Songwriting Recommendation from 10 Grammy-Nominated Songwriters

  • Grammy nominations have simply been launched, and there’s an excellent likelihood that your identify isn’t on the listing. We compiled this listing of quotes about songwriting from just a few of this 12 months’s nominees and added some phrases of recommendation from Grammy winners of the previous in hopes that you may let their logic encourage you and perhaps subsequent 12 months you’ll be a Music of the 12 months nominee.


    Beyoncé leads the Grammy nominations this 12 months, and will take house as many as 9 trophies in February. That is hardly a report for the famous person: She had 10 nominations in 2010. However what's a report is the variety of collaborators she labored with on this 12 months’s Lemonade. In songwriting alone, the credit for the album cite 56 completely different co-writers, with the one constantly credited author being Beyoncé herself.


    Relating to her strategy to collaborative songwriting, the singer as soon as advised a UK radio station, “I like being round nice writers as a result of I’m discovering that numerous the issues I need to say, I don’t articulate pretty much as good as perhaps Amanda Ghost, so I need to maintain collaborating with writers, and I like classics and I need to be sure that years from now the track remains to be one thing that’s related.”


    It’s price noting that if Lemonade wins the Album of the 12 months award, Berklee alum Tony Maserati (’86) will share in that honor, as he labored as a producer and engineer on the album. By the way, he has been acknowledged by the Grammys up to now, for his work on Beyoncé’s “Loopy in Love.”


    Sia has been a type of writers that Beyoncé has turned to for materials. She penned “Fairly Hurts” for the singer’s self-titled 2013 album. Final 12 months in a bit in Interview, she advised Kristen Wiig that she doesn’t all the time wish to let go of what she writes. I adore it an excessive amount of.’” Sia has written different hits for different artists, reminiscent of “Diamonds” for Rihanna and “Radioactive” for Rita Ora. Sia’s track “Low cost Thrills” is up for the Finest Pop Duo or Group Grammy, and her album, This Is Appearing, was nominated for Finest Pop Vocal Album.


    Sara Bareilles’ album What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress was nominated for a Grammy for Finest Musical Theater Album this 12 months, and the singer/songwriter has beforehand earned 5 Grammy nominations, together with an award for Album of the 12 months for her album The Blessed Unrest. In her new ebook, Sounds Like Me: My Life (to date) in Music she recounts interior battles along with her insecurities, her physique picture, and the way she has realized to like herself. She additionally discusses her battle to stay true to herself whereas resisting the urge to please the massive report corporations. She writes, “Nothing makes me extra panicky and rage-filled than the fear that I’ve performed one thing so as to place myself for enterprise over the artwork.”


    In 2014, Bareilles carried out on the Grammys with Carole King, who in 1972 swept each class she was nominated for, taking house the Grammys for Report of the 12 months, Album of the 12 months, Music of the 12 months, and Finest Pop Vocal Efficiency. A lot of King’s greatest recognized work have been collaborations with husband Gerry Goffin, who labored as her lyricist. Of the collaboration, she as soon as advised NPR’s Recent Air“What made him so extraordinary as a lyricist was his capability to say in actually easy phrases large concepts, large emotions, large ideas.” King additionally described how she writes songs, and one factor that caught out was that, when she begins writing a track, it is available in phases. She described that her “pleasure” is when she hears the imaginative and prescient, will get it onto a demo, and the producers run with it. “Once you hear a track that you simply wrote being sung and interpreted by a number of artists, who every add their very own gildings to it, that’s pleasure,” she says.


    Along with his 25 Grammy awards, Stevie Surprise is just one of two artists to have received the Album of the 12 months Grammy 3 times as the principle credited artist. The one different artist is Frank Sinatra, who shouldn't be recognized for writing his personal materials. Throughout an interview with Larry King on CNN, Surprise stated, with reference to songwriting, “I can’t say that I’m all the time writing in my head, however I do spend numerous time in my head writing and developing with concepts. And what I do normally is write the music and melody and perhaps the essential thought, however once I really feel that I don’t have a track, I simply say ‘God please give me one other track,’ and I simply am quiet, and it occurs, and it’s simply superb.” 


    In 2006, John Legend received Grammys for Finest New Artist and Finest R&B Album for his album Get Lifted. He has acquired a complete of 23 nominations over time, with 10 wins, together with earlier this 12 months, the place he received a Grammy for Finest Music Written for Visible Media for his track “Glory.” He's quoted on, discussing his craft as such: “I simply attempt to go along with what feels proper musically and melodically. I’ll generally set up the musical format of the track and the melody of the track throughout the first ten minutes of the unique thought coming to me…I believe music ought to dictate the lyrics all the time.” 


    Taylor Swift has been nominated for 29 Grammys since 2008, having taken house 10 awards over time, together with the Album of the 12 months award earlier this 12 months, with 1989. In a 2013 interview with the Related Press, she stated, she wants her identification as a songwriter to all the time take priority to her identification as a pop star. 

    “I see myself as form of this lady who writes songs in her bed room. You possibly can form of costume it up all you need and you may put collectively a tremendous theatrical manufacturing, you may grow to be a greater performer as time goes by, and you may attempt to excite folks, however I’m all the time going to be a lady who writes songs in her bed room in my very own private notion of myself. And I believe it’s vital that I don’t essentially suppose too onerous about what all people else’s notion of me is or else I’d simply get utterly misplaced in it. It’s simply simpler to consider myself that method.” 


    Billy Joel has garnered 23 Grammy nominations and 6 wins since his first large 12 months in 1977, along with his album, The Stranger (proper). He was offered with a Grammy Legend Award in 1990, and later inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 1992. On the Melbourne Music Pageant in 1991, Joel stated, “I discover I write greatest once I sit myself down, have a espresso, go into wherever my area is, and I've to have one thing that I like to have a look at as a result of there’s numerous useless time within the writing course of … I wish to have a view of the ocean.”


    The late Leonard Cohen believed extra in onerous work than simply inspiration when it got here to songwriting. Author Maria Popova wrote a weblog based mostly on an interview with Cohen, and quoted him saying, “Songs don’t dignify human exercise. Human exercise dignifies the track.” He stated, in reference to the thought of inspiration, “Inspiration is for amateurs – the remainder of us simply present up and get to work. … A author who waits for perfect situations below which to work will die with out placing a phrase on paper.” Cohen earned the Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy in 2010 and a Corridor of Fame Grammy in 2015 for his album, Songs of Leonard Cohen.


    Madonna has been nominated for 28 Grammys over time, and received seven of these awards. In an interview with Time Journal in March of 2015, Madonna stated, “Songwriting is a extremely intimate expertise, it’s form of like sitting down with a stranger and telling them each secret of your soul…it's a must to be not afraid to make a idiot of your self.”