Dave Bassett (songwriter)

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Dave Bassett
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Background information
Birth nameDave Richard Bassett
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)Songwriter, producer

Dave Richard Bassett is an American Grammy nominated multi-platinum songwriter and record producer.[1] Originally from Chicago, a Deerfield High School (Illinois) graduate, Bassett relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career after a chance on-stage performance with U2.[2]

Bassett is known for his success in diverse musical genres,[3] writing and producing music for an array of artists such as alternative acts Elle King, Vance Joy, Bishop Briggs, Alice Merton, Fitz and the Tantrums and Walk Off The Earth to rock acts Shinedown, Pop Evil and Halestorm to mainstream names such as Rachel Platten, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Daughtry."Dave Bassett Singles". Dave Bassett Music. Retrieved 2018-06-05.

2015 was a breakthrough year for Bassett, co-writing and producing hits with Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's" and Rachel Platten's "Fight Song".[4]

Produced and co-written by Bassett, "Ex's & Oh's" is certified double Platinum in the United States, Australia and Canada.[5] "Ex's and Oh's" charted in multiple formats in the US and across the world including US Billboard Hot 100, US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard), US Adult Top 40 (Billboard),] US Alternative Songs (Billboard), US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard), US Rock Airplay (Billboard).[6] "Ex's & Oh's" received two nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.[7]

"Fight Song" has sold three million copies in the United States, earning a triple platinum certification by the RIAA and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and #1 on the Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs radio charts. Fight Song also topped charts in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.[8][9][10]

"Fight Song" was used extensively during Hillary Clinton’s run for the Presidency in 2016 and became the campaign’s unofficial anthem.[11] A star-studded celebrity a cappella version of the song featuring Elizabeth Banks, Mandy Moore, Aisha Tyler, America Ferrarra, Jane Fonda and many aired at the Democratic National Convention and the video went viral on social media.[12]

In 2016 Bassett started a band called Dave Not Dave whose song "Cold Blood" was featured in The Royals and Suits.[13]

In 2018, Bassett produced 7 songs on Vance Joy's Nation of Two LP including the co-written tracks "Lay it on Me" and "Saturday Sun." He also co-produced and co-wrote the singles "White Flag" for Bishop Briggs[14] and Alice Merton's "Lash Out."[15]

Awards[edit]

In 2016, Bassett was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for co-writing and producing Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's".[16]

Bassett won two ASCAP Pop Awards in 2016 with Rachel Platten's Fight Song and Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's".[17] Bassett won a second ASCAP Pop Award for "Ex's and Oh's" in 2017.[18]

In 2013 Halestorm won a Grammy "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" with their song “Love Bites” co-written by Bassett.[19]

In 2010 Bassett won an ASCAP Pop Award for co-writing Shinedown’s “Second Chance”[20] and in 2011 for Shinedown’s “If You Only Knew”.[21]

Film, Television and Advertising[edit]

Bassett has a long career in the film, television and advertising space. His score and songs have appeared in national spots for the likes of Toyota, Target, T-Mobile, Dunkin’ Donuts, Google, Nissan, Victoria’s Secret, Best Buy, FIFA, the Olympics, as well as film and TV shows including The Royals, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, Royal Pains, CSI: Miami, and films such as Sing, Annie, Runaway Bride, Muppets Most Wanted and Bridge to Terabithia.[22]

Some notable film songs include:

Composer for “Set it All Free” from the movie Sing featuring vocals by Scarlett Johansson.[23]

Co-writer, co-producer for "How a Heart Unbreaks" from Pitch Perfect 3.[24]

Co-writer for Elle King's "Good Girls" from 2016's Ghostbusters Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[25]

Co-writer for “Smile” from the 2014 release of Annie performed by Rachel Platten.[26]

Co-writer for “From My Head to My Heart” from the movie Runaway Bride performed by Evan and Jaron.[27]

“You Got Me” from the film Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon was written, produced and performed by Dave Bassett.[28]

Co-writer for “Keep Your Mind Wide Open” from the film Bridge to Terabithia performed by AnnaSophia Robb.

