Who Influenced You?


Welcome to "Who Influenced You?" a global online community, website, web series and social media platform for the topic of INFLUENCE! Explore a genealogy of influences and inspiration from one generation to the next. Be a part of our Global Community of WIY? Influencers. Join our site, watch our show, find out Who Influenced Who? and share Who Influenced You? IT'S FREE TO JOIN!

 

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About WIY?


THE INFLUENCES

“Who Influenced You?” explores and connects past, present and future influences in music, film, television, social media, sports, comedy, fashion, business, science, community, culture and more.

THE QUESTION

The question “Who Influenced You?” sparks conversations and stories related to the influences in an individual’s personal life and career. It also creates a genealogy and inspirational lineage between individuals and provides people with the opportunity to apply the question to their own lives and the lives of others

THE GOAL

The goal of “Who Influenced You?” is to expose younger and older generations to people, professionals and content they may not be aware of, where by connecting different generations with each other..



THE CREATOR

The Creator of “Who Influenced You?” is Lorelei McBroom. Ms. McBroom is a singer, songwriter and producer who has worked with some of the best known artists in the record industry including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, super producer Nile Rodgers and Rod Stewart. 

QUOTE FROM LORELEI MCBROOM

”During the summer of 2010 I was on “The Soul Book” tour, backing the legendary Rod Stewart. Rod told his audiences about the significant influence Sam Cooke had on him as a young vocalist. I went to YouTube to hear Sam sing "Having A Party" from Rod's set. I was blown away. That is what inspired me to think if younger artists could hear what inspired the people they like, it could spark new innovations in styles and sounds. Many young people I know are raiding their parent’s record collections looking for great voices, melodies and musicianship and when young music artists are exposed like I was to the influences of the artists who endure from decade to decade; a new generation of greats flourishes. African American Artist’s coming out of Memphis, Detroit, and Chicago had a major influence on the British invasion back in the ‘60’s. Just like Hip Hop has influenced the popular music and culture of today. Many of us find current recordings are not as artist driven as the recordings of the past. Technology often over shadows raw artistry, but real talent exists, persists and can be nourished.

LORELEI ON TOUR WITH ROD STEWART SINGING "HAVING A PARTY"

SAM COOKE "HAVING A PARTY"

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Who Influenced Who?

