Before finding fame as a musician, singer-songwriter Ike Reilly had a steady job as a doorman at Chicago's Park Hyatt Hotel. "I was set on being a doorman," he recalled. "It was the most defining period of my life. And I was cool about just writing songs and playing guitar..." So what prompted Reilly, a married man with four small children, to release a debut album at the age of 38? "They tore the hotel down!"
["It's like winning the lottery," Reilly once remarked of his label deal. "Only without the money."]