got to be in the mood, but I do love her music.

There are other performers who I do love to listen to, like Eva Cassidy, Holly Cole, Jacintha, Patricia Barber...but many of the tunes these gifted women do sing are covers. Their originals are good too, but when you talk about long-term staying power, I do like the originality of the ones I listed at the top. Good thread.
The Collegium Vocale under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe for their interpretations of the Bach choral works, in particular the Mass in B-Minor, Magnificat and Easter Oratorio. The Collegium Vocale and Herreweghe deliver the goods by combining authentic instrumentation, period-sized forces, fine soloists, stately rhythms (no windshield wiper tempi here) and an etheric choral tone.
I tear up when i listen to Eva Cassidy! no one else has ever done that for me.
Blues-John Lee Hooker
Rock- Jim Morrsion
Country-Johnny Cash
Jazz-Paul Desmond
Female-Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone

Of course there are many more but these came to my mind first.
Richard Thompson. Amazing talent and one of the greatest songwriters of our time.
Jacqueline du Pré
The Grateful Dead! Especially these days.
1. The Cowboy Junkies
2. Melissa Etheridge (1st 5 CDs)
3. Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, and Jacintha ballads
4. Johnny Cash, George Jones
5. Buddy Guy,Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin
6. Loreena McKennitt, Mai're Brennan
7. Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt
8. Jerry Lee Lewis, George Thorogood, ZZ Top

And many more. Cheers. Craig
Tom Waits,
Peter Gabriel,
John Zorn.
Irma Thomas
Tracy Nelson
Barbara Keith
Alison Krauss
Mary Black
Tracy Chapman
Mele Haggard
David Hidalgo/Los Lobos
John Hiatt
Terry Evans

I just listed, in order, the women before the men and stuck to non-classical, primarily for vocals. Jacqueline DuPre is a great choice above.

Although she was not, perhaps, in the same league as a singer, I am still moved every time I listen to Nicolette Larson, but she didnt affect me as much before she passed away.

Man, you guys are going to laugh at this one. In 1967 I was sitting in the jungle in Viet Nam and listening to Nancy Sinatra. I was 19 years old with no political ideology at all and she represented everything why I thought I was there in the first place. A beautiful California blond. She help me through a 13 month tour. You know what? I still listen to her.
caetano and byrne
i meaned Caetano Veloso and David Byrne
Dave Matthews...Tool, Counting Crows...
Coldplay, Beatles and the Dave Matthews Band
Without a doubt, my first selection would have to be James Taylor.
Followed closely by Santana; Led Zeppelin; The Who; The Rolling Stones; The Byrds; Buffalo Springfield; Neil Young; Crosby, Stills and Nash (and Young); Jackson Browne; Bob Dylan; Joni Mitchell; Emmy Lou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; The Eagles; George Harrison; John Lennon; The Jefferson Airplane(but not the Starship); Hot Tuna; Jethro Tull; The Doors; Jimi Hendrix; Johnny Winter; Steppenwolf; Eric Clapton; Cream; Early ZZ Top; Warren Zevon; The Allman Brothers; Warren Haynes and Government Mule; Lynard Skynard; Bad Company; Pure Prairie League, Jerry Garcia; The Grateful Dead; Little Feat (old and new); Lowell George; Steely Dan; Donald Fagen; Dan Fogelberg; Spooky Tooth; AC/DC; Metallica; Tool; Jerry Cantrell;
Keb Mo; Dave Matthews; Natalie Merchant;
Weather Report; Spyro Gyra; Chick Corea and Return to Forever; The Yellowjackets; Fourplay; The Rippingtons and Russ Freeman and Craig Chaquico; Steve Morse; Stevie Ray Vaughn; Buddy Guy; Albert Collins;
Nightnoise and anything off the Wyndham Hill recording label;
These are just a few artists out of my thousands of lps and cds that have had a lasting effect, and are generally in heavy rotation.
Led Zepplin is in my DNA............
Pat Metheny playing In To The Dream on the 42 string Pakasso Guitar
I'm surprised I'm the first to mention Van Morrison in this thread. I currently have "No guru, no method, no teacher" in heavy rotation.
Van Morrison-INto the Mystic
Martin Sexton Black Sheep (Oh BAby)
Dave Matthews esp their DVD soundtrack
Grateful Dead esp Dicks Picks
BECK -like Seachange and Mutations
Radiohead OK Computer Kid A
Pink Floyd (Early, Wish you were here and back)
David Gray
FSOL Future Sound of London
Miles Kind of Blue, Tutu, etc.
Joni Mitchell
Pat Metheny
Audiogoon, I missed the plural that brucegel mentioned when he said artists. I would have never fogotten such greats as joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Emmy lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Lee Jones, Hendrix, Beatles, Cream. Johnny cash, peter Paul and Mary was what i was raised on. And I should not forget Bobby Darin. This was what i loved most listening to music my parents would play. My Mom is 78 years old. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash was what this wonerful woman introduced me to. This is just a very few. I could go on till i would bore many of you, if I have not already. Classical is the one thing she would push, and push. Hated it then. I think now i can sometimes tolerate it. Thanks Mom, You may be near 80, but you were well ahead of your time.
New Order and Wilco
Consttravler, my son would agree with you. As a toddler he used to hug the speakers when ever I played the Beatles or Beethoven.

At times, I still do.
Meatloaf once fell off stage, right onto me. Just kidding, never happened.
For a start:
Jimi Hendrix
Thelonious Monk
John Coltrane
Abdullah Ibrahim
Clifford Jordan
McCoy Tyner
Joni Mitchell
Randy Weston
Wayne Shorter
Eddie Palmieri
Miles Davis
roger waters, beatles
The Mission UK, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees
Allman Brothers Band
I would have to say Joni Mitchell is #1 and Patty Larkin is a close second.
Beatles, Steely Dan, Roger Waters, Peter Framton, Christopher Cross, Al Stewart, Sting, Toto
For me it is almost always the folk singers and trubadour types. The gals and guys that touch me not only with what they say but how they say it. People like Danny O'Keefe, Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson, Tim Hardin, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, Eric Anderson, and Nick Drake come to mind. I would have to throw early songs by James Taylor, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Steve Stills in there as well. Cheers, Lee
Andreas Vollenwieder (down to the moon)
Well I certainly am no Streisand fan but when she sings "People" it really touches me, so heartfelt. Eva Cassidy's recording of "What a Wonderful World" give me goosebumps as it was her last recording before her most untimely death. It is too bad this wonderful talent wasn't really appreciated to the degree she should have been but finally realized after she was gone.

I am deeply moved by individual performances of many songs. There are uncountable performances by many artists and I wouldn't know where to start.
Trane, Monk, Miles, Mingus, Frank Foster, Billy Higgins, Buddy Guy, Ray Brown, Benny Green, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Samuel Barber, Bach, Tower of Power, Albert Collins, SRV, The Isley Brothers . . . well, you get the idea . . .
on recent live experience I simply adore Christian and Maurice Vander and the band Magma