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The top selling Contemporary Christian artist of all time, Amy had her biggest hits in the early '90s with "Baby Baby" and "Every Heartbeat." She doesn't always share the gospel, which is something she learned from Johnny Carson. » Amy Grant interview
As frontman for Accept, Udo gave us the Metal classics "Fast as a Shark" and "Balls to the Wall." He talks about what it was like riding the wrecking ball in the video for the later, and explains who the "London Leatherboys" really were. » Udo interview
When Shaun's ex-girlfriend wrote a song about him called "Call Me When You're Sober," the Seether frontman responded with "Breakdown," which tells his side of the story. Shaun talks about that track and explains the inspiration for some other Seether tracks, including the one about religion that is often misinterpreted. » Shaun Morgan interview
The King Crimson and ELP founder talks about creating songs like "Lucky Man" and "Karn Evil 9" - songs that he says hold up thanks to their "universal truth." He also explains why he shot a music video in Israel in 1975, and describes his most memorable stage moment, which involves fireworks and Italy. » Greg Lake interview
The guitarist/songwriter talks about the trendsetting sound Fear Factory came up with in the early '90s, which has been emulated by acts like Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch. He also breaks down his signature guitar sound and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs. » Dino Cazares interview
The "How Country Feels" singer/songwriter talks about how he knows when a song is right, and the last one that hit the sweet spot. Turns out there's also a big Southern Rock influence on Randy, which he says you probably wouldn't see today. » Randy Houser interview
Now on album #17, The Stranglers have prospered since their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus, which contained the punk classic, "Peaches." Their bass player/frontman talks about the evolution of the band and their distinctive keyboard-driven sound. » JJ Burnel interview
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer jaw-jerks about some of his famous recording and songwriting sessions, which took place with folks like Aretha Franklin and Doc Pomus. This one took a turn down a dark alley when we learned about his influence on the Rolling Stones' "pornographic" album. » Dr. John interview
As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She's still pouring her heart out into songs like "That Year" and her Elton John collaboration "Caroline." Her song "The Story" found new life when it was featured on Grey’s Anatomy. » Brandi Carlile interview
Brad wrote "No Rain" about those listless times when you're looking for any excuse to stay in bed - days when he was busking the song on Venice Beach waiting for a break. Lots of details on the song and on Shannon Hoon, the original Blind Melon lead singer who died in 1995. » Brad Smith interview
Ian names the few Jethro Tull songs he wrote as blatant attempts to write a hit, and also discusses the ones he has most connected with, including "Locomotive Breath" - a song about population control that resonates more than ever today. » Ian Anderson interview
When it comes to songwriting, Holly says it's genetic. Good thing she has some primo DNA - her dad is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. Her other interests are surprisingly domestic, not unlike her good friend and fellow musician/lifestyle maven Gwyneth Paltrow. » Holly Williams interview