Biography

John Shanks is one of the hottest and most influential producers working today. On top of that, he is a hit songwriter and accomplished guitar player. John has produced and/or written 43 #1 singles, 86 #1 albums and sold over 60 million records to date in the genres of Rock, Pop and Country music. In 2005, he won the Grammy for Producer of the Year. To people in the industry, his work is considered the gold standard.

John Shanks is one of the hottest and most influential producers working today. On top of that, he is a hit songwriter and accomplished guitar player. John has produced and/or written 43 #1 singles, 86 #1 albums and sold over 60 million records to date in the genres of Rock, Pop and Country music. In 2005, he won the Grammy for Producer of the Year. To people in the industry, his work is considered the gold standard. John's records have become the sound of Top Forty Radio, Clive Davis told Rolling Stone. He's the father of that guitar-driven kid of pop sound.

John's home base is Los Angeles Henson Studio C, formerly A&M Records Studios. The room he has recorded in for the last seven years is itself a legendary space, where Joni Mitchell's Blue was recorded as well as Carole King's Tapestry and many others seminal tracks. Since taking it over, John has worked with some of music's most important artists like Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Melissa Etheridge, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Michelle Branch, Fleetwood Mac and numerous others. He's a rare combination of songwriter, musician and producer, observed Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine in Billboard's profile of Shanks, but he also has a great feel of working with artists. That's hard to find.

While he was still in high school, John and his first band were playing gigs around LA. His incredible talent on guitar was the source of his first break, when he was asked to become Teena Marie's tour guitarist at the age of seventeen. But songwriting was never far away, and John was soon writing jingles and themes for commercials and movies of the week, even as his guitar skills remained in high demand for demos and session work.

That period of time really helped me, says John. Most musicians only go into the studio for their own projects, but I was involved in a lot of recording. The chance to be in the studio with so many different producers and engineers on such diverse projects was, for me, really the grounding of my sound recording education. I started to notice what worked, what I like. I started to be intrigued by what made a song work in the studio, both in terms of writing and production.

A meeting with Melissa Etheridge in 1987 proved to be the next turning point in John Shanks' career. After briefly playing guitar in her band, John left to concentrate more on his own writing and production. In the 1990's, John worked with diverse rock, pop and blues acts like Alanis Morrisette, The Corrs, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker and others. John and Melissa reunited in the late nineties to co-write and produce her Grammy-nominated 1999 album Breakdown, and he's been working with some of the biggest names in music ever since.

John's success continued into the 2000's where some of his biggest hits included Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You," Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," Bon Jovi"s "(Who Says) You Can't Go Home," Natasha Bedingfield's "Pocketful of Sunshine," Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway," Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me" and The Wreckers' "Leave The Pieces." He also co-wrote and produced Take That's international hit album Beautiful World including the #1 single "Patience" which won the BRIT award for song of the year in 2007. He reteamed with Take That the following year to produce Circus which also became a multi-platinum #1 album. John also worked on singles and albums with artists like Chris Isaak, Steven Tyler, Liz Phair, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Santana, Sting, Annie Lennox, Leona Lewis, Robbie Robertson and others.

John remains one of the most in-demand writer/producers in the world. In February 2012, he sent the music blogs into a frenzy when it was announced he had produced Van Halen's comeback album "A Different Kind of Truth." He has also recently worked with such artists as Colbie Calliat, Goo Goo Dolls, Westlife, Delta Goodrem, Lawson and he's currently in the studio with Bon Jovi working on their 5th album together. A chameleon in the studio that improves and clarifies artists' own voices rather than imposing a signature sound, John's work continues to be diverse, eclectic and successful. As Sheryl Crow summarized to Rolling Stone, John knows how to make stuff sound like it belongs on the radio. For more, visit JohnShanks.com

