Linda Perry

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Linda Perry was born on April 15, 1965 in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is a rock musician, songwriter, and record producer, and is best known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of the 4 Non Blondes and as the writer/producer of hit songs by a number of female singers.more

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    • Linda when asked recently if she's involved romantically with anybody: I'm not, but I love, love my ex-girlfriend. We're broken up, but I just love her to death… Relationships aren't for me because I'm so involved in and I love music. Imagine your first love, someone that you love so fucking much in your life — that's what music is for me. It's just, I love it so much and it is my relationship. That's my girlfriend… I don't think relationships are going to be for me. I'll probably just hang out with my best friend and that will be it.

    • Linda: I don't do interviews that much and I don't go out that much. I like being home and I like being in my studio. It's my entertainment, it's my nightlife, it's my social life, everything. The reason I don't like to do interviews is that I don't know my boundaries, so I am very outspoken, and I'll answer any question, and that's what my problem is. Why I don't like doing it is that you can ask me anything and I'll answer it.

    • Linda: I respond all the time to e-mails from kids that [write], 'You're so out and it's so nice and it's wonderful to see that it makes me feel like there's nothing wrong with me, and for the longest time I thought that something was wrong with me.'

    • Linda when asked why she doesn't like gay magazines: I don't know, it's so gay! You know what I mean? I am full-on lesbian. I f**king love women. I'm out there, I'm doing whatever I can possibly do, but the problem I have is that sometimes the experiences that I've had, [the media focuses on] the gay factor, and not on who I am as a person, and not who I am as a creative person. I just struggle with that because it's like, that's not what the world is. If we want to fit in this world, then we need to live in it, not segregate ourselves from it. I probably have a really naive idea of what gay should be, and I know that… It's not that I hate gay magazines, it's just that I feel that it could be a little bit better. Let me put it in a more positive way: There's room for improvement.

    • Linda: I really did not enjoy myself in 4 Non Blondes… So when I left the band, I just wanted to take a breath and sit down in a chair and use my low register, and never go up high, and write a record that was basically everything I was feeling at that time. The record is about a very troubled, very intoxicated person… "In Flight" is very soothing, it's very calming, and it's to me, my best work I've ever done. I was very disappointed when the label basically shelved it… So I didn't listen to it for years, because it was so heartbreaking for me to listen to it. Even when I wanted to put it in, I just couldn't because I knew I'd start crying and get really depressed and feel miserable and feel like a failure—which I did, I felt like a total failure on that record.

    • Linda: I have to meet everybody that I work with. I always make my manager set up a meeting. And I don't care who you are — I don't care if you had the worst record last year… People gave me shit about working on the Kelly [Osbourne] record ['Sleeping in the Nothing'], like, 'What? You're going to ruin your friggin' career doing Kelly Osbourne!' I fucking love that girl. And I knew exactly what kind of record she needed to make, an electronic kind of '80s record, and it's perfect for her voice. And I absolutely love that record. It's one of my favorite records right now. And I don't care what anybody thinks…because I know I tapped into something with her.

    • Linda when asked about her collaboration with Courtney Love: She's crazy. I love her, that woman. She just showed up at my house at 2:30 in the morning, banging on my door, and I'm like, "What the f**k?" It was so surreal… from the moment she walked in she would not shut up! She was just like [in one breath], 'Blah blah blah this is why I want to work with you I think you're incredible you know I should have met you a long time ago before I got into Hole me and you are supposed to be together I'm Mick you're my Keith and what we need to do is write a song like 'Sympathy for the Devil.''I go, 'Lady, you're really overwhelming me right now,' and she just started laughing, and she's like, 'I overwhelm everybody.' We ended up writing a song that night, and she didn't leave until 6 or 7 o'clock in the morning. It was really fun. She was my rock-n-roll savior… Right now we've been hanging out again and we wrote a couple of songs already and I told her if I got involved that I'd definitely have to produce it this time, because she needs to just make a balls-out record with no overdubs, no backgrounds. Just a badass record that is full of mistakes, and just full of Courtney, because Courtney is a walking mistake, and she constantly does something wrong, and that's the kind of record she needs to make, a chaotic mess.

    • Linda: There was this girl, when we were kids, that lived across the street from our house… this total motorcycle dyke, you know, the leather hat, the leather vest, the leather pants, and she rode a motorcycle. She was very butch. And my mom just didn't want me to look like her. She didn't want me to look like a guy. I never was a proper dresser in her eyes, so that part didn't really matter to her, she just didn't want me to look like Mrs. Proctor's daughter.

    • Linda on the first songs she wrote: I wrote a couple of weird little songs. I wrote this song called 'Desperate.' It had two chords in it, the two chords I could play at the time. It was about men taking advantage of women and how desperate they are. And then I wrote a song that I remember really well, called 'Titty Girls,' and it was about a girl that wanted to kill herself. And then I made my brother play it with me at the school talent show. And it kind of tripped people out because it was about this girl that wanted to kill herself. That was when I was 15 or 16.

    • Linda: My brother [John] was a great guitar player. He was in a band called 'Chaos'… and they would play in our garage and I was probably maybe 14, so he would never let me in the garage. [laughs] When they left I would sneak in there and pick up his guitar—and always get busted—and I would try to figure out by ear what they were playing, and that's how I learned. I don't know how to read one frigging note. Don't even ask me, I have no idea. People put [sheet music] in front of me and I'm like, 'I don't fucking know what you're doing right now. What the fuck is that?'

    • Linda: Music has always been a really big part of my family. My father was a kind of a country jazz player. He played guitar, piano, bass. So we were brought up with Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, and Brazil 66, Sergio Mendes…

    • She has songwriting credits on "Voice Inside My Head" from the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" album.

