Top 10 Musicians Who Played a Completely Different Genre or Instrument

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1Alex Skolnick - a thrasher who plays jazzAlexander Nathan Skolnick, is an American metal and jazz guitarist who is the lead guitarist of the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, and heads the jazz band Alex Skolnick Trio.

Alex Skolnick of thrash metal band Testament plays jazz in Alex Skolnick Trio. He's a thrasher but he's also a jazzer! - Metal_Treasure

2Jeff Walker - recorded a country album

Bassist for death metal / grindcore band Carcass. - Metal_Treasure

3Frederik Ehmke - a drummer who plays bagpipe and fluteFrederik Ehmke is a German metal drummer, who has been the drummer for the German metal band Blind Guardian since 2005.

He's the Blind Guardian drummer but he plays bagpipe and flute on some Blind Guardian songs. - Metal_Treasure

4Jeff Waters - a thrasher who is reported to have ghost-written many successful country/pop ballads for other artistsJeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.

Source: his wiki page, ch. Legacy. I personally also heard of such rumors. - Metal_Treasure

5Jarkko Ahola - a metal singer who sings classical and jazz, and recorded an album with a Big BandJarkko Kalevi Ahola is a Finnish performing artist, composer and singer, best known as a metal singer. He is the vocalist, bass player and one of the three songwriters of the metal band Teräsbetoni. He also started a solo career as Ahola, a metal band.
6Michael Poulsen was a death metal growlerMichael Schøn Poulsen is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.
7Jon Bon Jovi - jazzJohn Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.
8Tobias Sammet - a metal singer and bassist who can play organTobias Sammet is a German musician. He is best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.
9Christina Aguilera - jazzChristina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", and "Candyman".
10Cher - jazzCher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long ...read more.

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11Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu - a metal bassist who recorded a rap album
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