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Every week, we sit down with an acclaimed and venerable songwriter to intimately discuss what happens behind closed doors in the music industry. There are millions of singers, thousands of artists, and only 40 top songs per genre at a time... this podcast is about the people who make them. Produced by Joe London & Ross Golan in association with Big Deal Music & Mega House Music. And The Writer Is... ™

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Every week, we sit down with an acclaimed and venerable songwriter to intimately discuss what happens behind closed doors in the music industry. There are millions of singers, thousands of artists, and only 40 top songs per genre at a time... this podcast is about the people who make them. Produced by Joe London & Ross Golan in association with Big Deal Music & Mega House Music. And The Writer Is... ™

    Ep. 107: Lauren Christy

    Ep. 107: Lauren Christy

    Today’s guest is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, artist, and record label executive. Her journey into music began at the age of five when she found a piano buried in the garden at her parents’ house in South London. By the age of 19, she was recording her own songs, and soon after, she signed her first publishing deal with Allen Jacobs at EMI. And at 22, she signed a record deal at Mercury Records (with Tom Vickers and Ed Eckstine), relocated to Los Angeles, and started work on her first album. Her debut album self-titled garnered her a nomination for Best New Artist at the 1994 American Music Awards. Her single “The Color of the Night” was a top 10 hit on Adult Contemporary radio and also landed her a nomination for Best Song in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. As she started a family, she reinvented herself as the co-creator of The Matrix. Alongside creative partners Graham Edwards and Scott Spock, the trio wrote and produced Avril Lavigne’s worldwide phenomenon album ‘Let Go’ which included three international No. 1 hits: “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” and “I’m With You”. For “Complicated,” the Matrix trio won the Ivor Novello Award for International Hit of The Year. The Matrix also received seven Grammy nominations including Producer of the Year (she is one of 7 women to ever be nominated). She is also a two-time Juno Award winner and a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award recipient. The Matrix has sold more than 30 million records and has worked with artists including Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz, Shakira, Liz Phair, Korn, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Greyson Chance among many others. Her independent work includes Enrique Iglesias’s worldwide No. 1 hit “Tonight I’m Loving You,” as well as songs with Kelly Clarkson, Jason Derulo, Bebe Rexha, Iggy Azalea, Avril Lavigne, The Struts, and more. Recently she started her record label, Youth Be Served Records (YBS Records). The first signing is artist Jenn Bostic, whose ‘Take My Hand EP’ entered the iTunes Christian chart at No. 11. And her second signing is Australian artist Tassia Zappia, who is in the studio now with an expected release during 2020. And The Writer Is...Lauren Christy!


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    Ep. 106: Sarah Hudson

    Ep. 106: Sarah Hudson

    Our guest is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and vocal producer known for her signature concepts, edgy and prolific lyrics, and catchy pop melodies. She's written for Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Kim Petras, Charli XCX, 5 Seconds of Summer, Years & Years, Idina Menzel, Santigold, The Neighbourhood, New Kids on the Block, and many more. Most notably she co-wrote Katy Perry's "Dark Horse ft. Juicy J" and nine songs on Katy Perry’s album ‘Witness,’ including her single “Swish Swish.” She also co-wrote the alternative hit “Good Things Fall Apart ft. Jon Bellion” by Illenium, “Something’s Gotta Give” by Camila Cabello, “Black Widow ft. Rita Ora” by Iggy Azalea, “Two Fux” by Adam Lambert, “Get On Your Knees (Beg For It) ft. Ariana Grande” by Nicki Minaj, and “The Feeling ft. Halsey” by Justin Bieber. And most recently, she has penned Dua Lipa's hit singles “Physical” and "Levitating" from her album 'Future Nostalgia' and "What Makes a Woman" by Katy Perry for her album 'Smile.' As an artist, she formed the underground electro club pop project called Ultraviolet Sound (UVS). UVS topped the dance chart with their single, "Girl Talk" from an independent label in 2011. She has also been featured and has co-written on multiple EDM records such as "Fuzzy Peach" by Brillz, “Saturn” by Kill The Noise/Brillz, “Can’t Get Enough” by Tommie Sunshine/Halfway House, and “Reality” by Bro Safari. In 2017, she released her solo EP and accompanying short film entitled ‘Songs from the Sea.’ In addition to her work in music, she co-hosts “Right to the Source,” a podcast about the creative process and spiritual journey. This guest understands the mind of the artist and is not afraid to be different and daring in her approach to songwriting. And The Writer Is… Sarah Hudson!


