Mitch Allan in his studio
|Birth name||Mitchell Allan Scherr|
May 21, 1972 (age 44 years)Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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.
Production and songwriting
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.
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.
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. 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
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.
- Ring the Bells (July 2011)
- Calling Birds ( February 19, 2013)
- Clawing My Way to the Middle (TBA)
|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")|
|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")|
|Selena Gomez||Stars Dance||Hollywood||Producer, writer ("Save the Day")|
|Demi Lovato||Demi||Hollywood||Producer, writer ("Heart Attack" and "Two Pieces")|
|Satellite||Calling Birds||Descendant Records/Sony Music||Producer, writer (all songs)|
|Zendaya||Zendaya||Hollywood||Producer, writer ("Bottle You Up")|
|2014||Alexa Curtis||"My Girls"||Universal||Producer, writer|
|GRL||GRL (EP)||Kemosabe/RCA||Producer, writer ("Don't Talk About Love")|
|Jena Irene||"We Are One"||Interscope||Producer, writer|
|Caleb Johnson||Testify||Interscope/19||Producer, writer ("Change")|
|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")|
|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")|
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- "Satellite". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
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- "'American Idol' Finalists Caleb Johnson & Jena Irene Release Debut Singles: Listen". Idolator. Retrieved 2014-11-13.