And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan show

And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan

Summary: Every week, we sit down with an acclaimed and venerable songwriter to intimately discuss what happens behind closed doors in the music industry. There are millions of singers, thousands of artists, and only 40 top songs per genre at a time... this podcast is about the people who make them. Produced by Joe London & Ross Golan in association with Big Deal Music & Mega House Music. And The Writer Is... ™

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 Ep. 82: Justin Tranter...Stays At Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:56

This Season 1 guest is one of the most in-demand songwriters in the industry. Since we last spoke, they've written on some of the most significant recent albums including Ariana Grande's ‘Thank U, Next,’ Jonas Brothers' ‘Happiness Begins,’ and Selena Gomez’s new no. 1 record ‘Rare.’ They’ve also worked with an impressive range of artists such as Dua Lipa, King Princess, YUNGBLUD, Camilla Cabello, Marshmello, as well as the diverse roster of artists, producers, and songwriters signed to Facet (the record label & publishing company that they co-founded). They have earned consecutive BMI “Songwriter of the Year” awards in 2017 & 2018, and Grammy & Golden Globe nominations. Throughout the years, they’ve continued to give back as a committed activist & GLAAD Board member, using their platform to rally for change across many causes. And in 2019 they were given the ACLU’s Bill of Rights honor for their activism, making history as the first gender non-conforming honoree to receive the award. And The Writer Is... Justin Tranter! Please join us to help keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us. To donate or to apply for assistance visit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund site: Watch this video interview on YouTube at or on Instagram at @andthewriteris.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 81: Emily Warren...Stays At Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:58

In this episode, we catch up with a Season 3 guest who is a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist and songwriter who has written songs for mainstream pop artists such as Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, FRENSHIP, Charli XCX, and more. Most recently, she co-wrote Dua Lipa’s No.1, platinum single, “Don’t Start Now” which spent 6 weeks at the top of the pop radio charts. A native of New York City And The Writer Is…Emily Warren! Please join us to help keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us. To donate or to apply for assistance visit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund site:  Watch this video interview on YouTube at or on Instagram at @andthewriteris.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 80: J Kash...Stays At Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:21

Today we catch up with a prolific Season 1 guest who is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum, songwriter and producer. He has written multiple hit songs, including “Memories,” “Sugar”, and “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5, “Attention” and “How Long” by Charlie Puth, “Look What God Gave Her” by Thomas Rhett, “No” and “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor, and recently co-wrote Katy Perry’s new single “Never Worn White” as well as “Feel Myself” for Selena Gomez’s new album ‘Rare’. And The Writer Is… J Kash! Please join us to help keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us. To donate or to apply for assistance visit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund site: Watch this video interview on YouTube at or on Instagram at @andthewriteris.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 79: Ian Kirkpatrick...Stays At Home! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:49

In the first episode of our “And The Writer Stays at Home” series, we catch up with a Grammy-nominated writer and producer from Season 3 who has produced and written for artists such as Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Dua Lipa, and more. Most recently, this Los Angeles native co-wrote and produced Dua Lipa’s current Top 40 No.1 hit single, “Don’t Start Now,” which was just RIAA certified platinum. And he also co-wrote and produced Selena Gomez’s single “Look at Her Now” from her No. 1 album ‘Rare.’ And The Writer Is… Ian Kirkpatrick! Please join us to help keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us. To donate or to apply for assistance visit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund site:  Watch this video interview on YouTube at or on Instagram at @andthewriteris.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 And The Writer...Stays At Home! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:21


 Ep. 78: Discussing COVID-19 and the CARES Act with David Israelite | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:52

In today’s MUST-LISTEN episode we catch-up with Season 2 guest, President, and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), David Israelite. Israelite is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the NMPA’s operations, from legal strategy and implementation to government affairs and advocacy. His tenure to date has produced landmark successes on behalf of songwriters and publishers including the Music Modernization Act (MMA) and the largest CRB rate increase in history, in addition to groundbreaking industry collaboration in royalty rate agreements and raising the profile of the publishing community. We begin our conversation highlighting the new CARES Act which was signed into law on March 27th, 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which offers various types of provisions to individuals in need of aid. We also discuss the current state of the world and the music industry, specifically how it has affected songwriters and publishers. And we look back on the time in between our last conversation with Israelite in 2017. Learning more about the passing of the MMA (which became law in October 2018), the creation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) which will be the central hub from which streaming services will obtain permission to use the millions of songs found on their platforms, details on black-box funds, and more. And The Writers Is… songwriter advocate, David Israelite! For information on The CARES Act visit the NMPA Resource Guide: For additional information on how to access support please visit: NMPA - SONA - NSAI - ATWI - To watch the video interview:  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 In Loving Memory: Allee Willis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:41

We were all devastated by the loss of the great Allee Willis last December. Needless to say, she was truly one of a kind. Revisit our episode with her and join us in remembering and celebrating Allee's life and work. Our guest is a one-woman creative musical think-tank, a multi-disciplinary artist and visionary thinker whose range of imagination and productivity knows no bounds. This GRAMMY, Emmy and Tony award-winning and nominated songwriter’s hits include the seemingly ubiquitous "September" and "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind & Fire, “I'll Be There for You” (the Friends theme song), as well as the co-authored Oprah Winfrey-produced Tony and GRAMMY-winning musical, The Color Purple. She has written for artists across many genres, including Cher, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, Boy George, Patti LaBelle, Justin Timberlake and more. She is an advocate for songwriter’s rights being credited as the first pop artist to address Congress on artist rights in cyberspace. Our guest most recently completed writing, recording, producing, directing and animating “The D,” a song for her hometown of Detroit. She has also started performing a series of sold-out one-woman shows, combining her songs with her comedy, art, videos and technology. We are honored to introduce this 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, And The Writer is… Allee Willis!  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 77: Nile Rodgers with Guest Host Hannah Karp | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:12

This week we’ve partnered with the Songwriters Hall of Fame to bring you the final episode of Season 5, which features our special guest host, Hannah Karp, editorial director of Billboard. Among music legends, this guest is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC and the newly elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” (the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records) and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times”. This writer transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016). With the late Bernard Edwards, he was responsible for writing and producing the songs for their band CHIC, including the hits "Dance, Dance, Dance,” "Everybody Dance,” "I Want Your Love," and "Good Times.” The team also wrote and produced hits for other artists such as Norma Jean Wright, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry and Fonzi Thornton, with major hits including “He’s The Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” (both for Sister Sledge) and “I’m Coming Out” (Diana Ross). His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. And most recently, he was appointed as the first-ever Chief Creative Advisor for the legendary Abbey Road. He & CHIC recently released their first new studio album, “It’s About Time” in over 26 years to critical acclaim and a Top 10 position in the UK album charts. And The Writer is… Nile Rodgers! This episode is presented in partnership with the Songwriters Hall of Fame and features special guest host, Hannah Karp, editorial director of Billboard. Prior to joining Billboard as news director in 2017, Hannah worked as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the music business as well as other industries including sports, travel and consumer products, and regional economics. A native of Berkeley, Calif., she holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 76: Paul Anka | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:25:24

This legendary guest is an acclaimed songwriter, entertainer, and actor. Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, the enormous success of his first number one hit, “Diana” made him a star at the age of 15. Soon after he found himself traveling by bus with the ‘Cavalcade of Stars’ which featured the top names of the day. He honed his craft surrounded by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lymon, and Chuck Berry. And he is the youngest entertainer to ever perform at the Copacabana in New York, as well as the Sahara and Sands Hotels in Las Vegas. The best-known titles of his early career included hits like “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “You Are My Destiny," "Lonely Boy," and "Puppy Love," (which also was recorded by Donny Osmond). By age 18, he had five Top 5 hits to his credit. After a few hit songs, he gained confidence in his talent as a writer and wisely knew that being a songwriter meant the power was in the pen. As a result, he went on to write for Connie Francis, Leslie Gore, and Buddy Holly (including the last song Holly ever recorded, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”). Other hit songs include the Academy Award-nominated theme for the 1962 film in which he starred, ‘The Longest Day.’ And he notably penned the longest-running theme in television history for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (“Johnny’s Theme”). In the early ’60s, he became a junior associate of Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Even with the British invasion, he still had chart records. He moved to Italy and outsold the Italians, selling an astonishing 4 million records there. In the late ’60s, he wrote “My Way” for Frank Sinatra and by the ’70s, he had another string of hits like “(You’re) Having My Baby”, “Don’t Like To Sleep Alone”, and “Times Of Your Life” which confirmed his status as an icon of popular music. Additionally, he’s written with Michael Jackson (“This Is It” and “Love Never Felt So Good”) and Drake (“Don’t Matter To Me”). He’s been named the 21st most successful artist in Billboard’s history, putting him alongside music greats Elvis Presley and the Beatles. And he is the only artist in history to have a song in the Billboard Top 100 over 7 consecutive decades. And The Writer Is…Paul Anka! This episode is sponsored by BMI and ABKCO.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 75: Jason Robert Brown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:04

He is a composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director, and performer – who has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his generation, including the generation-defining ‘The Last Five Years,’ his debut song cycle ‘Songs for a New World,’ and the seminal ‘Parade,’ for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score, he also received two Tony Awards for his score for ‘The Bridges of Madison County,’ a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel. A film version of his epochal Off-Broadway musical ‘The Last Five Years’ was released in 2015, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and directed by Richard LaGravenese. His musical ‘13,’ written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, is now in production with Netflix to be adapted for the small screen. For the past four years, he has been the artist-in-residence at New York’s SubCulture, where he offers a sold-out concert every month with stars of Broadway and the music world. He is the winner of the 2018 Louis Auchincloss Prize, the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. The New York Times refers to him as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.” And his songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been performed and recorded by Ariana Grande, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Renée Fleming, Jon Hendricks, and many others. And The Writer Is…Jason Robert Brown! This episode is sponsored by ABKCO.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 74: Julian Bunetta | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:12

