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Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Slumdog Millionaires

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.21.2014 | Travel
Shelly Peiken

I went to India to clear my head, to give my songs a different point of view. But the Universe has a way of saying "Ha" all the time. Back in the safety of my Laurel Canyon nest, I couldn't write a word for weeks. In fact, a pop song was the last thing on my mind.

After the Heroin, the Singing

Ben Evans | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Ben Evans

In total, he looked up all of two times throughout his set, and the shame that seemed to hold his eyes to the floor was both unsettling and captivating.

So Your Kid Wants to Write Songs

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

When parents ask me how they can help their child be a songwriter, I pause. I don't want to hurt their feelings. Sometimes I'm afraid to tell them what I think. It may not be what they want to hear.

Chris Young: Country Music's Superstar Next Door

Brittany Hodak | Posted 10.30.2014 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Unassuming country music star Chris Young describes himself as "a normal dude who just happens to have a really freakin' cool job." While the "cool job" part is clear-he's toured with everyone from George Strait to Miranda Lambert-Young's accomplishments place him squarely ahead of the "normal dude" pack.

My Chats with Tom Rush

Lauren Daley | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

Rush, 73, has a voice that has only warmed and deepened with age -- he sounds better now than he did 40 years ago.

Taylor Swift Is the Greatest Songwriter of All Time

Tywan Wade | Posted 12.07.2014 | College
Tywan Wade

What I've discovered -- much to the affect of Taylor's swift way of living -- is that your life can be whatever may come of it. Your twenties don't have to be dark and twisted, with dreams becoming timestamped to your teenage imagination. It's yours to create.

Behind the Scenes With Singer-Songwriter, Macy Gray

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

When I sat down with singer-songwriter Macy Gray in the private Barrel Room of City Winery just before her performance there, I was reminded of what it means to be a one-of-a-kind.

The Business of Music: Understanding 4 Distinct Revenue Streams for Songwriters

Amy Oraefo | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Amy Oraefo

Being exposed to revenue streams will better equip a songwriter or producer of their rights within the music industry. Once the content creator possesses adequate knowledge of their rights, they can move forward with capitalizing on their talents.

Humans, Bridges and the Grunting of Animals

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Peter Himmelman

The war in Gaza roars on and a storm of words are bandied about, unfiltered and at times, even un-thought. In the past few weeks I've done my own share of opining -- I won't be doing only that here. Rather, I'm going to show you an example of bridge building, as of late, an activity in short supply.

Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's music playing when Marc Gross opens the door. Cara Samantha, his wife, is sitting on the sofa. She's not singing, merely speaking softly, but her sultry voice relegates the famous one on the CD to deep background.

The Secret Chaos Behind Lionel Richie And Michael Jackson's Iconic Song

OWN | Posted 06.20.2014 | OWN

In 1985, producer Quincy Jones gave Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson the assignment of a lifetime. To help fight famine in Africa, he wanted them to ...

Songwriter's Pie Anyone?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I can't believe I'm actually going to say this. I many never work in this town again. But here goes. Financially, it's less and less possible for a songwriter to make a decent living. I know of a few who have contributed to hit songs that are still having trouble paying their rent.

WATCH: Rosanne Cash Opens Up About Her Father

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 04.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Rosanne Cash found inspiration for her latest album, "The River & The Thread," during a visit to the childhood home of her father Johnny Cash. The Gra...

The Art of Y: Redefining the Music Industry

Alex Schattner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

On Jan. 30, I spoke with singer/songwriter Lily Virginia. After several years in the making, her self-titled EP is debuting on March 8t...

The Songwriter Might Surprise You: Artists Who Wrote Hit Songs That Others Made Famous

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 04.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

There is so much well-deserved attention focused on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles US arrival and appearance of on The Ed Sullivan Show. But here...

Steve Fromholz -- A Guest In My Heart

Turk Pipkin | Posted 03.28.2014 | Arts
Turk Pipkin

Recently in Ft. McKavett, Texas, I joined a large group of family and friends for the burial and farewell to the late, great Steven Fromholz, legendary Texas singer and songwriter, husband, father, grandfather, friend, river boatman, sometime golfer and fulltime lover of life.

Possibility Junkie: Keeping Hope Alive

Andrea Sluchan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Andrea Sluchan

That Guitar Man's background as told in Possibility Junkie is Ippolito's story. His rise to fame as That Guitar Man from Central Park is unique -- there are no other buskers making a living playing in one place for as long as he has been.

Latin-American Songwriter Creates 'App Song' and Takes it on Tour

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.04.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Taking the concept to the next stage literally, Drexler applies the technology to a live audience setting, picking audience members to come on stage and choose the parts of the songs, which he then has to sing in real time.

Taking a Style Detour: Exit E

Rai Mensah | Posted 11.04.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Her expression not only comes through in her words, but also in the the style and grace with which she chooses to live her life. Chatting with her we found out what motivates her daily style.

Skylar Grey Performs "Wear Me Out" and Talks "Don't Look Down" Album and Tour

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

The day before her "Don't Look Down" solo album launched and 2013 tour kicked off, singer/songwriter Skylar Grey joined us in the What's Trending st...

Speaking to One of America's Most Underrated Songwriters -- Jonah Matranga

Salvatore Bono | Posted 06.10.2013 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

Jonah Matranga has seen every angle of the music business and every aspect of what it is like to be a musician. As he preps his new album, I spoke to the singer his career, social issues, and music.

The Musical Half of the Kardashian Family Release Debut Album (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 06.02.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Californian music duo Brandon & Leah treat the What's Trending studio to a live performance of their song, "Showstopper," widely known as the theme song from Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

Skylar Grey Teases Her Upcoming Album with Eminem and Takes Reddit Caption Contest

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Pulling inspiration from Skylar Grey's Don't Look Down album cover caption contest, we challenged the singer/songwriter to our own version of the challenge, asking her to brainstorm the best captions for some of Reddit's most-shared images right now.

After Three Decades A Crystal Clear Classic Still Soothes Broken Hearts

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Levin, J.D.

Sometimes the stories behind the music world's most memorable songs can be almost as compelling as the tunes themselves. Such is the case with Crystal Gayle's 1977 "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," an incredibly beautiful song that peaked exactly 35 years ago this week.

Casey Abrams Performs "Stuck in London" LIVE, Brings Organic Soul Pop to New Album

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Singer, songwriter and multi-talented musician Casey Abrams performs his original tune "Stuck in London" and answers fan questions about his mesmerizing beard, his relationship with Haley Reinhart, the evolution of his music for his latest self-titled album and upcoming tours.