Biography

Michael Anderson, award-winning songwriter.

Michael Anderson is an award-winning songwriter, artist, producer, teacher, and author who has written songs for John Fogerty, Juice Newton, Pam Tillis, Phil Seymour, Rebecca St. James, and others in rock, pop, country, and CCM. 

His songs have been featured in films and television, including recent season finales of “American Idol” and “The Voice”.

He has been a staff writer for EMI and BMG Publishing in Nashville, as well as MCA /Universal and Criterion Music in Los Angeles. 

He wrote the #1 country single, “Maybe It Was Memphis”, several #1 CCM singles, and won a Dove Award for “Hard Rock Song of the Year.”

As a solo artist he has released seven albums, including two on A&M Records, two on EMI / Forefront, and three independent releases. 

Michael is also an author of screenplays and books including “Michael Anderson’s Little Black Book of Songwriting” and works as a music business career and song consultant - including many years with the independent A&R company TAXI.

He co-produced the documentary “South Central Gospel” about gospel music in South Central Los Angeles for European television and produced the music for Huell Hower’s special on the Musicians Institute in Hollywood for the “California Gold” TV show.

At the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and Nashville he teaches professional songwriting and artist development, and wrote the songwriting curriculum for the Independent Artist and Vocal programs.

He also teaches private lessons on professional songwriting at Westwood Music in Los Angeles, Ca.

He is a long-time member of the Greater Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles where he sings in the Men's Chorus.

After 20 years in Los Angeles, Michael is back in Nashville performing with his Americana band The Tender Mercies, producing up-and-coming artists, pitching songs, heading the Musician Institute's Songwriter's Club, and giving seminars to exceptional songwriting students.

Hit Songs Written by Michael Anderson

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