Sacha Skarbek

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Sacha Skarbek
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Sacha at his studio in London.
Background information
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer
Instruments Piano, keyboards, guitar
Associated acts James Blunt, Adele, Jason Mraz, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Duffy, Lisa Marie Presley, Train

Sacha Skarbek is a British two time Ivor Novello Award winner and Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, film scorer and multi-instrumentalist. Sacha is best known for writing James Blunt’s hit singles "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover" as well as Miley Cyrus’ hit song "Wrecking Ball". Sacha has worked with artists such as Adele, Lana Del Rey, Jason Mraz, Tears for Fears, Duffy and many more.

Music career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Sacha Skarbek is a classically trained musician, taught by distinguished pianist Ronald Smith. He received music scholarships to Northbourne Park and The King's School, Canterbury. After graduating from University of Oxford with a degree in music, Sacha was musical director and keyboard player for Neneh Cherry, Beverly Knight, Alisha’s Attic and Jon Bon Jovi.

Songwriting and production[edit]

Sacha played a key role in the development of James Blunt with whom he wrote the worldwide No. 1 hit "You're Beautiful". Sacha co-wrote 6 songs on the multi-platinum selling debut album "Back to Bedlam", including follow up singles "Goodbye My Lover" and "Wisemen". In 2008, Sacha wrote "Cold Shoulder" with Adele. The song was released as a single from Adele’s multi-platinum selling debut album "19". Over the years Sacha wrote several songs on globally chart topping albums, including Jason Mraz’s multi-platinum selling album "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things" as well as Lana del Rey’s bestselling album "Born to Die". Sacha co-wrote Miley Cyrus’ "Wrecking Ball" with Mozella and Stephan Moccio which was later produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and was awarded multi-platinum around the world.

Recently, Sacha set up his own production company "White Rope Music" which focuses on artist development.

Film music[edit]

Sacha scored and supervised the music for the award winning documentary film For No Good Reason, starring Johnny Depp. He also scored and collaborated with James Walsh on the soundtrack music for a film of Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Skarbek was raised in the Camden Town area of London. He is the son of psychotherapist Andrzej Skarbek and journalist and writer Marjorie Wallace, who was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for founding the mental health charity SANE. His brother, Stefan Skarbek, is also a songwriter and music producer.[2]


