Mitch Allan

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Mitch Allan
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Mitch Allan in his studio
Background information
Birth name Mitchell Allan Scherr
Born (1968-05-21) May 21, 1968 (age 50)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active 1996–present
Labels
Associated acts

Mitch Allan (born Mitchell Allan Scherr on May 21, 1968) 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 five top five singles and a worldwide number one single.[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 his 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]

Solo[edit]

  • Clawing My Way to the Middle (TBA)

Songwriting/producing[edit]

Year Artist Title Album Label Credits
2018 Demi Lovato Sober Sober (single) Island Records Vocal producer
DJ Khaled ft. Demi Lovato I Believe A Wrinkle in Time Soundtrack Epic Vocal producer
Demi Lovato Tell Me You Love Me (Spanish Version) Tell Me You Love Me (Remixes) Island Records Vocal producer
2017 Demi Lovato "Tell Me You Love Me", "You Don't Do It for Me Anymore", "Lonely", "Concentrate", "Hitchhiker", "No Promises" (Acoustic), "Smoke & Mirrors" Tell Me You Love Me Island Records Vocal producer
Rachel Platten "Perfect For You" Waves Columbia Records Producer, writer
Jack & Jack "Beg" Single Island Records Vocal producer
Marina Kaye "Miracle" Explicit Capitol France Producer, writer
Isac Elliot "She" Faith Sony Finland Producer, writer
Bebe Rexha "Atmosphere" All Your Fault: Pt. 1 Warner Bros. Records Producer, writer
Pitbull ft. Stephen Marley "Options" Climate Change RCA Writer
Jorge Blanco "Risky Business Risky Business Hollywood Vocal producer
2016 POWERS "Sunshine" Single Republic Vocal producer
The Score "Going Home" Unstoppable Republic Producer, writer
Britt Nicole "Concrete" Britt Nicole Capitol Records Producer, writer
Sofia Carson "I'm Gonna Love You" Single Hollywood Producer, writer
2015 Kelly Clarkson "Heartbeat Song" Piece by Piece RCA/19 Writer
Jason Derulo "Want to Want Me" Everything Is 4 Beluga Heights/Atlantic Writer
R5 "Do It Again", "I Can't Say I'm In Love", "Nine Lives" Sometime Last Night Hollywood Records Producer, writer
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato "Irresistble" Single Island Records Vocal producer
Demi Lovato "Waitin for You", "Wildfire", "Old Ways" Confident Hollywood Records Vocal producer
Matt McAndrew "Counting On Love" Single Republic Records Vocal producer
Sabrina Carpenter "Eyes Wide Open" Eyes Wide Open Hollywood Records Producer
Bea Miller "I Dare You", "Perfect Picture" Not An Apology Hollywood Records Producer, writer, mixer
2014 GRL "Don't Talk About Love"[6] GRL (EP) Kemosabe/RCA Producer, writer
Jena Irene "We Are One" Single Interscope Producer, writer[7]
Caleb Johnson "Change"[1] Testify Interscope Producer, writer
Justice Crew "Fly" Live by the Words Sony Music Australia Producer, writer
Prince Royce ft. Snoop Dogg "Stuck On A Feeling" Double Vision RCA Records Vocal producer
2013 Scott Stapp ("Break Out")[1] Proof of Life Wind Up Writer
Big Time Rush "Like Nobody's Around" 24/Seven Nick/Columbia Producer, writer
Fifth Harmony "Miss Movin' On"[8] Better Together Epic/Syco Producer, writer
Selena Gomez "Save the Day"[1] Stars Dance Hollywood Records Producer, writer
Demi Lovato "Heart Attack", "Two Pieces"[9] Demi Hollywood Records Producer, writer
Satellite "Say The Words", "Brooklyn", "Turning On My Own", "Saving Us Tonight", "Silhouette", "Come And Get Me", "Ring The Bells", "God Save The Dream", "You & Me", "What You Need", "Till I Return" Calling Birds Descendant Records/Sony Music Producer, writer
