Justin Tranter

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Justin Tranter
Justin Tranter 2009 Tribeca portrait.jpg
Justin Tranter in 2009
Background information
Birth name Justin Drew Tranter
Born (1980-06-16) June 16, 1980 (age 37)
Origin Lake Zurich, Illinois, United States
Genres Pop
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • activist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official site

Justin Drew Tranter (June 16, 1980) is an American musician, songwriter and activist. He has written songs for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DNCE, Kesha, and Fall Out Boy, and frequently co-writes with fellow song-writer Julia Michaels. Tranter was the lead singer of Semi Precious Weapons, a rock band based in New York, he is also a board member of GLAAD, an organization that promotes LGBTQ acceptance in the entertainment and news industries.

Early years[edit]

Justin Tranter and his three older brothers were raised by his parents in Lake Zurich, Illinois, he studied musical theatre at the Chicago Academy for the Arts from 1994–98. While at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, he started an annual AIDS Benefit.[1]

After graduation from high school Tranter moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. Along with songwriting, he also took classes in business management, in preparation for a career in music. Tranter graduated from Berklee in three years, with a GPA of 3.9 and a degree in songwriting. While at Berklee, Justin founded Musicians With a Mission, a scholarship fund for LGBT youth education.[2]

In 2003, Justin won an Outmusic Award for the song "Blend In," co-written with Stephanie Delk, from "Scratched."[3]

Music career[edit]

In 2004, Tranter joined forces with fellow Berklee graduates, Cole Whittle, Dan Crean, and Aaron Lee Tasjan (who has since been replaced by Stevy Pyne) to form Semi Precious Weapons, he and Semi Precious Weapons opened for Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball from 2009-2011.[4]

After moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Tranter signed a new publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music to write songs for other artists, he started collaborating with artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Hailee Steinfeld, as well groups like Fifth Harmony and Fall Out Boy.[5] Tranter and his frequent writing partner, Julia Michaels, collaborated on numerous Billboard hits including two songs, Good for You and Sorry, that held the number one spot on Pop Radio for three weeks each.[6] Tranter and Michaels also teamed-up to co-write Gwen Stefani's third solo album entitled This Is What the Truth Feels Like. [7]

In December 2015, Tranter was named one of Rolling Stone's "20 Biggest Breakouts of 2015" for his songwriting contributions to the 2015 pop charts.[8]

Tranter has since written for musicians ranging from Britney Spears to Linkin Park, as well as providing backup vocals for The Knocks and on Kygo's song "Carry Me", which was taken from his debut album, entitled Cloud Nine.

At the 2017 BMI Pop Awards hosted by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Tranter was named 2017 Pop Songwriter of the Year and collected awards for co-writing four of the top songs of the year. [9]

Discography[edit]

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Forever" 2017 The Lego Batman Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Songwriting Credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2013 "I Choose U" Timeflies Non-album single
2014 "Please Don't Say" Breathe Carolina Savages
"Run" Nicole Scherzinger Big Fat Lie
"Centuries" Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho
2015 "Lose Myself"
(featuring Lynn Gunn)
Seven Lions Non-album single
"Like Mariah"
(featuring Tyga)
Fifth Harmony Reflection
"Nostalgic" Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece
"Love Myself" Hailee Steinfeld HAIZ
"You're Such a ..."
"Rock Bottom"
(solo / featuring DNCE)
"Hell No's and Headphones"
"Revival" Selena Gomez Revival
"Hands to Myself"
"Good for You"
"Me & the Rhythm"
"Body Heat"
"Perfect"
"Prosecco" Timeflies Just for Fun
"Cake by the Ocean" DNCE Swaay
"Jinx"
"Used to Love You" Gwen Stefani This Is What the Truth Feels Like
"Sorry" Justin Bieber Purpose
"Touch" Pia Mia Non-album single
"Our World"
(feauting Justin Tranter)
Shapov Axtone Ten
2016 "Tied To You"
(featuring Justin Tranter)
The Knocks 55
"Make Me Like You" Gwen Stefani This Is What the Truth Feels Like
"Misery"
"You're My Favorite"
"Where Would I Be?"
"Truth"
"Send Me A Picture"
"Red Flag"
"Asking 4 It"
(featuring Fetty Wap)
"Naughty"
"Me Without You"
"Rare"
"Rocket Ship"
"Getting Warmer"
"Obsessed"
"Splash"
"Close"
(featuring Tove Lo)
Nick Jonas Last Year Was Complicated
"Kinda Crazy (Pose)" Selena Gomez TBA
"How Many Fucks?" Erika Jayne TBA
"Carry Me"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
Kygo Cloud Nine
"Dope" Fifth Harmony 7/27
"Just Like Me" Britney Spears Glory
"Invitation"
"Do You Wanna Come Over?"
"Slumber Party"
"Better"
"Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortés)"
"Popular" Cher Lloyd TBA
"Hands" Various Artists Non-album single
"Music" JoJo Mad Love
"I Can Only"
(featuring Alessia Cara)
"Edibles"
"Lying To You" Goldroom West of the West
"La La" Laura Marano TBA
"DNCE" DNCE DNCE
"Blown"
(featuring Kent Jones)
"Good Day"
"Naked"
"Zoom"
"What You Do to Me" John Legend Darkness and Light
"Surefire"
2017 "Issues" Julia Michaels Nervous System EP
"Back to Beautiful" Sofia Carson TBA
"Cold"
(featuring Future)
Maroon 5
"Believer" Imagine Dragons ƎVOLVE
"Heavy"
(featuring Kiiara)
Linkin Park One More Light
"Free to Fly" Betty Who The Valley
"Make You Memories"
"Forever" DNCE The Lego Batman Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Kissing Strangers"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
TBA
"How Did We" Skylar Stecker Everything, Everything (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Wanna Know Love" Jasmine Thompson Wonderland EP
"Drama"
"Words"
"When a Woman" Shakira El Dorado
"Paper Hearts" The Vamps Night & Day
"Uh-Huh" Julia Michaels Nervous System EP
"Bad at Love" Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
"Bad Liar" Selena Gomez TBA
"I Don't Know Why" Imagine Dragons ƎVOLVE
"Walking the Wire"
"Start Over"
"Worst in Me" Julia Michaels Nervous System EP
"Make It Up To You"
"Just Do It"
"Pink"
"Finding You" Kesha Rainbow
"Boots"
"Friends"
(with BloodPop)
Justin Bieber TBA
"Ins and Outs" Sofia Carson
"Eyes Closed" In Real Life
"If I'm Lucky" Jason Derulo 777
"Legends Never Die"
(featuring Against the Current)
Riot Games Non-album single
"How You Feeling?" Superfruit Future Friends
"Tension" Fergie Double Dutchess
"My Gift Is You" Gwen Stefani You Make It Feel Like Christmas
"When I Was A Little Girl"
"You Make It Feel Like Christmas"
(featuring Blake Shelton)
"Under The Christmas Lights"
"Never Kissed Anyone With Blue Eyes Before You"
"Christmas Eve"
"Help Me Out"
(with Julia Michaels)
Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues
"Repercussions" Bea Miller Chapter Three: Yellow
"Home" Nick Jonas Ferdinand (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Advocacy[edit]

