song·​writ·​er | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌrī-tər \

Definition of songwriter

: a person who composes words or music or both especially for popular songs

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songwriting \ ˈsȯŋ-​ˌrī-​tiŋ \ noun

Synonyms for songwriter


songsmith, tunesmith

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Examples of songwriter in a Sentence

an award-winning singer and songwriter he's both a singer and a songwriter

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The songwriters met in 2003 then married four years later, in 2007. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Morgane Stapleton Makes First Appearance at CMA Awards Following Pregnancy Announcement," 15 Nov. 2018 Below, the British singer-songwriter opens up about overcoming her obstacles, her breakout hit, and her biggest musical inspirations. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Arlissa’s Breakthrough Was 10 Years in the Making," 15 Oct. 2018 Currently touring the United States in support of his seventh album, the British songwriter is being especially kind to his devoted Boston fan base, scheduling six shows with special guest openers beginning Tuesday at Royale. James Sullivan,, "Frank Turner comes to town for six nights of not being a role model," 21 June 2018 British folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner spends a lot of time touring the U.S. — his show Friday at the Fillmore marks his 2,186 solo performance. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "British folk-punk troubadour draws inspiration from U.S. on latest LP," 7 June 2018 Check out a Houston Gulf Coast soul group, a British indie singer-songwriter and an experimental Algerian Tuareg band, all putting on shows in Chicago this week. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: the Suffers, Allman Brown and the Breeders," 3 May 2018 The production’s music will be produced by Devonte Hynes, the British songwriter behind Blood Orange, and will be performed live by Third Coast. Morgan Greene,, "Hubbard Street announces 2018-19 season programming," 17 Apr. 2018 But the folk-country songwriter’s extended weekend — Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 at a different Riviera Maya resort — has a bigger agenda than good tunes, tan lines and bottomless margaritas. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Brandi Carlile and ODESZA look to break megafest mold with Mexico getaway concerts," 22 Jan. 2019 Julia Michaels has been a long time co-songwriter for Selena's albums since her 2013 album, Stars Dance. 2. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "4 Signs Selena Gomez is Working on New Music," 22 Jan. 2019

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1721, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes the words or music to songs

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