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Legendary music producer LA Reid - the man behind artists such as Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Usher - changed the music business forever. Now he tells his story, taking fans on an intimate tour of his life.

Sing to Me is a fascinating journey from Reid's small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his work as a drummer to his fame as a Grammy Award-winning music producer and his gig as a judge on the hit reality show The X Factor. Reid takes listeners behind the scenes of the music industry, charting his rise to fame and sharing stories of the countless singers he's met, nurtured, and molded into stars.

Part music memoir, part inspirational business guide, Sing to Me is full of Reid's trademark passion and ingenuity and introduces a multifaceted genius who continues to shape pop culture today.

©2016 LaCoCo, LLC (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wow!! What a journey!!!

This was some story people. I gotta thank L.A. for sharing with us his journey. This was the most inspirational 'book I've listened to' in years. I never knew the depth in which he was involved in the music game. I've followed him since the late 80's but only knew of him as the drummer in The Deele who was down with Babyface as a production team. Now I have a better understanding and appreciation for L.A. What bugged me out was learning about the 4 songs Anita Baker turned down. She HAS to be somewhere beating herself monthly like Lynn Whitfield in 'Thin Line' after the massive success those records had. There were so many "oh sh!+" & "really?" moments - all making for one excellent biography. Very educational also. Thanks L.A. I will be listening to this story again. The narrator was excellent. Not one dull moment. He was superb in articulating the story. L.A. - I can't thank you enough for putting this out.

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Very engaging! I couldn't stop listening.

I've listen to so many books about record executives as well as artists and musicians. This book is very well done. The narrator is excellent and adds a lot of energy to the book. The story itself is interesting and inspiring. I highly recommend.

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If you love music , you should buy this book.

If you love music, you should buy this book. I hope baby comes out with a book too.

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This is a good book

I'm impressed about the gradual build of material this book is definitely a must read. It helps me to understand my favorite music much more

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Excellent

I loved this book! While getting to know more about music mogul LA Reid, I was also treated to a lesson in music. Not only did I learn the back story on many of my favorite songs, but I was also exposed to a few different bands and singers that I had not previously heard. You'll want to listen to this one from start to finish and will think about it when you aren't listening.

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Interesting book.

It was interesting getting an inside view of L.A. Reid's life. Wish him the best.

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Sing to me

Inspiring, eye opening, a must read. I had no idea LA read was "The Man" behind all my favorite artist . It made me feel proud.

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I love this!

I could not stop listening. L.A. Reid has. had remarkable success and has learned some hard lessons too.I will listen again and again.

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great book and story so transparent and honest t

great story so honest...transparent and eye opening I highly recommend it to every singer writer

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Love It

Very entertaining story with a great narration.
I really appreciated listening to LA Reid's story.

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  • S.A.
  • 03-09-16

Must listen for those who are fans of LA Reid

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It provides a great insight, through LA Reid's life, into key aspects of the music industry such as identifying and managing talent and the subtle differences between running large labels and small labels and labels with strong identities.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sing to Me?

LA becoming the president of Def Jam which had a strong rap identity and which raised problems of authenticity because LA was not a "rap guy" and the artists and other staff were not buying into him running the label - which was resolved by bringing in Jay-Z to manage the label (which was a tight negotiation) who was well respected.

What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He has a great voice and enunciation was brilliant - wasn't annoying like some narrators can be.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can't come up with a good one!

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  • Dhanny
  • 02-20-16

Inspiring, fantastic story of a music biz legend

Couldn't stop listening to this. Worth every penny. LA Reid reminds us how far resilience and an ear for a hit record can take you.

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