Mitch Allan

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Mitch Allan
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Mitch Allan in his studio
Background information
Birth name Mitchell Allan Scherr

May 21, 1972 (age 44 years)

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts

Mitch Allan (born Mitchell Allan Scherr on May 21, 1972) is an American record producer, songwriter and musician. He has written and produced songs for artists such as Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Pitbull, Fifth Harmony, Kelly Clarkson, Simple Plan, Faith Hill, Selena Gomez, Bowling for Soup, Joe Cocker, selling over 20 million units and garnering multiple hit records, including three top five singles.[1]

Allan is the lead singer and guitarist of rock band SR-71, as well as the lead guitarist, producer and backing vocalist of alternative project Satellite.[2]

Production and songwriting[edit]

Known primarily as a recording artist, Allan's songwriting career began when a song he'd written for his band SR-71 called "1985" was recorded and released by pop-punk band Bowling for Soup in 2004. The track was a top 5 hit, becoming certified Platinum and holding the record for the most iTunes downloads in a single week at the time.[3]

In 2007 Allan was nominated for a Latin Grammy when the Belinda song he co-penned with Kara DioGuardi, "Bella Traición," received a Song of the Year nomination. That same year, another song written with DioGuardi, entitled "Lost," was recorded by Faith Hill and released as the first single from her greatest hits project. The track would find success at AC radio, ultimately spending 21 weeks on the radio charts.[4]

In 2015 Allan had is first World Wide #1 Pop hit co-writing Jason Derulo's "Want To Want Me." That same year he cowrote "Heartbeat Song" for Kelly Clarkson, which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

When Allan partnered with writer-producer wunderkind Jason Evigan under the moniker "The Suspex", the duo found career-making success. Together they cowrote and produced Demi Lovato’s "Heart Attack," which reached #4 on the Mainstream Top 40 and became certified double platinum.[1][2] The Suspex are currently working on tracks for artists such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Kat Graham, Victoria Justice, Fifth Harmony, Kylie Minogue, and Sia, and on his own, Allan is collaborating with Boys Like Girls' Martin Johnson, Scott Stapp, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Delta Goodrem, Satellite, Melissa Etheridge, Andy Grammer, Simple Plan, and Hollywood Records artists Beatrice Miller, Hilary Duff and Bridgit Mendler.

Early life and career[edit]

Mitch Allan was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the younger of two children. He graduated from Randallstown High School in Baltimore, attending the University of Maryland at College Park and graduating with a BA in mass communication and a minor in political science.

Allan began playing music in a band called SR-71, originally known as Honor Among Thieves, which generated buzz in the Baltimore rock scene in the mid-1990s and was subsequently signed to RCA Records. The band's debut album, Now You See Inside, earned them a number two modern rock single, a number four music video on MTV, and a gold certification in the U.S. within five months of its release, which would grow to more than 750,000 copies sold worldwide. The single "Right Now," written by Allan, appeared in over a dozen films including Loser, Dude, Where's My Car?, and American Pie. Less than two years later, SR-71's second album, Tomorrow, written and co-produced by Allan, was released, producing another top 15 single and pushing their total worldwide sales to over 1 million.

Selected discography[edit]

With SR-71[edit]

With Satellite[edit]

  • Ring the Bells (July 2011)
  • Calling Birds ( February 19, 2013)[5]


  • Clawing My Way to the Middle (TBA)


