Sean Douglas (songwriter)

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Sean Douglas
Sean Maxwell Douglas

(1983-05-27) May 27, 1983 (age 39)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
Rachel Bartov
(m. 2014)
Musical career

Sean Maxwell Douglas (born May 27, 1983) is an American songwriter and record producer. A Grammy Award-winner for his work on Lizzo's Cuz I Love You, he co-wrote Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man", which won the ACM Award for Single of the Year,[1] the Billboard Music Award for Top Country Song,[2] the CMA Award for Single of the Year[3] and the BMI Award for Song of the Year.[4] The song, released in 2016, was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.[5]

Signed to Warner Chappell Music, and previously signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Douglas co-wrote his first Top 10 single, Demi Lovato'sHeart Attack,” in 2013. He later wrote for Jessie J, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Madonna, Andy Grammer, The Chainsmokers, Kesha, Selena Gomez, Dan + Shay, and Sia.[6][7]

Douglas lives in Los Angeles. The son of actors Michael Keaton and Caroline McWilliams, he attended Washington University in St. Louis.[8][9] He and his wife, Rachel Bartov, were married in 2014.[10]

Selected discography[edit]

Year Artist Title Album Label Credited as Notes
2012 Cady Groves "This Little Girl" RCA Writer
Plug In Stereo You're on My Mind Patience EP Writer/Producer
"I Blame You" Writer/Producer
"Frozen Heart" Producer
"Patience" Writer/Producer
2013 Backstreet Boys "One Phone Call" In a World Like This K-BAHN Writer Album #1 in 6 countries
Jason Derulo ft. The Game "Side FX" Tattoos Beluga Heights, Warner Bros. Writer
Kat Graham "Power" A&M/Octone Writer
Demi Lovato "Heart Attack" DEMI Hollywood Writer 2× platinum
Plug In Stereo ft. Megan and Liz "To Be Wanted" A Little Peace EP Atlantic Writer/Producer
Plug In Stereo "Wait for Me" Writer/Producer
"Home Soon" Writer/Producer
2014 Brandyn Burnette "Empire" Writer
"If You Were A Song" Writer
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz "Talk Dirty" Talk Dirty Beluga Heights, Warner Bros. Writer/Vocal producer 3× Platinum in the US
#1 on Top 40
#1 in 7 countries
Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg "Wiggle" Writer 2× Platinum
US and Australia
David Guetta "What I Did for Love" Listen Parlophone Writer
"Hey Mama" Writer 2× Platinum in Canada
Platinum in the US, Australia
New Zealand and Italy
"Goodbye Friend" Writer
"Yesterday" Writer
Olly Murs "Did You Miss Me" Never Been Better Syco, Epic Writer
Fifth Harmony "Sledgehammer" Reflection Epic, Syco Writer
Jessie J "Said too Much" Sweet Talker Lava, Republic Writer
Nick Jonas "Wilderness" Nick Jonas Island Writer/Vocal Producer
"Nothing Would Be Better" Writer/Vocal Producer
Danny Mercer "Who Are You Loving Now?" Writer
Plug In Stereo "Everything I Shouldn't Say" Producer
"Don't Say Goodnight" Producer
2015 5 Seconds of Summer "Castaway" Sounds Good Feels Good Capitol Writer
Alyxx Dione
feat. Jason Derulo
"Chingaling" TBA RCA Writer
Chris Brown "Zero" Royalty CBE, RCA Writer
Jason Derulo "X2CU" Everything Is 4 Beluga Heights, Atlantic Writer
"Get Ugly" Writer
Hilary Duff "Brave Heart" Breathe In. Breathe Out. RCA Writer
Nick Jonas "Levels" Nick Jonas X2 Island, Safehouse Writer
Madonna "Ghosttown" Rebel Heart Interscope, Boy Toy,
Live Nation
"Inside Out" Writer
Austin Mahone "Dirty Work" Dirty Work – The Album Cash Money, Republic Writer
Thomas Rhett "Die a Happy Man" Tangled Up Valory Music Group Writer ACM, Billboard
BMI and CMA awards
Grammy nomination
6x platinum (US)
"Vacation" Writer
"I Feel Good" Writer
Max Schneider "Gibberish" Hell's Kitchen Angel DCD2 Writer
Daniel Skye "LoveSick Day" TBA Writer
2016 Nick Jonas "Champagne Problems" Last Year Was Complicated Island, Safehouse Writer
"Good Girls" Writer
"Chainsaw" Writer
Jon Bellion "Morning In America" The Human Condition Visionary Music Group, Capitol Writer
Red One
feat. Enrique Iglesias,
R. City, Serayah + Shaggy
"Don't You Need Somebody" Writer
Gavin DeGraw "Technicolor" Something Worth Saving RCA Writer
Tyler Glenn "Waiting Around" Excommunication Writer
2017 Taeyeon "Eraser" My Voice S.M. Entertainment Producer
