Former Chicago WMAQ-Channel 5/now HLN news anchor Robin Meade makes her debut Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and will release a country music album next year. This opens the door for "America's News Idol":
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But Meade is actually trying her hand at songwriting. She's already collaborated with John Rich of Big & Rich and has written with her Nashville producer Victoria Shaw, who scored hits like "The River" for Garth Brooks and "The Way You Love Me" for John Michael Montgomery. They both wore big hats.
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"I definitely draw from things I've seen or issues I've dealt with," Meade said during a Tuesday interview from her Atlanta office. "Even though I'm allowed to have a lot of personality in our show, it deals with facts and things that aren't pleasant sometimes. Songwriting and performing is a way to express my creative side. It's like two different realms of Robin. When you listen to my music, you'll think 'That's not the woman I know.' In other words, I'm not singing about dancing on a bar, something that's not very news anchor-ish.
"One of the first songs we wrote was a question I get all the time, which is 'How can you talk about that stuff all day long, even though you do it in a positive way?' I talk about missing children, fires and war. How do I stay sane? I wrote a song about that."
I wondered if Meade consulted with CNN superstar Larry King's latest wife Shawn King, who recorded a country album of her own called "In My Own Backyard." Shawn is the daughter of Los Angeles studio singer Jerri Engemann, who recorded with Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.
"I don't because she's out in L.A.," Meade answered.