Wayne Wilkins

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Wayne Wilkins
Birth name Wayne Andrew Wilkins
Born Croydon, United Kingdom
Origin London, United Kingdom
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts TYNI, Troy Noka, Contra, Beyoncé, Cheryl Cole, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Gucci Mane, Wyclef, Westlife
Website waynewilkins.com

Wayne Wilkins is a pianist, record producer, songwriter, record engineer, and record mixer. Wilkins has produced such tracks as Natasha Bedingfield "These Words," "Single" and "Love Like This"),[1][2][3][3][4][5][6][7] Beyoncé ("Sweet Dreams"),[8] Cheryl Cole ("Fight For This Love", and "Promise This"),[4][9][10] and Jordin Sparks ("Battlefield")[11].

Early life[edit]

Wilkins was born in Croydon.[citation needed] He began taking piano lessons by age 4.[12] Wilkins earned a scholarship to a music conservatory as a child.[12] Growing up, he played organ at cathedrals and other venues around London.[12]

Wilkins went on to Royal College of Music in London.[12] Wilkins later graduated with a physics degree from Imperial College.[12]

While in college one of Wilkins early jobs was teaching piano.[12] He also interned at Townhouse Studios and Olympic Studios where he received further training in engineering, mixing, and producing.[13]

Music career[edit]

While Wilkins was interning at Olympic Studios he got the opportunity to work for famous engineer Spike Stent.[13] Stent's resume includes working with such artists as Madonna, Beyoncé, Björk, Lily Allen, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Oasis, U2, Usher, and Lady Gaga.[14] Working for Stent provided Wilkins the opportunity to program for the engineer and work on high budgeted recordings.[13] During his tenure with Stent Wilkins was able to work with producers and artists such as Timbaland, Oasis, Rodney Jerkins, Madonna and U2.[13] Wilkins was able to work on the No Doubt "Rock Steady" album which Wilkins says later on afforded him higher profile opportunities for him to work on in the industry.[13]

In 2000 Wilkins started working independently.[13] The first band Wilkins produced after going independent was The Corrs.[13][15] Since The Corrs Wilkins has gone on to produce and write for many more prominent artists.

In May 2004 multiplatinum Grammy nominated singer Natasha Bedingfield released "Single", a song co-written and co-produced by Wilkins.[4][5][6] The song went on to reach No. 3 on the UK Singles Top 75 chart.[7]

Natasha Bedingfield followed "Single" with "These Words" released in August 2004.[1] Co-produced and co-written by Wilkins, the song climbed to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and reached No. 17 on Billboard's Hot 100.[2][3]

Wilkins co-wrote and co-produced another hit for Natasha Bedingfield, "Love Like This", which also featured Sean Kingston.[16] The song released in September 2007 went platinum, to the top of Billboards Dance/Club Play Songs, and to No. 11 on Billboards Hot 100.[3]

Grammy nominated singer Keri Hilson released her debut single "Energy" off of her gold album "In a Perfect World..." in May 2008.[17][18] Wilkins cowrote and coproduced the single with fellow prominent members of production team The Runaways, Sam Watters, Rico Love, and Louis Biancaniello.[19]

In early 2008, Wilkins co-wrote We Break the Dawn alongside Solange Knowles and Andrew Frampton for R&B singer Michelle Williams third album "Unexpected." He was also involved in creating the remix for the same song.

In June 2008 Shontelle's "T-Shirt" was released and co-written by Wilkins.[20] The single was a dance hit in the United Kingdom and the United States. Reaching No. 1 on UK's Urban Chart and No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club songs.[21][22]

Beyoncé released her double platinum and 5x Grammy winning album "I Am... Sasha Fierce" in November 2008 which included the Wilkins' Production and co-written single "Sweet Dreams".[23][24][25] The song went on to reach platinum status and landed at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[8][26]

In May 2009 former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks released the single "Battlefield".[27] Wilkins cowrote and coproduced the song that reached the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100.[27] With this song Wilkins assisted the platinum singer in achieving her third top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single.[28][29]

In 2009, he worked with Irish pop band Westlife for a track "Sound of a Broken Heart" included in their Where We Are album where it charted #2 in both UK Albums Chart and Irish Albums Chart.

British artist Cheryl Cole released the single "Fight For This Love" in October 2009 taken from her multiplatinum album "3 Words".[4][30] Wilkins co-wrote and co-produced the single which went platinum in the UK and the BBC's UK Singles Chart.[4][9][10]

In July 2014 Cheryl Cole released the single "Crazy Stupid Love" from her fourth studio album. The song topped the BBC's UK Singles Chart at number one. Wilkins co-wrote and co-produced the song, which also features British rapper Tinie Tempah.