Our guest this week is an Ivor Award-winning songwriter, producer, and musician, who has collaborated with a wide range of artists including One Direction, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Maroon 5, Big & Rich, Leona Lewis, and Little Big Town. He co-wrote and co-produced a majority of One Direction’s last three albums including the hit singles, “Drag Me Down,” "Best Song Ever" and "Story of My Life.” With Thomas Rhett he has co-written and co-produced numerous songs including his No. 1 singles “Craving You (feat. Maren Morris),” from the Grammy-nominated album ‘Life Changes’ and “Look What God Gave Her,” from the CMA Album of the Year nominated album ‘Center Point Road,’ (which he also co-produced). Additionally, he co-wrote and produced Niall Horan’s recent single “Nice To Meet Ya,” the No. 1 Top 40 single “Slow Hands,” as well as “On The Loose” & “Finally Free,” Rudimental’s Ivor Award-winning, multi-platinum single “These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen),” Harry Styles’ “Two Ghosts,” Amber Mark’s “Put U On (feat DRAM),” Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ “Don’t You Forget About Me,” and many more. And The Writer Is…Julian Bunetta! This episode is sponsored by BMI, ABKCO, and NSAI.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Bonus Episode: Who Are The Picassos of Pop? (with Switched On Pop's Charlie Harding) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:43

Last month Ross got back together with Charlie at Vox's Switched on Pop; this time to discuss everything from classic songwriting techniques, the happy accidents behind pop songs, and good listener habits. Dive into the conversation with this special BONUS episode, and boy does it have it all! Many thanks to our friends at Switched on Pop for always being down to nerd out with us. Enjoy!  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 73: Tim Pagnotta | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:34:02

He is an ASCAP, BMI and Billboard Music Award-winning, multi-platinum songwriter, producer, and musician. As the principal singer and songwriter for the band Sugarcult, he toured the world for more than a decade with multiple platinum-selling success. From there, his writing and production duties with Neon Trees spawned the hits “Animal," "Everybody Talks," and "Sleeping With A Friend”. He produced the Walk The Moon album ‘Talking Is Hard’- which included the chart-topping song "Shut Up and Dance”. And he has also worked with Weezer, Elle King, The Strumbellas and Coin. Most recently, Pagnotta produced and co-wrote two singles (“Blame It On My Youth” and “Happy Days”) from blink-182’s #1 Billboard Rock and Alternative album, Nine. Tim also co-wrote the new Weezer single, “End of the Game,” which is currently #8 on the Alternative Radio Chart. In total, his songs have sold in excess of 12 million copies worldwide and streamed over 1 billion times. In addition to producing and writing, he is also developing artists and writer / producers - and is also about to launch his publishing venture. And The Writer Is…Tim Pagnotta! This episode is sponsored by BMI.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 72: Scott Harris | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:09

He is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, and musician best known for his work with Shawn Mendes and co-writing the Grammy-winning No. 1 song, "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya. Additionally, he co-wrote the Shawn Mendes single, "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" which hit #1 at TOP 40, the newest Shawn Mendes single, “If I Can't Have You”, the Grammy-nominated for song of the year “In My Blood”, and the current The Head and The Heart single, “Missed Connection” which hit #1 at alternative radio. Recently, Harris had the singles “Walk Me Home”, which hit #1 at Hot AC radio, and “Hurts 2B Human” by P!nk, “Ballin Flossin” by Chance the Rapper featuring Shawn Mendes and Kesha’s “Best Day” featured in the film, Angry Birds 2. He has also worked with Dermot Kennedy, Alec Benjamin, Julia Michaels, K. Flay, Michael Buble, Jon Bellion, Noah Kahan, Jessie J, Bebe Rexha and X Ambassadors. And The Writer Is…Scott Harris!  This episode is sponsored by BMI.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 71: Ben Platt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:17

Our next guest achieved superstar status for his Tony Award-winning performance as Evan Hansen in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’, originating the lead role. He is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, and actor, who is also recognized for his role as Benji Applebaum in ‘Pitch Perfect’ and ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. This year he shared another side of himself as a songwriter and solo artist with the release of his first full-length album, ‘Sing To Me Instead’, which delivers confessional lyricism by way of soulful intimacy as part of one cohesive narrative. The 12-track album chronicles the highs and lows of a transformative relationship. Showcasing his personal story, he penned several songs solo and co-wrote the remainder of material alongside the likes of Ben Abraham, Eg White, Nate Cyphert, Michael Pollack, Jenn Decilveo and more. In addition to his recent album, he is the executive producer and leading star of the new Ryan Murphy series, ‘The Politician’, currently on Netflix. He is the youngest artist to be one award away from EGOT status, And The Writer Is…Ben Platt!  See for privacy and opt-out information.


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