Just as songwriter Elton Johnwas brought back to work on the new version of The Lion King, so was the original film’s score composer, Hans Zimmer. Just thinking about The Lion King brings back a rush of emotions for Zimmer, who told us the original film came to him at a pivotal point in his life. Because of those great memories, he was more than happy to return for the remake. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hans Zimmer)
You can still catch The Lion King in theaters now.
Things could have gone so much differently for Carrie Underwood. What if she’d never auditioned for American Idol? What if she hadn’t won? There are probably a thousand “what ifs” that could have taken her life in a different direction. But with a happy family, a collection of platinum albums, and seven Grammy Awards, she’s perfectly happy with her life the way it is. And she says that’s something she’s grateful for every single day. (Click in the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour begins September 10 in San Diego.
Several years ago, there was a time when it seemed like every other song you heard on the radio was either written or produced by Ryan Tedder. In addition to his hits with OneRepublic, he’s written songs for Beyoncé, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, and plenty of other artists. But Tedder, who is now on NBC’s Songland, knows the music business is always changing. He told us that it’s a constant challenge for him to make sure that his projects stay relevant. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Tedder)
The idea behind Songland is to shine a spotlight on an often-overlooked aspect of hit songs — writing and production. And that’s why Ryan Tedder might just be the perfect person to be on the show. The OneRepublic frontman has had amazing success (including Grammy wins) as both a writer and a producer. And, as he told us, it’s a craft that he’s studied very, very meticulously over the years, bringing a blend of both art and science to his projects. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Tedder)
As someone who’s both written and produced plenty of hit songs, Ryan Tedder knows more than most about the art and craft of songwriting. And, having worked with artists in a wide variety of genres, that makes him perfect for NBC’s Songland He says he’s impressed by the amount of ground the show and its songwriters cover, the kind of big-name talent that’s gotten involved, and the amount of exposure the show’s contestants are already getting. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Tedder)
It’s not as if Elton John was a struggling singer or songwriter when The Lion King came along in the early ’90s — he’d already been an international superstar for two decades. But when he got that fateful call from lyricist Tim Rice, who’d been hired by Disney to write The Lion King’s lyrics and was looking for a collaborator, John could hardly believe his good fortune. When we spoke with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, he told us that call was a life-changing event. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elton John)