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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 Music, 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 Music, 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 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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MY FRIENDS   (by Frenetic Sound )  Composed: 2010
Indie-folk tune with male vocals and glockenspiel, Male Vocals, 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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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 Music, 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 Music, 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 Music, Lilith Fair
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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 Music, 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 Music, 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 Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DEVIL'S PROTEGE   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
With lyrics in the writing style of Trent Reznor but sounding like Johnny Cash, this tale of suffering paints a picture of how it feels to be an outcast from society, without hope of redemption. Guitars, drums, bass and an emotional male voice brings a feel of regret, sadness and sins of the past. Male Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE WAY BACK HOME   (by Matthias Wichtrup )
A song about love and homesickness. Missing your special person, hopeful for better days ahead. Male 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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DRIVING HIM AWAY   (by Greg Beattie )  Composed: 2000
A wistful, bittersweet, emotional ballad by a dad taking his son off to college--Kerrville New Folk and West Coast Songwriters song of the year winner. Male vocal, acoustic guitars, viola and bass in reverie about that fateful trip that changes the lives of a family forever. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WITCH'S BREW   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
This two time award winning song tells the story of a woman without even the slightest hint of remorse who leaves the man she loves to be with a rich man specifically in order to enjoy the material comforts of the world. No regret, no second thoughts, possibly pathologic in her greed! Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHALING CITY   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
An epic folk song talking about the long, slow agonizing death of the fishing industry in Massachusetts. A pleasant male voice, acoustic guitars, slide guitar, bass and soft drums. Good for productions about the sea and fishing. Melancholic, emotive, sad. Three generations of fishermen. Male Vocals, 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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CITY SINS   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
With crystal clear vocals and acoustical guitar accompaniment, this singer tells the story of the magnetic attraction drawing him from his country home to the city where he'll revel withing countless city sins! Male Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IN THE CITY   (by Patric Steel )  Composed: 2011
Stark direct authentic singer songwriter tale with deep lyric and memorable melody.. Male vocal with live sounding recording for club scenes, videos, movies, TV and more. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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COME BACK   (by Steve Robinson )  Composed: 2011
Atmospheric, finger-picked acoustic guitar with male vocal. Lyric includes thoughts about a fateful decision to leave home and move to a new country, but in the guise of leaving a romantic partner. Has a psychedelic feel with Crosby, Stills & Nash type harmonies and backwards guitar embellishments. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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FEELS LIKE HOME (VOCAL VERSION)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
With acoustic guitar, meaningful lyrics and warm vocals, this singer/songwriter presentation laments having endured anguishing events, but committed to move on with life after sweeping up glass shards of a broken life. Male vocals & acoustic guitar, authentic folk song. Great for movies an TV shows. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LOVE IS THE GIFT   (by Michael Corn )  Composed: 2013
Mellow acoustic singer/songwriter indie pop folk with male lead vocal ala David Gray, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Ben Kweller, James Blunt, John Mayer, Sting. Mellow but intense love song about the deep connections and dynamics of true love. Male Vocals, 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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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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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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ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
Soft, bright, acoustic guitar with male vocals & female harmony vocal. Two lovebirds reminscing & looking to the future. Great love scene, flashback or montage, boy girl relationships, agreeing, coming together, enjoying each other's company, friendship. Sweet innocent adorable modern 20-something, Male Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DANIEL ADMON - I WILL NOT STOP DREAMING   (by Itzik Daniel Admon )  Composed: 2013
finger picked guitar based song with touches of mandola with reflective lyrics, Male Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, 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 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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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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IT'S ALRIGHT   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
Acoustic guitar, light percussion & soft male vocals. It conveys the feeling that "it's alright, it's ok" when you lose your special person. Romantic departure, separation, lover gone away. Sweet guy missing his girlfriend. One way decision, he has to wish her well, very cavalier lyrics, Male Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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STEP OUTSIDE YOUR DREAMS   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
This singer tells the story of an urban kid being pulled over and apprehended by the authorities specifically because he was propelling too fast toward his dreams of escaping the poverty of the hood! "Step outside your dreams, Son" he's told! Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MARIONETTE'S PARADE   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Inspired by Smokey Robinson's "Tears of A Clown", "Tracks of my Tears" and the Pinocchio story, Marionette's Parade tells a soulful melodic story of a Puppet that performs to please the crowds who fail to see his deep sadness and longing to be a "real person". Male Vocals, Folk Music, 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 Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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