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And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan

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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Nov 20, 2017

Our next guest is an 11-time Grammy Award winner with a career that has been nonstop for nearly 4 decades. He has earned more than 200 Top 10 R&B hits, over 50 Top 10 Pop singles, and 16 #1's. As the co-founder ofLaFace Records with L.A. Reid, he is responsible for nurturing the careers of megastars such as TLC, OutKast, Usher, P!nk, and Toni Braxton. As if that isn’t impressive enough, the ‘For the Cool in You’ artist has penned hits for legendary superstars Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and Celine Dion. Some examples of his masterful work are “I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II Men, “Best Thing I Never Had” by Beyonce, “Take A Bow” by Madonna, "Another Sad Love Song" by Toni Braxton, and “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey. With credits such as these, he has earned himself numerous awards and honors from the Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image awards, American Music Awards, BET Walk of Fame Award, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, and most recently, was inducted into the 2017’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Not to mention he is also quite the passionate philanthropist. Currently working on his next solo album, we are honored to say, And The Writer Is…Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds! 

Nov 13, 2017

Our next guest is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has worked with some of the most noteworthy pop artists of the past few years. With co-writing and production credits including the #1 hits “Good For You (feat. A$AP Rocky)” by Selena Gomez and “Jealous” by Nick Jonas, this multi-platinum writer and producer is paving the way for an unstoppable career. Additionally, he has penned the top 10 hits “All In My Head (Flex)” by Fifth Harmony and "Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera) by Pitbull, as well as “We Own the Night” by The Wanted, “Body Say” for Demi Lovato, Rita Ora’s #3 UK hit “Poison”, “Believe” and “All Around The World” by Justin Bieber, and Daya's recently released single “New". He was raised in London and moved to Los Angeles by way of Boston after college. This determined songwriter (and master cold-caller) is an inspiration for any writer and is now one of the most sought after producers in pop music at the young age of 27! And The Writer Is... Sir Nolan Lambroza!

Nov 10, 2017

Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, this songwriter is responsible for some of the most genre bending hits in country music. He co-wrote and co-produced Sam Hunt’s album ‘Montevallo,’ including "Body Like a Back Road," which has shattered records for the most consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard‘s hot country songs chart as the longest running #1 by a solo artist in history. This CMA Triple Play Award winner has written and produced multiple chart-topping songs for artists such as Carrie Underwood, Dustin Lynch and Keith Urban. And The Writer Is... Zach Crowell

Nov 9, 2017

He's written 35 #1 singles and had more than 300 songs recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker. He was named the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year 2013 and 2016,  the NSAI Songwriter of the Year 2013 and 2016, and has received the CMA Triple Play Award nine times in his career (presented to a songwriter who has penned three #1 singles in 12 months). In 2011, he partnered with Combustion Music and Warner Chappell Music to begin his own publishing venture, Tape Room Music. And The Writer Is...This Year's ASCAP Country Songwriter of The Year Ashley Gorley

Nov 8, 2017

This Kansas native and Belmont University alum signed with Warner Chappell Nashville shortly following her graduation. She earned her first #1 song with “We Were Us” performed by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. Later partnering again with Lambert, she won the ACM’s 2015 ‘Song of the Year’ and the CMA’s 2014 ‘Single of the Year’ for "Automatic." She co-wrote and co-produced RaeLynn's album 'Wild Horse', which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. This marked the first time in 10 years a female has co-produced an album that debuted #1 on the Country Album chart. She has also penned hits for Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, and Kelsea Ballerini. She is a huge advocate for the songwriting community, making frequent trips to Washington D.C. with the Nashville Songwriters Association International to meet with lawmakers and use her voice to push female producer and songwriters forward. And The Writer Is... Nicolle Galyon!