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    Ep. 105: Billy Mann

    Ep. 105: Billy Mann

    He is a Grammy-nominated multi-platinum hit songwriter, producer, artist, executive, and entrepreneur who has been on the charts for 25 years. His active discography includes P!nk, Cher, Sting, John Legend, Take That, Kelly Rowland, Hall & Oates, Jessica Simpson, Martina McBride, Celine Dion, among others, and has written numerous Top 10 hits around the globe and achieved sales of over 125 million albums. Beginning as an A&M artist in 1994, after two solo albums, his ambition helped him pivot towards writing, producing, and entrepreneurialism. In 2001, he founded Stealth Entertainment, a talent development company with a special focus on brand partnerships. Over the years, Mann’s ability to discover promise in talent early ranges from Oscar-winner Emma Stone to hitmakers Teddy Geiger, John Ryan, Supah Mario and Christian Medice, to Tik Tok royalty Dixie and Charli D’Amelio.  EMI acquired Stealth in 2007 and he was soon after appointed to EMI’s Board and thereafter President of International/Global Artist Management, overseeing EMI’s rosters in over 34 countries championing the careers of such artists like David Guetta, Pablo Alboran, Robyn, Zoe, Helene Fischer, Tiziano Ferro, and many others. In 2010, he was appointed President of Creative-BMG North America before becoming CEO of Green & Bloom/Topline the following year (a catalog that boasts of 4,000 copyrights that include artists like Drake, Tory Lanez, Lovelytheband, Travis Scott, John Legend, Drake, Tiesto and more). In 2012, he founded Manncom Creative Partners, a management company that has consulted numerous major brands and represents independent-minded (often digital focused) creative talents like Alex Aiono, Christian Medice, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Kid Sistr, Veronica Ferraro, among others. He is a national board member of Autism Speaks serving on the Advocacy, Strategic and Digital Committees, co-founder of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and was an elected Governor of Songwriters in New York for the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (Grammys). In 2007, he helped draft the Autism Policy for the Obama/Biden Presidential campaign and later had the honor of watching his oldest son, Jasper, receive the first pen in the Oval Office from President Obama after he signed H.R. 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act in 2011. In December 2013, his family was presented The Champion Award at The Winter Ball at the Met by friend Senator Bob Casey (PA), an original sponsor of the ABLE Act. He resides in Connecticut and is a proud husband and father of four children. And The Writer Is… Billy Mann!


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep. 104: Luke Dick

    Ep. 104: Luke Dick

    This Oklahoma born, Nashville-based songwriter and artist has written songs for the likes of Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, The Brothers Osborne, The Highwomen, Eli Young Band, and more. This year, he is nominated for Song of the Year at the 54th CMA Awards for co-writing Miranda Lambert’s #1 single, “Bluebird” from her album ‘Wild Card’ for which he wrote 5 songs. He also notably co-wrote Dierks Bentley’s hit single “Burning Man,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Velvet Elvis” for her GRAMMY-winning Album of the Year, ‘Golden Hour,’ and Eric Church’s single “Kill A Word.” As an artist, he fronts the new wave punk band called Hey Steve. The band delivers its rebellious message in a way that only they could conjure. Rolling Stone Country calling our guest and his band “something of an anomaly in the Nashville songwriting community.” Last year he premiered his first feature-length documentary, ‘Red Dog,’ at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. The film which he co-directed, co-produced, and scored, explores his childhood experiences living at The Red Dog, an Oklahoma strip club where his teenage mother worked as a dancer. He just released a new song as a solo artist called "Polyester" featuring Miranda Lambert. And The Writer Is… Luke Dick!


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    Ep. 103: Andres and Mauricio

    Ep. 103: Andres and Mauricio

    Today's featured guests have established themselves as A-list writers and producers in the music industry, crafting major hits such as “Traicionera,” “Sé Que Te Duele,” and the worldwide smash “Despacito.” In 2017, they won the Latin GRAMMY for Record of the Year and were also nominated for the National GRAMMY of Record of the Year with “Despacito.” This year, they received three nominations at the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards for Producer of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Song for “Bonita (ft. Sebastian Yatra)” by Juanes. Born in Colombia where they began their respective careers, this production duo, who often writes as a team, has become one of the most sought after teams in the world and have worked with artists such as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, Sebastian Yatra, Morat, Cali Y El Dandee, Nacho, Alejandro Fernández, Carlos Vives, among many others. One member of his creative duo is half of the very successful urban pop duo Cali Y El Dandee, and crafted major hits for the band such as "Yo Te Esperaré" and "Por Fin Te Encontré." The other member has developed a career as a session musician, producer, and songwriter. He earned a Latin GRAMMY for his work with Alejandro Sanz and received several nominations. He has worked with artists and producers such as La Santa Cecilia, Sebastian Krys, David Bisbal, Noel Schajris, Alejandro Sanz, Jesse & Joy, among many others. In 2015, they decided to join forces after a long friendship and professional relationship. And The Writers are… Andres and Mauricio!
     
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    Ep. 102: Linda Perry

    Ep. 102: Linda Perry

    Today’s guest epitomizes what it means to be a successful, uncompromising, and independent artist. Wearing many hats, she is a songwriting legend, passionate philanthropist, dedicated animal rights advocate, generous friend, and an incredible mother. With a storied career, she began her musical journey as the lead singer of 4 Non Blondes and has continued to have a profound impact on pop culture with her message of female empowerment. She has composed and produced hit songs for artists such as P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, and Adele, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015. Most recently, our guest was nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY Award with Dolly Parton for “Girl In The Movies,” a song they wrote together for the Netflix film Dumplin'. Last year, she was nominated for the 2019 GRAMMY award for Producer of the Year, making her the first woman in 15 years to be nominated in the category. That same year, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Critics Choice Award for her work on “Girl In the Movies.” In addition, she is the co-founder of We Are Hear, a combination record label, publishing house, management company, and production entity that she launched with fellow multi-platinum producer Kerry Brown in 2017. Today, she fosters the creativity of others, actively seeking and nurturing new talents to share with the world. And The Writer Is… Linda Perry!


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    • 1 hr 31 min

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