WHO INFLUENCED WHO? MUSIC ARTISTS WHO INFLUENCED OTHER MUSIC ARTISTS SAM COOKE INFLUENCED ROD STEWART & STEVE PERRY OF JOURNEY Sam Cooke was known as the “King of Soul” thanks to his distinctive voice. Some of his influences were gospel music, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. Rod Stewart and Steve Perry were both influenced by Sam Cooke. We encourage you to explore the music, videos, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Sir Rod Stewart spoke openly about the man who inspired him on social media. The legendary singer said that without Sam Cooke, who was known as the King of Soul thanks to his distinctive voice, “there may not have been a Rod”. The legendary singer spent “thousands” of hours trying to emulate the sound of his hero. Rod described him as his “one and only influence”. At age 12, Steve Perry heard Sam Cooke's song "Cupid" on his mother's car radio, and it inspired him to become a singer. Many of Steve's melodies and emotional vocal style were Influenced by his love and admiration of Sam Cooke. ARETHA FRANKLIN INFLUENCED WHITNEY HOUSTON & ARIANA GRANDE ARIANA GRANDE WAS ALSO INFLUENCED BY WHITNEY HOUSTON Whitney Houston and Ariana Grande were both influenced by Aretha Franklin. Ariana was also influenced by Whitney. We encourage you to explore the music, videos, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Aretha's central influence, was Clara Ward of the renowned Ward Singers. Other gospel greats of the day Albertina Walker and Jackie Verdell helped shape young Franklin's style. Aretha was also influenced by Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington and Ruth Brown to name a few. Whitney grew up around Aretha Franklin and was inspired by her voice and music. Aretha encouraged Whitney in her talent and their friendship grew as Whitney established herself as an artist. Aretha had close connections to Whitney's family and was good friends with her mother Cissy Houston who was one of Aretha's background singers. According to Whitney's website she had many musical influences and drew inspiration from all across the pop, soul and gospel music landscapes, but the artists acknowledged in the Grammy Museum had a special impact on Whitney and her career. They include: Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Darlene Love, Dee Dee Warwick and Dionne Warwick. Ariana Grande was influenced by both Aretha and Whitney. Ariana had the honor of paying tribute to Aretha by singing one of Aretha's classics "Natural Woman" at her funeral. In 2013, Grande told Billboard: “Whitney holds such a special place in my heart. "She inspired me to start singing as a little girl. I'd watch "The Bodyguard" and tell my mom I wanted to do that one day. Her riffs are so precise and I love her tone."   JAMES BROWN INFLUENCED MICHAEL JACKSON & BRUNO MARS MICHAEL JACKSON ALSO INFLUENCED BRUNO MARS Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars were both influenced by James Brown. We encourage you to explore the music, videos, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. James Brown was known as “The Godfather of Soul” and “Soul Brother #1.” After watching jazz and R&B singer Louis Jordan's performance footage, James Brown wanted to be a musician and entertainer. He was also inspired by some of his contemporaries, like Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and Ray Charles. At James Brown's funeral Michael called James Brown "my greatest inspiration." He told the audience of 9,000 that from the age of 6 his mother would make him watch television whenever Brown came on to perform. "When I saw him move I was mesmerized," Jackson said. "I've never seen a performer perform like James Brown and right then and there I knew that that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." Bruno Mars was also heavily Influenced by The Godfather of Soul. Here's what he said: "I'd watch James Brown on an old concert from 1964 'The T.A.M.I. Show." "Seeing him changed my life." And during an appearance on 60 Minutes, Bruno cited Michael Jackson as one of his biggest musical influences. James Brown also had a big influence on Rap & Hip Hop with many djs, music artists and record producers sampling his recordings and beats. What a great example of the influence from one generation to another. LITTLE RICHARD INFLUENCED THE BEATLES & PRINCE The Beatles and Prince were both influenced by Little Richard. We encourage you to explore the music, videos, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Little Richard was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Described as “The Architect of Rock 'n' Roll,” Richard's most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship and dynamic music, characterized by frenetic piano playing, pounding back beat and raspy shouted vocals, laid the foundation for Rock 'n' Roll. Richard's innovative emotive vocalizations and uptempo rhythmic music also played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. He influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to hip hop; his music helped shape rhythm and blues for generations. When penning tunes, McCartney and Lennon often borrowed a formula that Little Richard had made his trademark: three chords played with a contagious, driving rhythm and blues feel. McCartney and Lennon got to meet their idol and were able to observe and spend time with Little Richard backstage at one of his shows. Little Richard would later recall helping McCartney hone his vocal style. Prince's visual persona, hairstyle and