Greg Wells

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Greg Wells
Greg Wells in studio.jpg
Wells in studio
Background information
Born (1968-09-21) 21 September 1968 (age 50)
OriginPeterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Piano
  • organ
  • keyboard
  • synthesizer
  • drums
  • percussion
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active1998–present
Associated acts

Greg Wells is a Grammy award winning Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer[1] based in Los Angeles. Wells has songs on over 120 million albums sold and streaming numbers in the billions. He has produced and written with Adele, Dua Lipa, The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Grace VanderWaal, Rufus Wainwright, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Twenty One Pilots, Kid Cudi, Deftones, Creeper Lagoon, Mayer Hawthorne, Theophilus London, Weezer, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Pharrell Williams, The All-American Rejects, Otep, Aerosmith, Burt Bacharach, Celine Dion, Crash Test Dummies,[2][3] Elton John, Jars of Clay, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

A renowned musician, there are feature articles about Wells' drumming in Modern Drummer,[4] as a pianist in Keyboard, as a synth programmer in Electronic Musician, as a songwriter in American Songwriter and Billboard, and as a producer, mix engineer, and music maker is featured on the cover of Mix with Ryan Tedder in the May 2017 edition.

Early life[edit]

Wells grew up in the small city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, the son of a United Church of Canada minister.[5] At age 11, he developed Perthes' disease and was in a wheelchair unable to walk for two years. Wells attended Adam Scott CVI,[6] learned to play several instruments,[4] and joined many musical ensembles in his hometown from the local orchestra to club bands to being a church organist/choir director, as well as DJ-ing dances and running a weekly radio show on Trent University Radio CFFF-FM. He studied classical piano, drums, pipe organ, orchestral percussion and music theory at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music and attended the Humber College Jazz Music Program in Toronto on drums, piano, and guitar.[4]


After moving from Peterborough to Toronto at age 17, Wells worked as a live and studio musician with Canadian music legends Rob McConnell and Kim Mitchell.[7] He joined the Kim Mitchell Band at age 19. Wells recorded keyboards and backing vocals on Mitchell's, Rockland, toured Canada several times with the band, and won the award for Best Keyboardist at the 1990 Toronto Music Awards as a result of his work with Mitchell (and Wells performed with Mitchell at the awards show on drums).

Wells was awarded a Canada Council arts grant to study in Los Angeles[4] with Clare Fischer, famed composer and string arranger for Prince. He traveled to Los Angeles at age 21 with the intention of returning to Canada, but Fischer began recommending Wells as a pianist. Wells joined k.d. lang's band soon afterward,[3] performing with her on the 1993 Grammy Awards where she won Best Pop Female Vocal.

Working with the support of music manager Miles Copeland and music publisher Barbara Vander Linde at Rondor Music, Wells started producing records and writing songs. His first recorded song as a songwriter was with Aerosmith on Nine Lives, which was followed by "The Reason" on Celine Dion's album, Let's Talk About Love. Wells continued to branch out, producing Rufus Wainwright and Otep. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi started collaborating with Wells in 2003 and partnered with him in several pop projects. Wells then produced, mixed and played most of the instruments on Mika's debut album Life In Cartoon Motion.

In 2007, Wells produced both Timbaland's and OneRepublic's version of the song, "Apologize, one of the biggest hit songs in the history of commercial radio. Wells met and began working with Katy Perry and has written and produced on most of her albums.[8] The two continue to collaborate in 2018 as Wells produced and co-wrote Cozy Little Christmas, which reached #1 on the AC chart in the US.

Wells has designed best selling music software, creating the "El Rey" compressor plugin with Acustica Audio and Studio DMI, and a signature series of plugins with Waves Audio.

Wells is a member of the Mix with the Masters based in France.

The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, produced and mixed by Wells, is the biggest selling worldwide album of 2018.


