Interview: Singer/Songwriter Bill Champlin Discusses His New Album, ‘Livin’ For Love’

Bill Champlin

Bill Champlin has had an illustrious career as a singer, songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. Although he’s perhaps best known for his twenty-eight-year run with Chicago, where he sang on numerous hits like “Hard Habit to Break”, “I Don’t Want to Live Without your Love,” and “Look Away,” he’s also an acclaimed ensemble arranger on hits by Elton John and Donna Summer, as well as a two-time Grammy winner for his work on songs like “After The Love Is Gone” (Earth Wind & Fire) and “Turn Your Love Around” (George Benson).

Now Champlin is back with his first solo album in nearly ten years — ‘Livin’ For Love.’ An introspective, sixteen-song compilation that’s filled with personal anecdotes and honest vulnerability.

I recently spoke with Champlin about the new album and more in this exclusive new interview.

How would you describe in terms of its sound and how it relates to some of your previous work?

Bill Champlin:

What was the songwriting process like?

BC:

Let’s discuss a few other tracks on the new album, starting with “Reason To Believe.” What can you tell me about it?

BC:

“Another Lie.”

BC:

“Show Me”

BC:

I wanted to ask you about the Chicago track, “Hard Habit To Break.” Was that song originally designed to be sung as a sort of duet between you and Peter [Cetera]?

BC:

Of all the highlights of your career are there any that stand out to you as most memorable?

BC:

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