Linda Perry Recalls How She Helped Pink Re-Invent Herself And Her Sound

06/11/2014 11:21 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Award-winning singer-songwriter Linda Perry revealed how she helped Pink re-invent herself in an interview with HuffPost Live this week.

Calling her studio time with Pink a "wonderful collaboration of honesty," Perry recalled, "She was somebody that was playing white girl R&B [but] when we were hanging out, I asked her one day, 'Can you bring me your CD collection? I'm curious.'"

As it turns out, Pink's favorite artists included the likes of Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Beck -- a far cry from the R&B-tinged sound that defined her 2000 debut album, "Can't Take Me Home."

"I'm like, 'You're not an R&B artist, kid. There's edge in you,'" Perry, who has also worked with Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Adam Lambert, noted. Still, the 4 Non Blondes veteran says she couldn't have predicted the smash success of their collaborative efforts on "Missundaztood," Pink's second album.

"Neither one of us knew what was gonna happen," she said. "What happened was that we were able to open up to each other ... she completely abandoned what she was told she was supposed to be, and just became Alecia Moore."

Perry, who recently married longtime girlfriend Sara Gilbert, is currently promoting her new VH1 series, “Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project.”

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