Wayne Hector

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Wayne Hector
Genres Pop, contemporary R&B
Occupations Songwriter
Associated acts Westlife

Wayne Hector is a British songwriter who is best known for his work with pop artists such as Nicki Minaj, One Direction, The Wanted and Olly Murs.[1][2][3] He also wrote seven of Westlife's number one singles, including World of Our Own and Flying Without Wings.[4][5] Ruben Studdard's cover of Flying Without Wings peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6]

He is signed to BMG Chrysalis UK.[7]


Hector began his music career as a member of the new-jack group Rhythm N Bass.[8] He became disillusioned with life as a pop star and decided to concentrate on songwriting and music production.[8] When transitioning from performer to songwriter, Hector got in touch with Steve Mac, who was working with the British boy band Damage.[8][9] He had originally met Mac while Hector was working as a background singer.[9][10]

In 1996, Damage's "Forever" became one of Hector's first songwriting credits and his first top 10 hit.[1][9][10]

Hector contributed to Westlife's self-titled debut album in 1999.[11] His credits on the album include "Swear It Again" and "Flying Without Wings", both of which peaked at number 1 in the United Kingdom.[12] He also contributed "I Don't Wanna Fight", "Moments" and "We Are One" to the album.[11] He also cowrote number 1 singles "Queen of My Heart" and "World of Our Own" on Westlife's 2001 album World of Our Own.[12][13]

In 2005, Hector was signed to Sony/ATV.[14] At the time of his signing, he had written 32 international number one singles.[14] Later that year he worked on Rascall Flatts' Feels Like Today, for which he won an ASCAP award.[15] He also penned Carrie Underwood's "I Just Can't Live A Lie" in 2005.[16]

Hector wrote "I Hate This Part" for The Pussycat Dolls in 2008.[5][17] He co-wrote "Out from Under" on Britney Spear's Circus later that year.[18] In 2009, Hector co-wrote two number one singles, "Beat Again" and "Everybody in Love", on JLS's self-titled debut album.[19][20]

Hector joined Warner/Chappell Music in 2010.[21] That year he co-wrote JLS's number one single "Love You More".[20] He also co-wrote "Thinking of Me" on Olly Murs' 2010 self-titled debut album.[22]

Hector wrote "Same Mistakes" and "Everything About You" for One Direction's debut album Up All Night in 2011.[23]

In 2012, he co-wrote Nicki Minaj's "Starships" and The Wanted's "Glad You Came".[1] He also wrote The Wanted's "I Found You", which was released in September 2012.[5][24] Hector also contributed "Army of Two", "Hand on Heart" and "Personal" to Olly Murs' 2012 album Right Place Right Time.

In 2013, Hector co-wrote "Best Song Ever", "Little White Lies" and "Why Don't We Go There" for One Direction's Midnight Memories.[25] He also wrote "Get Down" and "Supposed" on James Arthur's self-titled debut album and Mika's "Stardust".[26][27] Hector worked on "Miss America", "The Only One", "Bones", "Postcard" and "Hollywood" on James Blunt's Moon Landing, which was released in October 2013.[28] He also co-wrote "Rest of Our Life" on Jason Derulo's Tattoos.[29]


In 2003, Hector won a BMI Country Award and BMI London Award for his work on Trace Adkins' Help Me Understand.[30][31] Hector won an ASCAP award in 2005 for his work on Rascal Flatts' Feels Like Today and The Pussycat Dolls' I Hate This Part.[15][32] He also won at the 2010 Brit Awards for his work on JLS' Beat Again.[33] Hector was recognised as one of the 2012 top 25 songwriters by ASCAP.[34] He was nominated for an Ivor Novella songwriting award for Best Selling UK single for "All This Time".[35] In 2013, Hector won BMI Awards for The Wanted's "Glad You Came" and Nicki Minaj's "Starships," which also won a BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award for Song of the Year.[36][37]


Hector credits his eclectic musical tastes to his upbringing.[17] His father favoured rock and R&B while his mother listened to country and classical music.[17] His songwriting influences include Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Burt Bacharach, Hal Davis, Babyface and Rodgers and Hammerstein.[8]

Songwriting discography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Hector was born in Hackney and grew up in Surrey. He lives in Surrey.[8]


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  2. ^ Richard Smirke (28 March 2012). "Wayne Hector, Hit-Making UK Songwriter, Talks One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Streaming Services, More (Q&A)". BillboardBiz. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Lisa McGarry (3 June 2013). "Songwriter Wayne Hector reveals One Direction album is almost finished – Poor Niall Horan hates leaving home!". Unreality TV. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Robert Copsey (3 June 2013). "Songwriter Wayne Hector talks One Direction album, Nicki Minaj". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Wayne Hector Credits". All Music. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Gary Trust (28 May 2009). "Chart Beat: "Glee," Kris Allen, Steve Martin". Billboard. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Ingham Tim (27 February 2014). "Wayne Hector signs with BMG Chrysalis UK". Music Week. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Ted Drozdowski (16 April 2012). "10 Questions: Wayne Hector". BMI. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "Interview with WAYNE HECTOR, songwriter for Susan Boyle, Pussycat Dolls, Westlife". Hit Quarters. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Interview with STEVE MAC, producer for Susan Boyle, JLS, Il Divo, The Saturdays". Hit Quarters. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Westlife". All Music. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Westlife". Official Charts. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Westlife". All Music. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Sign here". Music Week. 5 May 2005. 
  15. ^ a b "Complete List of Winners". ASCAP. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Some Hearts". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c Paul Williams (12 June 2008). "Just Call Him Mr. Diversity". Music Week. 
  18. ^ "Circus". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "JLS". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "JLS". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  21. ^ Charlotte Otter (15 January 2011). "Playing it safe in a busy year for signings". Music Week. 
  22. ^ "Thinking of Me". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Up All Night". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Wanted Confirm New Single 'I Found You'". MTV UK. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Midnight Memories (CD Booklet) (Media notes). One Direction. 
  26. ^ "James Arthur". All Music. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Songbook Vol. 1". All Music. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  28. ^ Moon Landing (CD Booklet) (Media notes). James Blunt. 
  29. ^ Tattoos (CD Booklet) (Media notes). Jason Derulo. 
  30. ^ "2003 BMI Country Awards Winners". Billboard. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  31. ^ "BMI Honors Top UK, European Writers and Publishers at London Awards". BMI. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "Song Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  33. ^ "The Brit Awards 2010". Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "ASCAP Members Dominate the 2012 Year-End Billboard Charts". ASCAP. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  35. ^ "The Streets lead Ivor nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  36. ^ "BMI Awards 2013: All the winners". Music Week. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  37. ^ "Cash Money's Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and Ronald 'Slim' Williams and Top Songwriters Honored at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards". BMI. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 

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