Wells donates three annual music scholarships to the Humber College Music Program where he attended in Toronto.[9] Wells also gives away a new drum kit from his Instagram and Twitter account every 3 months[10] to people around the globe who want drums but don't own any, and partners with Roland Corporation to give away a keyboard every three months.[11]


Wells has received three Grammy nominations for his work with Katy Perry, Mika, and won a Grammy for his third nomination in 2019 for The Greatest Showman Soundtrack. Wells received the Pensado Giant Award at the 2017 Pensado Awards for achievements in the field of record-making.[12]. In June 2015, Wells was awarded an honorary degree from his alma mater music college, Humber College in Toronto. Wells was nominated as producer of the year at the 2000 Canadian Juno Awards, and is nominated for the same category in 2019.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Wells is married to Swedish songwriter Nina Woodford. He has five children. He works out of his studio in Los Angeles that he built called Rocket Carousel Studio.

Songwriting and production credits[edit]


Title Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
"Naked" 1997 Jon Bon Jovi Destination Everywhere ☑Y
"The Reason" Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love ☑Y
"It's Killing Me" 1998 DC Talk Supernatural ☑Y
"Polite" 1999 Bijou Phillips I'd Rather Eat Glass ☑Y
"I'm a Mountain" ☑Y
"Little Dipper" ☑Y
"Grace" Jars of Clay If I Left the Zoo ☑Y
"She's a Mystery" 2000 Bon Jovi Crush ☑Y
"Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" 2001 Rufus Wainwright Poses ☑Y
"Reveal" 2003 Celine Dion One Heart ☑Y
"Desperately" Michelle Branch Hotel Paper ☑Y
"Where Are You Now?" ☑Y
"Lay Me Down" ☑Y ☑Y
"Strong Enough to Break" Hanson Underneath Acoustic ☑Y
"Hey" ☑Y
"I'm Ready" 2004 Cherie Cherie ☑Y
"Beautiful Soul" Jesse McCartney Beautiful Soul ☑Y
"Stumble" Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten ☑Y ☑Y
"French Kisses" Jentina Jentina ☑Y ☑Y
"Kinda Love" Darius Live Twice ☑Y
"Ever (Foreign Flag)" 2005 Team Sleep Team Sleep ☑Y
"Princeton Review" ☑Y
"Our Ride to the Rectory" ☑Y
"Elizabeth" ☑Y
"Ever Since WWII" ☑Y
"11/11" ☑Y
"Supergirl" Hilary Duff Most Wanted ☑Y ☑Y
"Flirt" The Pussycat Dolls PCD ☑Y ☑Y
"Mother Mother" The Veronicas The Secret Life Of... ☑Y
"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" Lindsay Lohan A Little More Personal (Raw) ☑Y ☑Y
"Black Hole" ☑Y ☑Y
"I Live for the Day" ☑Y
"My Innocence" ☑Y ☑Y
"If You Were Me" ☑Y ☑Y
"Who Loves You" ☑Y ☑Y
"A Beautiful Life (La Bella Vita)" ☑Y
"Apologize" 2006 OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud ☑Y
"Good Day" Jewel Goodbye Alice in Wonderland ☑Y
