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{{Infobox Musical artist}} is the standard infobox for non-classical musician articles, and is within the purview of WikiProject Musicians. Please discuss major changes on the Template:Talk before making them. See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Musicians/Infobox for more information.


Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey performing in 2003
Mariah Carey performing in 2003
Background information
Birth name Mariah Carey
Born March 27, 1982 (1982-03-27) (age 40)
Huntington, Long Island, New York
Origin New York City
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, actress
Years active 1990–present
Label(s) Columbia, Virgin, MonarC/Island
From left to right: Tim Commerford, Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk and Tom Morello, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 2005.
From left to right: Tim Commerford, Chris Cornell, Brad Wilk and Tom Morello, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 2005.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Years active 2001–2007
Label(s) Epic, Interscope
Associated acts Soundgarden
Rage Against the Machine
Temple of the Dog
Former members
Chris Cornell
Tom Morello
Tim Commerford
Brad Wilk


This template should be placed in an article at the top of the page, before the introduction.


{{Infobox Musical artist <!-- See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Musicians -->
| Name                = 
| Img                 = 
| Img_capt            = 
| Img_size            = 
| Landscape           = 
| Background          = 
| Birth_name          = 
| Alias               = 
| Born                = <!-- {{Birth date and age|YYYY|MM|DD}} -->
| Died                = <!-- {{Death date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|YYYY|MM|DD}} (death date then birth) -->
| Origin              = 
| Instrument          = 
| Voice_type          = 
| Genre               = 
| Occupation          = 
| Years_active        = 
| Label               = 
| Associated_acts     = 
| URL                 = 
| Current_members     = 
| Past_members        = 
| Notable_instruments = 

For articles about individual musicians, the "Current_members" and "Past_members" fields should be deleted. For articles about musical groups, only the following subset of fields should be used:

{{Infobox Musical artist <!-- See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Musicians -->
| Name                = 
| Img                 = 
| Img_capt            = 
| Img_size            = 
| Landscape           = 
| Background          = 
| Alias               = 
| Origin              = 
| Genre               = 
| Years_active        = 
| Label               = 
| Associated_acts     = 
| URL                 = 
| Current_members     = 
| Past_members        = 


  • Remove the fields that are not needed.
  • Never link years, unless accompanied by dates.
  • Most fields are optional and the row will simply be omitted if no data is supplied.
  • See WikiProject Musicians for more information about this template.


The name of the group or artist ("the act") in plain text only. Logos and other graphics are to be avoided in this field in accordance with WP:ACCESS and WP:FAIR. This field is mandatory.


An image of the act, sufficiently clear for display at 220 pixels' width. Set to only the image name, e.g. Example.png, not Image:Example.png or [[Image:Example.png|200px|abc]].


Caption for the image to be displayed.


The image size should only be specified if the image is smaller than 220 pixels width. Enter the width in pixels without "px", for example 150. Size for landscape images should be 250.


Set to yes when using wide, short images. The image height (rather than width) will be limited to 200 pixels.


The musical artist should be placed into one of seven categories by using one of the codes below in the Background field. Each category is color-coded to provide a quick indication of the type of group/performer, e.g. solo artist, orchestra, etc. The color scheme is similar to the one used by WikiProject Albums and other projects. Please discuss additional types that need to be accounted for on the template's talk page. This field is mandatory.

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Background information
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Background information
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All singular vocal performers (including lead and background singers, singer-songwriters, and singer-instrumentalists) should use solo_singer. This categorization is for any article about a singer, whether they perform solo, with a group or band, or both. All non-vocal instrumentalists should use non_vocal_instrumentalist. All non-classical composers, producers, songwriters, arrangers, DJs, engineers, and other non-performing personnel should use non_performing_personnel. All groups, bands, crews, or other non-classical music ensembles should use group_or_band. This categorization is for articles on group acts only; members of groups should be labeled with one of the codes above. All cover and tribute bands should use cover_band. All orchestras and other classical music ensembles should use classical_ensemble. All temporary collaborative projects should use temporary.


This field is only relevant for individuals. The artist's name at birth.


For listing official stage names for the act; also for solo artists who change their birth name. This field is not for nicknames such as "The Godfather of Soul"(James Brown) or "Nippy" (Whitney Houston) which are not the artists' actual stage name.


This field is only relevant for individuals. The artist's date of birth; it is preferable to use {{birth date and age}} (for example {{birth date and age|1949|12|31}}) to display current age. For dead people, use {{birth date}} (for example {{birth date|1949|12|31}}. Also list the place of birth, if it differs from the artist's hometown (see field "Origin" below). Omit the country if it does not differ from that specified at the field "Origin".

{{birth date and age|Year|Month|Day}}<br/>[[City]], [[State/Province]], [[Country]]


This field is only relevant for individuals. The artist's date and place of death (same format as birth; but use {{death date and age}}).


The city from which the singer or group originated (that is, the city where the group was founded; or the city where individual performers started their career, should it not match the location of their birth). If the city is not known, specify at least the country. Note: as for "Born" and "Died", there is no need to additionally place a {{flagicon}} to represent the nationality.

[[City]], [[State/Province]], [[Country]]


This field is only relevant for individuals. General class(es) of instrument(s) played by the artist, e.g. [[guitar]] or [[violin]]. Include [[singing]], [[rapping]], [[beatboxing]] and/or [[scat singing]] if relevant.


This field is only relevant for individuals. This may be used for singers in lieu of the "Instrument" field. See voice type for a list of types.