The Chainsmokers "Honest" Memories...Do Not Open Disruptor, Columbia Writer
Jeremih, Ty Dolla Sign and Sage the Gemini "Don't Get Much Better" The Fate of the Furious: The Album APG, Atlantic, UMG Writer
Pitbull "Options" Climate Change RCA, Polo Grounds, Mr. 305 Writer
Dua Lipa "Garden" Dua Lipa Dua Lipa Limited, Warner Bros. Writer
Demi Lovato "Sorry Not Sorry" Tell Me You Love Me Island, Hollywood, Safehouse Writer
"Daddy Issues"
"Only Forever"
Fitz and the Tantrums "Fool" TBA Atlantic Writer
Thomas Rhett "Sixteen" Life Changes Valory Music Group Writer
"Sweethart" Writer
"Gateway Love" Writer
Rachel Platten "Shivers" Waves Columbia Records Writer
"Loose Ends"
Chromeo "Juice" Head Over Heals Atlantic Writer
"Slummin It"
"Don't Sleep"
"Count Me Out"
Andy Grammer "Spaceship" The Good Parts S Curve Writer
2018 Bishop Briggs "Water" Church Of Scars Island Records Writer
Liam Payne "Familiar" LP1 Capitol Records Writer
Ruel "Dazed & Confused" Ready RCA Records Writer
Matt Nathanson "Used To Be" Sing His Sad Heart Vanguard Records Writer
"Way Way Back"
Bishop Briggs "Baby" Island Records Writer
2019 Kesha ft Big Freedia "Raising Hell" High Road Kemosabe/RCA Writer
The Chainsmokers
5 Seconds of Summer
"Who Do You Love" TBA Columbia Records Writer
Léon "Better In the Dark, Lost Time" Léon Léon Recordings Writer
Lizzo "Like A Girl" Cuz I Love You Atlantic Records Writer Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album
Thomas Rhett "Blessed" Center Point Road Big Machine Records Writer
Lewis Capaldi "Forever" Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent Virgin EMI Records Writer
Pretty Much "Lying" Syco Music and Columbia Records Writer
Aaron Carpenter "Chase" TBA Capitol Records Writer
Louis Tomlinson "Kill My Mind" Walls Arista and Syco Writer
2020 Dan + Shay "I Should Probably Go to Bed" Warner Nashville Writer
Demi Lovato "I Love Me" Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Starting Over Interscope Writer
Mandy Moore "I'd Rather Lose You" Silver Landings Verve Forecast Writer
"Save a Little for Yourself"
"Tryin' My Best, Los Angeles"
"Stories Reminding Myself of Me"
Selena Gomez "Ring" Rare Interscope Writer
Louis Tomlinson "Defenceless" Walls Arista and Syco Writer
Sia "Original" Dolittle Back Lot Music Writer
Celeste "I Can See The Change" Polydor Records Writer
Kygo & Joe Janiak "Follow" Golden Hour Sony Writer
Anthony Ramos "Stop" Stop Republic Writer
Carly Rae Jepsen "This is What They Say" Dedicated Side B 604/Schoolboy/Interscope Writer
Lady A featuring Thomas Rhett "Heroes" Ocean Capitol Records Nashville Writer
2022 Demi Lovato "29" Holy Fvck Interscope Background vocalist, Writer
"Come Together"
Meghan Trainor "Shook" Takin' It Back Epic
"Mama Wanna Mambo" (ft. Natti Natasha and Arturo Sandoval)
"Drama Queen"
"Make You Look" Writer


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  2. ^ "2016 Billboard Music Awards highlights". CBS News. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  3. ^ Yee, Lawrence (2016-11-02). "CMA Awards 2016: The Complete Winners List". Variety. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  4. ^ Karl, Bobby (2016-11-02). "Bobby Karl Works The Room: 2016 BMI Country Awards". MusicRow. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  5. ^ "Grammys 2017: Complete list of winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  6. ^ "Warner Chappell Music signs global deal with songwriter and producer Sean Douglas". Music Business Worldwide. 2020-05-06. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  7. ^ Kawashima, Dale (2016-03-18). "Sean Douglas Interview - Hit Pop Songwriter". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  8. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (January 13, 2015). "Sean Douglas, Michael Keaton's Son, on Writing for Madonna and Downplaying His Family Ties". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Heigl, Alex (January 11, 2015). "Golden Globes 2015: Michael Keaton Thanks Son Sean Douglas". People. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  10. ^ Merry, Stephanie (January 12, 2015). "The spotlight lands on Sean Douglas, Michael Keaton's son. Sorry folks, he's married". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 8, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)