"Relax, Take It Easy" Mika Life in Cartoon Motion ☑Y
"Screwed" Paris Hilton Paris ☑Y ☑Y
"Not Leaving Without You" ☑Y ☑Y
"Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá" Belinda Utopia ☑Y ☑Y
"Pudo Ser Tan Fácil" ☑Y ☑Y
"Noche Cool" ☑Y
"Grace Kelly" 2007 Mika Life in Cartoon Motion ☑Y
"Apologize (Remix)"
(featuring OneRepublic)
Timbaland Shock Value ☑Y
"Lollipop" Mika Life in Cartoon Motion ☑Y
"My Interpretation" ☑Y
"Love Today" ☑Y
"Any Other World" ☑Y
"Billy Brown" ☑Y
"Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" ☑Y
"Stuck in the Middle" ☑Y
"Happy Ending" ☑Y
"Over My Shoulder" ☑Y
"Ring Ring" ☑Y
"Erase" ☑Y
"Your Sympathy" ☑Y
"No Work, All Play" Hilary Duff Dignity ☑Y ☑Y
"Indiana" Jon McLaughlin Indiana ☑Y
"We Got the Party"
(solo / featuring Jonas Brothers)
Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus
/ Jonas Brothers
☑Y ☑Y
"Hook Me Up" The Veronicas Hook Me Up ☑Y
"Takes One to Know One" Belinda Utopía² ☑Y
"If We Were" ☑Y ☑Y
"Stop and Stare" OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud ☑Y
"Say (All I Need)" ☑Y
"Mercy" ☑Y
"Goodbye, Apathy" ☑Y
"All Fall Down" ☑Y
"Tyrant" ☑Y
"Prodigal" ☑Y
"All We Are" ☑Y
"Someone to Save You" ☑Y
"Ur So Gay" Katy Perry One of the Boys ☑Y ☑Y
"Running with the Devil" 2008 Alexz Johnson Weight ☑Y
"Swallowed" ☑Y
"Mail Man" ☑Y ☑Y
"Saving the Train" ☑Y ☑Y
"Weight" ☑Y
"We Rock" Various artists Camp Rock: OST ☑Y ☑Y
"Waking Up in Vegas" Katy Perry One of the Boys ☑Y
"Mannequin" ☑Y
"Fingerprints" ☑Y ☑Y
"Gotta Find You" Joe Jonas Camp Rock: OST ☑Y
"Why Did I Ever Like You" P!nk Funhouse ☑Y ☑Y
"I Do Not Hook Up" 2009 Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted ☑Y
"When It All Goes Away" David Hodges The Rising EP ☑Y
"Fearless" Colbie Caillat Breakthrough ☑Y
"Discount Store" Dan Bryk Non-album single ☑Y
"We Are Golden" Mika The Boy Who Knew Too Much ☑Y
"Blame It on the Girls" ☑Y
"Rain" ☑Y
"Dr. John" ☑Y
"I See You" ☑Y
"Blue Eyes" ☑Y
"Good Gone Girl" ☑Y
"Touches You" ☑Y
"By the Time" ☑Y
"One Foot Boy" ☑Y
"Toy Boy" ☑Y
"Pick Up Off the Floor" ☑Y
"Lady Jane" ☑Y
"Lover Boy" ☑Y
"Lonely Alcoholic" ☑Y
"As a Blonde" Selena Gomez & the Scene Kiss & Tell ☑Y ☑Y
"Just One of Those Things" Jamie Cullum The Pursuit ☑Y
"Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down" ☑Y
"Mixtape" ☑Y
"Brick by Brick" Katy Perry MTV Unplugged EP ☑Y ☑Y
"Strut" Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment ☑Y ☑Y
"Pick U Up" ☑Y ☑Y
"Broken Open" ☑Y ☑Y
"Down the Rabbit Hole" ☑Y ☑Y
"Can't Let You Go" ☑Y
"No One Else" Allison Iraheta Just Like You ☑Y ☑Y
"Gave It All Away" 2010 Boyzone Brother ☑Y
"Love Is a Hurricane" ☑Y
"Ruby" ☑Y
"Too Late for Hallelujah" ☑Y
"Separate Cars" ☑Y
"One More Song" ☑Y ☑Y