Year Artist Album Song Credit
2016 Nause Dynamite (Single) "Dynamite (ft. Pretty Sister)" Writer
Gavin James Bitter Pill "Bitter Pill" Writer
"Till The Sun Comes Up" Writer
Jessie Ware Me Before You (Soundtrack) "Till The End" Writer
Graham Candy Plan A "Heart of Gold" Writer
Netsky 3 "Forget What You Look Like" Producer-Writer
All Saints Red Flag "Who Hurt Who" Writer
Alec Benjamin End Of The Summer (Single) "End Of The Summer" Producer
2015 Gabrielle Aplin Light Up the Dark "Shallow Love" Writer
"Together" Writer
Alle Farben Get High-EP "Get High" Producer-Writer
Duffy Legend (Soundtrack) "Whole Lot Of Love" Writer
2014 Alec Benjamin Paper Crown (Single) "Paper Crown" Producer-Writer
2013 Miley Cyrus Bangerz "Wrecking Ball" Writer
Darin Exit "Surrender" Writer
Backstreet Boys In a World Like This "Madeleine" Writer
Karise Eden Thread Of Silence (Single) "Thread Of Silence" Writer
2012 Lana del Rey Born To Die "Without You" Writer
Engelbert Humperdinck Love Will Set You Free (Single) "Love Will Set You Free" Producer-Writer
Lisa Marie Presley Storm & Grace "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" Writer
"Close To The Edge" Writer
"So Long" Writer
"Un-break" Writer
Ilse DeLange Eye Of The Hurricane "Hurricane" Writer
"Time Will Have To Wait" Writer
"Fold This World" Writer
2011 Christina Perri The Ocean Way Sessions "Daydream" Writer
Ilse DeLange Next to Me "Almost" Writer
"Carousel" Writer
"Untouchable" Writer
Greyson Chance Hold On 'til the Night "Little London Girl" Writer
Milow North and South "Never Gonna Stop" Writer
Jason Mraz Love Is A Four Letter Word "Frank D. Fixer" Writer
"In Your Hands" Writer
Charlotte OC For Kenny "The Rose" Producer-Writer
"Shout It Out" Producer-Writer
"Take Me Away" Producer-Writer
"Treasure Island" Producer-Writer
"Shine On" Producer-Writer
"Head Rush" Producer-Writer
"Closer" Producer-Writer
"Anybody Else" Producer-Writer
2010 Train Save Me, San Francisco "The Finish Line" Writer
James Walsh Live At The Top Of The World "Live At The Top Of The World EP" Producer - Writer
The Boy who Trapped the Sun Dreaming Like a Fool "Sunken City" Writer
Gin Wigmore Holy Smoke "I Do" Writer
2009 Joss Stone Colour Me Free! "Stalemate" Producer
Ben's Brother Battling Giants "Questions & Answers" Producer-Writer
Tyrone Wells Remain "Before It Started" Writer
Ben's Brother feat. Anastacia Stalemate (Single) "Stalemate" Producer
Jason Mraz Life Is Good-EP "San Disco Reggaefornia" Writer
"Up" Writer
Dawn Kinnard Amazon Tribe "Loves Is My New Drug" Writer
2008 Ilse DeLange Incredible "Broken Girl" Producer-Writer
"Miracle" Producer-Writer
"The Other Side" Producer-Writer
"So Incredible" Producer
Amie Miriello I Came Around "Hey" Producer-Writer
"Beauty Of Goodbye" Producer-Writer
Jason Mraz We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things "Love For A Child" Writer
"Only Human" Writer
"If It Kills Me" Writer
Adele 19 "Cold Shoulder" Writer
Duffy Rockferry "Save It For Your Prayers" Producer-Writer
2007 Ben's Brother Beta Male Fairytales "Beauty Queen" Writer
2006 James Blunt Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions "Out Of My Mind" Writer
"Sugar Coated" Writer
2004 James Blunt Back to Bedlam "You're Beautiful" Writer
"Wisemen" Writer
"Goodbye My Lover Writer
"Billy" Writer
"Cry" Writer
"No Bravery" Writer
Cherie Cherie "I’m Ready" Writer
2000 Samantha Mumba Gotta Tell You "Body II Body" Producer-Writer
Amanda Ghost Ghost Stories "Idol" Producer-Writer
"Glory Girl" Writer
"The Wrong Man" Producer-Writer
"Cellophane" Writer
"Blind Man" Writer
"Empty" Writer
"Numb" Writer
1998 Beverly Knight Prodigal Sista "Good Morning World" Writer
Albums and EPs
Year Artist Album/EP Credit
2015 Kelvin Jones Stop the Moment Producer-Writer
Peter Aristone Gold-EP Producer-Writer
2013 Alec Benjamin America-EP Producer-Writer
Shannon Wardrop Medicine Producer
2012 James Walsh Lullaby Producer-Writer
2010 Charlotte Church Back to Scratch Producer-Writer
2009 Waylon Wicked Ways Producer-Writer
2008 Tristan Prettyman Hello... x Producer-Writer
Double O Zero We Are Not A Band Producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 I'm Ready BMI Award Won
2006 You're Beautiful Ivor Novello Award for International Hit of the Year Won
2006 You're Beautiful Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work Won
2007 You're Beautiful BMI Award Won
2007 Goodbye My Lover BMI Award Won
2007 You're Beautiful Grammy Award for Song of the Year Nominated
2014 Wrecking Ball BMI Award Won
2014 Wrecking Ball SOCAN Award for No. 1 Song Won
2016 Bitter Pill Choice Music Prize for Irish Song of the Year Won


  1. ^ "Sacha Skarbek on IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Interview with SACHA SKARBEK, songwriter for James Blunt, Carrie Underwood, Jason Mraz". July 13, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 

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