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Folk Singer-Songwriter


Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to performers who write, compose and sing their own material including lyrics and melodies. They often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using a guitar or piano. A number of other well-known musicians may write some of their own songs, but are usually referred to as singers instead.

The concept of a singer-songwriter can be traced to ancient bardic culture, which has existed in various forms throughout the world. Poems would be performed as chant or song, sometimes accompanied by a harp or other similar instrument. After the invention of printing, songs would be written and performed by ballad sellers. Usually these would be versions of existing tunes and lyrics, which were constantly evolving. This developed into the singer-songwriting traditions of folk culture. Travelling performers existed throughout Europe. Thus, the folklorist Anatole Le Braz gives a detailed account of one ballad singer, Yann Ar Minouz, who wrote and performed songs travelling through Brittany in the late nineteenth century and selling printed versions. In large towns it was possible to make a living performing in public venues, and with the invention of phonographic recording, early singer-songwriters like Théodore Botrel and George M. Cohan became celebrities. Radio further added to their public recognition and appeal.
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SO EASY (FULL SONG)   (by Angela Predhomme )  Composed: 2012
Catchy, fun and chock full of positive lyrics, this track is perfect for advertising. Singer mentions how easy it is, how they're satisfied. Consumer-directed, this song will send positive messages about any product and make it desirable. Female vocal sings with just a hint of sexiness. (full length, Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HAUNT ME   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2011
Original composition “Haunt Me” featuring Female Vocals, Piano and subtle Electronics. Understated and seductive, it has an eerie cinematic quality. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or a trailer soundtrack. Also available as an instrumental. Female Vocals, Pop, Lilith Fair
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MY FRIENDS   (by Frenetic Sound )  Composed: 2010
Indie-folk tune with male vocals and glockenspiel, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I THINK I LOVE YOU   (by Joe Vercillo )  Composed: 2012
Love song about coming home to the one you love. Great chorus refrain of "There's no place like home". Great soundtrack song, similar to artists such as Elliott Smith and Radiohead. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IN TIME   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2011
Original composition “In Time” featuring Female Vocals, Piano and Drums. Vulnerable and brimming with femininity, it resonates with the power of an ancient lament. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Also available as an instrumental. Female Vocals, Pop, Lilith Fair
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THE WAY BACK HOME   (by Matthias Wichtrup )  Composed: 2009
A song about love and homesickness. Missing your special person, hopeful for better days ahead. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NO RUSH INST FEATURING PEACOCK ALLEY   (by Eddie Caldwell )  Composed: 2011
Happy MaleVocalPop/Rock track in the style of Jack Johnson, Bob Dylan, American Idol. Acoustic guitars boy meets girl and catchy melody is perfect for commercial use. Website, media, games, corporate, trailers, motivational scenes, background music, club cafe, romantic comedy, fun romcom, religion, Instrumental, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ROADS TO RIDE   (by Geoff Abraham )  Composed: 2009
A funny song about how we are all different and have are own paths to take in life. Has a folky/country feel to it. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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GREY AUTUMN SWEATER   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2007
Melancholic, sad song from Henrik Skanfors' album "The Last Gash" (2007) about heartbreak and being left behind. Only intimate vocals and dreamy guitar. Suitable for drama & tv-series. Similar artists: Damien Rice, Antony & the Johnsons, Coldplay, José Gonzáles, Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN   (by Matthias Wichtrup )  Composed: 2000
A song about mistakes in the past and lessons you have to learn in your life, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SMILE   (by Nicholas Markos )  Composed: 2002
Gentle acoustic guitar and voice song about missing someone, perfect for a mood like The Replacements' "Skyway," Coldplay's "See You Soon," or Nick Drake's "Pink Moon." Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHEN AN ANGEL FLIES AWAY   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 2008
When An Angel Flies Away - In loving memory of my niece Gwen Heimrick who passed away in August of 2006 at the age of 19. Life is beautiful, not fair. Soulful, heartfelt and broken hearted male vocal. Tender, touching and soulful. A melancholy memory of good times with a sweet teenager. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SEAGULL'S CRY   (by Really Free Music )  Composed: 2007
A passionate ballad / soft pop track with a strong celtic folk overtone. A song of longing, being alone, and a lost love. Features a bright acoustic guitar, mandolin, and folk fiddle. Excellent male harmony vocals. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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VOLATILE STREET   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2007
Song from Henrik Skanfors' album "The Last Gash" (2007) about solitude & desire. Guitar & vocals. Positive feeling in the music, yet sad lyrics. Autumn. Singer/Songwriter. Suitable for drama & tv-series. Similar artists: Damien Rice, Antony & the Johnsons, Coldplay, José Gonzáles, Jeff Buckley, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BLOODLINE   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2012
