Ken Leighton 6:48 a.m., Aug. 27
RIYL: 4 Non Blondes, Sheryl Crow, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Janis Joplin, Pink, Jewel, Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, Vanessa Carlton, Sugababes, Lillix, Melissa Etheridge, Sierra Swan, Solange Knowles, Juliette and the Licks, Lisa Marie Presley
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Influences: The Who, Joni Mitchell, Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Nancy Wilson
Linda Perry says she lived on the streets of San Diego before she came to national attention while fronting 4 Non Blondes. “I was just loafing, partying all the time,” she told the Washington Post (9-26-05), “and when I hit 20, like, ‘Hello, you’re supposed to be doing music right now.’ Then it was, like, all right, I’m gonna be a rock star.”
Thanks to successful songs Perry wrote or produced for Christina Aguilera, Juliette Lewis, Kelly Osbourne, Courtney Love, Pink, and Gwen Stefani, by 2006 Perry was driving a new Aston Martin, owned a San Fernando Valley recording studio, and launched her own label, Custard Records.
Regarding Stefani, Perry says, “Gwen had friction completely about everything. She had friction about making an album...I think she had hesitation about me, because she’d never worked with a woman before. Everybody I get who’s a woman says they’ve never worked with a woman before.”
Perry also cowrote Unwritten Law’s 2005 song “Save Me.”
Her old band 4 Non Blondes reunited for An Evening With Women, a benefit for L.A.'s Gay & Lesbian Center, on May 10, 2014. Her new reality show The Linda Perry Project debuted on VH1 that July, where the producer/songwriter relaunched her record label and mentored new talent.