From Finland, Nightwish is a symphonic metal band who seemlessly blend opera, symphony, and metal. Very very powerful and beautiful stuff!!!
Lesiëm is a German projekt in the space music/new age genre and they combine choir and chanting with uplifting vocal solos!!!
Neil Diamond is the king of emotional, introspective, and uplifting music!!!
Rush is unlike most rock bands. Their lyrics and soaring vocals, guitars, and keyboards are amazing and contain almost all philosophy!!!
Janis Ian is an amazing songwriter not afraid to get realistic and emotionally honest. Great stuff!!!