"Right Here Waiting" ☑Y
"Nothing Without You" ☑Y
"Til the Sun Goes Down" ☑Y
"Time" ☑Y
"Let Your Wall Fall Down" ☑Y
"Hey You" Miranda Cosgrove Sparks Fly ☑Y
"Pearl" Katy Perry Teenage Dream ☑Y ☑Y
"Not Like the Movies" ☑Y ☑Y
"Where's My Sex?" Weezer Hurley ☑Y
"One and Only" 2011 Adele 21 ☑Y
"Guns for Hands" Twenty One Pilots Regional at Best ☑Y
"Holding On to You" ☑Y
"Ode to Sleep" ☑Y
"Car Radio" ☑Y
"Forest" ☑Y
"Glowing Eyes" ☑Y
"Kitchen Sink"
(featuring Zack Joseph)
"Lovely" ☑Y
"Trees" ☑Y
"Elle me dit" Mika The Origin of Love ☑Y
"I Do" Colbie Caillat All of You ☑Y
"Before I Let You Go" ☑Y
"Dream Life, Life" ☑Y
"What Means the Most" ☑Y
"Maria" ☑Y
"Angel at My Door" NEEDTOBREATHE The Reckoning ☑Y
"The Greeks Will Inherit the Earth" I Fight Dragons KABOOM! ☑Y
"My Future is a Big Wide Open Space" Wax Eviction Notice ☑Y
"Isabella" Dia Frampton Red ☑Y
"The Broken Ones" ☑Y
"Dreamer" 2012 Elizaveta Beatrix Runs ☑Y
"Meant" ☑Y
"Armies of Your Heart" ☑Y
"Snow in Venice" ☑Y
"Nightflyers" ☑Y
"Orion" ☑Y
"Beatrix Runs" ☑Y
"Odi et Amo" ☑Y
"Victory" ☑Y
"Goodbye Song" ☑Y
"Beekeeper's Daughter" The All-American Rejects Kids in the Street ☑Y
"Kids in the Street" ☑Y
"Someday's Gone" ☑Y
"Fast and Slow" ☑Y
"Heartbeat Slowing Down" ☑Y
"Walk Over Me" ☑Y
"Out the Door" ☑Y
"Bleed into Your Mind" ☑Y
"Gonzo" ☑Y
"Affection" ☑Y
"I for You" ☑Y
"Drown Next to Me" ☑Y
"Do Me Right" ☑Y
"Just Be" Paloma Faith Fall to Grace ☑Y
"My Oh My" Tristan Prettyman Cedar + Gold ☑Y
"Origin of Love" Mika The Origin of Love ☑Y
"Stardust" ☑Y
"Make You Happy" ☑Y
"Underwater" ☑Y
"Overrated" ☑Y
"Step with Me" ☑Y
"Popular Song"
(featuring Priscilla Renea or Ariana Grande)
"Emily" ☑Y
"Karen" ☑Y
"I Was Gonna Marry You" Tristan Prettyman Cedar + Gold ☑Y
"Second Chance" ☑Y
"Say Anything" ☑Y
"Quit You" ☑Y
"Bad Drug" ☑Y
"Come Clean" ☑Y
"Glass Jar" ☑Y
"When You Come Down" ☑Y
"Deepest Ocean Blue" ☑Y
"The Rebound" ☑Y
"Never Say Never" ☑Y
"Migrane" 2013 Twenty One Pilots Vessel ☑Y
"House of Gold" ☑Y
"Semi-Automatic" ☑Y
"Screen" ☑Y
"The Run and Go" ☑Y
"Fake You Out" ☑Y
"Truce" ☑Y
"Tomorrow" Wax Continue ☑Y
"Stupefied" ☑Y
"Toothbrush" ☑Y
"She Used to Be Mine" ☑Y
"Adventure Time" BRY Grow EP ☑Y
"Where Does This Door Go" Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go ☑Y
"Small Clone" ☑Y
"Designer Drug" ☑Y
"The Same" Birdy Fire Within ☑Y ☑Y
"By the Grace of God" Katy Perry Prism ☑Y ☑Y
"Choose Your Battles" ☑Y ☑Y
"To Find You" 2014 Lea Michele Louder ☑Y
"Boum Boum Boum" Mika No Place in Heaven ☑Y
"Legends Never Die"
(featuring Katy Perry)
Ferras Ferras EP ☑Y ☑Y
"Running Behind" 2015 Holychild The Shape of Brat Pop to Come ☑Y
"Talk About You" Mika No Place in Heaven ☑Y
"Last Party" ☑Y
"Nasty Girls" Holychild The Shape of Brat Pop to Come ☑Y
"Money All Around" ☑Y
"Diamonds on the Rebound" ☑Y
"Regret You" ☑Y
"U Make Me Sick" ☑Y
"All She Wants" Mika No Place in Heaven ☑Y
"Oh Girl You're the Devil" ☑Y ☑Y
"No Place in Heaven" ☑Y
"Good Wife" ☑Y
"Rio" ☑Y
"Ordinary Man" ☑Y
"Promised Land" ☑Y
"Black Heart" Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion ☑Y ☑Y
"Even If" Ella Eyre Feline ☑Y ☑Y
"Wasted Time" 2016 Keith Urban Ripcord ☑Y ☑Y
"Stay" Theophilus London Non-album single ☑Y
"Too Good to Last"
(featuring Terence Blanchard)
Kandace Springs Soul Eyes ☑Y
"Queen of Swords" Idina Menzel Idina ☑Y ☑Y
"Light the Sky" Grace VanderWaal Perfectly Imperfect EP ☑Y
"Astronautti" Koli-C Non-album single ☑Y
"Small World" Idina Menzel Idina ☑Y ☑Y
"Everybody Knows" ☑Y ☑Y
"Show Me" ☑Y ☑Y
"Cake" ☑Y ☑Y
"Extraordinary" ☑Y ☑Y
"Perfect Story" ☑Y ☑Y
"Everything" BRY BRY ☑Y
"I Don't Know My Name" Grace VanderWaal Perfectly Imperfect EP ☑Y ☑Y
"Clay" ☑Y
"Beautiful Thing" ☑Y ☑Y
"Gossip Girl" ☑Y
"Deep Water" 2017 Alisan Porter I Come in Pieces EP ☑Y
"Kiss You While I Can" Rascal Flatts Back to Us ☑Y
"Garden" Dua Lipa Dua Lipa ☑Y ☑Y
"Beneath the Streetlights and the Moon" JP Cooper Raised Under Grey Skies ☑Y ☑Y
"This Is Me" Keala Settle The Greatest Showman: OST ☑Y
"The Greatest Show"
(with Keala Settle, Zac Efron and Zendaya)
Hugh Jackman ☑Y
"Just a Crush" Grace VanderWaal Just the Beginning ☑Y
"A Better Life" ☑Y
"Lungs" ☑Y ☑Y
"Machine Heart" Kelsea Ballerini Unapologetically ☑Y
"Come Alive"
(with Keala Settle, Daniel Everidge and Zendaya)
Hugh Jackman The Greatest Showman: OST ☑Y
"The Other Side"
(with Zac Efron)
"Rewrite the Stars"
(with Zendaya)
Zac Efron ☑Y
"From Now On" Hugh Jackman ☑Y
"This Is Me" Kesha The Greatest Showman: Reimagined ☑Y
"Coming Back Around" 2018 Ferras Non-album single ☑Y ☑Y
"Hold Me Down" Family of the Year Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime ☑Y
"Bad Love" The Aces When My Heart Felt Volcanic ☑Y ☑Y
"Let Her Go" Family of the Year Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime ☑Y
"My Wave"
(featuring Shy Carter)
Keith Urban Graffiti U ☑Y ☑Y
"Latchkey Kids" Family of the Year Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime ☑Y
"Bitter Mind" ☑Y
"I'm the One" ☑Y
"Girl Who Washed Ashore" ☑Y
"The Coast" ☑Y
"Where Was I" ☑Y
"Raw Honey" ☑Y
"Mexico" ☑Y
"Put It to Bed" JHart TBA ☑Y
"Cozy Little Christmas" Katy Perry Non-album single ☑Y ☑Y
"A Million Dreams" Pink The Greatest Showman: Reimagined ☑Y
"The Greatest Show" Panic! at the Disco ☑Y
"A Million Dreams (Reprise)" Willow Sage Hart ☑Y
"The Other Side"
(with Ty Dolla Sign)
"This Is Me" (The Reimagined Version)
(with Kesha and Missy Elliot)
Keala Settle ☑Y


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