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Background information
Born Walnut Creek, California
Origin San Francisco Bay, California, United States
  • Songwriter
  • record producer
  • publisher
  • musician
Website www.busbeemusic.com

busbee is an American songwriter,[1] record producer, publisher and musician from the San Francisco Bay area.


Born in Walnut Creek, California, busbee was introduced to music at 7 when his parents enrolled him in piano lessons, he took to music instantly and throughout his youth studied piano, trombone, tuba, saxophone, and everything else he could get his hands on. In high school he discovered jazz and focused his musical passion on the trombone, which ultimately earned him a scholarship to William Paterson University in New Jersey; in his junior year of college, he was honored with The Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship award recognizing him as the top college-age jazz trombonist in the world. Throughout college he also freelanced as a trombone player in and around New York City and San Francisco playing everything from weddings and parties to some of the cities top jazz clubs. A dedicated jazz aficionado, it wasn't until after college that he actually began discovering the vast world of pop, rock, R&B, and soul. A few years later, his new fascination with popular music led him to Los Angeles where he got a job working for the well-known producer Eric Valentine. A year later, he started freelancing as a producer and began writing more; in 2006, a friend invited him to Nashville to write songs. Within a few months he landed a publishing deal with Crosstown Music through Nashville super-producer Dann Huff, he experienced his first success as a songwriter in Nashville penning the hit single "Summer Nights" for Rascal Flatts, which went to #2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart. Shortly thereafter he scored his first #1 on that chart with the song “Our Kind of Love” by Lady Antebellum, he followed it with the Hunter Hayes's "Storm Warning”. Around the same time, his career in pop music took off as well, he co-wrote the #1 UK single "Bad Boys" for Alexandra Burke, featuring Flo Rida and then got his first taste of worldwide pop success with the single "If We Ever Meet Again" for Timbaland featuring Katy Perry that same year. He went on to write the hit single “Dark Side” for Kelly Clarkson and then penned the #1 single "Try" for P!nk. Additionally, busbee has written and/or produced for a broad range of acts including Mercury, P!nk, Shakira, Ingrid Michaelson, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Gavin DeGraw, Blake Shelton, Dia Frampton & Kid Cudi, Backstreet Boys, and Scotty McCreery. He has had massive chart success all over the world with #1 hits in the US, UK, Italy, and Japan and has released several albums as an artist under the names busbee, GoNorthToGoSouth, and Bombs Over Nowhere; in 2013 he signed a multi-faceted publishing deal with BMG Rights Management which included a joint-venture publishing company of his own. in 2016 busbee signed a joint deal with BMG and Big Deal Music.


Songs written[edit]

