Producer Don Was Lends His Talents To Guide American Idol Contestants

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jacob and james Producer Don Was Lends His Talents To Guide American Idol Contestants

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Musician/producer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Don Was[/lastfm] has the job every baby boomer dreamed of having. Acting now as a producer for American Idol, Don produced the tracks from contestants Jacob and James on last night’s Motown night, which were arguably the best performances of the night.

 

Don joined the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to tell us how he came full circle from a music-loving teen to a successful musician and producer who’s worked with everyone like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Al Green[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elton John[/lastfm] just to name a few.

He’s evolved from the starry-eyed 12-year-old seeing The Rolling Stones in concert to an in demand producer who eventually produced and remastered The Stones’ Exile On Main Street. As a musician, his most familiar work comes from his group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Was (Not Was)[/lastfm] with their hit “Walk The Dinosaur.”

Don Was currently lent his handy work to help produce the tracks from American Idol contestants Jacob and James for Motown night, and with experience working with some of Motown’s greats, there was no better choice to have guide the contestants.

Don feels very fortunate to work in such a highly regarded field with some of the biggest names in music and doesn’t take it for granted.

He tells Gary and Lisa, “It’s pretty wild when I look back on it. Even now, I try to stop a couple of times every session and just appreciate where I am.”

Listen to the complete interview with Don as he explains how the music industry has evolved from selling millions of records to selling millions of downloads in the digital age.

  • Get Lisa Stanley’s full American Idol recap HERE.
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