Nov 7, 2017

This writer has not only been a successful solo artist, with his #1 hit “Don’t Get Me Started” but has also written chart toppers for some of country music’s biggest names. He’s had 28 #1 singles (and counting), was named the #4 Billboard Country Songwriter, and has earned BMI’s Songwriter of the Year award twice. He co-wrote Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” which became the highest selling digital debut by a country male solo artist. He’s won six CMA Triple Play Awards (presented to a songwriter who has penned three #1 singles in 12 months) and this year it was announced that he’s had at least one song in the Country Airplay charts every week for the past seven years straight. And The Writer Is… Rhett Akins! 

Nov 6, 2017

Kicking off CMA Week, this guest has been breaking charts and blurring genres since the start of his career. Raised on tour with his father and influenced by country, rock and hip-hop, songwriting and performing came naturally to this unstoppable artist. Only eight months into his first publishing deal, he contributed to Jason Aldean's 4x-platinum album 'My Kinda Party' with his song, "I Ain’t Ready To Quit." He went on to pen hits for artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, and Lee Brice. "Die A Happy Man," the single off of his sophomore album 'Tangled Up' won BMI Country Song of The Year and was nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Country Song. His latest album 'Life Changes' debuted at #1 on Billboard and features smash hits such as "Unforgettable" and "Craving You feat. Maren Morris." And The Writer Is...Thomas Rhett!

Oct 30, 2017

If you’re currently a professional songwriter or if you’re working to become one, our next episode is required listening. Our guest is unlike any of our previous, in that he’s not a songwriter, but works tirelessly on behalf of ALL songwriters.  He’s been the CEO and President of the National Music Publishers’ Association for the past 13 years, where he implemented landmark legal successes for publisher and songwriter royalty rate agreements and continues to work on increasing the value of intellectual property. Named to Billboard’s Power 100 multiple times, this overachiever serves on several boards including the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has previously served in senior positions within the U.S. Government.  This honorable guest certainly has a colorful background of proven success no matter where he is and man are we grateful to have him as the backbone standing up for songwriter rights and compensation. And The Writers Is… songwriter advocate and one mean poker player, David Israelite!

Oct 23, 2017

This guest is an artist, songwriter, and producer of some of the most iconic pop songs of the last three decades. He’s also the frontman of rock group Semisonic, responsible for the memorable hit "Closing Time." This lyrical genius has released four solo albums and become a highly sought after and diverse collaborator, working with artists such as Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, P!nk, Phantogram, Noah Cyrus, Bishop Briggs, and many others. He's penned top hits including Adele's "Someone Like You,” the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice," and "Home" by Dierks Bentley. He just wrapped his US tour in support of his latest album release ‘Re-Covered,’ a collection of his reinterpretations of songs that he wrote for and with other artists, for which he also wrote and illustrated a deluxe book/CD, including session stories and songwriting tidbits. Ladies and gentleman, And The Writer Is...two time Grammy Award Winner…Dan Wilson!

Recorded in front of a live audience at Youtube Space LA!

Oct 16, 2017

Born and raised in New York, New York, this songwriter caught the music bug early on, being introduced to a wide variety of music styles by his Jamaican-born mother at a young age. That passion eventually led him to enroll at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he went on to collaborate with notable artists such Whitney Houston, Faith Evans, Christina Aguilera, and John Legend, proving this icon is truly a source of inspiration for all. He is now a four time Grammy Nominee and has penned chart topping hits throughout the last two decades such as Britney Spears's “Circus," Bruno Mars’s “Grenade,” and Miley Cyrus’s “Party In The U.S.A." And The Writer Is... The Studio Beast himself...Claude Kelly!

