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Album: Growing PainsReleased: 1997Charted:
Desmond Child, who produced the album, got the idea for the title after hearing the Bush song "Glycerine
" on the radio. Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale has a thick accent, and Desmond thought he was singing "Kiss The Rain." When he found out he wasn't, he decided to use "Kiss The Rain" for a song he was working on with Myers.
Child and Myers wrote this with Eric Bazilian, another successful songwriter/producer. Says Bazilian, "I think it's sort of based on all of our experiences. That's the thing, you sort of get to a common ground area where you draw on shared experiences, common experiences."
Bazilian: "I was at a songwriting camp at a castle in France - Miles Copeland used to do these things. That's where I met Desmond Child. I'd spoken to him a few times before, but we'd never actually met. He would tell me about this artist he was working with, sort of developing and writing with named Billie Myers. He was trying to convince me to stop in London on my way back to the United States with him to meet her and write a song. He told me he wanted to write a song called "Kiss The Rain," and we started writing it. At that point, I just had to go with him to London, so we got a small conference room at the Halcyon hotel in London. I had my Roland VS-880 workstation with me, which was a brand new thing at the time. I had just gotten it and was figuring out how to use it, and we recorded a demo on that, most of which is the record. The guitars were played that day, the keyboards, most of her vocals are all on that record."
Desmond Child has also worked with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Joan Jett. Eric Bazilian is a founding member of The Hooters and worked on the debut albums for both Cyndi Lauper and Joan Osborne. They both worked with Ricky Martin on his song "Private Emotion." (Thanks to Eric for speaking with us about this song. For more, check out his website at www.ericbazilian.com)
This song helped earn Myers a spot on the Lilith Fair the next year, which was a tour featuring female singer/songwriters like Sarah McLachlan and Tracy Chapman. Myers' unusual sound earned her a lot of fans, but so far this is her only hit.