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Songs Performed by Artist

Song Album Artist Year
Again and AgainGoodbye Alice in WonderlandJewel2006
Alguien Soy YoInsomniacEnrique Inglesias2007
All I NeedStrip MeNatasha Bedingfield2010
All That You AreTransformers: Dark of the MoonGoo Goo Dolls2011
Angels Would FallBreakdownMelissa Etheridge1999
Are You Happy Now?Hotel PaperMichelle Branch2003
As IfGreatest HitsWestlife2011
AutobiographyAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Beautiful TonightGravityWestlife2010
Beautifully BrokenI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
Better OffAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
BoyfriendI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
BreatheHotel PaperMichelle Branch2003
BrokenpromiselandThe CircleBon Jovi2009
Burnin UpI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
ButterflyBeautiful WorldTake That2006
Catch Me When I FallI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
CloserGravityWestlife2010
Come CleanMetamorphosisHilary Duff2003
Come Home SoonSweet Right HereSHeDAISY2004
Coming Back For MoreI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
Count on My LoveSomebody's MiracleLiz Phair2005
Dancing AloneI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
Difference In MeGravityWestlife2010
Dirty Little SecretHave a Nice DayBon Jovi2005
Every DayTrouble In Shangri-LaStevie Nicks2001
Everything to MeSomebody's MiracleLiz Phair2005
EverywhereThe Spirit RoomMichelle Branch2001
Eyes Wide OpenI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
FlyHilary DuffHilary Duff2004
Giving It All to YouSomebody's MiracleLiz Phair2005
GoneBreakawayKelly Clarkson2004
Have a Nice DayHave a Nice DayBon Jovi2005
Healing SideFortuneteller's MelodySHeDAISY2006
Heart on My SleeveHold Back My HeartMichael Johns2009
Here With MeThe Spirit RoomMichelle Branch2001
Hold OnBeautiful WorldTake That2006
I AmHave a Nice DayBon Jovi2005
I Am MeI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
I Could FlyBe HereKeith Urban2004
I Could Have Been YouYour Little SecretMelissa Etheridge1995
I Get WeakGravityWestlife2010
I Want TearsEverything Comes and GoesMichelle Branch2010
I Want to Be LovedHave a Nice DayBon Jovi2005
I'm Feeling YouAll That I AmSantana & The Wreckers2005
I'm Taking the WheelFortuneteller's MelodySHeDAISY2006
In Another LifeI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
Kickin' InFortuneteller's MelodySHeDAISY2006
Kicking and ScreamingThe Time of Our livesMiley Cyrus2009
L.O.V.E.I Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
La LaAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Light in Your EyesThe Very Best of Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow2004
Lighthouse (song)Greatest HitsWestlife2011
Like I Never Love You At AllBeautiful WorldTake That2006
Lost HighwayLost HighwayBon Jovi2007
Love Makes the World Go RoundAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Love Me For MeAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Love Me Like ThatHotel PaperMichelle Branch2003
Love You With All My HeartGreatest HitsWestlife2011
Me & My JealousyLive It UpLee DeWyze2010
My Heart Is OpenDefying GravityKeith Urban2009
Next TimeSooner or LaterBBMak2000
No One's Gonna Sleep TonightGravityWestlife2010
Nothing NewAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Once In A LifetimeLove, Pain & The Whole Crazy ThingKeith Urban2006
One Step CloserLost HighwayBon Jovi2007
Only One TooGoodbye Alice in WonderlandJewel2006
Only When I SleepTalk on CornersThe Corrs1998
Out of My MindFortuneteller's MelodySHeDAISY2006
PatienceBeautiful WorldTake That2006
Pieces of MeAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Pocketful of SunshinePocketful of SunshineNatasha Bedingfield2008
Pray For YouGreatest HitsWestlife2011
Precious LoveSongs for You, Truths for MeJames Morrison2008
Reach OutBeautiful WorldTake That2006
Roll Me Back In TimeReal Fine PlaceSara Evans2005
SafeGravityWestlife2010
Say GoodbyeI Am MeAshlee Simpson2005
ShadowAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Sitting on Top of the World Delta Goodrem20120000
Some Things Never ChangeGreatest HitsWestlife2011
Somebody Like YouGolden RaodKeith Urban2002
Somebody's MeInsomniacEnrique Inglesias2007
Someone's Watching Over MeHilary DuffHilary Duff2004
Something to Sleep ToThe Spirit RoomMichelle Branch2001
Sooner or LaterEverything Comes and GoesMichelle Branch2010
Stay Here TonightInsomniacEnrique Inglesias2007
Steve McQueenC'mon C'monSheryl Crow2002
SummertimeEverything Comes and GoesMichelle Branch2010
SummertimeLost HighwayBon Jovi2007
SurrenderAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
Talk Is CheapThe Time of Our livesMiley Cyrus2009
Tell Me It's LoveGravityWestlife2010
The Last NightLost HighwayBon Jovi2007
This MomentLuckyMelissa Etheridge2004
Til I Get Over YouHotel PaperMichelle Branch2003
Too Hard to Say GoodbyeGravityWestlife2010
Truth of the HeartBreakdownMelissa Etheridge1999
TryStrip MeNatasha Bedingfield2010
Underneath This SmileHilary DuffHilary Duff2004
UndiscoveredAutobiographyAshlee Simpson2004
WeightlessLive It UpLee DeWyze2010
Welcome to Wherever You AreHave a Nice DayBon Jovi2005
Whatever It TakesFortuneteller's MelodySHeDAISY2006
When I Look at YouThe Time of Our livesMiley Cyrus2009
Whenever I RunGolden RaodKeith Urban2002
Whole Lot of Leavin'Lost HighwayBon Jovi2007
Wooden BoatBeautiful WorldTake That2006
YouLonging in Their HeartsBonnie Rait1994
You Found MeBreakawayKelly Clarkson2004
You Get MeThe Spirit RoomMichelle Branch2001
You Got MeBreakthroughColbie Caillat2009
You Set Me FreeThe Spirit RoomMichelle Branch2001
You're My Better HalfBe HereKeith Urban2004
Dancing With a Broken HeartChild of the UniverseDelta Goodrem2012
War On LoveChild of the UniverseDelta Goodrem2012
Pictures of YouWhat About NowBon Jovi2013
Room at the End of the WorldWhat About NowBon Jovi2013
Thick as ThievesWhat About NowBon Jovi2013
What About NowWhat About NowBon Jovi2013
I'm With YouWhat About NowBon Jovi2013
TouchChapman SquareLawson2013