Belinda Carlisle credits her songwriters with her success

BELINDA CARLISLE:  Credits her songwriters for her success

Belinda Carlisle ranks with rock's most recognizable voices of the '80s -- but she admits that's where her talent ends.

Whether fronting The Go-Go's or as a solo artist, she helped bring to life such classic songs as "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Head Over Heels" and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." But she's relied on others to create that material. During the Go-Go's heyday, others members penned their hits. Since then, she's tapped top L.A. tunesmiths such as Diane Warren (for "I Get Weak") or Rick Nowels.

Belinda Carlisle reflects on the writers of one her biggest 80's hits "Heaven Is a Place on Earth":

"It was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley. And Rick Nowels has so many hits with so many people, from Dido to Lana del Ray. He's has hits with everybody. And, you know, we worked together early in his career. And I was almost sort of like his muse, where he would write melodies and lyrics with my voice in mind, which was great, because I loved his pop sensibility and I loved the lyrics that he'd write because they were more poetic, and not so literal."

Belinda Carlisle sings her '80s classics on the summer's Retro Futura tour, which plays the New York area this weekend. She joins co-stars Tony Lewis of The Outfield, Limahl of Kajagoogoo, Modern English and ABC on Friday night in Westbury, Long Island and Saturday in Englewood, New Jersey.

Belinda has also opened up over the years about her battle with drugs and depression in her life.

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