Co-writer for “Paradise” from the film [[Duck Duck Goose (2018 film)| performed by Dave Bassett.

Notable Singles[edit]

Artist Song Title Chart Position, Awards & Certifications
Vance Joy Saturday Sun #1 Triple A, #8 Alternative (Billboard)[29]
Vance Joy Lay It On Me #1 Triple A, #4 Alternative (Billboard)[30]
Alice Merton Lash Out #20 Alternative (Billboard)[31]
Bishop Briggs White Flag #23 Alternative (Billboard)[32]
Daughtry Torches #40 US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[33]
Elle King Ex's & Oh's 2 Grammy Nominations,[34] Certified 2x Platinum in the US,[35] Canada [36], #1 US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard), #1 US Adult Top 40 (Billboard), #2 US Rock Airplay (Billboard), #4 US Billboard Adult Contemporary (Billboard), #7 US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard), #10 US Hot 100 (Billboard), #14 Canada Hot 100 (Billboard),[37], #15 UK Singles [38]
Rachel Platten Fight Song Certified 3x Platinum in the US[39] and Canada,[40] 4x Platinum in Australia,[41] #1 US Adult Top Pop Songs (Billboard), #1 US Adult Contemporary (Billboard), #6 US Hot 100 (Billboard), #8 US Pop Songs (Billboard) [42]
Elle King Under The Influence #3 Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[43]
Fitz and the Tantrums Fools Gold #18 Alternative Songs (Billboard), #29 Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard), #36 Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[44]
Shinedown Second Chance Certified 3x Platinum[45], #1 US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard), #1 US Alternative Songs (Billboard), #1 Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard),#7 US Hot 100 (Billboard), #16 Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[46]
Shinedown If You Only Knew #2 US Hot Mainstream Rock Track (Billboard), #4 US Rock Songs (Billboard), #7 US Alternative Songs (Billboard), #11 US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard), #21 US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard), #42 US Hot 100 (Billboard), #46 US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[47]
Shinedown Asking For It #2 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[48]
Pop Evil Torn To Pieces #1 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[49]
Pop Evil Ways To Get High #1 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[50]
Pop Evil Take It All #3 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[51]
Pop Evil If Only For Now #5 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)"Pop Evil Chart Positions". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-05.</ref>
Halestorm Love Bites (So Do I) Grammy Award For Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance,[52] #2 US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard), #16 US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[53]
Shinedown Bully #1 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard), #3 US Rock Songs (Billboard), #12 US Alternative Songs (Billboard), #94 US Billboard Hot 100 [46]
Shinedown Devour #1 US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard), #13 US Hot Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard), #114 Billboard Hot 100 [47]
Shinedown Sound of Madness #1 US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard), #2 US Rock Songs (Billboard), #5 US Alternative Songs (Billboard), #85 US Hot 100 (Billboard) [47]
Shinedown The Crow and the Butterfly #1 US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard), #1 US Rock Songs (Billboard), #6 US Alternative Songs (Billboard), #97 US Hot 100 (Billboard) [47]
Shinedown Unity #1 US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard), #9 US Rock Songs (Billboard), #22 US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[47]
Shinedown Enemies #2 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard), #8 US Rock Airplay (Billboard), #29 US Alternative Songs (Billboard), #29 US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[47]
Pop Evil Footsteps #1 Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard), #12 US Rock Airplay (Billboard), #24 US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[54]
Pop Evil Trenches #1 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard), #9 US Rock Airplay (Billboard), #18 US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[54]
Pop Evil Deal with the Devil #1 US Mainstream Rock (Billboard), #20 US Rock Airplay (Billboard), #48 US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[54]
Adelitas Way Criticize #1 US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[55]
Adelitas Way The Collapse #3 US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[55]
Adelitas Way Invincible Used as the theme song for WWE Superstars,[56] #6 US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[55]
Alice Merton Lash Out Co-written with Merton.[57]

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