Jeff Trott

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Jeff Trott
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Trott in 2015
Background information
Birth nameJeffrey Trott
BornSan Mateo, California, United States
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
  • Producer
  • songwriter
  • instrumentalist
InstrumentsVocals, Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Keyboards, Lapsteel, Veena
Associated actsSheryl Crow, Aimee Mann, World Party, Wire Train, Tears For Fears, Stevie Nicks, Leighton Meester, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, Augustana, Rob Thomas, Guster, Natasha Bedingfield, Michelle Branch, Meiko, Liz Phair, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker

Jeffrey Robert Trott is an American songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with prominent artists across genres in the United States and abroad. Trott has been named BMI Songwriter of the Year.[1]

He is known for writing many hits with Grammy winning artist Sheryl Crow, “If It Makes You Happy,” “Every Day is a Winding Road,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “Soak Up The Sun,” and “Good Is Good” as well as the Top 10 Billboard Country single “Easy” from her 2013 album Feels Like Home. He has produced tracks on her multi-platinum albums C’mon, C’mon and Wildflower and has written and played on all of her records.[2]

Early years[edit]

Trott’s roots are West Coast. He got his start in San Francisco where his band was post punk outfit The Lifers. He then went on to join 415/Columbia recording artists Wire Train and in 1990 subsequently joined the UK band cult favorite World Party playing on their critically acclaimed album Goodbye Jumbo.[3]



Trott's songwriting collaborations including Gemma Hayes, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, Augustana, Rob Thomas, Guster, Natasha Bedingfield, Michelle Branch, Meiko, Liz Phair, Roger Daltry for The Who, Joe Cocker, Stevie Nicks, Counting Crows, Marc Broussard, Holly Conlan, Cider Sky and many others. Trott wrote “I’ll Be Your Doctor” for Joe Cocker on his latest record Fire it Up .[3]


In 2015, Trott produced an album with actress/singer songwriter Leighton Meester from "Gossip Girl" and the movie Country Strong. The album was named "Heartstrings". Producer credits include Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, San Diego rock band Augustana, Joshua Radin’s Wax Wings, Meiko, Griffin House, Pete Francis from Dispatch. In 2009, Trott produced the Samantha Stollenwerk record "Carefree". "Carefree" was recorded with members of Beck's band -Joey Waronker, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Brian LeBarton, Lyle Workman and Roger Manning. Trott also produced Max Gomez’s latest record “Rule the World” featuring the single “Run from You” with a video directed by Keifer Sutherland. Randy Jackson chose Trott to produce his musical ensemble venture, The Canyons.[4]

Movie and television[edit]

Trott produced the soundtrack for the indie movie “Janie Jones” featuring Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola.[5] He also scored the Kevin Watkins short film animation, “Hose”.[6]

Trott was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and producing the theme song for the Katie Couric talk show The Katie Show.[7] His songs have gotten many placements in hit television shows like Parenthood,[8] Grey's Anatomy', as well as songs in American Idol, The Voice,[9] and The X Factor.

Solo project[edit]

In 2000, Trott recorded and produced his first solo album, Dig Up The Astroturf,[10] with Portland electronic whiz kid Keith Schreiner. It was released on Trott's own indie label Black Apple. Trott's reason for making a solo record was to understand “every aspect of making a record, mastering, artwork, branding and PR in order to know firsthand what an artist goes through during the process of making a record.”[11]


In January 2016, Trott signed a publishing and catalogue purchase agreement with the world's fasting growing independent rights management company, ole.[12]


BMI Songwriter Award[edit]

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters in various genres organized by Broadcast Music, Inc.. The main pop music award was founded in 1952. The 63rd Annual BMI Pop Awards were held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on May 13, 2015.[13]

Year Award name Result
1998 BMI Songwriter Award Won

Daytime Emmy Awards[edit]

The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York–based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles–based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming.[14] Jeff Trott and Sheryl Crow have received one nomination in the category "Outstanding Original Song".[7]

Year Nominated work Award Name Result
2013 'This Day' Outstanding Original Song (shared with Sheryl Crow) Nominated


Sheryl Crow[edit]


Sheryl Crow- 'Sheryl Crow' (album)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
2 "A Change Would Do You Good" Crow, Jeff Trott, Brian MacLeod 3:50

"Sweet Rosalyn"

Crow, Trott 3:58
5 "If It Makes You Happy" Crow, Trott 5:23
8 "Everyday Is A Winding Road" Crow, Brian MacLeod, Trott 4:16
10 "Oh Marie" Crow, Trott, Bill Bottrell 3:30
11 "Superstar" Crow, Trott 4:58
12 "The Book" Crow, Trott 4:34


Sheryl Crow- 'The Globe Sessions'

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 "My Favorite Mistake" Crow, Trott 4:08
2 "There Goes The Neighborhood" Crow, Trott 5:02
4 "It Don't Hurt" Crow, Trott 4:49
5 "Maybe That's Something" Crow, Trott 4:17


Sheryl Crow- 'C'mon C'mon'

No. Title Writer(s) Length
2 "Soak Up The Sun" Crow, Trott 4:52
3 "You're An Original" Crow, Trott 4:18
8 "Lucky Kid" Crow, Trott 4:02
11 "Abilene" Crow, Trott 4:45


Sheryl Crow- "Wildflower"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
3 "Good Is Good" Crow, Trott 4:18
4 "Chances Are" Crow, Trott 5:16
6 "Lifetimes" Crow, Trott 4:12
7 "Letter To God" Crow, Trott 4:04
8 "Live It Up" Crow, Trott 3:42
9 "I Don't Wanna Know" Crow, Trott 4:28
11 "Where Has All The Love Gone" Crow, Trott 3:40


Sheryl Crow- "Detours"

No. Title Writers(s) Length
4 "Peace Be Upon Us" Crow, Trott, Bottrell, Mike Elizondo 4:22
5 "Gasoline" Crow, Trott, Bottrell 5:07
10 "Diamond Ring" Crow, Trott 4:10


Sheryl Crow- "Feels Like Home"

No Title Writer(s) Length
2 "Easy" Crow, DuBois,Trott 4:10
3 "Give It To Me" Crow, Trott 3:57

Counting Crows[edit]


Counting Crows- "Hard Candy"

No. Title Writer (s) Length
14 "4 White Stallions" Trott, John Vickery, Patrick Winningham 4:21

Marc Broussard[edit]


Marc Broussard - "Carencro"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
2 "Rocksteady" Broussard, Trott, Mike Elizondo and David Ryan Harris 4:03



Augustana - "Augustana"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
5 "Borrowed Time" Trott, Dan Layus 3:10

Joe Cocker[edit]


Joe Cocker - "Fire It Up"

No TItle Writer(s) Length
2 "I'll Be Your Doctor" Jeff Trott, Victoria Horn, Steve McMorran 3:30


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  9. ^ "'The Voice' 2015 results: How did Michigan's Joshua Davis do? Watch his duet with Sheryl Crow". Retrieved April 10, 2016.
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  11. ^ "In Music We Trust - INTERVIEW: Jeff Trott: From Sheryl Crow's Songwriter To A Solo Career". Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "ole Signs Songwriting Ace Jeff Trott | Business Wire". Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "BMI Film & TV Awards: Overview". Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "All Awards". Television Academy. Retrieved April 10, 2016.