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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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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, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WORST CASE SCENARIO   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2009
Song about the end of a relationship, situation, where one partner cannot quite understand how the other could be so inconsiderate and selfish. Could be worse though, I could be you contrast. Would suit TV, Film, Comedy etc. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter, Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MAYBE   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
Featuring acoustic guitar strumming and soft male vocals. The mood is bright and soft, and the lyrics are those of pondering the world. The song has a dreamy feel. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SIGH   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a light instrumental peice featuring acoustic guitar finger picking. Complimenting the guitar are light doses of strings and piano. The song has a soft, simple mood all centered around the intricate guitar work. Instrumental, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NOTHING'S IMPOSSIBLE   (by Fresh Body Shop )  Composed: 2010
Acoustic pop rock song with piano. A very catchy and emotional melody with smooth male vocals, perfect for romantic drama or romantic comedy. 20-something club scene, TV, Film, Indie or Documentary. Catchy tune, touching lyrics, light and soulful, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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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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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 TROUBLING WAVE   (by Fraser McDonald-Smith )  Composed: 2013
Strong Blues/Folk song with heavy continuous beat, memorable acoustic guitar melody, powerful vocal harmonies and raw lead vocal. Lyrics about troubling times, what goes around comes around and overcoming the obstacles. Perfect for Film or TV series. Male Vocals, Folk, 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, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SOMETIMES IN WINTER   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Stunning warmth of vocals, acoustical guitar and lyrics define this brilliant four seasons of love wrapping itself around your heartstrings with a string bouquet. Male 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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MAN ON THE WIRE   (by Patric Steel )  Composed: 2011
A singer songwriter tale with deep lyric and memorable melody.. Male vocal with live sounding recording for club scenes, videos, in store play, movies, TV and more. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE SECOND TIME AROUND   (by Case In Point )  Composed: 2010
Awesome singer songwriter acoustic guitar & vocal! A guy is at the wedding of his ex girlfriend & says to himself, since he wasn't ready for marriage yet- he'll get her the 2nd time around. Serious with a hint of sarcasm and humor about weddings divorces and the current situation regarding marriage. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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GIRL WITH THE FARAWAY EYES   (by Dave Rudolf )  Composed: 1985
Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BREATHE   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
Sweet acoustic guitar mellow finger picking, with soft male vocals & a catchy chorus. Lyrics are universal, tender, touching & modern. TV, Film or Indie romantic drama or romcom. Perfect for soulful dream scene or flashback. Elegant harmonies, heartwarming, love affair with shades of gray. 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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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, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WORKING MAN (VOCAL VERSION)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
In early style of Bob Dylan, this folksy political singer songwriter piece tells the tale of current economic times where the working class heroes continue to struggle and bust their chops just to live and feed their kids. Bluesy emotional uplifting. Hard-working blue collar workers hurt by wealthy. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ROSALEE'S CAFE   (by Dave Rudolf )  Composed: 1985
Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ANACTORIA   (by DeRon )  Composed: 2009
This folk piece drives the listener into a beautiful trance and meditative state. A brief time out to reflect dream and let the imagination run wild. Partially inspired by the woman mentioned in sappho. Instrumental, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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A LITTLE INSPIRATION   (by Neal Gladstone )  Composed: 1996
Joyous celebration of life’s wonders. “There are minuets in the moonlight and diamonds in the grass.” Male and female vocals. Folk style guitar and piano. Sweet melody. Optimistic lyrics, inventive arrangement. Catchy tune invites sing-along. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WISH   (by Colin O'Dwyer )  Composed: 2010
Funky acoustic guitar pop singing about wishing for where you are right now in life! Solo instrument! Willy Porter meets Matt Nathanson in this adventurous tale about how we get caught between different sides of life! Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOU   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
A gentle love song from a man to a woman who thinks of her as an angel with wings soaring through the sky. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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TIME FOR ME TO GO   (by Texas Music Forge )  Composed: 2012
An elegantly simple, direct song for underscoring the emotion of any separation, farewell or funeral scene, with fingerpicked guitar and strong vocals carrying a straightforward message of "goodbye". Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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OH CAPTAIN   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
This song has a steady groove with an aggressive spririt. It feature acoustic guitar and soulful male vocals. The lyrics are about blind allegiance and ignorance. Great for commercials, TV and movie scenes, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LITTLE STAR   (by Joe Vercillo )  Composed: 2009
Lullaby to a loved one after a break up. Similar artists: Elliott Smith, Kimya Dawson. A sweet, caring soundtrack song for emotional moments of sadness, happiness, comfort and hope. Lying on a blanket on the beach at night watching the millions of stars above you, putting life into perspective. Male Vocals, Dramatic, Heartwarming Music
