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

Boz Scaggs

15/10/2018

Interview: Boz Scaggs

The legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist talks about the challenges of collaborating, selecting tracks, and making a song your own…

Sigrid

14/10/2018

On The Stereo

This time we hear wonderful things from Sigrid, Frankie Davies, Dusty Stray, Micah P. Hinson, Larkin Poe and Morgan Evans…

Gabrielle

13/10/2018

Interview: Gabrielle

Returning with her first new album in over a decade, she’s ready to reclaim her place at pop’s top table…

Records

12/10/2018

This weekend marks the first National Album Day

In its inaugural year, NAD is prompting music fans all over the UK to enjoy an album of their choice…

Gretta Ray

11/10/2018

Diary Of A Songwriter: Gretta Ray

The young, rising talent from Australia shares a personal account of her approach to songwriting, planned creativity and breakfast routine…

Macy Gray

10/10/2018

Interview: Macy Gray

The release of her new album ‘Ruby’ gives us a chance to explore the inner workings of this iconic artist…

R.E.M. At The BBC

08/10/2018

On The Stereo

Our latest divine selection brings together songs from R.E.M, Shannon Hynes, Princess Chelsea, Jimmie Allen, Brett Young and DJ Snake…

07/10/2018

Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018 out now

Our latest edition features Macy Gray, Yoko Ono, Gabrielle, Boz Scaggs, Courtney Marie Andrews, Lamont Dozier, The Darkness and more…

05/10/2018

Bucks launches BASCA funding initiative

The deal means Bucks Music Group will pay for all new signings to join the British music creators trade association…

Ruston Kelly

03/10/2018

Five minutes with… Ruston Kelly

We briefly catch up with a country artist and renowned Nashville songwriter whose new album is his most honest yet…

28/09/2018

Beyoncé tops ‘Power List 2018’

Taylor Swift came second in the BBC’s Woman’s Hour annual list, with Adele and Sia also making the top 20…

Inbal

26/09/2018

EXCLUSIVE! ‘Inbal I’ EP by Inbal

Today we have the pleasure of previewing the debut release of four tracks from a multilingual singer-songwriter from Tel Aviv…

The Album That Changed Everything

25/09/2018

The Album That Changed Everything

A choice selection of our recent interviewees reveal the seminal albums that have inspired them the most over the years…

J R Harbidge

24/09/2018

J R Harbidge’s songwriting tips

The rocker from the Black Country shares some techniques to help make your melodic ideas and song structures more palatable…

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 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…