Artist Album Song Co-written with Notes
5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer (2014) "Don't Stop Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Steve Robson Single
"The Only Reason” Steve Robson, Michael Clifford N/A
Christina Aguilera Lotus (2012) "Empty Words" Christina Aguilera, Nikki Flores, Ali Tamposi
Lauren Alaina Road Less Traveled (2016) "Doin' Fine" Lauren Alaina Emily Shackleton
"My Kinda People"
Jason Aldean My Kinda Party (2010) "Days Like These" Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley
Night Train (2012) "This Nothing Town"
Allstar Weekend All the Way (2011) "Not Your Birthday" (feat. Anth) Anthony Melo, JP Clark, Jayce Levi Single
"Do It 2 Me" Zachary Porter, JP Clark, Jayce Levi N/A
Backstreet Boys This Is Us (2009) "Masquerade"[2] Brian Kennedy, Alex James, Antwoine Collins
Jon Bellion The Human Condition (2016) "80's Films" Jon Bellion
"Maybe IDK"
Better Than Ezra Paper Empire (2009) "Black Light" Kevin Griffin
"Turn Up The Bright Lights" Kevin Griffin, Michelle Lewis
"In Between The Moments" Kevin Griffin
"All in" Kevin Griffin, James Bourne
Boyzone Brother (2010) "Nothing Without You” Catt Gravitt, Tom Shapiro
Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (2013) "Yellin' From The Rooftop" Sarah Buxton
"Endless Summer” Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes
Toni Braxton Pulse (2010) "If I Have to Wait" Toni Braxton, Jud Friesman, Allan Rich
Garth Brooks Man Against Machine (2014) "People Loving People" Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Wallin
Alexandra Burke Overcome (2009) "Bad Boys" (feat. Flo Rida) Melvin K. Watson Jr., Larry Summerville Jr., Alex James, Lauren Evans Tramar Dillard Single (#1 UK Singles Chart, Brit Award Nomination)[3]
Kelly Clarkson Stronger (2011) "Dark Side" Alexander Geringas Single (#1 Billboard Dance Chart)
Daughtry Break the Spell (2011) "We're Not Gonna Fall" Chris Daughtry, Zac Maloy N/A
"Gone Too Soon" Chris Daughtry
"Losing My Mind"
Baptized (2013) "I'll Fight”
"High Above The Ground”
Gavin DeGraw Make a Move (2013) "Who's Gonna Save Us" Gavin DeGraw
Lee DeWyze Live It Up (2010) "A Song About Love" Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, David Hodges
"It's Gotta Be Love" Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Claude Kelly
"Stay Here" Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Claude Kelly
Colton Dixon A Messenger (2013) "Noise" Colton Dixon
"You Are Colton Dixon, Rhyan Shirley, Jared Martin Single
Sara Evans Slow Me Down (2014) "Good Love Is Hard To Find” Sarah Buxton, Dave Berg N/A
Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots (2016) "H.O.L.Y" Nate Cyphert, William Wiik Larsen Single
Dia Frampton Red (2011) Don't Kick The Chair (feat. Kid Cudi)" Dia Frampton, Scott Mescudi, Julie Frost Single
"I Will" (feat. Blake Shelton) Dia Frampton, Tom Shapiro N/A
"Good Boy" Dia Frampton, Chris Seefried
The Fray Helios (2014) "Hold My Hand” The Fray
"Give it Away”
"Our Last Days”
Martin Garrix "Don't Look Down" (2015) "Don't Look Down (Ft. Usher)" feat. Usher Martin Garrix, Usher Raymond, James Abrahart Single
Girls' Generation Run Devil Run (2010) "Run Devil Run" Alex James, Kalle Engström, Hong Ji-yoo, Nakamura Kanata Single
Giorgia Dietro le apparenze (2011) "Hostage" (È l'amore che conta) Giorgia Todrani, Allan Rich, Jud Firdman Single
N/A "Did I Lose You" (feat. Olly Murs) N/A
Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes (2011) "Storm Warning" Hunter Hayes, Gordie Sampson Single[4]
Jana Kramer Thirty One (2015) "Said No One Ever" Nicolle Gaylon, Natalie Hemby Single
Lady Antebellum Need You Now (2010) "Our Kind of Love" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood Single (#1 Billboard US Country)[5]
"Ready to Love Again"[5] N/A
Own the Night (2011) "When You Were Mine"
747 (2014) "Falling for You"
The Best of Me (2014)
Heart Break (2017)
"You Look Good" Ryan Hurd, Hillary Lindsey Single (#9 US Billboard Hot Country Songs)
'"Somebody Else's Heart" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Shane McAnally N/A
"Army" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Nicolle Galyon
"Good Time to Be Alive" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Will Weatherly, Emily Weisband
"Stars" Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood
Adam Lambert Trespassing (2012) "Take Back" Adam Lambert
Little Big Town Pain Killer (2014) "Quit Breaking Up With Me" Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally
Scotty McCreery See You Tonight (2013) "Now” Scotty McCreery, Frank Rogers
"Buzzin” Frank Rogers
Katharine McPhee Unbroken (2010) "How" Lucie Silvas, Alex James
Bea Miller Young Blood (2014) "Enemy Fire" Meghan Kabir
Maren Morris Hero (2016) "My Church" Maren Morris Single (#5 Billboard Hot Country Songs)
"80s Mercedes" Maren Morris N/A
"How It's Done" Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby
"Once" Maren Morris
Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (2013) "I Forgive You" Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo
Pink The Truth About Love (2012) "Try" Ben West Single (#1 Billboard Adult Pop Chart, Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart)
Beautiful Trauma (2017) "Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken" Alecia Moore N/A
Rachel Platten Waves (2017) "Collide” Rachel Platten, Cameron Jaymes, Jason Evigan, Lindy Robbins
Cassadee Pope Frame by Frame (2013) "Edge of a Thunderstorm” Cassadee Pope, Liz Rose
Rascal Flatts Still Feels Good (2007) "Better Now" Gregory Becker, Darrell Brown
Unstoppable (2009) Summer Nights" Gary LeVox, Brett James Single (#2 Billboard Country Chart)[6][7][8][9][10][11]
Nothing Like This (2010) "Sunday Afternoon" Joe Don Rooney N/A
Rewind (2014) "She Must Like Broken Hearts” Rascal Flatts
Haley Reinhart Listen Up! (2012) "Free" Lucie Silvas Single
"Wasted Tears" Haley Reinhart, Jonthan Green N/A
"What You Don't Know" Haley Reinhart, Sam Watters
Chris Rene I'm Right Here (2012) "Trouble" Jason Bonilla, Alex Lambert Single
The Rosso Sisters Hola Hola (2014) "We Don't Care About That Anyway" N/A N/A
Shakira Shakira (2014) "Broken Record" Shakira
Blake Shelton If I'm Honest (2016) "Every Goodbye" Ryan Hurd, Liz Rose
Gwen Stefani You Make It Feel Like Christmas (2017) "My Gift Is You" Gwen Stefani, Justin Tranter
"When I Was a Little Girl" Gwen Stefani, Justin Tranter
"You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (feat. Blake Shelton) Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Justin Tranter Single
"Under the Christmas Lights" Gwen Stefani, Justin Tranter N/A
"Never Kissed Anyone with Blue Eyes Before You" Gwen Stefani, Justin Tranter
"Christmas Eve" Gwen Stefani, Justin Tranter
Jessica Sutta N/A "Show Me" (2011) Alexander Geringas, Paddy Dalton Single (#1 Billboard Dance Chart)
Timbaland Shock Value II (2009) "If We Ever Meet Again" (feat. Katy Perry) T.Mosley, James Washington Single (#3 UK Singles Chart)[12][13]
Keith Urban Get Closer (2010) "All For You” Chris Eaton N/A
Ripcord (2016) "Sun Don't Let Me Down" (featuring Nile Rodgers and Pitbull) Keith Urban, Nile Rodgers, Pitbull
"The Fighter" (feat. Carrie Underwood) Keith Urban
"Your Body"
Vedera Stages (2009) "Goodbye My Love” Vedera, Simon Wilcox, James Bourne, Kasia Livingston