Zendaya "Bottle You Up"[8] Zendaya Hollywood Records Producer, writer
Kat Graham "Power" Single A&M Octone Records Producer, writer
2012 Jenilee Reyes "Where's the Party" Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance Walt Disney Records Producer, writer
2011 Ross Lynch "A Billion Hits" Austin & Ally Soundtrack Walt Disney Records Writer
2010 David Archuleta "Good Place"[8] The Other Side of Down Jive/19 Producer, writer
Bowling for Soup "Dear Megan Fox" Fishin' for Woos Que-So Records/Brando Records Producer, writer
Demi Lovato "Brand New Day" Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Walt Disney Producer, writer
Katharine McPhee "Had It All" Unbroken Verve Forecast Records Writer
Hannah Montana "I'll Always Remember You" Hannah Montana Forever Walt Disney Records Producer, writer
2009 Kris Allen/Adam Lambert "No Boundaries" Single Sony Music Writer
Daughtry "Learn My Lesson", "One Last Chance" Leave This Town RCA/19 Writer
Every Avenue Picture Perfect Fearless Producer
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez "One and the Same" Princess Protection Program Walt Disney Records Producer
Hannah Montana "He Could Be the One", "Don't Wanna Be Torn" Hannah Montana 3 Walt Disney Records Producer, writer
Jessie James "Wanted" Jessie James Mercury, Island Def Jam Producer, writer
2008 Anberlin "Soft Skeletons" New Surrender Universal Republic Writer
Diego González "Losing Me" Indigo EMI Producer, writer
Jonas Brothers "Play My Music" Camp Rock Walt Disney Producer, writer
Lesley Roy "Make It Back" Unbeautiful Jive Producer, writer
2007 Alex Band "Coming Home" Alex Band EP RCA Writer
Backstreet Boys "Something That I Already Know" Unbreakable Jive Records Producer, writer
Hilary Duff "Happy" Dignity Hollywood Writer
Faith Hill "Lost" The Hits Warner Bros. Nashville Writer
2006 Belinda "Bella Traición", End of The Day, and "Alguien Más" Utopía EMI Televisa Music Producer, writer
Bowling for Soup "Much More Beautiful Person," feat. Lesley Roy The Great Burrito Extortion Case Jive/Zomba Writer
Cowboy Mouth "Joe Strummer" Voodoo Shoppe Verve Forecast Producer, writer
Daughtry "All These Lives" Daughtry RCA/19 Writer
Lovehammers "Casualty" Marty Casey and Lovehammers Epic Producer, writer
JParis "Here We Go Again" Call It What You Want Emanon Producer, writer
2005 Bo Bice "My World" The Real Thing RCA/19 Producer, writer
Lindsay Lohan "Fastlane" A Little More Personal (Raw) Casablanca Writer
Monty Are I The Red Shift Island Producer
2004 Bowling for Soup "1985" A Hangover You Don't Deserve Jive/Zomba Writer
SR-71 "Axl Rose (Where Did You Go?)", "In Your Eyes" (Peter Gabriel cover), "Gone", "1985", "Mosquito", "Here We Go Again", "All American", "Blue Light Special Life", "15 Minute Idol", "The One", "Everything", "Blood & Bourbon", "She Was Dead" (Demo), "Little Asshole" Here We Go Again Crown Japan Producer, writer
2002 SR-71 "They All Fall Down", "Tomorrow", "My World", "Hello Hello", "Truth", "Goodbye", "She Was Dead", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "Broken Handed", "Lucky", "In My Mind", "Non-Toxic (Remix)", "My World (Acoustic version)" Tomorrow RCA Producer, writer
2000 SR-71 "Politically Correct", "Go Away", "Non-Toxic",
"Right Now," "Another Night Alone", "Alive"
Now You See Inside RCA Writer

References[edit]

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

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