One of the best kicks I get is writing with other people. When it really comes together you end up with a song that none of you would have created on your own. It's a special feeling to be in the room when it happens.
And when an artist you admire records their own version of a song you've written, that's the biggest compliment and the biggest thrill.
Co-writes with Tina Pluchino
The wonderful Tina Pluchino. Her eagerly awaited debut album is getting a great response, and I'm proud to have contributed to four of the tracks.
Moment by moment, Take me back, Dance with me and Honey, I got you.
Tina also covers my song By the river - and makes it completely her own. I get shivers every time I hear it.
Spotify link here:
Co-writes with David Harris
David Harris released an excellent debut CD, August Moon, which I absolutely love. I've played it a lot and it gets better with every listen. You can imagine how thrilled I am to have co-written four of the tracks on his follow-up, The Usual Suspects.
Stranger in town Listen on Dave's site
Black sandy bay Listen on Dave's site
Moscow rules Listen on Dave's site
What gets left behind Listen on Dave's site
And he's a truly fabulous performance of our song Borrowed time on his 'Hand Picked Tunes' album. Plus a great cover of By the river from my first album. Listen on Dave's site
But don't just listen to those, every song is a winner. Check out all his albums. (You can thank me later).
Co-write with Rob Harris
Rob Harris is one of the most inventive lyricists I know. His debut album, Blue Sky Morning, is a fine introduction to a genuinely distinctive writer.
Together with Francine Mitchell, who provides the lovely vocal, we wrote High on natural energy. You can hear a sample of it on Rob's website here: