Required Listening

HowStuffWorks and the GRAMMY Museum team up to give listeners exclusive access to the most amazing music artists on the planet. Each week, we’ll blow people’s minds by providing an all-access pass to the artist inner circle.


As fellow travelers on the acoustic and bluegrass music festival circuit, I'm With Her's Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, were bound to make music together. Following an informal jam session, the trio got together and began to write songs, eventually releasing their debut album 'See You Around' in 2018. The band joined Scott Goldman to discuss their collaborative musicianship, the welcoming nature of the musical community they grew up in, and how that community helped them develop their own artistry in the process.

GRAMMY nominee and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jeff Lynne stops by the GRAMMY Museum to chat with Required Listening host Scott Goldman about his musical heroes Del Shannon and Roy Orbison, the current iteration of ELO, and what it feels like to see multiple generations of fans enjoying his music around the world.

GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc made his major label debut with his album 'Lift Your Spirit' in 2014, while his track "Wake Me Up," a collaboration with EDM artist Avicii, reached the top 5 on the Billboard chart and other top charts around the world. Most recently, he served as the guide in the short film "America's Musical Journey." During this conversation, Blacc shares stories about his creative process in the studio and his passion for using his artistic platform to inspire social change while continuing to create music with a mindful positivity. 

Fresh off the heels of his latest album Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers, the TONY and GRAMMY-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright, and director sat with Scott Goldman to discuss his distinguished career and the making of what marks his fourth solo studio album.

From his musical upbringing to his new album and sobriety, GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Keith Urban goes deep in this installment of Required Listening.

Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara emerged onto the music scene in 2015 with the release of "Here." Co-written by Sebastian Kole, "Here" garnered over 500,000 total streams in its first week and went on to crack the Top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 list, and rose to No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and Pop charts in early 2016. Fast-forward to the present. Cara’s success has continued with a string of Billboard chart-topping hits, a platinum certified debut album, and a GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist. In this 2016 interview, the “Scars to Your Beautiful” singer sat with host Scott Goldman to explore her creative process and reflect on her success. 

Andy Grammer has taken the music world by storm with a succession of gold and platinum-certified singles--- “Keep Your Head Up”, “Honey I’m Good”, “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)", and “Fresh Eyes” are among his catalog of pop hits. Before kicking off his 2018 tour, the Cali-native singer/songwriter dropped by the GRAMMY Museum to talk about his journey in music and his third-studio album The Good Parts.

On their 2017 sixth album L.A. Divine, Cold War Kids pay tribute to Los Angeles and all its strange glory. "In many ways L.A. is the least divine city, the most hedonistic and irreverent and disconnected from history," says Cold War Kids' singer/guitarist/pianist Nathan Willett. "L.A.'s so massive, I feel like I'm always finding something new in it," says bassist Matt Maust. "It's an incredibly weird place, and I'm happy to have made a record that totally honors that weirdness." In this interview taken from the GRAMMY Museum archive, the band sits down for an intimate discussion on the making of the album and the impact and their endless fascination with their adopted hometown.

Back In 2016, Weezer released their 10th studio album, Weezer (The White Album), a self-proclaimed beach album that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Rock/Alternative chart, and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Formed in 1992, the group has sold 9.2 million albums in the United States and over 17 million records worldwide. In the conversation taken from the GRAMMY Museum archive, members Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals) sat with Scott Goldman to chat about the milestone project, and their over twenty-year career in music.














The only difference between Sheryl Crow and most of us is that her life’s path took her into the rarefied air of celebrity. Along the way, the veteran singer and musician has released ten studio albums, earned nine GRAMMY Awards, and has sold an estimated 50 million albums worldwide. Following the release of her latest album Be Myself, Crow sat with host Scott Goldman to reflect on her commitment to looking at life without illusion and responding to what she finds with honesty and artistry.

GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter discusses the process of co-writing Julia Michaels’ hit song "Issues" and the intricacies of being a songwriter. 

Sean ''Diddy'' Combs is the definition of a mogul. As Chairman and CEO of Combs Enterprises, he has a diverse portfolio of businesses and investments covering the music, fashion, fragrance, beverage, marketing, film, and television industries. Following the release of his 2017 documentary, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story; Combs sat down with host Scott Goldman, alongside the doc’s co-producer, Heather Parry, to chat about the making of the film and his musical legacy.

Legendary GRAMMY nominated singer Johnny Mathis sits with Scott Goldman to explore his latest album Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook, alongside the album’s co-producers, 11-time GRAMMY winner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and five-time GRAMMY winner Clive Davis.

Latin GRAMMY® winner Erika Ender sits down with Scott Goldman to talk about her journey from humble beginnings in Panama City to 25 years in the music business, including the record-breaking success of "Despacito," co-written with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

Nine-time GRAMMY® winner Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys and the Arcs) sits with host Scott Goldman for an intimate conversation on his incredible career in music, his love of Nashville and the launch of his record label.

GRAMMY® nominee Julia Michaels gets candid about finding her voice through songwriting, working with Justin Trantor, and her transition from songwriter to artist.

After nearly five decades of success and history making moments in the music business, it is safe to say that Jimmy Iovine is a veritable institution. The relatively reserved music executive---who most notably co-founded Interscope Records and later co-founded BEATS By Dre---chronicled his rise in ranks in the GRAMMY® winning 2017 documentary The Defiant Ones. In this installment, Scott Goldman chats with Iovine and doc’s director Allen Hughes.

Known for their spectacular live performances and energetic drum beats, GRAMMY® winners Imagine Dragons have drawn national attention since their debut album, Night Visions, went multiplatinum in 2012. In this premiere episode, host Scott Goldman sits with the four-piece group for an intimate conversation about music and their journey to GRAMMY® gold.

Host Scott Goldman interviews the top creators in the music industry each week, live from the Clive Davis Theater at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Here's a preview of our inaugural episode with Imagine Dragons.

Every week, host Scott Goldman goes deep with music's top creators, live from the Clive Davis Theater at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.