For half a century, New Orleans producer, arranger, and songwriter has given entertainers around the world something to sing about.
He's written R&B, funk, jazz, rock and country. And he's learned a few things along the way. Toussaint shares his creative insights with Music Inside Out. Lesson Number One: The artist is king... or queen.
Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.
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McCormick (right) with singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert. Gilbert's song "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," which McCormick co-wrote, hit the top of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in the summer of 2012.
As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He's got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. Why else would McMurray write a song about the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance? (Spoiler Alert: John Wayne is in the crosshairs).
At 72, the prince of R&B has reverted to childhood. Aaron Neville has a new album called My True Story, and it's a collection of the songs he sang growing up in the projects of New Orleans in the 1950s and '60s, back when doo-wop was king.
"I've been into every doo-wop there is," Neville says. "I think I went to the university of doo-wop-ology."