• John Legend, Kanye Featured In New “Chicken Soup” Book

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    By Mike Winslow

    Kanye West and a number celebrity songwriters and artists are featured in the upcoming book Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind The Song.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul partnered with Hollywood publicist/manager Jo-Ann Geffen for the book, which analyzes 101 popular songs.

    The book is the first all-celebrity release for the popular brand, which has released Chicken Soup titles focused on a variety of subjects, including breast cancer, teenagers, sports, fitness, entertainment and other interesting topics.

    The brand has sold over 112 million copies of various titles, which have been translated into over 40 languages.

    Other songwriters featured in the book include Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Smokey Robinson and numerous others (see full list below).

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind The Song is due in stores November 10 and will retail for $14.95.



    Songs tell a story, and now popular singers and songwriters are sharing more of the story! These artists reveal the inspiration, influence, and background, and when and why they wrote their most famous songs, in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song. Book includes great photos of the songwriters and lyrics of many of the songs.

    Songs, with personal stories behind them, many of which are being told for the first time, include:

    Storyteller/Songwriter Song Title_________________

    Aaron Lewis, Staind Outside

    Aaron Neville Yellow Moon

    Aaron Tippin Kiss This

    Amanda McBroom The Rose

    Angélique Kidjo Batonga

    Ann Wilson, Heart Dog and Butterfly

    Barry Manilow One Voice

    Billy Bob Thornton The Poor House

    Billy Steinberg True Colors

    Brenda Russell Get Here

    Carly Simon Let the River Run

    Carol Connors With You I’m Born Again

    Carole Bayer Sager That’s What Friends Are For

    Christina Aguilera Fighter

    Chynna Phillips Hold On

    Clint Black When I Said I Do

    Corey Taylor (Slipknot) Duality

    Darius Rucker It Won’t Be Like This For Long

    Daryl Hall Sara Smile

    David Cassidy Stand and Be Proud

    Diane Warren Because You Loved Me

    Diane Warren I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

    Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly) In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

    Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) Easy

    Eddie Money Two Tickets To Paradise

    Enrique Iglesias Be With You

    Art Alexakis (Everclear) Father Of Mine

    Gavin Rossdale Love Remains the Same

    Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) All Star

    Hal David What the World Needs Now Is Love

    Howard Hewett Say Amen

    Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)

    Huey Lewis The Heart Of Rock n’ Roll

    Iggy Pop Lust For Life

    Jack Tempchin Peaceful Easy Feeling

    Janis Ian At Seventeen

    Jeff Barry Walkin’ In the Sun

    Jeff Barry Tell Laura I Love Her

    Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) Rooster

    Jewel Hands

    Jim Croce (by Ingrid Croce) Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

    Jim Croce (by Ingrid Croce) Operator

    Jim Peterik (Survivor) Eye Of the Tiger

    Joan Jett Bad Reputation

    John Legend Ordinary People

    John Oates She’s Gone

    John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful) Do You Believe In Magic

    John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful) Daydream

    Kanye West Welcome To Heartbreak

    Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) Midnight Madness

    Kenny Loggins Moose ‘n Me

    Kim Carnes Don’t Fall In Love With a Dreamer

    Lamont Dozier Stop In the Name of Love

    Lamont Dozier Where Did Our Love Go

    Larry Gatlin All the Gold In California

    Lisa Loeb Stay

    Liz Phair Divorce Song

    Macy Gray Sweet Baby

    Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) The Rock Show

    Mel B (Spice Girls) Mama

    Melissa Etheridge Come To My Window

    Melissa Manchester Midnight Blue

    Melissa Manchester Power Of Ribbons

    Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) Tusk

    Mick Jones (Foreigner) Feels Like the First Time

    Mick Jones (Foreigner) Waiting For A Girl Like You

    Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men) One Sweet Day

    Neil Sedaka Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

    Pam Tillis Cleopatra, the Queen Of Denial

    Paul Anka The Longest Day

    Paul Anka My Way

    Phil Vassar Just Another Day In Paradise

    Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) Shining Star

    Stephen Pearcy (RATT) Round and Round

    Ray Stevens The Streak

    Richard Marx Right Here Waiting

    Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) It’s My Life

    Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) Livin’ On A Prayer

    Rick Springfield Jesse’s Girl

    Robert Lamm (Chicago) Saturday In the Park

    Rodney Jerkins Say My Name

    Ronald LaPread (Commodores) Zoom

    Roy Hay (Culture Club) Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

    Roy Thomas Baker for Freddie Bohemian Rhapsody

    Mercury (Queen)

    Ryan Tedder (One Republic) Apologize

    Ryan Tedder Bleeding Love

    Sean Garrett Burn

    Shelby Lynne Johnny Met June

    Siedah Garrett Man In the Mirror

    Smokey Robinson Cruisin’

    Steals Brothers Could It Be I’m Falling In Love

    Stephen Bishop On and On

    Taylor Dayne Beautiful

    Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s) Hey There Delilah

    Toni Tennille Do That To Me One More Time

    Tony Asher Wouldn’t It Be Nice

    Tracy Lawrence If the World Had A Front Porch

    Walter Orange (Commodores) Nightshift

    Warren Haynes Soulshine

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