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EVERYTHING   (by Joey Godfrey )  Composed: 2012
Dreamy acoustic guitars embrace this captivating male vocal performance. Inspired by the likes of Pearl Jam and Lifehouse this piece is sure to bring powerful substance to any film production. Lyrically the song celebrates a lifetime of unconditional love with insightful introspective qualities. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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TAKE IT WITH YOU   (by Matthias Wichtrup )  Composed: 2009
A song about experience and the deeper sense of life, 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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ALOUICIOUS   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
A deeply disturbing story of child abuse in which the child can only share the nightmare horror with his or her teddy bear called Alouicious. The childish vocals make the song even more haunting, painful and heartbreaking. Very simple, with acoustic guitar and female voice. Female Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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RIVER TO MYSELF   (by Colin O'Dwyer )  Composed: 2010
An upbeat fingerpicked melodic folk pop song about needing isolation! World percussion and melodic bass make this contemporary ballad perfect for dramatic tv and film! Creamy male lead vocal a la classic James Taylor! Mixed Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I DREAM ABOUT YOU   (by Alan Brian Curtis )  Composed: 2011
Dreamy female singer-songwriter love song. Girl loves guy, fun upbeat hope-filled romcom. Features sweet female voice, acoustic guitar, electric piano, bass & drums. Perfect romantic comedy, 20-something sweetness, day dreaming about true love a la Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow. Sassy trendy sexy & cute, Female Vocals, Pop, Acoustic Pop
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THERE'S NO GOING HOME   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 2009
Mellow and relaxed, featuring gentle, satisfied acoustic guitars and downcast male vocals. About returning to your hometown 12 years after high school graduation and discovering how much everything and all the people have changed. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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VOLUNTEER   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
This singer pledges to volunteer his life in place of the love of his life who he painfully watches withering away to cancer. A heartbreaking dedication. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOUR MIND   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a modern soft rock/folk alternative song with a fun mood. It features acoustic guitar and soft soulful male vocals. The lyrics are sweet and universal. This is great for a beach scene, or fun atmoshphere or spirit. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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A BRIGHTER LIGHT AT A LESSER DISTANCE   (by SuperWeaponDanceParty )  Composed: 2011
A driving folk love song played live by a solo musician that features acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals. Would work well with heartfelt scenes or times when a musician or radio is playing in the background. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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A FATHER'S PRAYER   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2013
A song of wondrous beauty in which a father passes on the wisdom of his love and life experiences to his prodigal son to help soothe his pain of unknown origin. In a single take with just guitar and vocal, Peter G. Olach delivers remarkable results in a highly emotionally evocative fashion. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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UNTIL THE END OF TIME   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a classic love song featuring bright acoustic guitar and soft male vocals. The lyrics are about love "until the end of time." This song is perfect for a love scene, wedding, or related scene/event. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SKYE IN MIND   (by Kevin Reardon )  Composed: 2008
Touching folk-ballad about a boy who leaves his family in Ireland to travel the world for adventure, settles down in Australia and then faces his son wishing to do the same by returning to his homeland. Good for St. Patrick's Day or any Irish theme. Traditional Irish folks sounds and feel. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LOVE, COME ON!   (by Dead Man Watching )  Composed: 2012
Love song mixing folk and indie pop dealing with being in love again and feeling like a teenager, no matter what your real age is. The stripped down arrangement is sweet and original and it enhances the heartfelt and sincere perfomance of the singers. Good for romantic scenes in movies or TV series. Male 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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A THOUSAND WORDS   (by Age of Wisdom )  Composed: 2014
Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE SOUND (HEART SMASHED TO THE FLOOR VERSION)   (by Doug Kidder )  Composed: 2015
Sad theme heartache featuring guitar vocals with lonely harmonica simple get to the point heartbreak song painfully pours out the heart with the lonesome sounds of heartbreak perfect for many applications where sadness of relationship ending is the theme suitable for broadcast TV/Film/Internet, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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EMI   (by Thornton Bowman )  Composed: 2010
A confused, sad father sings to his new daughter trying to explain his feelings, but knows she cannot understand him. Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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AUGUST BURNS (INSTR.)   (by Dead Man Watching )  Composed: 2012
Melancholy electro-acoustic folk song with finger-picked acoustic guitar and a stripped down band playing smoothly in the background. Good for sentimental scenes. Instrumental, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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POWER OF PRAYER   (by Derek McCorkell )  Composed: 2009
Irish folk track depicting a fathers answer to his young son about prayer, Male Vocals, Folk, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BATTLESONG (ADAM NEWCOMB ACOUSTIC REMIX)   (by Katey Laurel )  Composed: 2012
folk, adult contemporary, americana, Female Vocals, Folk, 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, 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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