Songwriters N-P

Matt Nathanson


Born 28th March, 1973 in Lexington, MA, Matt N is an American singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock music. He released his debut album Please in 1993. His 2008 song "Come On Get Higher" was certified Platinum by RIAA. He plays acoustic and electric guitar.


Willie Nelson

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Born Willie Hugh Nelson, 30 April 1933, in Abbott, Texas, WN is an American musician, singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor and activist who is one of the most recognised artists in country music. He wrote his first song aged 7, and joined his first band aged 10. He has acted in over 30 films, has co-authored several books and is an activist for the use of biofuels and for the legalisation of marijuana.

Ric Ocasek


Born Richard T. Otcasek in Baltimore on 23rd March 1949, RO is an American musician, songwriter and music producer, who was best known as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in multi-platinum selling band The Cars (1978-1988). He released his first solo album Beatitude in 1982. He has produced records for many different artists including Weezer, Guided By Voices and Jonathan Richman.

Dolores O’Riordan


Born Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan, 6 September 1971, in Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland, (died 15 January 2018, London), D O’R was a musician, vocalist and  and singer-songwriter for The Cranberries, who played keyboards, guitar and bass. She was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, her emphasized use of yodelling and for her strong Limerick accent. In April 2014, O'Riordan joined and began recording new material with the trio D.A.R.K.

Nerina Pallot


Born Nerina Natasha Georgina Pallot in London on 26th April 1975, NP is a platinum-selling, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has been nominated for BRIT and Ivor Novello awards. She played piano as a child and wrote her first song aged 13. She released her debut album, Dear Frustrated Superstar in 2001, but was subsequently dropped by Polydor. She released the commercially successful Fires in 2005 on her own label, Idaho, but returned to a major label, Geffen Records, for Year Of The Wolf in 2011 In 2014, she released an EP every month – a total of 60+ songs.

Tom Petty


Born Thomas Earl Petty, 20 October, 1950 in Gainesville, FLA, (died 2 October, 2017 in Santa Monica, CA.), TP was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor, who was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. He recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.



Born Prince Rogers Nelson, 7 June 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota (died 21 April 2016, Chanhassan, Minnesota), Prince was a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and film director, who was renowned as an innovator and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia and pop. Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Luke Pritchard


Luke Pritchard, born in Worthing, West Sussex, UK on 2nd March 1985, is the rhythm guitarist and principal songwriter in English indie band The Kooks. Formed in 2004, The Kooks describe themselves as a pop band. They have experimented in several genres including rock, Britpop, pop, reggae and ska. They released their debut album Inside In / Inside Out in 2006.


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