Awards and nominations[edit]

-2005 BMI London Award for "These Words"[31]

-2006 BMI London Award for "Single"[31]

-2007 BMI London Award for "Love Like This"[31]

-2008 BMI Pop Award for "Love Like This"[31]

-2008 BMI London Award for "T-Shirt"[31]

-2009 Grammy nomination Album of the Year – BeyoncéI Am… Sasha Fierce[32]

-2009 BMI Pop Award for "Battlefield"[31]

-2010 BMI London Award for "Battlefield"[31]

-2010 BMI London Award for "Sweet Dreams"[31]


Year Single Chart positions Album
2001 "Would You Be Happier?" (The Corrs) 47 61 81 26 14 Best of The Corrs
2004 "Single" (Natasha Bedingfield) 78 7 3 57 38 Unwritten
"These Words" (Natasha Bedingfield) 5 19 2 1 1 17 9 35
2005 "I Bruise Easily" (Natasha Bedingfield) 46 17 12
2007 "I Wanna Have Your Babies" (Natasha Bedingfield) 50 39 8 7 NB
"Love Like This" (Natasha Bedingfield ft. Sean Kingston) 77 33 34 20 11 1 Pocketful of Sunshine
2008 "We Break the Dawn" (Michelle Williams) 47 4 Unexpected
"Energy" (Keri Hilson) 55 43 78 21 72 In a Perfect World...
"T-Shirt" (Shontelle) 26 6 36 1 Shontelligence
2009 "Battlefield" (Jordin Sparks) 4 40 9 11 10 6 Battlefield
"Sweet Dreams" (Beyoncé) 2 8 4 5 10 48 2 1 I Am… Sasha Fierce
"Touch My Hand" (David Archuleta) David Archuleta
"Battle Cry" (Shontelle) 61 Shontelligence
"Fight for This Love" (Cheryl Cole) 54 7 4 1 1 3 Words
"No More" (Cassie Davis) 90 Differently
2010 "Strip Me" (Natasha Bedingfield) 91 Strip Me
"Promise This" (Cheryl Cole) 78 1 1 Messy Little Raindrops
2011 "The Flood" (Cheryl Cole) 26 18

Musical Influences/Songwriting/Mixing and Engineering/Gear[edit]

Musical Influences[edit]

Wilkins has cited artists such as Michael Jackson, David Foster, Whitney Houston, Chicago, John Williams, and Oscar Peterson as having a major influence on his style and tastes.[13]


With his writing techniques, Wilkins prefers to start with chord progressions as opposed to lyrics.[12] He has said he attempts to be a "vessel" in which music just flows out of him naturally.[12] He prefers writing and producing together to see the song all the way through both processes to make sure it's a hit.[33] When writing Wilkins chooses not to use many sounds but only what is completely necessary.[33] He says he tends to write simple lyrics that people can grasp with a running theme throughout the song.[33] He likes to write simple chords to pop songs and focuses on the melody.[33] When he can Wilkins prefers co-writing.[34] Generally Wilkins focuses on the music and the melody and collaborates with lyricists.[13]

Mixing and Engineering[edit]

Early in his career Wilkins worked under mixing engineer Mark "Spike" Stent of EMI.[33] Wilkins knows how to record and also professionally mix recordings.[12] Wilkins prefers to record an artist where they are most comfortable so he travels to where the artist is with portable gear.[34]


Wilkins' gear generally consists of an Apple Logic, a MacBook Pro and an Apogee Symphony Mobile System.[12] Wilkins has stated his gear allows him to record anywhere in the world.[34]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b These Words | AllMusic
  2. ^ a b These Words | Natasha Bedingfield Number Ones | Number One hits from the UK Singles Charts
  3. ^ a b c d Natasha Bedingfield Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com
  4. ^ a b c d e http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
  5. ^ a b Natasha Bedingfield Scores Grammy Nomination @ Top40-Charts.com – Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries
  6. ^ a b Single | AllMusic
  7. ^ a b Natasha Bedingfield – Single – Music Charts
  8. ^ a b Sweet Dreams – Beyoncé | Billboard.com
  9. ^ a b https://www.billboard.com/artist/299082/cheryl+cole/chart[dead link]
  10. ^ a b Chart Stats – Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
  11. ^ (https://www.billboard.com/artist/305200/jordin+sparks/chart
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j How to Write a Hit Song | Home Recording Tips, How To Record, Artist Recording Blogs | Apogee's Recording Blog
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i Talking Shop With Grammy-Nominated Songwriter and Producer Wayne Wilkins – Part 1 | Serve The Song
  14. ^ Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent
  15. ^ The Corrs Official Website
  16. ^ Love Like This | AllMusic
  17. ^ Keri Hilson Scores Grammy Nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap/Sung... – SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/
  18. ^ Pop Singer Keri Hilson Debut Album In a Perfect World is Certified... – SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/
  19. ^ Keri Hilson | AllMusic
  20. ^ T-Shirt [Main] | AllMusic
  21. ^ Career Timeline | // ShontelleOnline.com – #1 Source for Everything Shontelle! //
  22. ^ https://www.billboard.com/artist/279174/shontelle/chart?f=359[dead link]
  23. ^ "RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America". Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2018. 
  24. ^ "Nominees And Winners | GRAMMY.com". Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  25. ^ I Am...Sasha Fierce – Beyoncé | Billboard.com
  26. ^ and platinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&title=I+Am+Sasha+Fierce&format=album&go=Search&perPage=50&artist=Beyoncé[dead link]
  27. ^ a b https://www.billboard.com/artist/305200/jordin+sparks/chart[dead link]
  28. ^ Jordin Sparks Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com
  29. ^ "RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  30. ^ Fight For This Love | AllMusic
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h BMI | Repertoire Search
  32. ^ "Nominees And Winners". Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2011.  Text " GRAMMY.com " ignored (help)
  33. ^ a b c d e Hit Music Producer & Songwriter Wayne Wilkins: Beyoncé Sweet Dreams, Jordin Sparks Battlefield
  34. ^ a b c Talking Shop With Grammy-Nominated Songwriter and Producer Wayne Wilkins – Part 2 | Serve The Song