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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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PERCHED   (by Patrick Williams )  Composed: 2013
With an acoustic guitar base, this relaxing song has a deep feel with depressing quality. It's a good break-up tune with a piano accompaniment and an organ based melody. A light flute even makes an appearance. It has a great Ryan Adams feel and is great for depressing scenes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MANSION OF HAPPINESS   (by Vagabond Beach )  Composed: 2012
Mellow semi acoustic song about the pursuit of happiness ala Freedy Johnston, David Gray, Bob Dylan. Warm heartfelt male vocals w/lyrics about yearning. Simple acoustic guitar/melodic bass line & cool keyboard in bridge. This song would be great credits roll as well as other uses/Instrumental/stings, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SING ME A TALE   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 1992
Acoustic guitars with a somber atmosphere. Quiet, and thoughtful song about a person leaving home melancholy children growing up and moving away wistful meditative Adult Alternative Americana, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MANSION OF HAPPINESS (ACOUSTIC VOCAL)   (by Vagabond Beach )  Composed: 2012
A mellow acoustic song about the pursuit of happiness. Warm heartfelt male vocals, simple acoustic guitar. This song would be great as the credits roll on a film or tv show as well as many other media uses. Instrumental/alternate/bumper versions available. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I AM SORRY LITTLE BIRD   (by Torfi Olafsson )  Composed: 2011
Delicate loving and with sentimental regret. -Very new original song by Torfi Olafsson, -lyric by englishman Tim Earle. Vocals by Sverrir Baldur Torfason, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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PARIS HOTEL   (by Remi )  Composed: 2013
Calm and beautiful music, a romantic ballad blended with the personal experience of the singer that gives you the feeling of traveling through the song and it’s stories. Good for commercials, traveling scenes and documentaries. Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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FIRST MORNING LIGHT   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2003
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. Several acoustic guitars interweave with Kyle's lush vocal blend. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DANAE   (by Cats from Alpha )  Composed: 2006
Sweet ballad about an impossible love and the effort to preserve good things in life. The music is built on acoustic guitar softly arpeggiated with some tender electric guitar and a string quartet, in the style of old school singer-songwriters (ex. Paul Simon). Good for bittersweet love scenes. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ELYSIAN FIELDS   (by Jim Laslett )  Composed: 2002
laid back with a soft tempo very easy listening. The song is a narrative about a guys night out on the town, features a male vocal, double bass, brush work drums, alto sax & accoustic guitar. meaning: none of us have been good enuff to go to Heaven Uses: film - advert timeless: 1940-2, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I NEED YOU   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2001
A simple folky love song. Accompanied by only his 6-string acoustic, Kyle's voice sings of missing a lover who is far away. This song has been a staple of Kyle's live shows for over a decade. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BEAUTIFUL   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2003
The title of this song quite accurately describes how gorgeous it really is. This version has a few beautifully orchestrated 6-string acoustic guitars as well as a phenomenally arranged set of vocals. It sings of the undying beauty and love of a special girl. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DAY GOES BY   (by Gioele Valenti )  Composed: 2011
A folk song talking about the time that flows, lefting back all the old feelings, bad karma - through the eyes of the childhood, things going slowly into an infinite present. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2002
A simple 12-string acoustic guitar folk song in the style of Tom Paxton and other 1950s folkies. The singer wonders if a former lover will ever get back with him and if he'll ever be good enough for her again. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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INVITATION   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2004
A song about trying to persuade a girl to start a relationship with the singer. Without being too pushy, the lyrics sing about love, relationships, and fate. The only instrument accompanying the singer is a beautifully played 12-string acoustic guitar. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NEEDING TIME (FULL)   (by Ryan Brady )  Composed: 2012
Needing Time is an Americana inspired track that features a slide acoustic riff, acoustics/electric guitars, shaker, congas and drum set. This is an authentic rural/acoustic vibe that would make a nice placement for film, tv, corporate or commercial projects. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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FRESH START (FULL)   (by Ryan Brady )  Composed: 2012
Fresh Start features happy acoustic guitars gently accented by splashes of electric guitars in the mid section. It has an uplifting beat with drums congas and shaker. Overall, this is a positive melodic and optimistic track and would make an excellent spot for any commercial or corporate project. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HAPPY FIELDS (FULL)   (by Ryan Brady )  Composed: 2012
Happy Fields is an uplifting and optimistic track that features acoustic/electric guitars, shaker and drum set. It is a beautiful, mellow, and hopeful tune that would make a nice placement for film, tv, corporate or commercial projects. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE CORNER CAFE   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2012
