Emily Warren

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Emily Warren
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Background information
Born (1992-08-25) August 25, 1992 (age 25)
New York, New York, U.S.
Years active 2006–present
Labels Prescription (Rx) Songs
Associated acts

Emily Warren Schwartz (born August 25, 1992), also known simply as Emily Warren, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Dr. Luke's label Prescription Songs. She is best known for the songs she has written for several high-profile pop artists, including The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Frenship, Sean Paul, Melanie Martinez, and Shawn Mendes.

Early life and education[edit]

Warren was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where she attended the preparatory school Trinity, from kindergarten through high school.[citation needed] From an early age, she had a penchant for the creative and performed regularly with her band, Emily Warren & the Betters (members Etienne Bowler and Marc Campbell went on to form part of the pop band MisterWives).[1] A single from The Betters EP, Not at All, was featured on the soundtrack of MTV's short-lived series, Skins.[2][3] She was accepted into the NYU Tisch School/Clive Davis Institute in 2011 and offered a songwriter's contract with Prescription (Rx) Songs in 2013. In 2015 Warren graduated from the university and began splitting her time between Los Angeles and London.[4]

Music career[edit]


After signing with Dr. Luke, Warren disbanded the Betters and spent a year in LA. Soon after her arrival, she co-wrote "Masterpiece", the third single on pop artist Jessie J's album, Sweet Talker. "Masterpiece" debuted at #30 on the US Mainstream Top 40[5] and #65 on the US Billboard Hot 100[5] as well as certified gold in Australia[6] and New Zealand.[7] Following the success of that release, Warren eventually teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Scott Harris to co-write four songs from Shawn Mendes' platinum-selling album, Handwritten: "Strings", "Aftertaste", "Air", and "Lost". September 18, 2015 marked the release of The Chainsmokers' and Tritonal's "Until You Were Gone", which featured Warren's lead vocals. Her performance was immediately praised by Nylon, which wrote, "Her delivery is filled with a longing that packs a strong punch."[8] Additionally, The Chainsmokers hailed Warren as, "one of the best songwriters AND vocalists that they had ever worked with".[9] Shortly after, Warren teamed up again with Scott Harris and together they wrote "Don't Let Me Down" with The Chainsmokers, which reached number 3 and went on to reach triple platinum in the United States. It was both The Chainsmokers and Daya's first top 5 on Billboard Hot 100. Don't Let Me Down was also nominated and won a Grammy in 2017 for Best Dance Recording. Around the same time, Warren co-wrote and featured vocals on viral hit "Capsize" with Los Angeles duo Frenship, which is certified platinum and has surpassed 400 million streams on Spotify (115 million of which were acquired prior to its radio impact date).

When interviewed by the online music publication Smashed about her writing process, Warren stated, "I think that sometimes songwriting, especially for pop, is viewed as a factory or an assembly line process, and I have to challenge that... I think that good songwriting has a real art to it, and I don’t just mean the profound or thought-provoking ones. Even most of the light-hearted, straight-up pop ones are masterfully written–sometimes even harder to write."[10] Warren's express mission as a writer and artist is to create pop music that has the conceptual backing to influence positive social change. In a Tisch interview, she states, "What excites me about this field is that pop music can be an incredibly powerful and crucial platform for influence and change."[4] She also has uncredited vocals on The Chainsmokers' track "Paris" off their debut album Memories... Do Not Open.[11][12] She quotes "I think for the first song introducing their album, they just wanted it to be a Chainsmokers thing and not featuring anyone." The Chainsmokers felt it would be best to release it as a single without any features because it would promote their new album. Although she did not receive credit for the vocals she believed it all worked out and quotes "It ended up kinda working out for the best 'cause there was all this mystery of who was singing it!" [13]


Warren's beginnings as an artist came with the release of American pop duo Frenship's single, "Capsize".[citation needed] Warren not only co-wrote the viral hit, but also performed as a featured vocalist. She made her first televised appearance performing "Capsize" with the duo on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on December 8, 2016.[14]

On April 7, 2017, American electronic pop duo The Chainsmokers released their debut album, Memories...Do Not Open. Warren was credited as a writer on four songs, including "The One", "Don't Say", "My Type" and "Wake Up Alone". She was additionally featured as lead vocalist on "Don't Say" and "My Type" and provided uncredited backup vocals on "Paris".[15] She was announced as a special guest on the duo's American "Memories...Do Not Open" tour and appeared with them for a performance of "Paris" on the April 8, 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live.[16] The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.[17]

On May 5, 2017, Warren released her debut single, "Hurt By You", which landed on both the US Viral and Global Viral charts on Spotify. On July 21, 2017, Warren released her second single, "Something To Hold On To", which was also featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlist. Her most recent single, "Poking Holes", was released on October 12, 2017.

On November 14, 2017, Warren was named as one of the Forbes 30 under 30 in the music industry.[18] The list, according to Forbes, is an "annual encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 stars from 20 different industries."[19] Skylar Grey, one of the judges on the panel that selected Ms. Warren, said she was selected in part because, "Her sound and style of writing is so fresh, and I find a lot of other writers trying to emulate it. She’s young, but she’s been in the game for a while, so this isn’t some flash-in-the-pan writer. I think she’ll be killing it for a long time."[20]



As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(with Frenship)
2016 78 17 56 11 20 59 Truce
"Hurt By You"
2017 TBA
"Something to Hold on To"

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Until You Were Gone"
(The Chainsmokers and Tritonal featuring Emily Warren)
2015 21 Bouquet
"Phone Down"
(Lost Kings featuring Emily Warren)
2016 25 Non-album single

Other charted songs[edit]

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"My Type"
(The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren)
2017 17 14 66 Memories...Do Not Open
"Don't Say"
(The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren)
19 63

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2018 Galantis TBA "Satisfied" featuring MAX Scott Harris, Ammo, Joe London
Bebe Rexha Expectations "Don't Get Any Closer" Bleta Rexha, Jussi Karvinen, Scott Harris
Taeyeon Something New "Baram X3" Karen Poole, Sonny J Mason
Jason Mraz Know. "Unlonely" Jason Mraz, Scott Harris, Andrew Wells
Era Istrefi TBA "Prisoner" Scott Harris, Maor Levi
Anne-Marie Speak Your Mind "Trigger" Scott Harris, Chris Loco
JT Roach Non-Album single "Symmetry" featuring Emily Warren JT Roach
The Chainsmokers TBA "Somebody" featuring Drew Love Drew Taggart, Drew Love
Sigrid Raw EP "High Five" Sigrid Solbakk Raabe, Martin Sjølie
Matt Simons TBA "We can Do Better" Matt Simons, Scott Harris, Dan Romer, Mike Tuccillo
The Chainsmokers TBA "Everybody Hates Me" Drew Taggart
The Chainsmokers TBA "You Owe Me" Drew Taggart, Alex Pall, Chelsea Jade
Sean Paul & David Guetta Non-Album single "Mad Love (featuring Becky G)" Sean Paul, David Guetta, Shakira, Raoul Chen, Ina Wroldsen, Giorgio Tuinfort, Rosina Russell, Jack Patterson, 1st Klase, Banx & Ranx, Jason Henriques
Josie Dunne Non-Album single "Old School" Josie Dunne, Ryan Ogren, Nick Bailey
The Chainsmokers TBA "Sick Boy" Drew Taggart, Alex Pall, Tony Ann
2017 Jacob Sartorius Non-Album singles "Cozy" The Futuristics, Steph Jones
Frank Walker "Piano (featuring Emily Warren)" Andrew Jackson, Fred Ball (producer)
Filous For Love EP "Already Gone (featuring Emily Warren)" Scott Harris, Matthias Oldofredi
Rationale Rationale "Into the Blue" Tinashe Fazakerley, Mark Crew
Charli XCX Non-Album singles "Boys" Ingrid Andress, Cass Lowe, Michael Pollack, Ari Leff, Jerker Hansson
Mitch James "All the Ways to Say Goodbye" Mitch James, Nik Brinkman, Sam de Jong
Audien, 3LAU "Hot Water" (featuring Victoria Zaro) Scott Harris, Jasmine Thompson, Ido Zmishlany
Dua Lipa Dua Lipa "New Rules" Ian Kirkpatrick, Caroline Ailin
COIN How Will You Know If You Never Try "Are We Alone" Chase Lawrence, Joe Memmel, Ryan, Zach
"I Don't Wanna Dance" Chase Lawrence, Joe Memmel, Teddy Geiger
Alessia Cara The Get Down Part II Soundtrack "The Other Side" (Alessia Cara Version) Scott Harris
Noah Cyrus Non-Album single "Stay Together" Britt Burton, Digital Farm Animals
The Chainsmokers Memories...Do Not Open "The One" Scott Harris, Drew Taggart
