The Writing Camp

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The Writing Camp
Origin United States
Genres Pop, R&B, dance-pop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer, composer, arranger, music publisher, A&R
Years active 2007–present
Members Evan "Kidd" Bogart
Erika Nuri
David "DQ" Quiñones
Greg Ogan
Shari Short
Eric Bellinger
Sonyae Elise
Ravaughn Brown
Past members Victoria Horn

The Writing Camp is an American songwriter collective, founded by Evan "Kidd" Bogart and David "DQ" Quiñones. Since its formation in 2007, the team has been responsible for a series of successful released in pop, R&B and dance music, including 2008's "Right Here (Departed)" by Brandy and Beyoncé Knowles's "Halo."


  • Evan "Kidd" Bogart, the son of legendary Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart, began rapping before transitioning into corporate gigs at Interscope and Warner Bros. Records, BAT Management, Casbah Artists Management, and Agency for the Performing Arts, where he aided in the discovery and development of Eminem, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic, among others. When his co-written "SOS", recorded by Rihanna, became a number 1 worldwide smash, Bogart returned to the creative side where he has since penned songs for everyone from Beyoncé to Leona Lewis.
  • New York-born Erika Nuri spent formative creative time in the musical R&B hotbed of Atlanta before relocating to Los Angeles, signing a co-publishing deal with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds' company and garnering cuts with K-Ci & JoJo, Chingy (featuring Janet Jackson), B2K, Yasmeen and penning "Fatal" for J. Holiday. After a brief hiatus from the business, Nuri rebounded with an eight-week number 1 Billboard hit, the two-time Grammy nominated "When I See U" performed by American Idol champ Fantasia.
  • David "DQ" Quinones was raised in the Washington, DC suburb of Sterling, VA. He attended Shenandoah Conservatory for music education and opera studies before entering Berklee College of Music with a focus on music production and engineering. His studio résumé in vocal production and arrangements is extensive and DQ has consistently "wowed" the likes of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, J.R. Rotem, Ryan Tedder and Midi Mafia, to name a few. DQ's has written most notably for Beyoncé, Brandy, Pussycat Dolls and Enrique Iglesias
  • Boston native Greg Ogan signed with TWC Music Publishing/Sony ATV Music LLC in November 2009. He graduated Berklee College of Music with a focus on music production and engineering where he attended with TWC co-founder David "DQ" Quinones. Ogan spent over 2 years as the head engineer for J.R. Rotem's Beluga Heights where he worked closely with TWC co-founder Evan "Kidd" Bogart". While at Beluga Heights, Ogan worked on albums by Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Kingston, among others. Ogan vocal-produced the majority of Kingston's sophomore release "Tomorrow".
  • Los Angeles born and bred singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger signed with TWC Music Publishing/Sony ATV Music LLC in mid-2010. Grandson of Jackson 5 hit making songwriter Bobby Day (Rockin’ Robin, Little Bitty Pretty One), Bellinger has been singing since he could speak. Eric Bellinger is an all-star talent who, in his young career, has already written for the likes of Chris Brown, Chipmunk, Greyson Chance, John Brown, Cali Swag District and Selena Gomez & The Scene.
    • Studio albums
      • 2015: Cuffin Season[1]
    • Mixtape
      • In The Meantime
      • Born II Sing Vol. 1[2]
      • 2011: Born II Sing Vol. 2[3][4]
      • 2013: Born II Sing Vol. 3[5]
      • 2014: Choose Up Season
      • 2015: Birthday Gifts EP
    • Compilation albums
      • 2014:The Rebirth[6][7] Enter US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number 25, March 1, 2014
    • Holiday albums
      • 2013: Your Favorite Christmas Song[8]
    • Single
    • Writer credits
List of writer and production work for other artists, with other performing artists and producers, showing year released and album name[9]
Title Year Performing artist(s) Producer(s) Album
"No More" (featuring O.N.E.) 2009 New Boyz Legacy Skinny Jeanz and a Mic
"Waiting Outside the Lines" 2010 Greyson Chance Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark, Aaron Cox Hold On 'til the Night
