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June 12th, 2013
01:13 PM ET

CNN's Nischelle Turner with HLN's Robin Meade on her second album

CNN's Nischelle Turner sits down with HLN's Robin Meade to discuss her second album.

Filed under: Music • Robin Meade
May 31st, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Is Justin Bieber Music Industry's newest bad boy?: E! Chief News Correspondent Ken Baker weighs in

Chief E News Correspondent Ken Baker on Justin Bieber's continued troubles with law enforcement. He is on 'Starting Point' with John Berman and Christine Romans on the pop-star's continued pattern of 'hostility' towards law enforcement. Bieber has had several run-ins with law enforcement over his alleged speeding and reckless driving through his California neighborhood. Other famous faces who live in the same neighborhood have expressed concerns and aggravations at the teen's behavior.

Filed under: Celebrity • Law enforcement • Music
May 30th, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Adam Levine: "I don't hate America!": CNN's Pamela Brown reports

Singer expressed frustration with "The Voice" results when two of his contestants were voted off the popular singing competition show.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports Adam Levine is pledging his allegiance to his country today after coming under fire for saying some unpatriotic words.

Filed under: Media • Music • Reality TV
April 10th, 2013
09:35 AM ET

VIDEO: Booker T. Jones reflects on rocking the White House with Memphis soul

Booker T. Jones, co-founder, Booker T. & the MG's, on performing at Tuesday's "White House: Memphis Soul" event.

Filed under: Music • White House
January 17th, 2013
12:50 PM ET

Empowering students through the arts – hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz and Music Unites's Michelle Edgar on 'Music-versity' workshop

Schools across the country are cutting funding for the arts, and many private groups are stepping in to help save them. Music Unites is one of them, a non-profit group that helps empower students through arts and music education.

It works with musicians like Grammy-award winning producer and hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz, who offer in-studio sessions and workshops. Today, Swizz and "Music Unites" will hold a workshop with the Bronx Charter School in New York to stress the importants of arts education.

Swizz Beatz and Music Unites founder Michelle Edgar talk with Soledad O'Brien about their mission.

Filed under: Arts • Education • Music
January 11th, 2013
09:56 AM ET

“Totally T-Boz” & Life After TLC, former TLC singer-songwriter Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins talks recovery from brain tumor & musical career

A blast from the past visits the studio this morning. You know her from her multiple chart-topping songs with the female trio TLC. Songs like "Waterfalls", “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty” are sure to come to mind.

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins is a songwriter, a four-time Grammy winner, an actress, and now the star of a new reality show called "Totally T-Boz". Airing on Tuesdays on TLC, "Totally T-Boz" shows the artist as she deals with recovering from a brain tumor, raising her daughter, and sustaining her musical career. She touches on all of that on “Starting Point” today.

T-Boz, who considers herself very private, turned down other reality show opportunities. She says she was surprised she decided to do "Totally T-Boz". “I can't believe I'm doing this, but I did it because it kind of fell on my lap,” she says. “I was like, this is where I'm at in my life and TLC was interested in following me, not leading me, and there's not ten years of technology to tell you about a the brain tumor, so maybe I can speak up and help somebody and then you'll learn more about me, TLC and how I became who I am today.”

T-Boz has not only recovered from removing a brain tumor, she also battles sickle-cell anemia. But she says she feels great. “I’m done with physical therapy. I’m back on my feet. Of course I have sickle cell,” she says. “There's no cure, so I deal with that but I’m doing great honestly. I just have to take care of myself.”

At age 42, T-Boz is doing just that and much more. VH1 is doing a biopic about TLC celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary and T-Boz says she is willing to dedicate time working on music for the movie and look after herself. “I think if you strategically plan it out right, I can do both, because I have to,” she says. “This can't last forever and I think you should use this avenue to move and merge on to other things.”

That includes charity work. “I help people in my personal time,” she says. “That's what I do because I was that kid in the hospital; I was told I couldn't live past 30 or have kids. They said I’d be disabled and I superseded that. So meshing music with charity,...I found that niche here to bring both of my passions together.”

December 11th, 2012
12:03 PM ET

'Rolling Stones' Musician Chuck Leavell on celebrating success with a 50th Anniversary Tour

For 50 years and counting the “Rolling Stones” have been providing fans with hits like, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Start Me Up.” To celebrate their historic five decades in the music business, the stones are celebrating with a 50th anniversary "Final" tour where they are performing only five concerts. This week they will be appearing in New Jersey. Keyboardist Chuck Leavell who is sometimes called the "fifth rolling stone,” has been a member of the band for the past 30 years, performing on their albums and on stage with them. This morning, Leavell joins “Starting Point” to talk about the tour and some of his once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Leavell says he and his band mates all feel fortunate that they are healthy and still able to perform. He adds the fact that fans still wanting to come and see the band “gives [him] the wherewithal to get up there and give it 100%.” Leavell says rehearsals for him are “the most fun part of the whole process,” mainly because the band gets to perform songs they never bring to the stage.

On the topic of rehearsal, Leavell says the band rehearsed 75 to 80 songs in Paris but can only perform 20 to 23 songs during the actually concert. Leavell adds, “The fun part for [him] is trying to bring in the odd ones, the ones that are a little obscure that people… the hardcore fans really want to hear.”

Filed under: Music
December 10th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

Singer Adam Lambert will host 2012 "VH1 Divas" show; says no divas on this show: 'everybody’s really getting along'

Sunday, Vh1 will return with its annual live divas show. Powerhouse “Divas” like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj have taken the stage together in past shows. This year’s lineup includes Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Jordin Sparks. Dedicated to dance music, the 2012 VH1 Divas show will be hosted by best selling singer and 2009 runner up for American Idol Adam Lambert. Lambert joins Soledad O’Brien in the studio.

With many young singers performing this year, Lambert says he feels like the big brother of the group. “I’m not working with any divas,” Lambert says. “Everybody seems like they’re on a team. And everybody’s really getting along.”

He gives a preview of the show, which will include tributes to two of music’s greatest divas who passed away this year. “We’re honoring Donna Summer and Whitney Houston,” Lambert says. “They are icons both in the music industry and especially dance music.”

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November 28th, 2012
10:57 AM ET

Legendary singer Dionne Warwick talks music career, new CD

International music great Dionne Warwick has sold 100 million records in her five decades in the business. She’s won five Grammy’s and countless fans for hit songs like "Walk On By", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "What The World Needs Now".

Warwick is now celebrating her 50th anniversary in music with the newly released album entitled Now. She joins the Starting Point team at the studio this morning to talk about her legendary career and the new CD.

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October 16th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Pop singer Mika shares details of new album and how his sister's accident inspired him to write music

Mika shot to stardom in 2007 with the release of his first single "Grace Kelly." His upbeat debut album "Life in Cartoon Motion" sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide, earning him a Grammy nomination.

Mika's third album is now out today to great reviews. It's called "The Origin of Love" and the single from that is called "Celebrate."

Mika talks to Soledad O'Brien and the "Starting Point" team this morning about the latest album, how he got into music and how his sister's terrible accident inspired him to write music.

Filed under: Inspiration • Music
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