A solo acoustic/vocal piece about a strange dream. Going to a smoky cafe/bar in the middle of the night. Very jazzy, bluesy, and full of ethereal lyrics. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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CHASING DREAMS (FULL)   (by Ryan Brady )  Composed: 2012
Chasing Dreams features acoustic and electric guitars and has a positive light and happy feel. It is an uplifting, "searching for something", americana/folk inspired track that is easy to listen to but also has a nice build. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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CRAZY FOR YOU   (by Michael Benedetto )  Composed: 2010
"Crazy For You" is a song of longing and hope. A daydream for togetherness. It inspires a light feeling from within which can make one's heart nearly float. A Song for love. Michael Benedetto is known to stir emotions which may have been dormant for years and bring them out of the listener with eas, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SAD EYED JOAN OF ARC   (by John Devine )  Composed: 2009
Song about love and regret. Male Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ALL OF MY LIFE   (by Daniel Parker )  Composed: 2012
She didn't hear that knock on the door but when she opened it there he was. Love at first sight. Love and marriage and time. she had loved him all of her life. This is a soft indie folk song with a raw emotional female lead that would work for many kinds of romantic film or television scenes. Female Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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911/PIECE OF HEAVEN   (by Ron Sarja )  Composed: 2012
This song is about the humanity that was shown in the midst of disaster, how freely Americans gave of themselves to save others. It is an acknowledgement of how great this country really is. This song is dedicated to all those who gave their help and sacrificed their lives to save others. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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OLD ROCKING ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
Optimistic and positive rocking guitar tune. Uplifting and inspiring. Nice, old, guitars, acoustic, advertisement, background, bright, business, carefree, cheerful/happy, easy, festive, finger, folk, groove, grooving, guitar, happy, hopeful, inspirational, inspiring, light, nostalgic, optimistic,, Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LONGING ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SINGER AND SONGWRITER   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
A hopeful acoustic guitar tune for different settings. Background, drama advertise TV/slideshow flash. Comforting and touching. Sentimental longing, flashbacks to better times. Facing a new day, peaceful, reflective with a pop feeling. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WARM SWEET SUMMER GUITAR: ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
Atmospheric dreamy romantic acoustic guitar love song in medium tempo. The song has a positive romantic flowing feeling. Laid back, folksy feeling good mood. An acoustic guitar with everyday happy feeling. Made for romantic sweet projects, happy summer romance video, beautiful slide show, Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WARM SWEET SUMMER LOVE: ROMANTIC BACKGROUND   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
Romantic summer music with acoustic guitar, piano, strings, bells in medium tempo. An smooth acoustic guitar is driving the song with a beautiful piano in the background. Sweet beautiful strings comes in after 20 sec to increase the romantic emotional feeling. Sweet romantic commercial advertise. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHISTLESATTHESWINGSANDSLIDES   (by Deep Blue Lounge )
A very easy going guitar and bass backs a catchy whistled tune. Together with funky rhythm and loopy arpeggios, it feels like a pretty girl dancing in the flower garden in the early morning. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NEVER ENOUGH (DRUMS & BASS)   (by Ryan Brady )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HOPE WILL COME   (by Brent Rowley )  Composed: 2013
A relaxing acoustic guitar track perfect for a scene needing a mellow indie song with a reflecting mood. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOU   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 1996
A thoughtful and rhythmic alternative folk song featuring acoustic guitar, cajon, organ, drums and male vocals. Small club scene beach conversational bed belong hiding running groove force goodness falling down fragile life privacy illusions lingering circles fumbling resolutions belong, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BEAUTIFUL   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2012
The title of this song quite accurately describes how gorgeous it really is. This song just has voice and 12-string acoustic guitar. It sings of the undying beauty and love of a special girl. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NEVER ENOUGH (FULL)   (by Ryan Brady )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NEVER ENOUGH (GUITS ONLY)   (by Ryan Brady )  Composed: 2013
Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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KILL SOME TIME [INSTRUMENTAL]   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2011
A soothing tune with acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment. Easy-going style tune reminiscent of Jack Johnson and Iron and Wine. Great for relaxing get togethers, easy listening. Heartland heartwarming. Home making products, commercials homemade, nice memories, comfort foods friends and family, Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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KILL SOME TIME   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2011
A relaxed vocal tune with acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment. Singer-songwriter style tune reminiscent of Jack Johnson and Iron and Wine A song designed for late night listening, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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