Heart warming, bittersweet about moving on together despite past problems and difficulties. Just guitar & vocals, w/ subtle background percussion beat. Real feelgood tune perfect for drama and tv-series like Grey's anatomy, Californication, One Tree Hill, Scrubs. Similar to Jason Mraz I'm yours, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SMOKER'S WIDOW   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2007
Emotional song from Henrik Skanfors' album "The Last Gash" (2007) about disappointment and blame. Guitar, piano, vocals (some falsettos). Singer/Songwriter. Suitable for drama & tv-series. Similar artists: Damien Rice, Antony & the Johnsons, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, José Gonzáles, Sufjan stevens, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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OSIDIUS   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2007
A soft, emotional song from Henrik Skanfors' album "The Last Gash" (2007). Minimalistic with falsetto, guitar, glockenspiel and soft pads. Singer/Songwriter. Suitable for drama & tv-series. Similar artists: Damien Rice, Antony & the Johnsons, Coldplay, José Gonzáles, Jeff Buckley, Sufjan stevens, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE   (by Vagabond Beach )  Composed: 2014
A simple acoustic guitar song ala David Gray, Neil Young, Nick Drake about life when it loses it's luster. Minimalist production (guitar/vocal only) but strong recording, vocal and melody. Great for scenes of aging, contemplation, depression, heartbreak, breakdowns. Instrumental version available. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SUMMER LOVERS   (by Rob Johnson )  Composed: 2009
Folk music with a happy, warm and sunny vibe. Great music to underscore a sunny day, nature, kids playing, a romantic scene or any scene that needs a little warmth and positive emotion. Catchy tune that is light, upbeat and sincere. All about romance, rainbows in the sky, charming and sweet melody. Instrumental, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHAT I'M HEARING   (by Cold Manicotti )  Composed: 2010
A STELLAR Indie style Folk/Rock song with WONDERFUL lead vocal, harmonies and melodies. The song’s lyrics center around hearing the word “NO” and its impact on people and life. 30's something drama, romantic siuation comedy. Echoes of current HOT Indie acts Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters and Men. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I WON'T BE HURTING   (by Too Human )  Composed: 2014
A beautiful and personal song of questioning, understanding and acceptance. In an acoustic setting with a heartfelt vocal, guitars and accordion. For a hospital scene, or for someone confronting an illness or loss. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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CALL ME   (by Chris Michols )  Composed: 2012
A peaceful and loving acoustic track. Fingerstyle acoustic guitar accompanies a lyrical message of unconditional love and support. Electric guitar accents and light percussion join in to complement the calm, tender, and accepting mood. Great underscore for the reuniting of loved ones. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ALONE   (by Chris Michols )  Composed: 2013
A mellow singer-songwriter duet with lyrical themes of love and loneliness. Folky strumming, melodica, hand percussion, and vulnerable boy/girl vocals create a mood of longing, sensitivity, and romance. Perfect for network TV drama, lost love, and relationship retrospectives. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LOST   (by Chris Michols )  Composed: 2014
Centered around a finger-picked acoustic guitar and vintage mellotron, this delicate folk ballad is perfect for drama, lost love, and friendship. A song about being lost, trying to be someone you're not, and finally cutting that someone adrift. Sincere, heartfelt, and romantic. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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FIRST MORNING LIGHT   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2012
A great folk tune in the style of Steve Goodman & Gordon Lightfoot. It describes a scene where you just need to get away. Nothing is working out anymore, people are lying, and you just need a change of scenery. Kyle's voice is accompanied by only his 12-string acoustic guitar. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BETWEEN TWO LINES   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2012
A hopeful song about caring and protecting loved ones. Solo guitar and vocal piece describing love, separation, waiting for return. Soundtrack to film, series, advertising would all be suitable. Slow start becoming more animated. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BLACK HEART   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2013
Soft fingerpicking acoustic track, female singing, atmospheric. Recently used in an Independent Supernatural Thriller 'Molly Crowes' which won best drama award in 2013 at the Portobello Film Festival in London. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE WHISPER   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
This song was written around the theme of the Nightmare Before Christmas characters Jack and Sally. Female vocals and harmonies, guitar and electronic keyboard synthesiser sounds. Would suit gothic, childrens magical, supernatural style production. Lyrics by David Ash. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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STRANGE WORLD   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
Medium beat Jazzy song about how even when we may have everything we need, we're still not happy. Features female vocals, acoustic guitar, drum rhythms. Would be good used in a documentary, film, advert, about the homeless, about abuse, about elderly lonliness. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BEAUTIFUL (SCHAPPELLES SONG)   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2014
