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Becoming... Grammy winning Songwriter Autumn Rowe (Jon Batiste, Diana Ross, Dua Lipa, Fifth Harmony)

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Autumn Rowe won a Grammy yesterday for Jon Batiste’s WE ARE—Autumn co-wrote five of the album’s 13 tracks—she has received nominations for “Record of the Year” for “Freedom” (a track she also produced); “Album of The Year” for WE ARE; “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “I Need You” and “Best R&B Album” for WE ARE. Additionally, her Diana Ross single “I Still Believe” has recently been remixed by Purple Disco and is burning up the charts! See original and remixed versions in the links below.
The legendary songwriter and woman of color has collaborated with some of music’s biggest name such as Dua Lipa, Pitbull, Zendaya, Nicole Scherzinger, The Knocks, Leona Lewis and Avicii! Autumn also wrote the dance anthem behind the 2011 FIFA World Cup “Happiness” featuring Alexis Jordan! Rowe isn’t just a talent songwriter, but also a celebrated vocal coach. She has appeared on season 2 of The X Factor, and as the only vocal coach on America’s Got Talent for five years, between the show’s eight and twelfth seasons. As if all of this wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Rowe is a talented DJ who is self-taught on turntables.
In this episode, we talk about:
•  Starting out in choirs and bands, playing on the subway
• Writing for Estelle post-American Boy before signing her first publishing deal with EMI Music and Stellar Songs
•  The hardest time of her life: working jobs, in multiple bands, and writing a catalog of music
•  Working on the X Factor and arranging songs for contestants, including Britney’s team in 2012. Contestants including Carly Rose Sonenclar and Bea Miller
•  Process of identifying a song and arranging it for the X Factor
•  Simon chose Autumn to work with Fifth Harmony and coached artists on songs like “Anything can Happen”
•  Why she preferred working on AGT to X Factor
•  Co-writing with Grace Vanderwald on AGT
•  Advice for people who don’t know what to write about

Tips for songwriters
Working on We Are with Jon Batiste and how she slid into his DMs
Why it’s the best thing she’s ever worked on and how she didn’t hold back at all
Where she was when she heard she was nominated for We Are
How she gets partnered with artists and how does she make her own opportunities

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