Year Artist Album title Label Credits
2000 SR-71 Now You See Inside RCA Writer ("Politically Correct," "Go Away", "Non-Toxic",
"Right Now," "Another Night Alone", "Alive")
2002 Tomorrow Producer, writer (all songs)
2004 Bowling for Soup A Hangover You Don't Deserve Jive/Zomba Writer ("1985")
SR-71 Here We Go Again Crown Japan Producer, writer
2005 Bo Bice The Real Thing RCA/19 Producer, writer ("My World")
Lindsay Lohan A Little More Personal (Raw) Casablanca Writer ("Fastlane")
Monty Are I The Red Shift Island Producer
2006 Belinda Utopía EMI Televisa Music Producer, writer ("Bella Traición", End of The Day, and "Alguien Más")
Bowling for Soup The Great Burrito Extortion Case Jive/Zomba Writer ("Much More Beautiful Person," feat. Lesley Roy)
Cowboy Mouth Voodoo Shoppe Verve Forecast Producer, writer ("Joe Strummer")
Daughtry Daughtry RCA/19 Writer ("All These Lives")
Lovehammers Marty Casey and Lovehammers Epic Producer, writer ("Casualty")
JParis Call It What You Want Emanon Producer, writer "Here We Go Again"
2007 Alex Band The Final Season Soundtrack Writer (Coming Home)
Backstreet Boys Unbreakable Jive Producer, writer ("Something That I Already Know")
Hilary Duff Dignity Hollywood Writer ("Happy")
Faith Hill The Hits Warner Bros. Nashville Writer ("Lost")
2008 Anberlin New Surrender Universal Republic Writer ("Soft Skeletons")
Diego González Indigo EMI Producer, writer ("Losing Me")
Jonas Brothers Camp Rock Walt Disney Producer, writer ("Play My Music")
Lesley Roy Unbeautiful Jive Producer, writer ("Make It Back")
2009 Kris Allen/Adam Lambert "No Boundaries" Sony Music Co-writer
Daughtry Leave This Town RCA/19 Writer ("Learn My Lesson" and "One Last Chance")
Every Avenue Picture Perfect Fearless Producer
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez Princess Protection Program Walt Disney Producer ("One and the Same")
Hannah Montana Hannah Montana 3 Producer, writer ("He Could Be the One" and "Don't Wanna Be Torn")
Jessie James Jessie James Mercury Producer, writer ("Wanted")
2010 David Archuleta The Other Side of Down Jive/19 Producer, writer ("Good Place")[6]
Bowling for Soup Fishin' for Woos Que-So Records/Brando Records Producer, writer ("Dear Megan Fox")
Demi Lovato Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Walt Disney Producer, writer ("Brand New Day")
Katharine McPhee Unbroken Verve Forecast Writer ("Had It All")
Hannah Montana Hannah Montana Forever Walt Disney Producer, writer ("I'll Always Remember You")
2011 Ross Lynch Austin & Ally Soundtrack Writer ("A Billion Hits")
2012 Jenilee Reyes Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance Producer, writer ("Where's the Party")
2013 Big Time Rush 24/Seven Nick/Columbia Producer, writer ("Like Nobody's Around")
Fifth Harmony Better Together Epic/Syco Producer, writer ("Miss Movin' On")[6]
Selena Gomez Stars Dance Hollywood Producer, writer ("Save the Day")[1]
Demi Lovato Demi Hollywood Producer, writer ("Heart Attack" and "Two Pieces")[7]
Satellite Calling Birds Descendant Records/Sony Music Producer, writer (all songs)
Zendaya Zendaya Hollywood Producer, writer ("Bottle You Up")[6]
2014 Alexa Curtis "My Girls" Universal Producer, writer
GRL GRL (EP) Kemosabe/RCA Producer, writer ("Don't Talk About Love")[8]
Jena Irene "We Are One" Interscope Producer, writer[9]
Caleb Johnson Testify Interscope/19 Producer, writer ("Change")[1]
Justice Crew Live by the Words Sony Music Australia Producer, writer ("Fly")
R5 TBA Hollywood Producer, writer (misc. tracks)
Scott Stapp Proof of Life Wind Up Writer ("Break Out")[1]
2015 Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece RCA/19 Co-writer ("Heartbeat Song")
Jason Derulo Everything Is 4 Beluga Heights/Atlantic Co-writer ("Want to Want Me")
Adam Lambert The Original High Warner Bros. Co-writer ("Things I Didn't Say")
R5 Sometime Last Night Hollywood Records Co-writer ("Do It Again", "I Can't Say I'm In Love" and "Nine Lives")
Demi Lovato Confident Island/Hollywood Vocal producer ("Old Ways", "Waitin for You" and "Wildfire")


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mitch Allan credits". Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  2. ^ a b Musacchio, Matt. "Identifying the Suspex". Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  3. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Faith Hill - Chart history". Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Satellite". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  6. ^ a b c "Mitch Allan Discography". Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  7. ^ Widran, Jonathan. "Writer/Producer Jason Evigan Breaks Through, Co-Writing Hits For Demi Lovato". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  8. ^ "Mitch Allan". Swiss Charts. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  9. ^ "'American Idol' Finalists Caleb Johnson & Jena Irene Release Debut Singles: Listen". Idolator. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 

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