Frequently during the year you will find star studded social activities that bring in big names. Whether it is for the Waste Management Open, Barrett Jackson vintage and luxury car show, five star resorts and spas, relaxing fall, winter and spring temperatures or to attend some of the biggest social events of the season celebrities are spotted throughout Scottsdale and the surrounding Valley almost all year round.
But what about the stars that were born and bred here in the Valley of the Sun?
You’d be surprised at the celebrities from Arizona including musicians, politicians and activists whose roots originate in our sun filled bliss.
So who are these big names? Read along to find out.
Remember her? In early 2000 this talented musician had all of us moving to her soft rock-pop anthem “Everywhere.”
Believe it or not Michelle Branch grew up and went to grade through high school in Sedona, Arizona. It should be no surprise to those familiar with Sedona that she attributes a lot of inspiration from the beautiful, serine surroundings she grew up on.
Her most famous albums The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper were some of her biggest accomplishments, but we can look forward to her new album West Coast Time that has been delayed but rumored to hit our ears in the coming fall.
Musician and Arizona local Alice Cooper has a huge influence on the Phoenix metropolitan area. He has his hands in the food industry and is frequently featured in parades, fairs, charity events and social gatherings making us adore his local loyalty.
Alice Cooperstown is the Motley Crue front-runner’s pride and joy. Located in downtown Phoenix Cooperstown has an all American, sports bar inspired menu that caters to locals going to a baseball game just around the corner.
He can be found there when he isn’t making guest appearances or touring with the band enjoying Arizona life to the fullest.
Author of the world famous Twilight series Meyer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona attending Chaparral High School and starting her early career as an English teacher.
You can find some of her Arizona inspiration work in her first book where the characters hail from Arizona themselves and Meyers currently lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her sons.
Phoenix born Pablo Francisco is a stand-up comedian and frequent comic on Comedy Central and other affiliated comedy channels.
He got his start at the Tempe Improv where he was quickly picked up and featured in shows such as The Tonight Show, Mind of Mencia, FrankTV and The Jay Leno Show.
Francisco is hailed for his impressions he has perfected throughout the years and can be heard impersonating Howard Stern, Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan, Kermit the Frog, R2D2 and so many more.
Saguaro High School Alumni, actor, writer, musician and comedian David Spade was born and raised as a child and young adult in the Valley of the Sun.
He got his start on Saturday Night Live portraying legendary characters which then turned into blockbuster movies like Tommy Boy, Joe Dirt, Black Sheep, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2.
He was also famous for his role on 8 Simple Rules and Just Shoot Me!
Born in Scottsdale, Arizona Emma Stone is one of the most famous actresses from Arizona.
She rose to fame after her appearances in Superbad with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. From there she jumped into the Hollywood limelight in multiple raved films such as Friends with Benefits, Crazy Stupid Love, alongside Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man.
She is expected to amaze once again in her role with Bradley Cooper in the new film Aloha that just came out May 29th, 2015.
Country music star Dierks Bentley was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1975. His early life was spent taking influence from the southwest and bringing it into his country music and bluegrass music.
He is now a high profile celebrity who is best known for his songs “What Was I Thinkin’” “Come a Little Closer” and “Lot a Leavin’ Left to Do.”
He is a CMA award winner, member of the Grand Ol’ Opry and long standing influential musician within the country music community.