Acoustic female vocal and guitar track. Written originally in aid of Schappelle Corby who was considered unfairly imprisoned for drug trafficking in Bali. Great for use as a background for an emotional film or documentary score. Lyrics by David Ash. Female Vocals, Folk Music. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOU MATTER TO ME   (by Angela Predhomme )  Composed: 2011
Kind, loving, tender and sweet, female vocal sings about how even though life is busy and time is scarce, you matter very much, and I love you. Family and relationship situations work well, like a mother or father to a child, or a loved one. Similar to Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, Jewel. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOU MATTER TO ME   (by Angela Predhomme )  Composed: 2011
Kind, loving, tender and sweet, female vocal sings about how even though life is busy and time is scarce, you matter very much, and I love you. Family and relationship situations work well, like a mother or father to a child, or a loved one. Similar to Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, Jewel. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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STEAM TRAIN   (by Jo Masino )  Composed: 2014
This vocal track is not only a tribute to steam trains, but also and mostly to adventure, discovery, exploration, to hard work, to the heroic human spirit and our endless desire to improve ourselves in our life's journey. The music builds up slowly to a truly epic, touching and melodic finale. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ROUTINE   (by Dean Graham Wolfe )  Composed: 1998
A spicy singer songwriter track about trying to break free from habits, routines, tyranny of any kind- but not doing it alone but with the important one love accompanying; Acoustic guitar and real cello parts; could also apply to horror chiller: being locked up-scary movie about trying to get away, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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CRAZY OVER YOU   (by Steve O'Connor )  Composed: 2008
A song about what might have been with love. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOU CAN CLOSE YOUR EYES   (by Steve O'Connor )  Composed: 2008
A song about missing a loved one. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LOVE LOVE LOVE   (by Angela Predhomme )  Composed: 2012
You won't be able to get this fun song out of your head! Hand claps and layered vocals over a sing-a-long "na na na" section at the beginning, then leading to enchanting vocals about loving each other. Great for a happy, fun scene, or for a hip, positive vibe in advertising. Light, pleasant, catchy. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I'M GOING TO MARRY YOU IN THE SUMMER   (by Dean Graham Wolfe )  Composed: 2014
Romantic and sweet singer/songwriter tune set to acoustic guitar and mandolin; theme song for film involving matrimony and summer wedding;, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE BEST THING   (by Steve O'Connor )  Composed: 2008
A song about breakdown of a relationship. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IF GOD CREATED ANGELS   (by Steve O'Connor )  Composed: 2008
A song about the celebration of love. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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AN EPILOGUE   (by The Division Men )  Composed: 2014
The song wraps up the album and the end of the journey. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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A PRELUDE   (by The Division Men )  Composed: 2014
The song is about the beginning of a journey into dark secrets and a past what would rather be left behind. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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UNDER THE GUN   (by The Division Men )  Composed: 2014
The track fits a gambling scene. All the lyrics fall into gambling and taking a chance. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WE CAN DREAM   (by The Division Men )  Composed: 2014
The song is about having a loved one by your side and eventually losing them and saying goodbye. Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DRIVE AROUND IN CARS   (by Complicated Animals )  Composed: 2015
Non traditional Singer Songwriter style song. Intimate vocals, and mostly acoustic arrangement. Folk, Fingerstyle, Fingerpicked acoustic guitar throughout. Light Percussion, piano and flute. Quirky bridge. Reminiscent of Devendra Banhart. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THIS MIGHT BE GOOD   (by Angela Predhomme )  Composed: 2009
Feel the warmth and excitement of new love with this fun, catchy, sweet song. Smooth female vocal over rhythmic acoustic guitar with a band to deliver a memorable, stick-in-your-head chorus at:36. It's just beginning, but his person could be the one - this might be good! Colbie Caillat, Norah Jones, Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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PALES INTO INSIGNIFICANCE   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2009
Mid speed acoustic singer songwriter track about mistrust, paranoia, and unconditional love. Features female vocals, rhythm, acoustic guitar, backing vocals. Light hearted track explaining even though you don't understand the other person you still are attracted to them. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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UNDER YOUR SKIN   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
Slow acoustic guitar and vocal piece about putting on a mask, a façade. People hiding behind an image. Not being the person you thought they were. Simple finger-picked style with female voice. Suit a film, friendship lost story, romantic breakup. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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RENDEVOUS   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2011
Song about unrequited love. Having strong feeling for someone you can't have. Female vocals, strumming guitar, some synthesised keyboard and drumbeat. Lyrics by David Ash. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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