Laurie Berkner is a legend in the world of children’s music. Her first album of all-new original material in 8 years is “Superhero.” We had a very fun conversation about her influence on a whole generation of young musicians, finding time to write while also owning her own record label, and sharing memories of classic ’70s kids television.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Last week we chatted with Chicago’s Jason Warrior, and this week it was a pleasure to welcome Jason’s colleague, the very talented Sa’Rayah. We discussed her feelings on losing the battle round but getting to move on after being stolen by Alicia (after also receiving a strong pitch from Blake), why she feels she was destined to be where she is at this space and time (after overcoming some unbelievable odds), and how she knows she has a duty in her position to represent Chicago in a positive way.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Bill McCormick joined us from the World News Center on a typically bright ‘n’ beautiful Friday to share the latest news on Supergirl, Teen Titans, Justice League and Star Wars without once frightening the you-know-what out of us.
It was an honor to have a few moments to talk to legendary songwriter Carole Bayer Sager about her new memoir, “They’re Playing Our Song.” It’s full of terrific stories about her musical collaborators, the songwriting process, and overcoming the self-doubts that can hold us down.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Peter Ames Carlin is a best-selling author and one of the best rock and roll biographers. His newest book is “Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon.” We discussed why this is the first ever comprehensive bio of Paul Simon, his approach to researching a subject, why he chose to write about Paul, and why the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album reads as a letter to Art Garfunkel.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Jason Warrior is a Chicago native and is currently competing on “The Voice” as a member of Team Adam (after being stolen away from Team Alicia). We discussed his unique perspective on the competition, how he’s a positive role model as he represents the city, and what was the best piece of advice he’s received from being on the show.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was great to have a few minutes to catch up with Kenny Loggins, who returned to the show to talk about his fun new project, a kids’ book based on his classic song “Footloose” (with a new interpretation of the song included). We discussed his inspiration on adapting the song into a romp featuring zoo animals, how he wrote his first kids song when he was just a kid himself (“House at Pooh Corner”), and why he thinks his music has multi-generational appeal.Follow @bigwakeupcall
We always have fun chatting with Lisa Loeb, and she returned to our show to talk about her new album “Feel What U Feel.” We talked about how being a mom influenced her songwriting, our personal experiences with The Wiggles, what makes a successful song for all ages, and why you can’t beat kids TV from the ’70s.