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Linda Perry (born April 15, 1965) is an American Grammy nominated rock singer-songwriter, and record producer. She first became known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes and has since founded two record labels and composed and produced hit songs for several other artists. They include: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera, "What You Waiting For?" by Gwen Stefani, and "Get the Party Started" by P!nk. Perry has also contributed to albums by Adele, Alicia Keys, and Courtney Love, as well as signing and distributing James Blunt in the United States. Perry was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.
Relationship with P!nk
Perry was one of P!nk's biggest musical influences growing up, eventually leading to her serving as a mentor and co-writer for P!nk during the making of her second album, M!ssundaztood. Perry took full writing credits for the songs "Get the Party Started" and "Lonely Girl," serving as a featured artist on the latter. She also co-wrote "M!ssundaztood," "Respect," "Dear Diary," "Eventually, "Gone to California," "My Vietnam," and "Catch-22" with P!nk. The duo later co-wrote "If You're Gonna Fly Away" for Faith Hill from her 2002 album Cry.
Perry was also credited as a co-writer on P!nk's third studio album, Try This, though some of their collaborations on the album are thought to be cuts from M!ssundaztood. "Catch Me While I'm Sleeping," "Try Too Hard," and "Delirium" were all co-written by P!nk and Perry, and produced by the latter (with John Fields assisting with production on "Try Too Hard"). Additionally, she co-wrote "Waiting for Love" and "Free" with P!nk, Eric Schermerhorn, Paul III, Brian MacLeod, while handling the production herself.
In 2003, Perry had a publicized falling out with P!nk, allegedly a result of P!nk's jealousy after Perry worked with other artists, namely Christina Aguilera, who was thought to be a rival of P!nk's at the time. Perry confirmed that her work with Aguilera and her "righteous behavior" were partially to blame for their falling out.
The two later reconciled after Perry took responsibility for the feud, crediting much of it to her criticism of Try This:
|“||Well, it’s not that we had a broken [relationship], it’s just that she and I stopped talking for a few years because... well, she got mad at me, and for good reason... Someone had asked me about one of her records, I think it was Try This, and I think they took it out of context, but I said, 'Well, I know what Alecia is capable of, and it’s crap to me. Because I know what she can really do.' So, you put 'Linda Perry Says P!nk’s Last Album Was Crappy' as a headline and of course she’s gonna fucking get mad! And I totally understand! But, she and I spoke and we get along great again. P!nk and I will always be like falling off a bicycle—we’re gonna get right back on and be fine. She’s stubborn and I’m stubborn. Whatever she’s doing [musically] is totally working. She doesn’t need anybody to fix anything.||”|
Although the duo have not written together since, they sang Perry's 4 Non Blondes hit "What's Up?" at the Los Angeles LGBT Center for her "An Evening with Women" event in 2010 and at P!nk's "The Power of Pink: An Acoustic Evening with P!nk & Friends" show in 2014. P!nk had previously covered the song during her I'm Not Dead Tour in 2006.
- Linda Perry Talks New VH1 Show, Feud with Pink & Finding Love | toofab.com
- Linda Perry Starts Pink’s Party, Defends Christina Aguilera, Is Legendary | Autostraddle
- Pink and Linda Perry's Impromptu Acoustic Performance of "What's Up?" | LA LGBT Center - YouTube
- Power Of Pink 2014 - P!NK & FRIENDS - What's Up feat Linda Perry 10/23/14 - YouTube