Ep. 60: John Shanks

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Our guest is a Grammy winning and six-time nominated songwriter, producer and guitarist. He has produced and/or written 45 #1 singles, 91 #1 albums and 60 million records sold to date in the genres of Rock, Pop and Country music. He has won a Grammy for Producer of the Year. And to those in the industry, his work is considered the gold standard. He started playing guitar in high school and performing with his band around LA. His incredible talent on guitar was the source of his first break, when he was asked to become Teena Marie’s tour guitarist at the age of seventeen. But songwriting was never far away, and he was soon writing jingles and themes for commercials and movies of the week, even as his guitar skills remained in high demand for demos and session work. A meeting with Melissa proved to be the next turning point in his career. After briefly playing guitar in her band, he left to concentrate on his own writing and production. Since then he has worked artists such as Alanis Morissette, Melissa Etheridge, The Corrs, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Santana, Michelle Branch, Fleetwood Mac, Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Annie Lennox and numerous others. And The Writer Is...John Shanks!

Ep. 59: Priscilla Renea

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This Florida-born, LA-based singer-songwriter wrote her first song at age eight and got her start posting self-recorded songs on YouTube as a teenager. Now, after spending nearly a decade as a chart topping songwriter, penning hits for stars like Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Demi Lovato and many others, Renea has emerged to tell her own story with the chameleon-like stylistic range and emotional intelligence that has brought so many others’ hits to life. Spanning classic R&B, dark-edged country and urban-soul, her current album 'Coloured' is a fierce, political, and personal collection of stories that reckon with Priscilla's childhood in rural Florida, sublime love, violent heartbreak and racial trauma. And The Writer Is...Priscilla Renea!

Ep. 58: Brian Lee

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Our guest this week is hit songwriter who was trained as a classical violinist from the age of three and got his start in pop music with the Chicago area band he co-founded, Made in Hollywood. He is a powerhouse behind huge global hits including the 7x multi-platinum single “Havana” by Camila Cabello, the 5x multi-platinum “Work from Home” by Fifth Harmony, 4x multi-platinum “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake & Justin Bieber, “Wolves” by Selena Gomez & Marshmello, “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo & Selena Gomez, “Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line and watt, and more. He has also contributed to several major albums and artist projects for Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Lukas Graham, Rita Ora and Carly Rae Jepsen, amongst others. This musician effortlessly carves pop melodies with more consistency than most songwriters in the game. And The Writer Is… Brian Lee!


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Ep. 57: Greg Wells

He is a multiple Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter, musician, and mixer based in Los Angeles. With over 120 million units sold, few producers in music can rival his pedigree and resume. His credits include Adele, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, Pharrell Williams, Grace VanderWaal, The All-American Rejects, Timbaland, OneRepublic, MIKA, Deftones, and Keith Urban among others. Most recently, he produced and mixed the 2x multi-platinum ‘The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’, which held the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Albums chart for three consecutive weeks. As a fluent guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboard player, he has mastered the balance between being hands-on and drawing out an artist’s own sound regardless of genre. For this creative, the goal is to shine the best light on the artist and help them be as true to themselves as possible. It is this diversity, versatility, and musical fluency that continues to make him one of the most talented and sought-after producers, songwriters, and musicians in the industry. And The Writer Is… Greg Wells!

Ep. 56: Kip Moore

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This week our guest is a multi-platinum country music artist, songwriter and two time CMA Award nominee who released the best-selling debut by a male with his platinum album, ‘Up All Night’. The album featured three #1 hit singles, including “Beer Money”, “Hey Pretty Girl”, and the 2x platinum breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck”. He has released three studio albums and his third album ‘Slowheart’ garnered instant praise from critics and landed on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. The album also featured his fourth #1 hit “More Girls Like You”. He is currently headlining a tour following the release of his acclaimed EP ‘Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions’. The seven-song release showcases a more vulnerable side with an acoustic show that features songs from his entire career in a stripped down setting. In addition to his work in music, he founded the Comeback Kid Skatepark Project, which aims to provide skateparks to underprivileged children in inner-city communities across the country. And The Writer Is…Kip Moore!

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