fashion sense was very much influenced by Little Richard. Here is what Prince posted on his Twitter account about Little Richard when he passed away: "Little Richard's influence on music cannot be understated. He didn't just open doors, he smashed entire walls to pieces to make way for all who would come after him. Rest in peace to the King of Rock 'n' Roll". LITTLE RICHARD ALSO INFLUENCED DAVID BOWIE AND DAVID BOWIE INFLUENCED HARRY STYLES & JANELLE MONAE David Bowie credited Little Richard for inspiring him to become a musician. Specifically, he said his ambition was initially to play in Little Richard’s band. According to the book David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music, Bowie said “If it hadn’t been for him, I wouldn’t have gone into music.” One of Harry Styles biggest influences is David Bowie. From his fashion to his music and live performances the influence of David Bowie is apparent. Harry said “You can never be overdressed. There’s no such thing. The people that I looked up to in music—Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John—they’re such showmen.” Janelle Monae once dressed up as David Bowie and paid homage to his 1977 hit "Heroes." In a Rolling Stone interview she said, "He’s reinvented himself over and over again. Even now, he’s morphed into something that no one else is doing. That’s what I love most about him; he’s transcendent." MADONNA INFLUENCED BRITNEY SPEARS & DUA LIPA Britney Spears and Dua Lipa were both influenced by Madonna. We encourage you to explore the music, videos, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Since the beginning of her career in the early 1980s, American singer-songwriter Madonna has had a social-cultural impact on the world through her recordings, attitude, clothing and lifestyle. Madonna has built a legacy that goes beyond music and has been studied by sociologists, historians and other social scientists. She was influenced by glamorous and envelope-pushing artists who came before her like Donna Summer, Debbie Harry and David Bowie. Here's what Britney Spears said in an interview about Madonna: "I just love the fact that when she gets on stage she is so amazing… she is one of the best entertainers, I think, of all time,” Spears also said. “I just love the way she controls an audience. And the fact that she’s been able to do it all. I respect that, that she’s been able to do movies and also have a beautiful kid. I respect that a lot… I’m not going to follow in her footsteps completely but it’s definitely an inspiration for me.” Speaking to Music Week, Dua Lipa's manager Ben Mawson spoke about the influence Madonna has had on Dua's career, and how her latest album, Future Nostalgia, was influenced by Madonna's Confessions On A Dancefloor. Ben went on to explain how Dua told him Madonna was her biggest influence, and she aspired to be Madonna. "Dua told me she aspired to be Madonna when I met her, when she was 17, and there was something about the way she said it that made me believe her! "It was about her personality, her charisma, her competitiveness and her drive and that came across. Dua's got it all, so she's got unlimited potential." TINA TURNER INFLUENCED BEYONCE & JENNIFER LOPEZ Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez were both influenced by Tina Turner. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Tina aka the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" is an icon, a trailblazer, and a consummate performer who has inspired many. Beyoncé is, without a doubt, the female performer who has been most heavily influenced by Tina. From her high-energy choreography to her masterful performances onstage and her glamorous aesthetic, Queen Bey embodies the essence of Tina Turner. Beyoncé herself has been up front about how much the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll has influenced her image. As she put it during her 2005 tribute to Tina Turner at the Kennedy Center Awards, "Every now and then, when I think of inspiration, I think of the two Tinas in my life — that’s my mother, Tina, and of course, the amazing Tina Turner." The duo even teamed up for a joint performance at the 2008 Grammys. According to Jennifer Lopez, she grew up listening to Tina Turner and considers her an inspiration. Which makes sense, considering that J.Lo is just as famous for her dancing as Tina is. Jennifer even posted a tribute to Tina on her Instagram page, wearing an outfit that was a throwback to a dress Tina wore in the '80s. ETTA JAMES INFLUENCED CHRISTINA AGUILERA & ADELE Christina Aguilera and Adele were both influenced by Etta James. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Etta James was once considered one of the most overlooked blues and R&B musicians in the music history of the United States. She was seen as bridging the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. Rolling Stone magazine ranked James number 22 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Etta's musical influences include blues, soul, and jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, all who hailed from meager beginnings similar to Etta and rose to eminent status in their careers. James influenced a wide variety of music artists, including Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Christina Aguilera, as well as British music artists The Rolling Stones, Joss Stone, Rita Ora, Amy Winehouse and Adele. Christina Aguilera said: "Etta James is my all-time favorite singer. I've said it in every interview, in every story, in every on- and off-camera question. That music was always such a huge escape for me, even from a young age." Adele was also heavily influenced by Etta James. She said: "Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter." STEVIE WONDER INFLUENCED JOHN LEGEND & JACOB COLLIER John Legend and Jacob Collier were both influenced by Stevie Wonder. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Stevie Wonder is credited as a pioneer and influence by musicians across a range of genres that includes rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, funk, and jazz. A virtual one-man band, his use of synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments during the 1970s reshaped the conventions of R&B. He also helped drive the genre into the album era, crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent socially conscious statements with complex compositions. Stevie's influences include Ray Charles, Duke Ellington and Sam Cooke. When John Legend was asked "Who influences John Legend? he answered "I think Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, are two big ones. One of the great examples of Stevie Wonder's influence on music artists of this generation is Jacob Collier. Like Stevie many people have called Jacob a "musical genius." Here are 3 of Jacob's quotes about Stevie: "Happy Birthday to the greatest ever! - Stevie Wonder." "Stevie is my number one. As a kid, he represented everything that I really loved about music: he had all the chops, he had all the chords, he had all the funky stuff, all the groove, but then had that voice and behind the voice, he had this soul and feelings, and he also had this sense of humor mixed with this humanity. For me, it was like an ultimate crush…I’ve met him a couple of times and it’s surreal every time." "It’s better to have Stevie Wonder as a reference point than say “this textbook that I read in class.” Stevie is so fantastic and has a real relevance to my life and the lives of so many people." JONI MITCHELL INFLUENCED BONNIE RAITT & TAYLOR SWIFT Bonnie Raitt and Taylor Swift were both influenced by Joni Mitchell. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, classical, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect on social and philosophical ideals as well as her feelings about romance, womanhood, disillusionment and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever", and All Music has stated, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century". Bonnie Raitt performed a beautiful version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" when she was just 21. She had this to say about Joni: "Artistically, I'm not as much of a heavyweight as someone like Paul Simon or Joni Mitchell." Bonnie's respect and admiration for Joni is 2nd to none. Taylor Swift is such a Mitchell obsessive that she's devoted entire interviews to the topic. Around the release of Red in 2012, Taylor Swift sat with Rhapsody to extol her love for its immediate influence: Blue, Mitchell's seminal 1971 exploration of love in all its glory and ruin. "She wrote it about her deepest pains and most haunting demons," explained Swift, who went on to detail some tracks. "Songs like 'River,' which is just about her regrets and doubts of herself – I think this album is my favorite because it explores somebody's soul so deeply." ELTON JOHN INFLUENCED LADY GAGA & ED SHEERAN Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran were both influenced by Elton John. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were the biggest early influence in Elton John's career, the singer has said in a speech at a Royal Academy of Music function. "If you love Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven, you can’t help but be influenced. They wrote the greatest melodies and the most beautiful things of all time." His legendary songwriting and music career has lasted six decades. Elton and his songwriting partner lyricist Bernie Taupin are considered by most to be 2 of the greatest songwriters in music history. Lady Gaga has spoken about her friendship with Elton. "He’s been my mentor for a long time,” Gaga told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “I mean, he’s always challenged me to keep my head above water and it’s something that I always appreciate is that he knows when I’m down." "Elton’s always really challenged me to take care of my artistry and to really take care of myself. And I really, really honour that about him. He is so, so uniquely special.” She continued: “And I cannot tell you how instrumental in my life he’s been to showing me that you can go all the way in life and… be authentic and be you and do good things in the world and take care of yourself and be there.” John has described Gaga as “more than a friend” and “like family to me”. Ed Sheeran started listening to Elton John's records when he was only 4 years old. They recorded a Christmas Song together and their friendship has truly blossomed over the years. Ed revealed that Elton actually calls him every day. "I think people think I'm exaggerating and lying when I say he calls every day, He calls me every single morning. Even if it's like 10 seconds, every single morning he calls." LADY GAGA WAS ALSO INFLUENCED BY FREDDIE MERCURY WHO ALSO INFLUENCED ADAM LAMBERT & KATY PERRY Freddie Mercury was regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Mercury defied the conventions of a rock frontman, with his highly theatrical style influencing the artistic direction of Queen. If you have ever wondered how Lady Gaga came up with her name here's what she said in an interview. "I adored Freddie Mercury. And Queen had a hit called "Radio Gaga." That's why I love the name. Freddie was unique - one of the biggest personalities in the whole of pop music. He was not only a singer but also a fantastic performer, a man of the theatre and someone who constantly transformed himself. In short: a genius." Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert performs with Queen. He said "I’m so lucky that I get to pay tribute to Freddie and celebrate him as an artist and as a person, as a writer, as a singer." Katy Perry has hailed Freddie Mercury as a major influence on her recording career. ... “Queen's track 'Killer Queen' made me discover music and helped me come into my own at the age of 15.” In an interview with Fuse in 2008 she said “I have a shrine of him,” ... “He is my utmost idea of rock star greatness. He was just so flamboyant and had a larger-than-life personality.” RAY CHARLES INFLUENCED STEVE WINWOOD & MICHAEL BOLTON Steve Winwood and Michael Bolton were both influenced by Ray Charles. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. Ray Charles is regarded as one of the most iconic and influential singers ever, and he was often referred to as “The Genius”. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". Charles cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was also influenced by Louis Jordan and Charles Brown. Here is what Steve Winwood had to say about Ray Charles: "He had a profound influence on me, he was the transition from jazz and be bop to rock 'n roll. A lot of what I was listening to was jazz but we started to hear Ray Charles & it was like something we'd never heard before." Michael Bolton was also influenced by Ray Charles. Here is what he said about Ray: "I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer." He also posted on his Facebook page: "I will never forget when I got to meet one of my greatest influences Ray Charles!! He was such an inspiration and lives on in all of my performances of "Georgia On My Mind". Freddie Mercury was regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Mercury defied the conventions of a rock frontman, with his highly theatrical style influencing the artistic direction of Queen. If you have ever wondered how Lady Gaga came up with her name here's what she said in an interview. "I adored Freddie Mercury. And Queen had a hit called "Radio Gaga." That's why I love the name. Freddie was unique - one of the biggest personalities in the whole of pop music. He was not only a singer but also a fantastic performer, a man of the theatre and someone who constantly transformed himself. In short: a genius." Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert performs with Queen. He said "I’m so lucky that I get to pay tribute to Freddie and celebrate him as an artist and as a person, as a writer, as a singer." Katy Perry has hailed Freddie Mercury as a major influence on her recording career. ... “Queen's track 'Killer Queen' made me discover music and helped me come into my own at the age of 15.” In an interview with Fuse in 2008 she said “I have a shrine of him,” ... “He is my utmost idea of rock star greatness. He was just so flamboyant and had a larger-than-life personality.” DONNA SUMMER INFLUENCED KELLY ROWLAND AND GI0RGIO MORODER INFLUENCED DAFT PUNK Kelly Rowland and Daft Punk were both influenced by Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 4 music artists. "Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Donna Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. In 1968 she joined a German adaptation of the musical Hair in Munich, where she spent several years living, acting, and singing. Rightfully crowned "The Queen of Disco" she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, in Germany and they went on to record influential disco hits together such as "Love to Love You Baby" and "I Feel Love", marking Summer's breakthrough into international music markets. Dubbed the "Father of Disco", Moroder is credited with pioneering euro disco and electronic dance music. His work with synthesizers had a large influence on several music genres such as Hi-NRG, Italo disco, new wave, house and techno music. R&B Dance Diva Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child inducted Donna Summer into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. She began her tribute to Summer — who won Grammys in dance, R&B, rock, and gospel categories — by saying: “Dim the lights, sweet darlings, because we’re about to induct another queen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’’ and said her voice was “sent from above’’ praising her ability to inhabit the characters she sang about. Daft Punk were Influenced by Girogio Moroder so much so they wrote a song about him called "Giorgio by Moroder" They based the song on a demo they made years earlier, specifically because the two felt the piece resembled Moroder's style. Upon hearing the song in complete form, Moroder felt that it had been inspired by his own recordings, particularly his "I Feel Love" collaboration with Summer. BONO INFLUENCED THE WORLD WITH HIS MUSIC & HUMANITARIAN WORK The words and music of music artists can have a positive influence on people and the world. We encourage you to explore the quotes, music, hashtags and social media pages of Bono and U2. We all have influences. Who Influenced You? QUOTES BY BONO: "Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono "As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both." - Bono RANDY TRAVIS INFLUENCED CARRIE UNDERWOOD & SCOTTY MCCREERY American Idol winners Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery were both influenced by Randy Travis. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of all 3 music artists. In 2013 Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis released his 21st studio album titled "Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am." Travis and his music has been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career thus far, including 2 winners of American Idol. In his album, "Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am", Travis looks back at some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, among others. Travis reflected on the icons and their music that have inspired him over the years. “When I think of my musical heroes of yesteryear, or the younger stars of this year, I am reminded that it is true we learn from the ones ahead of us, and teach the ones that follow. They are the reason I chose to make this album.” Carrie Underwood won Season 4 of American Idol. She says she is a “Better Performer, Musician, Writer and Person” because of Randy Travis. Growing up in Oklahoma, Carrie was not only a huge fan of Randy Travis but she was also greatly influenced by his music. The pair joined forces on the Idol stage in 2009 during Grand Ole Opry Week on Idol to perform a stunning rendition of “I Told You So.” Scotty McCreery won Season 10 of American Idol. He grew up listening to Classic Country music artists like Ronnie Millsap, Conway Twitty and Randy Travis. You can hear his throwback influences in songs like the '90s-leaning "It Matters To Her" through a filter of crisp, modern production and McCreery's inviting baritone voice. MAX MARTIN INFLUENCED BRITNEY SPEARS & THE WEEKND Max Martin is considered a master in the craft of songwriting and production. His songs and productions have influenced pop music since the late 90's including more than 20 Billboard Hot 100 #1 songs. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of the music artists Max has worked with. SOME OF MAX MARTIN'S HITS INCLUDE: Britney Spears’ "Baby One More Time", the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way", NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye", Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone", "Katy Perry’s "I Kissed A Girl", Pink's "Raise Your Glass", Taylor Swift’s "Shake It Off", Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nikki Minaj's "Bang Bang", Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop The Feeling", and The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" which is the #1 song on Billboard's All-Time Hot 100 Songs list. Max has also influenced several younger songwriters and producers, such as Dr. Luke and Shellback. A great example of Max's influence on a music artist is The Weeknd's rise to superstardom. It all started when he linked up with Max on Ariana Grande's “Love Me Harder,” which led him to tell his label to get him more work with Martin. He told the head of A&R “If I'm gonna be the biggest in the world I need a handful of songs like that.” That eventually led to Martin and The Weeknd collaborating to create the global hits "Can't Feel My Face" and "Blinding Lights." In 2016, Martin won the prestigius Polar Music Prize. During the ceremony, he indicated who his four main influences are: ABBA, Kiss, Prince, and Lasse Holm. Britney Spears congratulated Max on winning the prestigious Polar Music Prize. She said "I think you’re a genius, it’s such an honor to work with you. You’ve been a part of my career from the beginning.” DR. DRE INFLUENCED SNOOP DOGG, EMINEM, MARY J. BLIGE, KENDRICK LAMAR, TUPAC, 50 CENT, SCOTT STORCH & THE WAY THE WORLD LISTENS TO MUSIC WITH BEATS BY DRE. Rap & Hip-Hop were heavily influenced by Andre Young aka Dr. Dre. We encourage you to explore the music, hashtags and social media pages of Dr. Dre and all the music artists he has worked with. Dr. Dre was inspired to get into music when he heard Grandmaster Flash song 'The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel.' He told Vibe; "That made me want to DJ. It made me want to know what hip-hop was. That was the song that did it. I immediately went home and called some friends and we were taking apart one of my friend's mother's stereo sets.. We figured out how to make a mixer from the balance button and got it cracking—started making mixtapes." That was the beginning of a global Hip-Hop legacy as a super producer and music artist that is second to none. Dre had predecessors and peers, but he’s the sonic architect of West Coast rap: Integral to its inception, he shaped and then reimagined the contours of its sound. His influence extends from the ‘80s to the unlikely day that people stop playing “Nuthin But a G Thang” and “California Love.” Much of gangsta rap until Dr. Dre was characterized by abrasive, rock-inspired beats, echoing the frequently violent lyrics they accompanied. But with The Chronic, Dr. Dre helped popularize the subgenre known as G-funk rapping over slower, bass and synth-laden grooves, and favoring live instruments over samples. Dr. Dre also created "Beats by Dre" that influenced the way people listen to music worldwide. And this year Dr. Dre and many of the legendary Hip-Hop artists he has produced performed live at the Super Bowl halftime show. Hip-Hop has influenced generations worldwide. So millions of fans tuned in to the Super Bowl just to see the halftime show.