"Without a Fight" Janelle Monáe H-Money, Erika Nuri For Colored Girls Original Soundtrack
"Sex On My Money" (featuring Gucci Mane) John Brown Eric Hudson Singles
"Intuition" (featuring Eric Bellinger) Selena Gomez & the Scene Lindy Robbins, Toby Gad A Year Without Rain
"White Flag" 2011 Ashlyne Huff E. Kidd Bogart, Greg Ogan Let It Out
"Whatever" (featuring Eric Bellinger) Erika Nuri, Greg Ogan
"Senseless" E. Kidd Bogart, Erika Nuri, Jerrod Bettis
"Benefit Of A Fool" Boyz II Men Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark Twenty
"Backbone" Elliott Yamin Gather 'Round
"Can't Live Without My Music" (featuring Ashley A.) Cali Swag District The Kickback
"Music Sounds Better With U" (featuring MANN) Big Time Rush Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Frank Musker, Noel Zancanella, Alain Quême Elevate
"Follow My Lead" (featuring Eric B. aka Eric Bellinger) Chipmunk H-Money Transition
"Champion" (featuring Chris Brown) H-Money, Kevin McCall, Erika Nuri
"In the Air" (featuring Keri Hilson) H-Money
"Picture Me" (featuring Ace Young) H-Money, Autumn Rowe
"Gotta Play It Fair" From Above Breaking from Above
"The Woman You Love" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Ashanti Jerry Duplessis, Arden "Keys" Altino, Sak Pase, Alonzo Stevenson Singles
"Without You" 2012 Brandy H-Money, Courtney Harrell, Breyon Prescott Two Eleven
"Think Like a Man" (featuring Rick Ross) Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo H-Money, Courtney Harrell, Al Sherrod Lambert Think Like a Man Original Soundtrack
"Hold Me Down" JLS Rodney Jerkins, Wayne Hector Evolution
"Mirage" (featuring Nas) Chris Brown H-Money, Kevin McCall Fortune
"Wait for You" H-Money, Courtney Harrell
"Right Here" (featuring Drake) Justin Bieber Hit-Boy Believe
"Thought of You" Ariel Rechtshaid, Diplo
"I Care for U" Usher Danja, Juan Najera, Kevin Cossom, Marcella Araica Looking 4 Myself
"Lemme See" (featuring Rick Ross) Jim Jonsin, Daniel Morris, Nickolas Marzouca, Lundon "Da Bridge" Knighten
"What Happened to U" Noah Shebib, Sidney Brown
"Leggo" (featuring 2 Chainz) B. Smyth H-Money, Chris Jackson, Joe Boom Singles
"Back & Forth" Jacob Latimore This Is Me (Mixtapes)
"Marry Go Round" (featuring Chris Brown) Nelly Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark Promotional singles
"Go Missin'" 2013 Usher Diplo Promotional singles
"In & Out" Marcus Canty H-Money, Courtney Harrell This...Is Marcus Canty
"This is It" Sarah & Pietro Christian F.J. Büttner, Marcello Pagin, Lindy Robbins Dream Team
"So Much to Prove" Fantasia H-Money, Courtney Harrell Side Effects of You
"Thugs Fall" (featuring Kevin Cossom, Best Buy deluxe edition bonus tracks) Ace Hood Jermaine "Mayne Zayne" Jackson, Andrew "Dru Brett" Harr Trials & Tribulations
"Hold That" (featuring Yo Gotti) Sean Kingston Nicholas Balding, Mark Kragen Back 2 Life
"New Thang" Trevor Jackson #NewThang (EP)
"Kiss It" (featuring Sage the Gemini) Dev Hit-Boy Singles
"Shit Happens" Fantasia Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Warren "Oak" Felder, Elijah Blake Cut to... Bridget Kelly (EP)
"Rollin'" 2014 Kid Ink DJ Mustard My Own Lane
"Nowhere" MKTO Andrew Goldstein, E. Kidd Bogart, Emanuel Kiriakou MKTO
"Disrespectful" (featuring Mila J) Trey Songz D'Mile Trigga
"Love Around the World" Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark
"Serial" (Target deluxe edition bonus tracks) Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark
  • Singer/Songwriter Shari Short (former Miss Teen Idaho) moved from Idaho to Los Angeles several years ago to pursue her dream as an artist and songwriter. She signed with TWC Music Publishing/Sony ATV Music LLC in early-2010. Shari has had songs placed on Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, and got her first cut as a songwriter on the Hannah Montana soundtrack. She has written with artists such as Joe Jonas, Matthew Morrison and co-wrote the theme song with Jessica Simpson & TWC's Bogart for Simpson's television show "Price of Beauty" on VH1.
  • New Jersey native Sonyae Elise grew up in a musical family being with her mother in the recording studio often. In 2011, Elise took part in the television series Platinum Hit and ultimately won the competition. As a part of her prize she won a publishing deal with The Writing Camp.


