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4 Former Rock Stars Who Went to Work for Disney

August 11, 2015

You can’t be a rock star forever. What do you do? Write songs for kids and tweens.

Musicians working for DisneyGina Shock

In the 1980s, Gina Shock was the drummer for the Go-Gos, the first all-female rock band to score a #1 hit album. In more recent years, she’s become a songwriter for teen pop stars signed by Disney. She wrote “Breakout” and “Can’t Be Tamed” for Miley Cyrus and four songs for Selena Gomez.

Mathew Wilder

Matthew Wilder was a one-hit wonder in 1983 with “Break My Stride.” He also became a producer, notably No Doubt’s smash hit album Tragic Kingdom. He then wrote “Reflections,” a song for Disney’s Mulan (which was Christina Aguilera’s first single). He went on to write songs for Disney stars like Miley Cyrus, Mitchel Musso, and Selena Gomez.

Robbie Nevil

Robbie Nevil had three hits in 1987: “Dominoes,” “Wot’s it To Ya,” and “C’est La Vie.” After working on the writing and production of a Smash Mouth album with his writing partner Matthew Gerard, Gerard brought Nevil into a gig at Disney, where the two wrote the majority of songs ever recorded by Hilary Duff. They also wrote songs used on Disney shows like Hannah Montana, The Wizards of Waverly Place, and The Cheetah Girls.

Kay Hanley

Kay Hanley fronted the ‘90s alternative rock band Letters to Cleo, who had hits with “Here and Now” and “Awake.” Hanley also wrote the music and sang lead vocals for the 2001 Josie and the Pussycats movie (actress Rachael Leigh Cook lip-synced to Hanley’s voice). Then she joined Disney, singing the theme song for the show My Friends Tigger and Pooh and providing background vocals both in the studio and on the road for Miley Cyrus.

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