The genre or genres of music performed by the act. Aim for generality (e.g. [[Hip hop music|Hip hop]] rather than [[East Coast hip hop]]). Genres should be separated with a delimiter, either a comma or a line break (<br/>). Genres should be linked (piped linked where needed), for example, "Rock, pop" should link to rock music and pop music respectively. Note that most genres aren't proper nouns, and shouldn't be capitalized, but the first word in the list should be.


This field is only relevant for individuals. Roles the artist has fulfilled (e.g. musician, songwriter, producer, etc). For artists that have participated in other forms of entertainment, outside of music (such as acting), these occupations can be included if notable.


Period in years during which the act was or has been active. Only years should be listed here (for example, do not distinguish between the period Paul McCartney was in The Beatles and his solo career), with non-consecutive periods separated by commas. Periods should be separated by an unspaced en dash (e.g. 1993–2004, 2005–present). See WP:DATE#Longer periods and WP:MOS#En dashes.


The record label or labels to which the act has been signed, as a comma-separated list. Omit parenthetical dates; save that information for the main article. Drop the word "Records" from the end of any label's name (e.g. use [[Universal Records|Universal]] rather than [[Universal Records]].)


This field is for professional relationships with other musicians or bands that are significant and notable to this artist's career.

This field can include, for example, any of the following:

  • For individuals: groups of which he or she has been a member
  • Other acts with which this act has collaborated on multiple occasions, or on an album, or toured with as a single collaboration act playing together
  • Groups which have spun off from this group
  • A group from which this group has spun off

The following uses of this field should be avoided:

  • Association of groups with members' solo careers
  • Groups with only one member in common
  • Association of producers, managers, etc. (who are themselves acts) with other acts (unless the act essentially belongs to the producer, as in the case of a studio orchestra formed by and working exclusively with a producer)
  • One-time collaboration for a single, or on a single song
  • Groups that are merely similar


The single web address for the act's primary official website. The preferred format in most cases is [].


This field is only relevant for groups. Current members of the group, listed in order of joining with no other notation than names.


This field is only relevant for groups. Past members of the group, listed in order of joining with no other notation than names. If a group is inactive, all members should be listed here, and none in the "Current_members" field.


This field is only relevant for individuals. Particularly noteworthy models or custom musical instruments with which the artist is strongly associated (e.g. Jimi Hendrix's Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Flying V guitars or Tori Amos's Bösendorfer piano).


The HTML markup produced by this template includes an hCard microformat, which makes the person's details parsable by computers, either acting automatically to catalogue articles across Wikipedia or via a browser tool operated by a reader, to (for example) add the subject to an address book. For more information about the use of microformats on Wikipedia, please see the microformat project.

Date-of-birth ("bday") parameters will only be included in the microformat if {{Birth date}} or {{Birth date and age}} are used in the infobox.

hCard uses HTML classes including:

  • adr
  • agent
  • bday
  • category
  • county-name
  • extended-address
  • family-name
  • fn (required)
  • given-name
  • honorific-prefix
  • honorific-suffix
  • label
  • locality
  • n
  • nickname
  • note
  • org
  • role
  • vcard

Please do not rename or remove these classes.

Sample templates

For individual musicians

The following template code produced the infobox at the top of the page.
{{Infobox Musical artist <!-- See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Musicians -->
| Name            = Mariah Carey
| Img             = Mariah Carey13 Edwards  Dec 1998.jpg
| Img_capt        = Mariah Carey performing in 1998
| Background      = solo_singer
| Birth_name      = Mariah Carey
| Born            = {{birth date and age|1970|3|27}}<br/>[[Huntington, New York|Huntington]], [[Long Island]], [[New York]]
| Origin          = [[New York City]] 
| Genre           = [[pop music|Pop]], [[contemporary R&B|R&B]], [[dance-pop]]
| Associated_acts =
| Occupation      = [[Singer]], [[songwriter]], [[record producer]], [[music video director]], [[actress]]
| Years_active    = 1990–present
| Label           = [[Columbia Records|Columbia]], [[Virgin Records|Virgin]], [[MonarC]]/[[Island Records|Island]]
| URL             = []

For groups or bands

The following template code produced the infobox at the top of the page.
{{Infobox musical artist | <!-- See Wikipedia:WikiProject Musicians -->
| Name                = Audioslave
| Img                 = Audioslave_2005.jpg 
| Landscape           = yes 
| Img_capt            = From left to right: [[Tim Commerford]], [[Chris Cornell]], [[Brad Wilk]] and [[Tom Morello]], performing at the [[Montreux Jazz Festival]], 2005.
| Background          = group_or_band
| Origin              = [[Los Angeles]], [[California]], [[USA]]
| Genre               = [[Hard rock]]<br/>[[Alternative rock]]<br/>[[Post-grunge]]
| Years_active        = 2001–2007
| Label               = [[Epic Records|Epic]], [[Interscope Records|Interscope]]
| Associated_acts     = [[Soundgarden]]<br/>[[Rage Against the Machine]]<br/>[[Temple of the Dog]]<br/>[[The Nightwatchman]]
| URL                 = []
| Current_members     = 
| Past_members        = [[Chris Cornell]]<br/>[[Tom Morello]]<br/>[[Tim Commerford]]<br/>[[Brad Wilk]] 

Examples of the template in use can be found at:

  • Elvis Presley
  • Madonna
  • Sly & the Family Stone

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