    • She has collaborated with Goapele on "Darker Side of The Moon" from his "Change It All" album.

    • She has collaborated with The Format on the song "Dead End" from their "Dog Problems" album.

    • She is producing Skin's new album.

    • She is producing Ben Jelen's new album.

    • She is collaborating with Kelis on some songs.

    • Linda has been involved in the production of Christina Aguilera's latest album.

    • Linda is currently working with Vanessa Carlton on her third studio album.

    • Linda promoted the re-release of "In Flight" with three rare live performances on the west coast, with Sierra Swan opening.

    • The re-release of "In Flight" features new artwork, and includes original videos for "Fill Me Up" and "Freeway".

    • Her solo album, "In Flight", was re-released by Kill Rock Star Records in October 2005.

    • She has been signed to indie Kill Rock Star Records.

    • Linda performed at ASCAP's showcase at the Sundance Film Festival.

    • Perry co-wrote "Save Me" for punk rockers Unwritten Law.

    • She produced "No Bravery" for James Blunt.

    • She co-wrote Gwen Stefani's hit single, "What You Waiting For?".

    • She co-wrote songs with Gwen Stefani for her album "Love, Angel, Music, Baby".

    • She collaborated with 'Fischerspooner' on some songs in their latest album.

    • In 2004, she made an appearance with Camp Freddy at LA's Live 103's Birthday Concert. She belted some Led Zeppelin then joined Lisa Marie Presley on stage for some songs they wrote together. Also appearing at the show were Juliette Lewis and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.

    • Linda made a live appearance at a DKNY Benefit show in Los Angeles, joining Slash on stage for a version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love".

    • She wrote the song "StupidStar" with Gina Gershon, for the movie Prey for Rock and Roll.

    • In 2003 Linda was nominated at the Grammy Awards for her song "Beautiful" as a contender for "Song of the Year."

    • In 2003 Linda received two ASCAP awards for her writing.

    • In 2002, Linda made a rare live performance at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles. She performed a set of original music and a set of Led Zeppelin covers, and was cheered on by a full house of fans and critics. Pink joined her for "Lonely Girl" and Christina Aguilera for "Beautiful."

    • She has worked with Enrique Iglesias.

    • She has worked with Ben Jelen.

    • She has worked with James Blunt.

    • She has worked with Vanessa Carlton.

    • She has worked with Kelly Osbourne.

    • She has worked with 'L.P.'

    • She has worked with 'Unwritten Law.'

    • She has worked with 'Fischerspooner.'

    • She has worked with Lisa Marie Presley.

    • She has worked with 'Juliette and the Licks.'

    • She has worked with Gavin Rossdale.

    • She has worked with Solange Knowles.

    • She has worked with Sierra Swan.

    • She has worked with Melissa Etheridge.

    • She has worked with Robbie Williams.

    • She has worked with Lillix.

    • She has worked with the Sugababes.

    • She has worked with Blaque.

    • She has worked with Gwen Stefani.

    • She has worked with Courtney Love.

    • She has worked with Jewel.

    • She provided Christina Aguilera with a career makeover and the international hit, "Beautiful".

    • Linda was approached by Pink, who asked her to produce her album and help her with her songwriting.

    • She wrote the songs "Beautiful" and "Cruz", which were eventually recorded by Christina Aguilera and appeared on her album, "Stripped".

    • By 2001, she wanted to be secure a contract with a major label, since as an independent artist she was spending more time behind a desk than on stage, where she really wanted to be.

    • In 1999, she toured with 4 Non Blondes' bassist Christa Hillhouse and Claudia Page, an LA-based drummer.

    • She released her second solo album, "After Hours", on Rockstar Records.

    • She signed 2 Lane Blacktop to her label.

    • She signed Stone Fox to her label.

    • She has her own record label - Rockstar Records.

    • She produced a movie called "Pink as The Day She Was Born," featuring cameos by Les Claypool and Margaret Cho.

    • After releasing "In Flight", Linda took time out to host and appear at the 1997 and 1998 Bammies (Bay Area Music Awards.)

    • She appeared on the Howard Stern Show, where she performed "What's Up?" and participated in "lesbian dial-a-date".

    • Linda toured and promoted "In Flight" with her own funds.

    • "In Flight", Linda's solo CD, received critical acclaim but was a poor seller, mainly due to Interscope's lack of promotion.

    • "In Flight", Linda's solo CD, was an atmospherically appealing work: moody, mellow and at times dark - far removed from the sound of 4 Non Blondes.

    • Linda's solo CD, "In Flight", was released in 1996.

    • The production team behind Linda's solo CD consisted of Bill Bottrell and members of the Tuesday Night Music Club.

    • Since the 4 Non Blondes split before they fulfilled their recording contract, Interscope, their label, reluctantly allowed Linda Perry to make a solo CD.

    • Linda left the 4 Non Blondes in 1995, due to creative differences.

    • Linda wanted to take the 4 Non Blondes' second album to a more underground experimental sound, but the rest of the band sought to remain with the commercially appealing sound of "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!". This eventually led to their split.

    • Linda wrote the song "What's Up?", which was the 4 Non Blondes' biggest hit.

    • The 4 Non Blondes debut album, "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!" was released in late 1992. It featured Linda Perry as lead singer and was dominated by her compositions. The album was as an immediate success.

    • Perry was recruited into the 4 Non Blondes by their founder Christa Hillhouse in 1990.

    • She used to pay dues by singing at San Francisco Bay Area clubs and coffeehouses.

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