Are You Too Old to Make it in Music?

Good Music Doesn’t Age

Most of us believe that only the young generations have the power to “make it” in the music industry. We’ve been hearing news of teens who amassed millions of following and fans just by posting songs on YouTube. Concert venues were swamped with the Beliebers, Arianators, and Directioners.  Then you think, they are young, you’re old, and you can’t make it.

My question now is what do you mean by “make it”? Is it going platinum, getting signed, earning a million monthly, sustaining your family, entering the vogue, making a living? What? How do you define it? 

Age is not a measurement for good music. You don’t need to be young just to make it. All you have to do is confidence, perseverance, and consistency on what you do. Here are 10 musicians, who made it in their 30’s or older, to inspire you that music success doesn’t only happen to the young. 

Cyndi Lauper- 30

Cyndi Lauper

Lauper started as the vocalist of Blue Angel band. Not long after, the band broke up and their manager filed a lawsuit against the band members. This triggers Lauper’s bankruptcy. Her vocal cord suffered from an inverted cyst, which temporary disabled her to sing. Without being able to gig, she was forced to work in retail stores and restaurants.

She started singing in local clubs and fortunately met David Wold who became her manager. In 1985, her first album, “She’s so Unusual”, became a worldwide success. She was 30 years old back then. 

Wayne Coyne- 32

Wayne Coyne

Wayne Coyne formed the Flaming Lips at age 22 but their first hit made it after their 10 years in the business. The “She Don’t Use Jelly” from the album Transmissions from the Satellite Heart amassed public attention in 1993. He was 32.

The song was featured on Beavis and Butt-head, which boost the songs popularity a year after its release.

Debbie Harry- 33Debbie Harry


Harry and her band, Blondie, released their debut album when she was 31. Although gained attention in the UK, the band was still regarded as underground in the United States.

After releasing the Parallel lines, their 3rd album, in 1987, it became an immediate success topping the United Kingdom charts in 1979. The album reached number 6 in the United States and had sold over 20 million copies.  She was 33 that time.

John Ondrasik- 35

John Ondrasik

Also knows as Five for Fighting, Ondrasik first released the “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” on 2000. It became the second single in his albumAmerican Town released in 2001.

“Superman (It’s Not Easy)” went at number 38 on Billboard Hot 100 just in October 2001 and climbed up to number 14 afterward.

Amanda Palmer- 36

Amanda Palmer

Cabaret Indie rocker, Amanda Palmer, had her debut album at age 27. She only gets into the mainstream on the year 2012 after announcing the Kickstarter project on her blog.

The project amassed a total of $ 1,192,793 from the support of 24, 883 backers. It is actually the most funded on music project on Kickstarter.

Her album, “Theatre is Evil”, was released in 2012.

Michael Fitzpatrick- 40

Michael Fitzpatrick


Fitzpatrick started as a recording engineer until he formed The French Fitz and Tantrums several years after.

Their first album “Pickin’Up the Pieces” has topped the Billboard Heatseekers chart. And they have performed their hit single “MoneyGrabber” on Conan, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

He was 40 years old when their debut album hits the chart.

James Murphy- 40

James Murphy

Murphy’s third studio album, “This is Happening”, has received worldwide attention when he was 40.

It ranked third in Exclaim! and hailed by Pitchfork Media as the second best album of 2010. It also ranked at number 10 out of the 30 Best Albums of 2010 by Rolling Stone.

Andrea Bocelli- 41

Andrea Bocelli

Bocelli’s first album has debuted when she was 34. However, she only received critical acclaim after the release of his third album, “Sogno”.

“Sogno” or Dream in English cracked the top 10 country music charts and has sold 2.5 million copies in the United States. And over 10 million copies worldwide. The song was also released internationally in a variety of languages.

He was the first classical artists to be nominated for the Grammy’s Best New Artist.

Thelonius Monk- 46

Thelonius Monk

Monk has been in the industry as a jazz piano legend working with great singers and artists. However, he has not achieved personal success until his “Monk’s Dream” was recognized in 1963. He was 46 years old that time.

Leonard Cohen-50

Leonard Cohen

Cohen did not trump in his fiction writing career so he turned to music. His first album was released when he was 33 but only his song “Hallelujah, which was released 17 years after his debut single, strikes the crowd. The song was covered by over 200 singers and musicians in different languages.

Hope you have fully regained your confidence in your pursuit to music. So, whenever you are crashing down because you are too old to make it in music feel free to scan through these artists and get inspired. And remember this: good music doesn’t age.


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