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Musicians & Their Moms

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Adam LAMBERT & Leila Lambert

“My parents had such a big music collection,” says Adam Lambert. “My mom liked Al Green and Bob Marley. I was exposed to a lot of the stuff they were listening to.” Now the singer, 33, who’s releasing his next album, The Original High, on June 16, is returning the favor. “He’s introduced me to a lot of music that I probably wouldn’t have listened to before, like every pop song that’s out there,” says Leila Lambert, 56, an interior designer. When Adam’s on tour, mom and son keep in touch through FaceTime calls and texting. “He’s really amazing,” says Leila. “I’ll text him and he gets back to me right away.” Responds Lambert: “Well, of course. It’s Mom!”

Jennifer Nettles & CARLA Temple

Jennifer Nettles discovered her passion for music early in life—long before she got her first driver’s license. So her mom, Carla Temple, spent her school years in Douglas, Ga., cheerfully chauffeuring her to gigs. “Musical theater, church groups, weddings, funerals—I sang whenever I could,” recalls the country superstar. “I was in awe of her talent,” adds Temple. “I’m just a regular person. I used to ask her all the time, ‘Where did you come from?’ ” And she couldn’t be more proud that the singer, 40, just wrapped an acclaimed run as Roxie Hart in Chicago. “I cried when I saw her on Broadway,” says Temple, 60, who retired as a teacher to help care for her grandson Magnus, age 2, Nettles’s son with husband Justin Miller. “I was so nervous for her. But then she did her first number, and I thought, ‘She’s got this.’ I settled right down.”

Wiz Khalifa & Peachie Wimbush

Even now that he’s a star, Wiz Khalifa “still takes out the garbage when he’s home,” says mom Peachie Wimbush, 51, a retired nurse living in Pittsburgh. With a child of his own now, Khalifa (born Cameron Thomaz), 27, is trying to pass along “pretty much everything” he learned from Wimbush—including “all the simple stuff, like using your manners”—to son Sebastian, 2. “[As a parent], when stuff happens, I’m like, ‘Oh man, this is what my mom was going through,’ ” says Khalifa, who’s co-headlining the Boys of Zummer tour with Fall Out Boy this summer. “She’s always there when I need her.”

Colbie CAILLAT & Diane Caillat

“My parents raised me on Tom Petty, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac—and that’s still the music I listen to daily,” says Colbie Caillat, 29. Mom Diane, on the other hand, only has ears for one singer—her daughter. “It sounds really bad, but I don’t listen to any other music,” says the 59-year-old model turned entrepreneur. When Colbie first started touring, “my parents would fly to different countries with me,” says the singer, who released her fifth studio album, Gypsy Heart, last year. “She still wears my tour shirts, which I get embarrassed about.” The two live just 10 minutes apart in L.A., and Colbie says they get together “three or four” times a week for family dinners or “weekend pool hangs.” (Older sister Morgan lives three minutes from Mom.) “Our family’s just always been close,” says Colbie. “There’s always a million text chains.”

Monica & Marilyn Best

Monica was only 2 when her mother, Marilyn Best, installed her in a gospel choir. Singing with her mom at church “was really fun,” says the Grammy-winning R&B star, 34, whose album Code Red is due out later this year. “I didn’t realize that what I was doing was any different from what anybody else did.” Their bond over music was limited, however. “We both love gospel,” says Monica. “But everything else I love she hates. She won’t listen to anything with vulgarity.” The Atlanta-based singer— who’s married to NBA player Shannon Brown—says Best, 63, a Delta Airlines retiree, is a hands-on “nana” to her three kids, Rocko, 10, Romelo, 7, and Laiyah, 20 months (pictured). Adds Best: “When she’s on the road a lot, we may have to travel to see each other, but we get in that time. We always keep that connection.”