The Magnificent Linda Perry

Having one career in an industry as fickle as the music biz is a pretty amazing feat, but some people are lucky and, more importantly, talented enough to go through several rounds of pop music reincarnation. Linda Perry is one of them. She got her start as the massive-voiced lead singer of early '90s alt-pop outfit 4 Non Blondes and could have rested on the laurels of their indefatigable hit "What's Up?" (which Perry wrote). But after a brief detour as a solo artist, she went on to an even more spectacular second career as one of pop music's most important behind-the-scenes movers and shakers.

It all started when Pink called looking for a songwriting guru and mentor. Perry ended up writing and helming much of M!ssundaztood, then went on to pen and produce smash hits for artists as wide-ranging as Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Enrique Iglesias, Kelis, Weezer and even Cheap Trick. Her specialty is guiding performers through the songwriting process, cowriting and working closely with them. More than a decade, a couple ASCAP and Grammy Awards and hundreds of serious hits later, Perry has settled pretty successfully into her true calling in the music industry. Take a listen to some of those hits on our Linda Perry primer.

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