Production and co-production[edit]

Artist Album Song Co-produced with
Christina Aguilera Lotus (2012) "Empty Words" N/A
Lauren Alaina Lauren Alaina EP (2015) "Next Boyfriend" (2015)
Road Less Traveled (2016) All tracks
Allstar Weekend All the Way (2011) "Not Your Birthday" (feat. Anth)
"Do It 2 Me"
Daughtry Baptized (2013) "I'll Fight” DreZa
"High Above The Ground” Mason "MdL" Levy
Gavin DeGraw Make a Move (2013) "Who's Gonna Save Us" DreZa
Dia Frampton Red (2011)
"I Will" (feat. Blake Shelton) N/A
"Good Boy" J. Bonilla
Girl's Generation Run Devil Run (2010) "Run Devil Run" Alex James, Kalle Engström
Lady Antebellum 747 (2014) "Falling for You" N/A
The Best of Me (2014)
Heart Break (2017) All tracks
Adam Lambert Trespassing (2012) "Take Back" J. Bonilla
Ingrid Michaelson Lights Out (2014) "Time Machine" N/A
Bea Miller Young Blood (2014) "Enemy Fire"
Maren Morris Hero (2016) "My Church" Maren Morris
"80's Mercedes"
"How It's Done"
"Just Another Thing"
"Second Wind"
"I Could Use A Love Song"
"Company You Keep" Maren Morris, Brad Hill
"Drunk Girls Don't Cry"
Pink Beautiful Trauma (2017) "Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken" N/A
Rachel Platten Waves (2017) "Collide" Spencer Bastian, Cameron Jaymes, Jason Evigan
Haley Reinhart Listen Up! (2012) "What You Don't Know" J. Bonilla
"Walking on Heaven" N/A
"Hit the Ground Running"
N/A "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Chris Rene I'm Right Here (2012) "Trouble" J. Bonilla
Shakira Shakira (2014) "Broken Record" Shakira
"Medicine" (feat. Blake Shelton)
Gwen Stefani You Make It Feel Like Christmas (2017) "Jingle Bells" Eric Valentine
"Let It Snow"
"My Gift Is You"
"Silent Night"
"When I Was a Little Girl"
"Last Christmas"
"You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (feat. Blake Shelton)
"Under the Christmas Lights"
"Santa Baby"
"White Christmas"
"Never Kissed Anyone with Blue Eyes Before You"
"Christmas Eve"
Keith Urban Ripcord (2016) "Sun Don't Let Me Down" (feat. Pitbull) Keith Urban, Nile Rodgers
"The Fighter" Keith Urban
"Your Body"

Other songs[edit]


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: BUSBEE MICHAEL JAMES RYAN". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Backstreet Boys - Masquerade". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Bad Boys by Alexandra Burke Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Dallas Davidson, Luke Laird Are BMI's Top Songwriters, Tom T. Hall the Icon". CMT.com. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Lady Antebellum - Chart history". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Rascal Flatts - Chart history". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  7. ^ "YouTube". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Rascal Flatts - Summer Nights - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Rascal Flatts Scores Fourth Billboard 200 No. 1". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Top 10 Country Music Songs for Summer 2009 - We list the Top 10 Country Music Songs for Summer 2009". Countrymusic.about.com. 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  11. ^ Bierly, Mandi. "Unstoppable". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  12. ^ "Timbaland With Katy Perry - If We Ever Meet Again (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  13. ^ "Timbaland - If We Ever Meet Again ft. Katy Perry". YouTube,com. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 

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