7 Songwriters You Need To Know

Lot's of rhyme here but not much reason to my list, just who I like today. Some are better known than others, some off the radar, terrific writers all. Just my 2 cents and a few links. Check these out and let me know some of your favorites.

  1. Bill Withers "Ain’t No Sunshine", "Grandmas Hands", "Lean On Me" but still gets overlooked. He had a run of some amazing songs and so different. Never painting by the numbers stuff, just writing what he lived. Great documentary about him awhile back.
  2. Matraca Berg   "Strawberry Wine", "Wrong Side Of Memphis", she’s never been a secret in Nashville. Check out her solo albums. One of those writers that didn’t become a country star but she helped make a few.
  3. Max Martin  The man behind the pop curtain. He’s been making pop hits since the mid 90’s. Too many guilty pleasures to mention. Check out his discography
  4.  Hoagy Carmichael Going waaaay back to the 30’s. Beautiful melodies, come on..”Stardust” and “Georgia On My MInd”? Gorgeous.
  5. Dave Barnes Getting more and more well known especially since “God Gave Me You”. I have to confess I’m not always a fan of contemporary Christian music but he reminds me at times of some of my favorite pop melody writers like Glenn Tilbrook and Neil Finn.
  6. Dawes ( Taylor Goldsmith). Really good songwriting in the mold of the Laurel Canyon era. Check out “A Little Bit Of Everything” sometime.
  7.  Tristan Prettyman cool pop singer songwriter. Still play the “Hello” album for a smile. 



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Mark Cawley's songs have appeared on more than 15 million records. Over a career based in LA, London, and Nashville his songs have been recorded by an incredibly diverse range of artists. From Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Wynonna, Diana Ross and Chaka Kahn to The Spice Girls, Tom Scott, Kathy Mattea, Paul Carrack, Will Downing and Pop Idol winners in the UK. He has had #1 records in the UK and throughout Europe as well as cuts in Country, Jazz & R & B. His groundbreaking website Song Journey created with Hall of Fame writer Kye Fleming was the first to mentor writers from around the world one-on-one online. He is currently writing and publishing as well as helping writers and artists in the US, UK, Australia and all around the world with a one-on-one co-active coaching service, iDoCoach.

Dedicating all my blogs this year to the memory of John Braheny. I still ask every songwriter or artist I coach to pick up his book before we start talking. 

There is also a college scholarship in John's name, through the California Copyright Conference (John was a past president)...here's the link:


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