Songwriter Interviews

Go behind the music with some of the world's best songwriters

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  • Emily Saliers of Indigo GirlsAlong with Amy Ray, Emily is half of The Indigo Girls. She talks about her relationship with her Methodist minister dad, and inspiration behind songs like "Closer To Fine" and "Galileo."read more
  • Gretchen Peters (Independence Day)The term "women's songs" makes her skin crawl - it doesn't do justice to her work, which has been recorded by Faith Hill, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood.read more
  • Will JenningsOne of the world's great lyricists, Jennings wrote words for "Tears In Heaven," "My Heart Will Go On" and most of Steve Winwood's hits.read more
  • Scotty Emerick (Beer For My Horses)Scotty helped write many of Toby Keith's hits. He talks about how they do it, which can involve smoking weed with Willie Nelson.read more
  • Mitch Myers about Shel SilversteinMitch talks about his uncle Shel Silverstein's songs, including "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Unicorn."read more
  • Paul WilliamsHe's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."read more
  • Henry Paul of The Outlaws, BlackhawkAfter many miles and many songs, Henry shares his insights on the difference between popular and good, and how he kept from peaking too early.read more
  • Larry Burnett of Firefall"The first thing you have to do is know that you're an idiot. And then work on stopping being an idiot."read more
  • Toni WineToni was both Betty and Veronia in The Archies. She was also part of the New York City songwriting community (don't call it the "Brill Building") responsible for many hits of the '60s.read more
  • Paul EvansPaul talks about writing songs for Elvis on Tin Pan Alley, life as a teen idol, and why unexpected laughter sells songs. read more