Introducing... Matthew Mole

Introducing… Matthew Mole

November 18, 2013 in Features, Interviews

A South African multi-instrumentalist blending Mumford-honouring nu-folk and layered production, who’s gone from winning songwriting contests to making chart history…

Emma Stevens

Interview: Emma Stevens

November 17, 2013 in Features, Interviews

We meet the “surf chick” songwriter who’s taken centre-stage as a solo artist, and entertained 40,000 people at Hyde Park…

Lionel Cornelius

ReverbNation contest winner #6: Lionel Cornelius

November 10, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Songwriting and ReverbNation proudly present the fourth winner of our monthly competition for songwriters – genuine soul man Lionel Cornelius…

High Hazels

Introducing… High Hazels

November 10, 2013 in Features, Interviews

A brand new four-piece guitar band from Sheffield. Influenced by local heroes Hawley and Cocker, and far-from-local Simon and Garfunkel…

Tina Shafer

Interview: Tina Shafer

November 4, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Celine Dion’s songwriter, Avril Lavigne’s vocal coach, organiser of NYC Songwriters’ Circle for 23 years… Tina Shafer’s a busy woman!…

How I wrote ‘Everlasting Love’ by Mac Gayden

November 2, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Our series continues with the story of a song that’s been a hit somewhere in every decade since the 60s…

David Rotheray

Interview: David Rotheray

October 24, 2013 in Features, Interviews

After nearly 20 years as Paul Heaton’s songwriting partner, the Beautiful South guitarist discusses his solo career and concept album…

Gabriella Jones

Introducing… Gabriella Jones

October 15, 2013 in Features, Interviews

A new series featuring songwriters you won’t have heard of yet – but that you’ll be hearing more of soon…

Kiran Leonard

Interview: Kiran Leonard

October 14, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Songwriting meets an incredibly prolific young UK songwriter who unashamedly draws his influences from some of music’s more leftfield auteurs…

Interview: Nina Baker

October 5, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Songwriting catches up with a rising star from Norfolk as she prepares to release her debut long player ‘Quite Frankly’…

Lisa Redford: The songwriting process

September 28, 2013 in Features, Interviews, Tips & Techniques

This month, all-singing, all-songwriting columnist Lisa looks at the songwriting process and reveals some of her own sources of inspiration…

Speedy Ortiz

Interview: Speedy Ortiz

September 27, 2013 in Features, Interviews

With razor-sharp riffs and irresistible pop sensibility, this Massachusetts four-piece are primed to become one of indie rock’s major players…

Sylvana Joyce & The Moment

ReverbNation contest winner #5: Sylvana Joyce & The Moment

September 22, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Our songwriting contest in association with ReverbNation is back by popular demand. This month’s winners: a gypsy-folk-blues quintet from NYC…


Interview: Moya

September 16, 2013 in Features, Interviews

2013’s support act of choice for Andy Burrows, Mick Hucknall and Rod Stewart, this soulful voice is destined for greatness…

UB40 Food For Thought video

How I wrote ‘Food For Thought’ by UB40’s Robin Campbell

September 15, 2013 in Features, Interviews

In the first article in a new series, Songwriting gets the story behind the legendary British reggae band’s breakthrough single…

Profile: The Songwriting Charity

September 10, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Songwriting meets Nathan Timothy of The Songwriting Charity – an organisation that aims to transform young people’s lives through music…

John Waite

Interview: John Waite

September 1, 2013 in Features, Interviews

From The Babys in the 70s via 80s solo smash ‘Missing You’ to his new live album, he’s not stopping…

Stefany June

ReverbNation contest winner #4: Stefany June

August 11, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Songwriting and ReverbNation proudly present the fourth winner of our ongoing monthly competition for songwriters – European synth-pop pixie Stefany…

Interview: Andy Fraser

July 23, 2013 in Features, Interviews

The ex-Free bassist on surviving AIDS and cancer, his new album and why songwriting is something he HAS to do…

Michael Kiwanuka in the studio

Speaks Louder Than Words: Michael Kiwanuka

July 13, 2013 in Features, Interviews

BBC’s Sound Of 2012 winner shares his thoughts on music, how he crafts songs and his debut album ‘Home Again’…

Sheri Miller

Interview: Sheri Miller

July 10, 2013 in Features, Interviews

Self-taught and self-funded, this articulate US singer-songwriter offers her insight on everything from creativity to the writing of Bukowski ou…

Interview: Sultanov

July 10, 2013 in Features, Interviews

As he prepares to release his self-titled debut album, we meet a Russian artist who just wants to ‘Break Free’…