Audible expands its “Words + Music” roster with Mariah Carey, Pete Townshend and more

Audible Inc., the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, today announced a new roster of renowned musicians who will create and perform original “Words + Music” productions designed for Audible listeners.

New artists joining “Words + Music” include one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Mariah Carey, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, rock legend Carlos Santana, singer, songwriter and record producer Beck, The Who’s lead guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend, comedy rock duo Tenacious D, consisting of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, and rapper and actor yasiin bey.

Spotlighting today’s most important artists, Audible’s collection of musical stories reflects the unique creative visions of a plethora of award-winning artists. This new slate will kick off with the free streaming of Somebody Saved Me by Pete Townshend on Audible starting May 6 in the US, followed by the release of Beck’s Words + Music installments on July 1 and Tenacious D on August 5. Additional project dates and details will be announced at a later date.

In the Audible Original Somebody Saved Me, co-produced by Audible and Gunpowder & Sky, Pete Townshend takes us through the period between the 1978 death of Who drummer Keith Moon and the 2002 loss of bassist John Entwistle. During those 24 years, The Who enjoyed their greatest popularity and went their separate ways.

But no matter how hard he tried to deny it, The Who had a hold on Pete that he couldn’t ignore. Every time he thought he was out, rock ‘n’ roll brought him back inside. Townshend is candid about his victories and failures over years filled with conflict and resolution, sacred and profane, love and loss. Townshend punctuates his memories with the songs that came out of his life during this time – “Let My Love Open the Door”, “Slit Skirts”, “You Better You Bet”, “Eminence Front”, and more.

“Combining the best of music and memoir, Audible’s Word + Music offerings transport our listeners to the defining and formative moments in the lives of world-class musical talent,” said Zola Mashariki, Head of Audible Studios.

“The Words + Music brand represents a unique blend of expansive, emotional and intimate storytelling and we are honored to welcome this new cohort of talented musical artists to the Audible family as they continue to create the soundtrack of culture. “

Iconic musicians who have contributed to the extensive existing roster of “Words + Music” originals for Audible include Eddie Vedder, Yo-Yo Ma (“sounds like an intimate recital from a talkative, approachable virtuoso” – The New York Times ), James Taylor (“unique story and musical experience” – USA Today), Patti Smith (“the hybrid form seems quite natural to her talents” – The New York Times), Common, Sharon Van Etten (“more personal than everything she’s released yet” – Vogue), Laura Jane Grace (“intimate and beautiful” – People), Rhiannon Giddens (“combines her musical depth with a gift for storytelling” – Variety), Tariq Trotter (“look in depth” – The Grio), Smokey Robinson (“lets be amazed again by his genius” – Los Angeles Times), Rufus Wainwright (“just like in his music, he opens up wide to the world” – Forbes ), Alanis Morissette (“raw commentary” – Bustle), St. Vincent (“…thoughtful, insightful and deeply funny…” – The Advocate), Jo nathan Biss (“raw and insightful” – NPR), Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, Tom Morello, Billie Joe Armstrong, T Bone Burnett, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Liz Phair, Corin Tucker and Carrie from Sleater -Kinney Brownstein, Sting and Chuck D.

Listen to an excerpt from Peter Townsend here: