Dave Bassett (songwriter)

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Dave Bassett
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Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres
Occupation(s) Songwriter, producer

Dave 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, 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.[4]

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".[5]

Produced and co-written by Bassett, "Ex's & Oh's" is certified double Platinum in the United States, Australia and Canada.[6] "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).[7] "Ex's & Oh's" received two nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.[8]

"Fight Song" has sold two million copies in the United States, earning a double 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.[9][10][11]

"Fight Song" was used extensively during Hillary Clinton’s run for the Presidency in 2016 and became the campaign’s unofficial anthem.[12] 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.[13]

In 2016 Bassett started a band called Dave Not Dave whose song "Cold Blood" was featured in The Royals and Suits.[14]

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".[15]

Bassett won two ASCAP Pop Awards in 2016 with Rachel Platten's Fight Song and Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's".[16]

In 2013 Halestorm won a Grammy "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" with their song “Love Bites” co-written by Bassett.[17]

In 2010 Bassett won an ASCAP Pop Award for co-writing Shinedown’s “Second Chance”[18] and in 2011 for Shinedown’s “If You Only Knew”.[19]

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.[20]

Some notable film songs include:

Composer for “Set it All Free” from the movie Sing featuring vocals by Scarlett Johansson.[21]

Co-writer for Elle King's "Good Girls" from 2016's Ghostbusters Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[22]

Co-writer for “Smile” from the 2014 release of Annie performed by Rachel Platten.[23]

Co-writer for “From My Head to My Heart” from the movie Runaway Bride performed by Evan and Jaron.[24]

“You Got Me” from the film Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon was written, produced and performed by Dave Bassett.[25]

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

Notable Singles[edit]

Artist Song Title Chart Position, Awards & Certifications
Daughtry Torches US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) #40[26]
Elle King Ex's & Oh's 2 Grammy Nominations,[27] Certified 2x Platinum in the US,[28] Canada [29]

US Billboard Hot 100 #10, US Hot Rock Songs #1 (Billboard), US Rock Airplay #2 (Billboard), US Billboard Adult Contemporary #4 (Billboard), US Adult Top 40 #1 (Billboard), US Mainstream Top 40 #7 (Billboard), Canada Hot 100 #14 (Billboard),[30] UK Singles #15[31]

Rachel Platten Fight Song Certified 3x Platinum in the US[32] and Canada,[33] 4x Platinum in Australia,[34] US Billboard Hot 100 #6, US Adult Contemporary #1 (Billboard),

US Adult Top Pop Songs #1 (Billboard), US Pop Songs #8[35]

Elle King Under The Influence Adult Alternative Songs #3 (Billboard)[36]
Fitz and the Tantrums Fools Gold Alternative Songs #18 (Billboard), Adult Alternative Songs #29 (Billboard), Hot Rock Songs #36 (Billboard)[37]
Shinedown Second Chance Certified 3x Platinum[38]

US Billboard Hot 100 #7, US Adult Pop Songs #1 (Billboard), US Alternative Songs #1 (Billboard), Adult Contemporary #16 (Billboard), Mainstream Rock Songs #1 (Billboard)[39]

Shinedown If You Only Knew US Billboard Hot 100 #42, US Hot Mainstream Rock Track #2 (Billboard), US Alternative Songs #7 (Billboard), US Rock Songs #4 (Billboard), US Adult Contemporary #46 (Billboard), US Adult Pop Songs #11 (Billboard), US Mainstream Top 40 # 21 (Billboard)[40]
Halestorm Love Bites (So Do I) Grammy Award For Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance,[41] US Mainstream Rock Songs #2 (Billboard), US Hot Rock Songs #16 (Billboard)[42]
Shinedown Bully US Mainstream Rock #1 (Billboard), US Rock Songs #3(Billboard), US Alternative Songs #12 (Billboard), US Billboard Hot 100 #94[39]
Shinedown Devour US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #1 (Billboard), US Hot Modern Rock Tracks #13 (Billboard), Billboard Hot 100 #114[40]
Shinedown Sound of Madness US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #1 (Billboard), US Alternative Songs #5 (Billboard), US Rock Songs #2 (Billboard), US Billboard Hot 100 #85[40]
Shinedown The Crow and the Butterfly US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #1(Billboard), US Rock Songs #1 (Billboard), US Alternative Songs #6 (Billboard), US Billboard Hot 100 #97[40]
Shinedown Unity US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #1 (Billboard), US Rock Songs #9 (Billboard), US Alternative Songs #22 (Billboard)[40]
Shinedown Enemies US Mainstream Rock #2 (Billboard), US Rock Airplay #8 (Billboard), US Alternative Songs #29, US Hot Rock Songs #29 (Billboard)[40]
Pop Evil Footsteps US Hot Rock Songs #24 (Billboard), US Rock Airplay #12 (Billboard), Mainstream Rock Songs #1 (Billboard)[43]
Pop Evil Trenches US Rock Airplay #9 (Billboard), US Mainstream Rock #1 (Billboard), US Mainstream Rock Songs #18 (Billboard)[43]
Pop Evil Deal with the Devil US Rock Airplay #20 (Billboard), US Mainstream Rock #1 (Billboard), US Hot Rock Songs #48 (Billboard)[43]
Adelitas Way Criticize US Mainstream Rock Songs #1 (Billboard)[44]
Adelitas Way The Collapse US Mainstream Rock Songs #3 (Billboard)[44]
Adelitas Way Invincible Used as the theme song for WWE Superstars,[45] US Mainstream Rock Songs #6 (Billboard)[44]

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  12. ^ "Elizabeth Banks' 'Fight Song': How the Celebrity-Studded Video Came Together". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
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  19. ^ "2011 Most Performed Songs". ASCAP. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
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  21. ^ "Set it All Free". AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
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