Introduction• The singer-songwriter pop genre is musicians who write, compose and sing their own musical material.• The genre is associated with folk acoustic• The genre can be traced back to the 18th century where poems where performed as songs.
HistoryAlthough the subgenre can be dated backto the 18th centaury, it wasn’t until the1940’s when music started to be recordedby singer/songwriters.
Features of Singer/Songwriter• Play the guitar or piano• All the focus is on them• Their voice is the main instrument
ThemesSinger/ Songwriters material is sometimesassociated with being angled towardstopical issues e.g. romantic, political,confessional etc.An example of where some of thesethemes have been expressed in music isAdele’s album 21. In 21 Adele expressesher heartbreak after the break up of arelationship.The album has won several awards andhas won Grammy Awards for Album of theYear, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of theYear, Song of the Year in 2012.
Influential ArtistsJohnny Cash was an Americansing/songwriter who is describedas one of the most influentialmusicians of the 20th centuary.Cash’s music crosses over manygenres, but is closely linked withcountry music, which is a genreassociated withsinger/songwriters.Cash cover of ‘Hurt’ by Nine InchNails and the music video hasbeen voted as one of the bestmusic videos of all time.
Instruments of Singer/ SongwriterSinger/songwriters normally provide the soleaccompaniment. The artists then usually perform with aguitar or piano. Stevie Wonder Taylor SwiftPaul McCartney Elton John
Modern Artists• Adele• Taylor Swift• Amy Winhouse• Ben Howard• Ed sheeran – An English singer/songwriter who won British Solo Male Artist at the Brits in 2012. He has said that he was inspired by James Morrison, who is another Brit award winning singer/songwriter.