Tranter began his activism with the initiation of an annual AIDS benefit while attending high school at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts,[1] his advocacy continued while attending Berklee where he founded Musicians With a Mission, a scholarship fund for LGBT youth education.[2] In 2016, after flying to Orlando to help with the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Tranter joined with frequent collaborator, Julia Michaels, and GLAAD CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis to find a way to make a larger contribution. Through Interscope Records, and joined by many talented artists and the music community, they brought about the release of the charity single "Hands" to raise funds for Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, GLAAD, and the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.[10]

In February 2017, Tranter joined the National Board of Directors for GLAAD, an organization that promotes LGBTQ acceptance in the entertainment and news industries. [11] As part of the GLAAD Media Awards in May and June 2017, Tranter raised $123,000 for GLAAD by auctioning off four individual songwriting and recording sessions.[12]

Tranter is also a long-time vegan, vegetarian since 1995 and a supporter of Mercy for Animals.

Design career[edit]

Tranter's jewelry company, Fetty, grew out of necklaces he designed to sell as merchandise for the Semi Precious Weapons shows,[13] these rock-and-roll inspired pieces consist mostly of heart and weapon themed charm necklaces and earrings.

In 2008, he designed a limited-edition sneaker for DKNY.[14]

Television appearances[edit]

Tranter has appeared as a guest on the E! cable network show Chelsea Lately.[15] In December 2008, he also appeared as a coach on the MTV reality show MADE in which he helped a young girl transform into a "rock star".[16] Tranter appears in the diner in the music video for Telephone by Lady Gaga.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "17th Annual Academy AIDS Benefit". Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Semi Precious Weapons on Apple Music". 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Inside Lady Gaga's Monster Ball". November 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "This Rocker Has Been Writing All Of Your Favorite Pop Songs". November 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "How an Unlikely Duo Became the Hottest Songwriters in Pop Music". January 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Gwen Stefani: How Making My New Album Saved My Life". March 18, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "20 Biggest Breakouts of 2015". December 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ "WARNER/CHAPPELL NAMED MUSIC PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR AT BMI POP AWARDS". May 10, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Britney Spears, Pink, Selena Gomez Join 'Hands' for Orlando: How the All-Star Song Came to Life". Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hitmaker Justin Tranter Joins GLAAD's National Board of Directors: 'I'm Using the Success I've Had to Help Other People Shine'". February 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards: Songwriter Justin Tranter Raises $123K With Auction for Studio Sessions". May 17, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Semi Precious Weapons Official Bio". April 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  14. ^ Newman, Sabrina (February 7, 2008). "StyleHive Sneak Peek: Justin Tranter's Exclusive DKNY Sneaker Line". Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Guest Appearance on Chelsea Lately". November 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ "MTV MADE: Rock Star. Season 9, Episode 30". December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Telephone (Video)". November 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2015.