"Don't Say" (featuring Emily Warren) Drew Taggart, Imad Royal, Joni Fatora, Brenton Duvall
"My Type" (featuring Emily Warren) Britt Burton, Drew Taggart
"Wake Up Alone" (featuring Jhené Aiko) Scott Harris, Drew Taggart
James Blunt The Afterlove "Someone Singing Along" James Blunt, Steve Robson
Little Mix Non-Album singles "No More Sad Songs" (featuring Machine Gun Kelly) The Electric, Tash Phillips
2016 Molly Kate Kestner "Good Die Young" Molly Kate Kestner, Nick Ruth
Naughty Boy "Should've Been Me" (featuring Kyla and Popcaan) Scott Harris, MOJAM
Sean Paul "No Lie" (featuring Dua Lipa) Sean Paul, Andrew Jackson, Pip Kembo, Sermstyle
Little Mix Glory Days "Nobody Like You" Steve Robson
"No More Sad Songs" The Electric, Tash Phillips
Lost Kings Non-Album single "Phone Down" (featuring Emily Warren) Scott Harris, Phil Leigh, Matt Holmes, Norris Shanholtz, Robert Gainley
Britt Nicole Britt Nicole "No Filter" Britt Burton, Josh Alexander
Ava Lily Non-Album single "Painkiller" Lily Stokes, Shama Joseph
Various Artists The Get Down Soundtrack "Just You, Not Now (Love Theme)" by Grace Grace, Emile Haynie, Baz Luhrmann
Chris Lane Girl Problems "Circles" (featuring Mackenzie Porter) Danny Parker, Steph Jones, Joey Moi, Sno
Astrid S Astrid S "Jump" Astrid S, Nick Ruth
"I Don't Wanna Know" Astrid S, Nick Ruth
Andy Black The Shadow Side "Put The Gun Down" Andy Biersack, John Feldmann
Becky Hill Non-Album single "Back To My Love (ft. Little Simz)" Becky Hill, Little Simz, Noah Breakfast
Frenship Truce "Capsize" (featuring Emily Warren) James Sunderland, Brett Hite, Babydaddy
Skizzy Mars Alone Together "Girl on a Train" Skizzy Mars, Scott Harris, Michael Keenan
The Chainsmokers Collage (EP) "Don't Let Me Down" (featuring Daya) Drew Taggart, Scott Harris
Tiësto, Oliver Heldens Non-Album single "The Right Song" (featuring Natalie La Rose) Scott Harris, Tiësto, Oliver Heldens
2015 5 Seconds of Summer Sounds Good Feels Good "Safety Pin" John Feldmann, Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin
OMI Me 4 U "Drop in the Ocean" (featuring AronChupa) Scott Harris, Oscar Scivier, AronChupa
The Chainsmokers, Tritonal Bouquet "Until You Were Gone" The YoungBoyz, The Chainsmokers, Tritonal, Jared Scharff
Becky G Non-Album single "Break a Sweat" Dr. Luke, Cirkut, J Kash, LunchMoney Lewis, Chloe Angelides
Sophia Black Sophia Black "mizu" Sophia Black, Aaron Joseph, Jon Castelli
Melanie Martinez Cry Baby "Soap" Melanie Martinez, Kyle Shearer
Shawn Mendes Handwritten "Strings" Shawn Mendes, Scott Harris
"Aftertaste" Shawn Mendes, Scott Harris
"Air" (featuring Astrid S) Scott Harris
"Lost" Shawn Mendes, Scott Harris, Joshua Grant
Katy Tiz Non-Album single "Whistle (While You Work It)" Katy Tiz, Kinetics & One Love, J.R. Rotem
Sleeping with Sirens Madness "Gold" John Feldmann, Kellin Quinn
"Heroine" John Feldmann, Kellin Quinn
Fifth Harmony Reflection "Them Girls Be Like" Britt Burton, James Abrahart, Victoria Monet, T-Collar
2014 Niykee Heaton Bad Intentions "Sober" Niykee Heaton, Michael Keenan
"Champagne" Niykee Heaton, Nick Bailey, Ryan Ogren
"Skin Tight" Niykee Heaton, Tommy Tysper
"Villa" Niykee Heaton, Scott Harris, Keenan, SmarterChild
Nick & Knight Nick & Knight "If You Want It" Nick Carter, Jordan Knight, Who is Fancy, Jeff Halatrax
Jessie J Sweet Talker "Masterpiece" Britt Burton, Josh Alexander
"Ain't Been Done" Scott Harris, David Gamson
Karmin Pulses "Gasoline" Amy Heidemann, Nick Noonan, Kyle Shearer
2013 Krewella Get Wet "Pass the Love Around" Scott Harris, SmarterChild



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