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Rumer

British singer Rumer just released her album Seasons of My Soul in the United States after a very successful UK debut last year. She has won the MOJO award for Best Breakthrough Act and Best Alternative Act on the UK Asian Music Awards.

Her sound has been compared as a mix between Karen Carpenter and Dusty Springfield. We got to the heart of the Rumer after her recent concert in Chicago.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Rumer. It was great meeting you after the show in Chicago. Did you notice the row of gay boys in front the stage fawning over you like schoolgirls?

Rumer: Yes.

JN: I was one of them! One person at the concert thought you were Demi Moore’s daughter. What inspired the name Rumer?

R: My mother and Demi Moore both love the author Rumer Godden. The name comes from her.
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Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks twirled her way to fame with Fleetwood Mac and their album Rumours in 1977. It is the tenth highest selling album of all time. She then tackled a solo career with Bella Donna. After all of these years she just released a seventh solo record entitled In Your Dreams, produced by Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics. She makes a stop in Chicago once again on her current tour. Secret Love

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Stevie. I just saw you recently with Rod Stewart and now you are touring solo. Do you get tired of constantly touring?

Stevie Nicks: I am starting to ask myself the same question. You know what I do? I get up in the morning and I go, “Oh my God, do I have to pull those black tights up one more day?” As tired as I get sometimes I wonder how long would I be happy lying around the house watching television? You have to follow a schedule. It’s like in the shower at 1, blow dry at 2, vocal lesson at 2:45, flat iron hair at 3. It’s pretty easy because you just kind of go through and people tell you exactly kind of what to do. Then you go and you do your show. You get all that great feedback. I kind of hang out all day long and then you get to walk onstage and have everybody love your music. Then you get to fly to the next city. I mean it doesn’t really get much better than that.

I really try to look at it as I really appreciate the fact that I get to travel the world. I’m leaving for London tomorrow. I don’t know anybody else who is leaving for London tomorrow. I lead a very, very romantic life, as a writer, a singer, and a songwriter. The traveling part of it is really pretty great. We as artists get more rest when we are out on the road than we do when we are home, because when you out on the road you are on a schedule.
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Ellie Goulding

Singer Ellie Goulding is turning on the Lights and bringing her original sound to Chicago for the first time. Find out why critics and the Brit Awards are saying this artist is one to watch in 2011. Your Song

Hi, Ellie. I heard you are finishing up with SXSW.

Yup, we have been on the bus for about 21 hours. We are heading to Washington DC.

How was the festival?

It was insane. Nothing can prepare you for it. It is like walking into a city of chaos pretty much. There are people everywhere. It is a really cool thing to be a part of. I think my band and I felt very lucky to be there. We couldn’t do it last year because we were so busy. This was a perfect way to start off the tour. I don’t it will get any worse in terms of us scaling things down for the show so I think it is good.
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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)

Advice

“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

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