5 Questions With… Train

GRAMMY-winning group visits The Recording Academy
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    Train's Jimmy Stafford, Pat Monahan and Scott Underwood at The Recording Academy headquarters on Oct. 1
October 06, 2010 -- 10:58 am PDT

GRAMMY-winning rockers Train visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., on Oct. 1 for an installment of 5 Questions With… and an intimate set featuring "If It's Love," "Marry Me" and "Hey, Soul Sister" off their recent album Save Me, San Francisco.

Train — vocalist Pat Monahan, guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood — answered questions spanning a variety of topics including the impact of social media, the importance of Recording Academy membership, mentoring, their songwriting process, and winning a GRAMMY.

"Led Zeppelin was my mentor. Robert Plant did it for me," said Monahan regarding the topic of mentoring. Underwood added, "I was really lucky because my school had a really good music department. Our jazz band [was] state champions and we would compete and professional jazz musicians would be the judges. One guy walked up to me, out of a 30-piece jazz band, and said, 'You definitely should stick with it. You're going to have a future.' And I still remember that to this day."

After forming in San Francisco in 1994, Train toured with the likes of Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows, and in 1998 released their self-titled debut featuring the hit "Meet Virginia." In 2001 the band released Drops Of Jupiter and the titled track won a GRAMMY for Best Rock Song. "Hey, Soul Sister," a single off Save Me, San Francisco, has gone triple platinum and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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