Oct 9, 2017
Fresh off his latest #1 single, "Attention," this artist, songwriter, and producer is gearing up for what should be another stellar year. He co-wrote and was featured on the 9x Multi-Platinum single "See You Again," by Wiz Khalifa, which was featured on the "Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". The song is one of the biggest pop songs of the last decade and is a strong contender to earn a Diamond Certification (which means it will likely sell over 10 million units). His platinum debut album "Nine Track Mind" featured the hit singles, "Marvin Gaye (feat. Meghan Trainor)," "One Call Away," and "We Don't Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez)". And his forthcoming sophomore album "Voice Notes" features his new single "How Long". Oh - and maybe it comes as no surprise, but the man also has perfect pitch. And The Writer Is...Charlie Puth!
Oct 3, 2017

This week's songwriter is defining the game as we know it and she's only 23! She's currently still celebrating the release of her debut mini album "Nervous System." The album's first single "Issues," has gone 6x Platinum worldwide! Moreover, she's regularly collaborating with some of pop music's biggest names, having co-written Justin Bieber's smash hit "Sorry," Selena Gomez's "Good For You," and Nick Jonas' "Close feat. Tove Lo". Quite a resume from one of the industry's best and brightest. And The Writer Is...Julia Michaels!

Sep 26, 2017

Welcome back listeners! For our first episode of Season 2, we have one of the music business's most in-demand collaborators around today. At this very moment, his work is seemingly inescapable on the radio waves as he co-wrote and co-produced Taylor Swift's new Top 10 radio single 'Look What You Made Me Do,", co-wrote and co-produced Lorde's smash sophomore album, "Melodrama," including it's infectious single 'Green Light," and even dropped a sophomore album of his own, "Gone Now," for his own artist project, Bleachers. He is widely recognized for his incredible skills as a collaborator and his amicable attitude...And The Writer Is...Jack Antonoff!

Jun 26, 2017
For ATWI’s Season One Finale, we have a very special episode. Last October, Ross moderated a panel discussion presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in association with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum titled - The Art Of Collaboration: Songwriters & Music Publishers Making Music & History Together. The conversation, which features three of today’s most decorated songwriters and their respective publishers, dives deep into the personal and professional relationships between artist and music publisher. Featuring writers Dan Wilson (Semisonic, Adele, Dixie Chicks), Jack Antonoff (fun., Bleachers, Taylor Swift), and Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Bonnie McKee), and their publishers Kenny MacPherson (Big Deal Music), Jennifer Knoepfle (Sony/ATV Publishing), and Scott Cutler (Pulse Music Group), this episode is one you won’t want to miss. Live from the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, And The Writer Is… featuring the Songwriters Hall of Fame!
 

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Jun 19, 2017

From Brooklyn, New York, this songwriter is one of the busiest creators in the game. Known for her work as a hit writer, singer and artist, she is the perfect example of a triple threat. Her repertoire includes credits like Eminem and Rhianna's "The Monster," G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I," and Martin Garix's "In The Name of Love." A familiar friend to the studio, the stage, and the radio charts, she is one name you will surely be hearing more in the future. And The Writer Is...Bebe Rexha!

Jun 12, 2017

With 5 decades under his belt in the music business, this songwriter is what you call a legend. He is a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame AND personally cofounded the Latin Songwriter's Hall of Fame. With credits like Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer," Joan Jett & The Blackhearts's "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," among countless other smash hits, this songwriters catalog of collaborations is seemingly endless. He is showing no signs slowing down either, having just collaborated with electronic dance artist Zedd on his single "Beautiful Now." And The Writer Is...Desmond Child!

Jun 5, 2017
This songwriter from West Palm Beach, Florida is quite familiar with the roller coaster of the music business. She has seen both the apex of success and experienced the struggles of rock bottom. There is no question she is an exceptional songwriter, a creator of the highest caliber. With notable cuts like Kelly Clarkson's smash "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," DJ Snake's "Let Me Love You feat. Justin Bieber," and Kygo's "It Ain't Me fest. Selena Gomez," which also happens to currently be the #2 song on Top 40 radio, she is clearly a master of her craft. And The Writer Is...Ali Tamposi!

 

May 29, 2017

This Canadian bred writer is one the busiest people in the music business today. With multiple platinum and gold singles under her belt, and credits such as Nick Jonas's "Jealous," Enrique Iglesias's "Duele El Corazon," and Fifth Harmony's "Write On Me," she has become known for her versatility and spot-on lyricism. No matter the artist or collaborator she sits in with, this songwriter's work is remarkable, as is her story. And The Writer Is...Simon Wilcox!

May 22, 2017

This immensely talented songwriter has quickly become a household name in the pop songwriting world. Credits on Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know", Pitbull's "Fireball", and Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" are just a few of the reasons. Perhaps the most notable is his longstanding work with British boy band, One Direction. If you've ever heard a One Direction song on the radio, you've most definitely heard this songwriter's handiwork. He has an astounding 39 One Directions cuts and has co-written all of the singles from their last three albums including “Drag Me Down”, "Best Song Ever", and "Story of My Life”. And The Writer Is...John Ryan!

May 15, 2017

After a stint at the famous Village Studios in Los Angeles, this songwriter serendipitously crossed paths with a person who would one day become one of his closest and most frequent collaborators. That same person, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, eventually signed him to a publishing deal, where he quickly began racking up credits on hits such as OneRepublic's "Counting Stars", Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights", and Ellie Goulding's "Burn." For nearly a decade thereafter, this songwriter continued to hone his craft and forge his own path, eventually earning his very own Grammy and BMI Songwriter of The Year Award. And The Writer Is...Noel Zancanella!

May 8, 2017

This band is undoubtedly one of biggest groups ever to rise out of Ireland. Ever since the 2008 release of their #1 self-titled debut album, featuring massive hit songs "Breakeven" and "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," they've gone on to sell out stadiums and arenas across the UK and much of Europe. They're well known in the community for their songwriting prowess, and especially for their earnestness in storytelling. And The Writers Are...Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan of The Script!

May 1, 2017

To call this songwriter's work profound is a gross understatement. His name is practically synonymous with the term "country radio." Just this past year he earned his 23rd #1 Country Single on the Billboard Charts with Luke Bryan's "Fast". A few of his other notable collaborations include Carrie Underwood's "Last Name", Kenny Chesney's "American Kids", and Blake Shelton's "Hillbilly Bone (feat. Trace Adkins)." Raised in Pennsylvanian countryside, and now based in Nashville with his family, this writer has become one of the most respected and sought-after songwriters in modern country music. And The Writer Is...Luke Laird!

 

Apr 24, 2017

Originally from Oakland, California, this writer-producer has built an incomparable resume over the past decade. Just this past year alone, he was nominated for Producer of The Year at the Grammy's AND announced his very own imprint label under Atlantic, Nice Life Recording Company. When he's not perfecting one of his own projects, he's shaping other artists' careers with notable hits such as Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty", Meghan Trainor's "NO", and Twenty One Pilots' "Ride." Still, he does it all with the humblest attitude and warmest personality. And The Writer is...Ricky Reed!

Apr 17, 2017

One half of the world renowned production and songwriting duo, Stargate, this producer-songwriter is no stranger to the Billboard Hot 100. Originally from Trondheim, Norway, and now based in the States, he and his partner have been penning and producing hits with some of music's biggest names for over two decades. Garnering production and writing credits on massive #1 singles such as Ne-Yo's "So Sick", Beyonce's "Irreplaceable", and Katy Perry's "Firework", the versatility and incredible talent of this creative easily puts them into a class of their own. And the writer is...Mikkel Eriksen!

Apr 10, 2017
Songwriter. Record Producer. A&R Executive. This hitmaker has done it all. You'd be hard pressed to find a person in the business who isn't familiar with the work of this heavy hitting creative. With writing credits such as Beyonce's "Ring Off" and A&Ring Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" and CeeLo Green's "Fuck You", amongst countless others, this songwriter's work is seemingly always on the radio. CEO and Founder of Artist Publishing Group...And The Writer Is...Mike Caren!

 

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