SPOTLIGHT ON SONGWRITERS
Songcraft is a bi-weekly show featuring in-depth conversations with and about the creators of lyrics and music that stand the test of time. You probably know their names, and you definitely know their songs. We bring you their stories.
With nine Grammy nominations and a GMA Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year, Maher is one of the most successful writers in Christian music.
"Lord, I Need You"
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#5 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Lifetime Achievement Grammy. Songwriters Hall of Fame.
"My Girl," "The Tracks of My Tears"
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Multiple Grammy winner.
"Watching the Detectives," "Veronica"
Songwriters Hall of Fame. BMI Icon. Kennedy Center honoree. ACM Artist of the Decade. Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters."
"Coal Miner's Daughter," "Rated X"
JIMMY JAM &
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Sixteen Billboard #1 pop hits. More Producer of the Year Grammy nominations than anyone in history.
"Miss You Much," "Rhythm Nation"
Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Grammy winner. "Almost Cut My Hair," "Guinnevere."
"Wooden Ships," "Deju Vu"
Sixteen-time Grammy nominee. Emmy nominee. Americana Music Association Free Speech Award. Keeper of the Texas flame.
"Guitar Town," Goodbye"
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Nine-time Grammy nominee and three time winner. West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
"Lean on Me," "Just the Two of Us"
Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. BMI Icon. Grammy winner.
"Stop! In the Name of Love"
"America's Best Songwriter" - Time magazine. One of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." 15-time Grammy nominee.
"Passionate Kisses," "Righteously"
Former frontman for Journey. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of all Time.”
"Don't Stop Believin'," "Oh Sherrie"
Multiple Grammy award nominee. Collaborator with Dan Auerbach and The Highwomen. British artist who is helping redefine Americana.
Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time." Songwriters Hall of Fame. ASCAP Founders Award. Six-time Grammy nominee.
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. Four-time Grammy nominee. Co-leader of Heart with sister Ann. Film scorer. Newly emerging solo artist.
"Crazy on You," "Magic Man"
More Grammy awards than any male country artist. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Multiple CMA and ACM Songs of the Year. BMI Icon.
"Go Rest High on That Mountain"
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters" list. Three-time Grammy winner. "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman."
"By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
Among Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. "I'm Your Puppet," "The Dark End of the Street," "Cry Like a Baby."
"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Song of the Year Grammy nominee. Producer of the Year Grammy nominee. Founder of 4 Non Blondes ("What's Up?").
"Beautiful," "Get the Party Started"
Olivia Rodrigo's producer/co-writer talks about his development as a writer and his success with Freya Ridings, Conan Gray, etc.
"Drivers License," "Good 4 U"
Founder, guitarist, singer of ZZ Top. Two-time Grammy nominee. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Over 50 million albums / 16 Top 10 singles.
"La Grange," "Sharp Dressed Man"
Among Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters." Grammy winner. BMI Icon. Country Music Hall of Fame. Nashville Songwriters HOF.
"Harper Valley P.T.A.," "I Love"
Grammy, Oscar, and Gold Globe winner. Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Rainy Days and Mondays," "We've Only Just Begun," "Evergreen."
Multiple Grammy nominee. ACM Song of the Year winner. Number one hits for Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, etc.
Songwriters Hall of Fame. ASCAP Founders Award. Eleven Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. Emmy, Grammy winner.
"How Do I Live?" "Unbreak My Heart"
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Sixteen-time Grammy nominee. "Ashes by Now," "After All This Time," "Shame on the Moon."
"'Til I Gain Control Again"
The man behind one of the biggest-selling live albums of all time. Collaborator with David Bowie, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, etc.
"Show Me the Way"
Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters
is a bi-monthly podcast featuring in-depth career-spanning interviews with songwriters of various genres and eras. The show was launched in 2015 by Scott B. Bomar and Paul Duncan, who started their first band together while growing up in Nashville. They each relocated to Los Angeles many years ago, but couldn't outrun their music geek ways. Scott and Paul started Songcraft as a forum for everyone from casual music fans to fellow creative types to hear songwriters in conversation about their influences, the stories behind their songs, and how they've honed their craft.
MEET THE HOSTS:
SCOTT B. BOMAR
is a two-time Grammy nominee and former staff songwriter at Sony/ATV who switched gears to become a researcher, reissues producer, and award-winning author of music-related titles. He has co-written books with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers such as The Byrds, Wanda Jackson, Lamont Dozier, and The Zombies. Additionally, he created The Bakersfield Sound, a 224-page book and 10-CD collection that the New York Times named the "Best Box Set of the Year." Scott is the Senior Director of the book publishing arm of the global music company BMG. Raised in Nashville, he now lives in Inglewood, California when not escaping to his mountain cabin in the nearby town of Idyllwild with his wife and best canine friends Jean and Ferlin.
is a musician, producer, and platinum-selling songwriter who has written more than 20 radio singles, earned five ASCAP awards, and landed Top 20 Billboard hits in four different genres. He co-wrote several songs on Lauren Daigle's Grammy-winning Look Up Child album, including the Top 5 hit "Still Rolling Stones.” Additionally, he co-wrote Daigle’s #1 single “Hold On To Me” and was nominated for a Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2022. Paul has worked with a wide range of artists, from Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., to pop singer Nick Lachey, to the post-hardcore rock band Sense Field. He has produced original tracks and compositions for T-Mobile, Samsung, Wendy’s, Royal Caribbean, and many others.