past simple vs present perfect

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If I were asked whether there was a singer who sang a particular song, what would be the difference in the meaning of each answer?

"There has been a singer named......who sang ........"

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"There was a singer named ........who sang............."
 

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Without more context, the second sounds more natural, but context would be the deciding factor- is the singer alive or dead, is the song old, has music changed since it was recorded, etc.
 

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The first one would suggest that the singer is still alive, whereas the second he's dead?
 

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Not necessarily
 
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