More Defining Moments
Bret Michaels is one of the most hard-working men in show business. In addition to fronting multi-platinum hard rock icons Poison, for the past decade Michaels has also toured and recorded as a solo artist, recently even cutting a duet with Miley Cyrus.
Jason Derulo got into the music business as a songwriter at the age of 18, but knew from a young age that this was his path. "For me it was very early on ," Derulo tells Popeater of his defining moment as a music fan. "I was about four or five years old and I was watching television and Michael Jackson was doing a live performance. I was just flabbergasted, I was in awe of what he was doing." Derulo says it was right then he decided he would one day go on to be the top ten hitmaking singer of songs like 'Whatcha Say' and 'In My Head." "I told my mom, 'I'm gonna be just like him,'" he recalls. "And never looked back since."
For anyone who's felt the spirit of reggae, the music of Bob Marley is as seminal as the Beatles were to rock. And Wyclef Jean is not different. With both the Fugees and as a solo artist Jean's music has carried the influence of Marley so it should surprise no one that Jean credits the reggae icon with turning him onto music.
Watching two journeymen musicians grind it out in a bar may not seem like much of a source of inspiration, but for a young Zac Brown, the future leader of Zac Brown Band, that evening was a defining moment. “I was watching Shawn Mullins and Matthew Taylor,” he tells Spinner. "I was 14 and watching them play and sing and just sweating it out in the bar. There was probably 40 people there. It was so mesmerizing and I was ‘OK. That’s what I wanna do."
David Cook first caught the world's attention when he beat out fellow contestant David Archuleta for the 'American Idol' crown back in 2008. Since then, the gifted singer-songwriter has carved out a niche for himself in the pop-rock landscape with a succession of hit singles and a platinum-selling major label album. You would think that his defining moment would have been winning the American Idol title, but, as he recently told PopEater when we visited a recording session for his next album, Cook instead recalls an embarrassing tale from his youth.
Keyshia Cole's most significant moment came in 2006, when her reality show, 'Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,' debuted on BET. The series -- which documented the exploits of Keyshia and her family (mainly her sister Neffe and mother Frankie) -- aired for three seasons and was a ratings hit for the network.
There are times when a person has to hit rock bottom to make a major change for the better in his or her life. In the case of sisters Wendy and Carnie Wilson, two-thirds of the pop group Wilson Phillips, they had to overcome personal obstacles to get to where they are now.
Sometimes it takes death to make people appreciate life. In the case of the Ting Tings' singer/guitarist Katie White, it took the passing of Queen's Freddie Mercury and the famed 1992 tribute concert at Wembley Stadium for her to truly grasp what he meant to the world.
Like millions of Americans, Linkin Park vocalist and producer Mike Shinoda started out as a kid with a piano. Every week, he took lessons and learned scales, chords and melodies. At the time, he wasn't being groomed to be a superstar producer, he was just playing music. Then he got a keyboard, sampler and a four-track recorder -- and everything changed. He went from playing classical songs to tapping into the cultural zeitgeist of his own generation.
People born in the early ‘80s most likely grew up listening to some music that might not seem so cool today. Tegan and Sara are no different. The Quin twins revealed to Spinner that the most moving musical moment of their youth came thanks to New Kids on the Block.
In a recent interview with the BoomBox, Fat Joe spoke about the struggles Latinos face in the rap industry. "[I'm] one of the only dudes relevant for 16 years repping the Latinos," Joe proclaimed as he proudly discussed his many achievements since bursting on the scene in the '90s.
When Blake Shelton visited our Los Angeles studios for an AOL Music Sessions performance, his musical hero was on his mind: Garth Brooks. "I don't ever want to be a puppet up there, just going through the motions," Blake insists. "I want to actually feel it ... and [Garth] is the king of that."
Rob Machado is one of professional surfing’s most recognizable figures and one of it's greatest ambassadors, but despite winning numerous events and titles what best defines him was a moment in an epic semi-final heat of the 1995 Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.
Like many musicians, Ben Lee had a life-changing moment thanks to a cult classic album. As the indie rocker tells Spinner, he might not have become the jangly, upbeat singer-songwriter he is today if it wasn't for Jonathan Richman's 1979 LP, 'Back in Your Life.'
Mixed martial arts legend and former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten made a name for himself by taking on all comers in the ring or the cage, but his inspiration came when he first saw Bruce Lee take on dozens of henchmen at a time in the 1973 martial arts movie classic "Enter the Dragon."
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