MUSIC ARTISTS WHO

WIY? Music

HOW DOES MUSIC INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE?

ED SHEERAN and others talk about INFLUENCES and the importance of MUSIC!

NICK MASON of PINK FLOYD talking about CHUCK BERRY'S INFLUENCE ON MUSIC!!

The Influence of MOTOWN on MUSIC, POP CULTURE & CIVIL RIGHTS!

NILE RODGERS AT GOOGLE TALKING ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC!

BILLY JOEL talking about how CLASSICAL MUSIC & THE BEATLES INFLUENCED HIM!

REGGAE ARCHIVIST ROGER "RAS ROJAS" STEFFENS ON
MEETING BOB MARLEY AND WHY HE INFLUENCED SO MANY

GRANDMASTER FLASH ON THE HISTORY OF HIP HOP & INFLUENCE OF 70's MUSIC!

LENNY KRAVITZ WAS INFLUENCED BY PRINCE!

SINGERS & MUSICIANS INFLUENCED BY WHITNEY HOUSTON!

"NOBODY EVER PLAYS LIKE THEIR HEROES BUT THEY CAN BE INFLUENCED BY IT."
- STEVE LUKATHER - LEGENDARY STUDIO MUSICIAN AND GUITAR PLAYER FOR TOTO

ALOE BLACC

ADELE

BRUNO MARS

PHARRELL WILLIAMS

JACOB COLLIER



KENDRICK LAMAR

TAYLOR SWIFT

SNARKY PUPPY

CORY HENRY

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WIY? Film/TV/Theater

Denzel Washington INFLUENCING YOUNG ACTORS with Motivational Speech!

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STEPH CURRY

 

WIY? Family & Friends

MILES J. LITTERAL & LORELEI MCBROOM

Miles is one of the reasons why Lorelei started Who Influenced You?
A mother and son who have had a positive influence on each other's lives.

LORELEI WITH MILES DISCUSSING THE INFLUENCE TRAVELING TO DIFFERENT
COUNTRIES & MEETING PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES HAS HAD ON HER

MISTER ROGERS ASKING CONGRESS TO SUPPORT HIS TV SHOW ON PBS
THAT POSITIVELY INFLUENCED MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS

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WIY? Millennials

Mark Zuckerberg INFLUENCING MILLENNIALS with Harvard Commencement Speech
inspiring his generation to LIVE WITH PURPOSE and encourage others to do the same!

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WIY? Teachers & Coaches

SAL KHAN

KHAN ACADEMY

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WIY? Fashion & Style

SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCE ON FASHION

2180855?profile=original Coach John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” is a masterpiece!
I encourage everyone to click the link below and check it out!

http://www.coachwooden.com/pyramid-of-success

2180892?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024 I received a copy of Coach Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” at his basketball camp when I was 13 years old. In my opinion it is one of the greatest life empowerment tools ever created! Some consider Coach Wooden to be the greatest basketball coach of all time and I would have to agree with that. However, he was a “Teacher” first and foremost and an amazing Life Coach & Mentor for all of his players and everyone else he crossed paths with. He lived to be…

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2180865?profile=original ARIF MARDIN

Music Producer Arif Mardin had a big influence on my music career as a songwriter.

Chaka Khan's brother Mark Stevens and I visited Arif in his hotel room one night while he was working on arrangements for Chaka's upcoming album. I was in my early 20's and told Arif I had aspirations of becoming successful in the music industry like he was and if he had any words of advice for me.

He gave me 4 valuable words of wisdom that influenced me and that I try to pass on to anyone interested in pursuing a music career.

  1. Believe in yourself!

  2. Be prepared by having your craft and talent in order.

  3. Stay away from the negative temptations such as drugs, alcohol,…
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WIY? Gratitude & Appreciation

My mother Anne Bryant and father
Ardie Bryant had a huge influence
on me becoming the person I am today.
I am blessed and grateful for their love,
support and encouragement. I would
also like to thank my high school
music teacher Jerry Grant, music
producer Arif Mardin, Stevie Wonder,
Earth, Wind & Fire and John Wooden.
All 5 have had a positive influence
on my life!

DAVID BRYANT
MR. SUPPORT FRIEND
WIY? FOUNDING INFLUENCER

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In WIY? S1: EP1 Part 3 host Lorelei McBroom asks 3 young musicians how they discovered the music of Genesis guitar player Steve Hackett and the influence it had on them.
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In WIY? S1: EP1 Part 2 host Lorelei McBroom asks guitar player Fernando Perdomo how he discovered the music of guitar player Steve Hackett and the influence ...
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