Singer/Songwriter This subgenre is very popular and dates back to the 1940’s where the subgenre was first recorded. In theory, this subgenre was established years before the 40’s. As poems would be presented as a song or chant, sometimes accompanied by a musical instrument, such as the harp. There is a vast range of well known popular artists that wrote and performed their own lyrics from Bob Dylan to Ed Sheeran.
Early stages… This genre intertwines with folk music, therefore then subgenre became more popular as town folk groups such as The Weavers began to write and perform their own music.
Singer/Songwriter origins The singer/songwriter genre started out as what the name suggests. They used to write songs for other artists to perform. This all changed during the 1960’s when the genre took off, with the Beatles and Bob Dylan.
Generic features of Singer/ Songwriters Singer/Songwriters have excellent song writing skills. For example, starting with Phil Collins right through to Take That’s Gary Barlow. They also have amazing performance ability. For example, Neil Diamond through to Jon Bon Jovi
Key Artists… Robert Johnson was famous for being an ‘early influence’ in the genre. It was known that Eric Clapton had credited Johnson for being an influence to the genre and music.
Key Artists… Famous singer/songwriters that were from the early stages of the genre include: Tom Jones, Kate Bush, Bonnie Tyler, Brian May, Billy Joel and Willie Nelson.
Key Artists…Nowadays This genre is becoming more and more popular. There are now many famous singer/songwriters. Newer Popular singer/songwriters include Adele, Ed Sheeran, Leona Lewis, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse and Gary Barlow.
Typical Instruments Most singer/songwriters are basic in the instruments they use. For example, the most popular instruments that are used are the guitar and keyboard.
Vocals The lyrics and vocals of songs that singer/songwriters produce mainly relate to things happening in the news. For example Billy Joel’s song, We Didn’t Start The Fire, relates and contains events that have happened in the news.