Songwriting – ‘at the heart of great music’

Songwriting is a quarterly online magazine aimed at songwriters and at fans of song-led music – of all genres. We take advice from successful songwriters, producers and industry experts to provide you with tips, techniques, ideas and inspiration to keep the music flowing, from writing lyrics and melodies to advice on how to promote yourself and your songs. Plus you’ll find interviews with big name artists, rising stars, and behind-the-scenes songwriters who will share their wisdom…


Latest Articles

Diary Of A Songwriter: Emily Phillips

23/09/2018

Diary Of A Songwriter: Emily Phillips

The topliner plots a few busy weeks, taking in London and LA, and judging an Ivor Novello along the way…

Emma King's guitars

22/09/2018

Emma King’s ’s Songwriting Survival Kit

When it comes to her essential writing gear, this soulful artist from Hull has a secret weapon up her sleeves…

Discover: Grunge

20/09/2018

Discover: Grunge

Damien Girling guides us through the Seattle-born guitar scene of the early 90s and shows how its influence lives on…

Carrie Underwood

19/09/2018

On The Stereo

This new playlist showcases the considerable talents of Carrie Underwood, Paul McCartney, The Shires, David Crosby, Lennon Stella and Raptor…

Unsung: Roger Cook

18/09/2018

Unsung: Roger Cook

In the first of a new feature, we shine a light on a Bristolian who made Nashville his stomping ground…

The Beatles

17/09/2018

The role of mischief in the Beatles’ songwriting

Author of ‘Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles’, David Rowley, highlights the Fab Four’s mischievousness…

How I wrote 'JCB' by Nizlopi

16/09/2018

How I wrote ‘JCB’ by Nizlopi’s Luke Concannon

We learn all about the effortless birth of the quirky, million-selling No 1 single about Luke’s digger-driving dad ‘Bruce Lee’…

Semisonic 'Feeling Strangely Fine' album cover

15/09/2018

Semisonic celebrates 20th anniversary

The Dan Wilson-fronted Minnesota band are set to release a deluxe reissue of their breakthrough 1998 album ‘Feeling Strangely Fine’…

Ali Tamposi in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

14/09/2018

Tips From The Topliner: Ali Tamposi

The impressive, behind-the-scenes songwriter for the likes of One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé shares her advice for successful co-writing…

Andy Brown

13/09/2018

Five minutes with… Lawson’s Andy Brown

The disbanded pop group’s frontman talks about going solo and the creation of his infectious blend of homegrown rock-infused country…

Runaway June

12/09/2018

On The Stereo

We introduce some sublime new music from Runaway June, The Coral, God Complex, Kane Brown, The Mutineers and Black Futures…

How I wrote Whitney Houston's 'Run To You' in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

10/09/2018

How I wrote Whitney Houston’s ‘Run To You’ by Jud Friedman & Allan Rich

How one of the lucky few original songs to appear on ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack was inspired by a real break-up…

Travis' Fran Healy

09/09/2018

Interview: Travis’ Fran Healy

The Scottish group’s frontman and talismanic songwriter talks about telling the truth, being “the shittest” and making ‘The Man Who’…

Vance Joy – ISC 2014 winner

08/09/2018

The ISC 2018 deadline is approaching

International Songwriting Competition is open for entries, offering a chance to win a share of $150,000 in cash and prizes…

Graham Nash in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

07/09/2018

Interview: Graham Nash

Having spent much of his life in two of the world’s biggest bands, he’s enjoying some time on his own…

Satellite Stories

06/09/2018

Songs In The Key Of… Finland

Who better than Finland’s most-successful indie band Satellite Stories to introduce some of the musical highlights of their Nordic homeland…

The Shires

04/09/2018

On The Stereo

Our latest collection boasts tracks by The Shires, The Fall, Andy Brown, Martin Lloyd Chitty, Will Simms and Nick Jonas…

Janis Ian

03/09/2018

Interview: Janis Ian

Between the songs: the iconic NYC-born songwriter reflects on a five-album run which is up there with the very best…

02/09/2018

Statement Festival 2018 launches

World’s first major festival exclusively for women, non-binary and transgender persons took place this week in the city of Gothenburg…

Jilted John

31/08/2018

How I wrote ‘Jilted John’ by Graham Fellows

We hear about a punk song whose protagonist was so heartbroken he cried all the way to the chip shop…

Chvrches in Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

29/08/2018

Interview: Chvrches

Scotland’s synth-pop gods, Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook, are on the cusp of becoming the UK’s biggest band…

The Kinks

28/08/2018

On The Stereo

This time we pick out new tracks from The Kinks, Kurt Vile, OMI, Petrol Girls, Ariana Grande and Ward Thomas…

Clare Bowen

27/08/2018

Interview: Clare Bowen

Having conquered ‘Nashville’, this Australian artist is stepping out from behind her onscreen character and releasing an eponymous debut album…

25/08/2018

Metallica and While She Sleeps among Heavy Music Awards winners

HMA is in its infancy, but they’ve taken big strides to recognise artists and charities that celebrate heavy music subcultures…

KayBe

23/08/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Still In Love’ by KayBe

Ahead of her eagerly anticipated new album release, this fast-rising star shares the intriguing LP track with “no hidden meanings”…

Muncie Girls

21/08/2018

On The Stereo

We praise the efforts of Muncie Girls, Jimmie Allen, Archie Faulks, Union J, Jack Ellis, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith…

Nic Cester

20/08/2018

Interview: Jet’s Nic Cester

The Australian singer-songwriter and frontman talks about the rock band’s rise, fall and rebirth in 15 years since ‘Get Born’…

Thomas Rhett

17/08/2018

2018’s Nashville Songwriter Awards line-up additions revealed

Announcement of additional artists being added to the bill likely to draw criticism due to the lack of female performers…

Charlie Worsham Songwriting Survival Kit

13/08/2018

Charlie Worsham’s Songwriting Survival Kit

One of the most gifted musicians in Nashville shares with us the essential elements needed when it comes to songwriting…

Ward Thomas

13/08/2018

On The Stereo

The best new songs to grace our players from the likes of Ward Thomas, Lennon Stella, Marie Dahlstrøm and Marsicans…

11/08/2018

One week left to apply for Anna Meredith residency

Generator’s Tipping Point: WeCreate and Brighter Sounds have teamed up with composer Anna Meredith to create a unique residency opportunity…

Graham Nash

04/08/2018

How I wrote ‘Marrakesh Express’ by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Graham Nash takes us on a journey to Morocco in order to explain the origins of a classic. All aboard!…

Clare Bowen

03/08/2018

On The Stereo

Our favourite recent releases, including new songs from Clare Bowen, St. Martiins, Gorgeous Bully, Emma Zander, Cha:dy and Ziggy Alberts…