Eventually a trio, the collective was formed in October 2007 following a writing camp throw by Bogart & Quiñones in J.R. Rotem's studio at Chalice, adding Erika Nuri to the collective shortly thereafter.[10] A fourth member originally added, Victoria Horn, a British songwriter, left the formation soon-after joining amicably due to creative and business differences about the overall goals of the The Camp.[10] The remaining original trio has since formed The Writing Camp LLC, housing a music publishing company, music production house and music supervision company for television, film & commercials. TWC Music Publishing has signed three songwriters Greg Ogan, Shari Short & Eric Bellinger, through their joint-venture with Sony ATV Music Publishing.

The 2011 Bravo series Platinum Hit was an elimination competition series featuring undiscovered singer-songwriters where talented newcomers battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges to find out who's ready for the top of the pop charts. In each episode, the winning song will be revealed in a performance by a special guest star, some of the hottest singers today. True Entertainment (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) developed the reality series for Bravo with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Tim Bogart, Evan Bogart, David Quinones and Erika Nuri serving as executive producers.[citation needed] The Writing Camp is also a producer.


Songs Written by The Writing Camp[edit]

3LW - Love Don't Cost a Thing - Soundtrack

  • 14. "Hate 2 Love U"

Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment

  • 13. "Broken Open"
  • 15. "Down The Rabbit Hole" (iTunes bonus track)

Ashley Tisdale - Headstrong

B2K - "Pandemonium!"

  • 10. "Would You Be Here"

Babyface - Face2Face

  • 12. "Don't Take It So Personal"

Beyoncé - I Am... Sasha Fierce

  • 02. "Halo" - 2010 Grammy Nominated for "Record of the Year" & "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance"
  • 06. "Hello"

Big Time Rush - BTR

  • 10. "I Know U Know" - Featuring Cymphonique

Blake Lewis - A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)

  • 06. "Surrender"

Brandy - Human

Britney Spears - Blackout

  • 15. "Everybody" - Bonus Track

Calvin Richardson - Bringing Down the House - Soundtrack

  • 08. "Next To You"

The Cheetah Girls - TCG

  • 01. "Fuego"
  • 07. "Do No Wrong"

Chingy - Powerballin'

Chipmunk - Transition

The D.E.Y. - The DEY Has Come EP

Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again

  • 08. "Got Dynamite"

Donna Summer - Crayons

  • 02. "Mr. Music"
  • 04. "The Queen Is Back"

Enrique Iglesias - Euphoria

  • 04. "Dirty Dancer" featuring Usher
  • 05. "Why Not Me?"

Fantasia - Fantasia

Governor - Son of Pain

  • 04. "Be Yourself"

Greyson Chance - Hold On 'til the Night

Heidi Montag - TBD

  • 00. "Body Language"

Hilary Duff - Best of Hilary Duff

J. Holiday - Back of My Lac'

  • 10. "Fatal"

Jada (band) - "TBD"

Jason Derülo - Jason Derülo

Jennifer Lopez - Brave

  • 01. "Stay Together"

Jennifer Lopez - Love?

  • 14. "Until It Beats No More"

Jesse McCartney - Departure

  • 07. "My Baby"

Jessi Malay - TBD

  • 00. "Gimme" featuring Lil Scrappy
  • 00. "Draw The Line"

Jessica Simpson - VH1's The Price of Beauty

Justice Crew - TBD

K-Ci & JoJo - "X"

  • 08. "All The Things I Should Have Known"

Keke Palmer - "So Uncool"

  • 07. "Footworkin'" also listed as "Footwurkin'"

Keyshia Cole - "A Different Me"

  • 12. "This Is Us"

Kristinia Debarge - "Exposed"

  • 02. "Future Love"
  • 03. "Speak Up"
  • 05. "Sabotage"

LaLa - "American Mija"

  • 00. "Homegirlz"

Leona Lewis - "Echo"

  • 01. "Happy"
  • 14. "Stone Hearts & Hand Grenades" (Hidden Track & Amazon Exclusive bonus track)

Livvi Franc - "TBD"

Lucy Walsh - "Lost in the Lights"

  • 01. "Crash"
  • 07. "Tell Her"
  • 08. "Guilty"

M. Pokora - "MP3"

  • 05. "Treason"

Melissa Schuman - "Love Don't Cost A Thing - Soundtrack"

  • 10. "Always"

NLT - Not Like Them

  • 00. "Karma"

No Angels - "Welcome to the Dance"

  • 07. "Shut Your Mouth"
  • 08. "Up Against The Wall"

Paris Hilton - "Paris"

  • 04. "I Want You"

Pussycat Dolls - TBD

Rigo Luna - "TBD"

  • 00. "Too Good For Me"

Rihanna - "A Girl Like Me"

Sarah Connor - "Sexy as Hell"

  • 10. "Fall Apart"

Sean Kingston - "Sean Kingston"

Tony Rich - "Words"

  • 05. "Ghost"

Varsity Fanclub - "TBD"

  • 00. "Future Love"
  • 00. "Lost Then Found"

Xscape - "Off The Hook"

  • 12. "Keep It on the Real"

Singles Written by The Writing Camp[edit]


  • 01. BMI Billboard #1's Award for "SOS" performed by Rihanna [11]
  • 02. BMI Pop Award Top Songs of 2006 for "SOS" performed by Rihanna
  • 03. Two Grammy Nominations for "When I See U" by Fantasia for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008
  • 04. ASCAP 2007 Rhythm & Soul Music Award and Honoree for “When I See U” by Fantasia
  • 05. BMI Pop Award Top Songs of 2008 for "Take You There" performed by Sean Kingston
  • 06. Best Song "Halo" at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards
  • 07. BMI Pop Award Top Songs of 2009 for "Halo" performed by Beyoncé
  • 08. Grammy Award winning song "Halo" for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance 2010
  • 09. Grammy Nominated song "Halo" for Record of the Year 2010
  • 10. Grammy Nominated song "Halo (Live)" for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance 2011


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