Artist Memories

What was the most memorable musical gift your favorite artist ever received? Check what today's top artists are saying.

The Doors (Ray Manzarek)
Ray Manzarek - credit Pat Johnson

Music is the greatest gift an adult can give to a child. It is the vibration of the universe in a distilled form. It is the love of the creator placed into each energy unit that we call man. If you can tap into this energy you will know your own infinity and the child receiving the gift of music will begin the great journey to enlightenment. For this is our ultimate goal on planet earth.

Matt Duke

… I’m also a part of something that’s pretty cool and it’s called ‘Musicians On Call.’ They take artists like myself and put us at the bedsides of patients in hospitals and we try to lift their spirits through song …

Riley Etheridge, Jr.

The greatest musical gift I’ve ever received is an easy question for me to answer. It was Christmas 1969, living in Columbia, South Carolina. I was obsessed with the Monkees television show and I had just seen a neighborhood kid play the drums to the theme song from Hawaii Five-0. So, I went out on a limb and asked my mom and dad for a drum set for Christmas. more…

Melanie Fiona
Melanie Fiona

I am a faithful supporter of buying music. Being an artist myself, I owe the majority of my success to the supporters who went out and actually purchased my album. more…

Good Charlotte

… One year I remember specifically my mother giving us a gift of Oasis concert tickets and we got to go see Oasis play. They played at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. She drove us to the concert and dropped us off and we got to see Oasis play. It was an experience that I will never forget – still one of my favorite concerts that I have ever been to …

Goo Goo Dolls (John Rzeznik)

When I was 13 years old, my mother bought me a Kay Electric Guitar …

CeeLo Green

“They were gifts from my very sweet sister. Apparently, she was paying attention … I used to love the song ‘The Look of Love’ by ABC. So, for my birthday, my sister got me the 45. She did it three times in my life with three of my favorite songs.”


Josh Groban

That morning I ran down the stairs in my teddy bear onesie…and there was a drumset! My parents were nice enough to grant me my greatest wish, which was to give me a drumset. I played everyday. I practiced. And now it’s one of the very cool things to be able to play on my records.


Hunter Hayes

The gift of music is the greatest gift anyone can give to anyone

Trevor Hall

… When I was 12 years old, somebody gave me Ben Harper’s “The Will to Live,” which to this day is one of my favorite records. When I first heard it, it was the record that made me say, “Wow!,” you know? “THIS feeling – this is what I want to give to other people – this is why I want to be a musician.”

Keri Hilson

Two Christmas’ ago my mom gave me a machine that converts vinyl to CDs. Technology changes, but music is timeless!!!

Eric Hutchinson
Eric Hutchinson

I’ve always loved getting music as a gift. I remember getting Huey Lewis and The News “Sports” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad” when I was about 9 years old. I thought the booklets were almost as cool as the music. These days, my family knows that when the holidays roll around, I’ll just hand over a long list of CDs I’ve been wanting … and yes, I still love CDs!!

Perez Hilton

I ended up going on stage and dancing the Conga with Gloria Estefan!

Ingram Hill (Justin Moore)

I have been singing all of my life, and when I was 14 my parents thought it would be a good idea to get me a guitar so that I could play and sing – not just sing a capella all of the time. more…

Randy Jackson

Music has been my life’s passion, and music has totally shaped my life. I have shared music with friends most every day, and giving the gift of music is the best gift of all.


My favorite music gifting memory is a couple years ago, for my birthday, my boyfriend at the time wrote and played and sang and recorded a song for me. And, he’s not a singer, but he put so much love and thought and effort into it that it was so, so special…It was the best gift I’ve ever received.

Tamar Kaprelian

The gift of music is a stunning thing. In an instant, a song or album can take you back to a specific time and place in your life. more…

Miguel Kertsman

We need to share, to give the gift of music, this wonderful, universal language because a world without music is not a world!

Greg Laswell

It’s interesting to think about what my songs would sound like today if I had not heard “When Love Comes Apart” by Gregory Page. I never would have sought it out on my own. It was a gift from a friend…(Giving music) is very important. It certainly changed me.

Cyndi Lauper

Music is an amazing gift, it can change not only your mood but also your MIND. Music makes the world a better place, so why not spread the love!! Good music, real music is a gift that lasts forever and never goes out of style!