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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MAYBE THIS TIME   (by Linda Severt )  Composed: 2011
Innovative song with 3 distinct sections. The 1st has a classical feel, the 2nd has an Irish feel and the 3rd has a driving folk/rock sound with a hint of Cajun. The singer is driving back home after having met someone on the road and is excited, yet fearful, about the possibility of a relationship. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DOODLETOWN ROAD   (by George and Marguerite )  Composed: 2010
Upbeat, lighthearted country-folk instrumental with finger picked acoustic guitar in the styles of Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver. Works well for lighthearted, happy scenes in Film and TV, documentaries, nature shows and travel. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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CHRISTMAS ON LONELY STREET   (by Phil Evans )  Composed: 2010
A 'not too sad' Christmas lament about being alone in the midst of all the Christmas lights, cheer & general hubub. A simple acoustic guitar with a vocal in the style of Chris Rea. Would suit TV background or movie scene. Think Shrek & Halleluja (or alleluja), Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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INSANE   (by Houses Make Sounds )  Composed: 2011
Indie Singer/Songwriter with smooth and soft acoustic, lullaby bells and soothing vocals. Perfect for the twisted love ending scene of a complicated marriage or relationship. The conflicting lyric set against the subtle and soothing sounds gives you an unpredictable story. Instrumental, 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 WILL   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 1988
A thoughtful, reflective acoustic tune about being with someone and being encouraging. Warm and tender, this sparse, philosophical song will appeal to singer-songwriter fans. Gentle strumming style of guitar playing gives off a folksy, coffee house atmosphere. Emotive vocals. Adult Casual, Male Vocals, 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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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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AMERICAN WARS   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Biting and powerful anti-war protest song, tells the story of a little boy who loses his dad to the war. With male vocals and steel guitar, the track also deals with the relation between war and economy. Great for scenes about recent wars. Death of beloved in the battlefield. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SURPRISE ME (ORIGINAL)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
Similar in vibe, intent and lyrics as Jeff Buckley's fabulous rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", this song "Surprise Me" deals with the thoughts, feelings and emotions of a fellow preceding his anticipated sentencing to federal prison. Male Vocals, 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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GOD IS GAY   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
OK, this one is designed to simply irritate all those homophobic ultra right-wing conservative religious fanatics by telling them that God is Gay! So there, take that! Male 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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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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BACK AGAIN   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 1994
A quiet, introspective tune about a person realizing how alone he is without his lover and his need for her to take him back. Double-track guitar and vocals in a coffee-house setting Influenced by Tracey Chapman's "Fast Car" smokey sultry sensuous, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NO PROMISES, NO LIES   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 1987
Gentle and sensual, featuring laidback acoustic guitar picking and mellow male vocals that create a tender, honest mood. A song about a one night love affair. One night, one time, no tell, and never again, Male Vocals, 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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WHEN AN ANGEL FLIES AWAY   (by Roger Lehman )
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 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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LIGHTNING STRIKES   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
With stunningly brilliant vocal harmonizing in the pre-chorus and chorus, this brilliant marriage of melody, vocals and lyrics speaks to the heart of the issue, which is following your heart in matters of love. Male Vocals, 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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ALONE   (by Chris Michols )
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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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FATHER OF MY DREAMS (VOCAL VERSION)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
With stunningly elegant harmonies, the singer confesses his sins, explaining how he has shattered all his love, hopes and dreams. He seeks the comfort from the only one who can understand but with whom he can only communicate in his dreams. Male vocals and acoustic guitar. Nostalgic and sorrowful. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IN LOVE - PIANO GUITAR VERSION   (by Jens Larsson )  Composed: 2013
And emotional song about being unsure if your love is answered. And the pain you feel in you heart. Acoustic guitar, Electric bass and piano gives a unpugged feel, very naked and vulnerable. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HAPPIER   (by Chris Michols )  Composed: 2013
A sensitive and heartfelt acoustic track. Lyrics describe time and distance making a relationship seem better than it actually was. Strummed acoustic guitars, hand percussion, and soaring falsetto vocals create an emotionally affecting track. Male Vocals, 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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COLD   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2011
A melancholy, acoustic tune describing the elements having to do with the word "cold". Background music in a reflective, solitary or transitional scene. Quiet moment, drama, relationships, thoughtful, metaphorical, frigid, slight european flavor, sophisticated modern folk, adult contemporary adult, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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