Emerson Swinford

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Emerson Swinford, a native of Chicago, is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer/songwriter and producer. He is currently a guitarist in the Rod Stewart band. His guitar work can be heard on much of the 2013 album release by Stewart, called Time, which went to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and has reached Double Platinum sales status there. Time also went to number 7 on the US Billboard chart. Along with writer/producer Kevin Savigar and Rod Stewart, Emerson co-wrote two songs on the album, "Finest Woman" and the title track "Time." His theme and under-score music composed for the hit comedy Hot in Cleveland won him a 2011, 2012 and 2014 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.[1][2] He is also a composer for the TV Land network comedy series The Soul Man (TV series) and Retired at 35[3] and has had many TV and film song placements including MTV/"The Hills", " The Ghost Whisperer", and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." As a session guitarist, Emerson has recorded with a diverse roster of artists such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Delerium, Rod Stewart, Paul Oakenfold, Liz Phair, Jim McGorman, P.J. Olsson, Fisher (band), Kimberly Locke, Natalie Cole, Kenny G and many others, as well as performing on the soundtracks for the movies Just Like Heaven, Planet of the Apes (2001) and "Power Rangers."[4] His guitar work is also featured on several national TV commercial spots including "St. Ives" and "Coors Light." Emerson is a co-writer of the hit single "Barenaked" for actress and singer Jennifer Love Hewitt.[5] He was the musical director and touring guitarist for Tony award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel, famous for her roles in Disney's Frozen (2013 film), Broadway's Wicked, Rent and the TV show "Glee."[6] Also see *"emersonswinford.com

(Selected) Discography[edit]

Year Album Artist Credit
1997 P.J. Olsson P.J. Olsson Guitar
1998 Power Rangers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Guitar
1999 Words For Living P.J. Olsson Guitar
2000 Haunted Poe Guitar
2000 Planet of the Apes [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Danny Elfman Guitar
2001 Bunkka Paul Oakenfold Guitar
2001 True North Fisher Guitar
2002 BareNaked Jennifer Love Hewitt Guitar
2003 Girls Night Out, Vol. 2 [BMG] Various Artists Guitar/Composer
2003 Departure Carla Werner Guitar
2003 Perfecto Paul Oakenfold Guitar
2003 Just So You Know Holly Palmer Producer/Composer/Guitar
2004 Billy Miles Billy Miles Producer/Composer/Guitar
2005 Crash: Music from and Inspired by the Academy Award winning movie Crash [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Producer
2005 Extraordinary Ways Conjure One Guitar
2005 Just Like Heaven (Reese Witherspoon) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Guitar
2005 Beautifully Insane P.J. Olsson Programming, Composer, Mixing, Guitar, Producer
2005 Lost Art of the Idle Moment Carmen Rizzo Guitar
2006 I'm in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time Kenny G Guitar
2006 If Your Memory Serves You Well Serena Ryder Guitar
2006 The World is Falling Down Jamestown (a.k.a. Jim McGorman) Guitar/Composer
2007 Based on a True Story Kimberley Locke Guitar
2007 American Scream P.J. Olsson Guitar
2008 Acoustic Cafe Fisher Guitar
2009 Never Say Goodbye Sarah Bettens Composer
2009 Water Fisher Composer/Guitar
2009 Spectacular! (Music From the Nickelodeon Original Movie) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Guitar
2010 Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box Tim Burton Guitar
2011 Cas Nás Naucí Petr Kolář Guitar/Composer
2012 Merry Christmas Baby Rod Stewart Guitar
2012 Music Box Opera Delerium Guitar
2013 Time Rod Stewart Guitar/Composer

Main source for discography:[7]


  • Graduated James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, IL. 1986
  • Graduated Millikin University, Decatur IL. Bachelor of Music, 1990
  • Graduated University of Southern California, Master of Music, 1992


  1. ^ "2011 ASCAP Awards"
  2. ^ "2012 ASCAP Awards"
  3. ^ "Internet Movie Database"
  4. ^ "allmusic.com"
  5. ^ "Barenaked Wikipedia"
  6. ^ "Idina Tour"
  7. ^ "allmusic.com/emerson swinford"

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