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Linda Perry, as lead singer and main songwriter for 4 Non Blondes, wrote the group’s international 1993 hit “What’s Up?” prior to establishing herself as a major songwriter and producer. Her writer/producer credits including such hits as Pink’s “Get The Party Started” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful?both chart-toppers.


Born April 15, 1965 in Springfield, Mass., Perry pursued her interest in music while a teenager in San Diego, then moved to San Francisco in 1986, where she sang original songs and played guitar on the streets, having written her first song by age 15. She joined 4 Non Blondes in 1989 and became its lead singer and chief songwriter. Disappointed with its polished pop sound, she subsequently left to pursue a solo career, commencing with her 1995 solo debut album In Flight, and resulting in her successful songwriting/producing activities.


In 2000, Perry wrote and produced eight tracks for Pink’s Grammy-nominated album M!ssundaztood—including the Grammy-nominated “Get the Party Started.” The following year she wrote “Beautiful,” which was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year and won Aguilera the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy—and “Cruz,” both of which appeared on Christina Aguilera’s hit album Stripped.


Since then her name can be found on compositions and recordings by numerous artists including Jewel, Britney Spears, Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, Blaque, Sugababes, Lillix, Robbie Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Sierra Swan, Solange Knowles, Gavin Rossdale, Juliette and the Licks, Lisa Marie Presley, Fischerspooner, Unwritten Law, L.P., Kelly Osbourne, James Blunt, Cheap Trick, Ben Jelen, Enrique Iglesias, Giusy Ferreri, Faith Hill, Gina Gershon, the Dixie Chicks, Vanessa Carlton, Kelis,…

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