Steve Mac

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Steve Mac
Background information
Birth nameSteve McCutcheon
Born (1972-01-15) 15 January 1972 (age 51)
OriginChertsey, Surrey, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1990–present

Steve McCutcheon (born 15 January 1972), known professionally as Steve Mac, is a British record producer, songwriter and musician. A multi-award-winning producer, he is one of the most prolific songwriters and record producers in modern British music, with contributions to 30 number one singles in the UK Singles Chart.[1][2]


Early career[edit]

Mac got his break in the music industry in the early 1990s when he wrote and produced the Nomad hit "(I Wanna Give You) Devotion", that reached no.2 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1992, he became part of dance group Undercover, who had several European hit singles, including "Baker Street" and "Never Let Her Slip Away".[3]

He then met songwriter Wayne Hector, with the pair striking up a partnership that has seen them co-write and produce a range of chart songs.

Mac has gone on to work with some of the most recognised names in the music industry. He has written, co-written and produced hits for musicians including Ed Sheeran, Melanie C, Pink, Westlife, Little Mix, and many other UK and international singers.[4]

From his Rokstone Studios in London, the artists he has written and produced for have racked up over 200 million sales worldwide during his career. As well as a string of no.1 UK and international hits, Mac has also penned top 10 singles for artists such as Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, One Direction, The Saturdays, Leona Lewis, and Rita Ora, among others.[5][6][7]

Work with Westlife[edit]

The producer has had a long-standing collaboration with Irish boyband, Westlife, dating back to the late 1990s. This artistic partnership resulted in him co-writing and producing four no.1 UK singles for the band. He has co-produced another five no.1 hits and produced three top five singles. Mac also co-wrote and produced the band's 2000 hit Christmas single, "What Makes a Man" reaching no.2 in the UK singles chart.


Mac won the first of his two Brit Awards in 2010 for co-writing and producing the no.1 single "Beat Again" for British pop/R&B band, JLS.[8]

In 2012, the producer worked with a host of artists including Little Mix, The Wanted, The Saturdays, Susan Boyle, Il Divo, Boyzone, and Gareth Gates.

Mac was recognised in 2012, and then again in 2013 by picking up the ASCAP Song of the Year Award. The awards were in recognition of co-writing and producing the hits "Glad You Came" for The Wanted, and "You Make Me Feel..." by Cobra Starship, respectively.

Between 2013 and 2015, Mac worked with several musicians include James Blunt, John Newman, Union J, Calvin Harris, The Vamps, and Demi Lovato. He made several contributions to both James Blunt's Moon Landing album that reached no.2 in the UK album chart and The Vamps’ Wake Up album that was a top 10 hit.

Mac scored another number one hit in 2016 with "Rockabye" by Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie. The song reached the top of the UK singles chart, staying there for nine consecutive weeks. The single also won in the EDM Winning Songs category alongside his other co-produced track for Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson, "Symphony".

In 2017, Mac picked up the Songwriter of the Year and Producer of the Year at the Music Business Worldwide A&R Awards and the ASCAP Founders Award for "his pioneering contribution to music, global success and a 27 year body of work".[9]

The same year, Mac co-wrote Ed Sheeran's No. 1 single "Shape of You" with Sheeran and Johnny McDaid. The song broke chart history, spending 14 weeks at the top of the UK chart, and remaining in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for 33 weeks. It also claimed the unique achievement of being the most-streamed song of all time on Spotify.[10][11][12]

He also received another Grammy nomination for Pink's US top twenty single "What About Us", which he wrote and produced.


2018 saw the producer work with some of music's most prolific names such as Chvrches, Years & Years, Celine Dion, Little Mix, Craig David, and Westlife.

Mac won the 2018 Brit Award for British Producer of the Year.[13] As well as the Brit Award, he also won both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year at the Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2018 in LA.[14]

In another award recognising Mac's work, the multi-platinum hit "Shape of You" he co-wrote and produced for Ed Sheeran picked up both a Grammy Award[15] and the Ivor Novello Award for PRS for Music Most Performed Work in 2017.[16]


Brit Awards 2018:

British Producer of the Year

35th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2018

Songwriter of the Year:

Song of the Year – Shape of You, Ed Sheeran | Strip That Down, Liam Payne ft. Quavo | Rockabye, Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul | What About Us, P!nk

Music Business Worldwide A&R Awards 2017

Producer of the Year

Songwriter of the Year

ASCAP Song of the Year Awards 2013

Glad You Came, The Wanted: (Co-writer & Co-producer)

ASCAP Song of the Year Awards 2012

You Make Me Feel... Cobra Starship: (Co-writer & Co-producer)

Brit Awards 2010

Song of the Year: Beat Again, JLS (Co-written with Wayne Hector)

BMI Awards 2001

Pop Award: Swear It Again, Westlife (Co-written with Wayne Hector)

Songwriting and production discography[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
Primary Secondary Additional Vocal
"Celestial" 2022 Ed Sheeran Non-album single checkY checkY
"Pointless" Lewis Capaldi Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent checkY checkY
"LOL" Mabel About Last Night checkY checkY
"Who We Love" Sam Smith Gloria checkY checkY
"All My Loving" Sam Fischer TBA checkY checkY
"Sun Will Shine" Robin Shulz and Tom Walker TBA checkY checkY
"Kiss Me" Dermot Kennedy Sonder checkY checkY
"My Hero" 2021 Westlife Wild Dreams checkY checkY
"Something Beautiful" Tom Walker TBA checkY checkY
"Those Who Can't Be Here" Tom Walker TBA checkY checkY
"Shivers" Ed Sheeran = checkY checkY
"Eternal Love" JLS 2.0 checkY checkY
"Permission to Dance" BTS Non-album single checkY checkY
"Psycho" Maisie Peters You signed up for this checkY checkY
"Lost" Jake Bugg TBA checkY checkY
"More" Ina Wroldsen TBA checkY checkY
"Look What You've Done" Zara Larsson Poster Girl checkY checkY
"Call Your Friends" London Grammar Californian Soil checkY checkY
"How Does It Feel" checkY checkY
"New Love"
(featuring Ellie Goulding)
Silk City TBA checkY checkY
"All I Need" 2020 Jake Bugg TBA checkY checkY
"Stand By Me" John Newman TBA checkY
"Young" Sam Smith Love Goes checkY checkY
"Hallelujah" Brother Leo TBA checkY
"Her" Anne-Marie TBA checkY checkY
"Ur So F**kInG cOoL" Tones and I TBA checkY
"Gold" Paloma Faith Infinite Things checkY checkY
"Boyfriend" Mabel TBA checkY checkY
"Instant History" Biffy Clyro A Celebration of Endings checkY checkY
"Space" checkY
"Don't Let It Break Your Heart" 2019 Louis Tomlinson Walls checkY
"L.O.V.E." Westlife Spectrum checkY checkY
"Hello My Love" checkY checkY
"Dynamite" checkY checkY
"My Blood" checkY checkY
"Better Man" checkY checkY
"Without You" checkY checkY
"Repair" checkY checkY
"Take Me There" checkY checkY
"One Last Time" checkY checkY
"Home to You" Sigrid Non-album single checkY checkY
"Haloes" Ina Wroldsen TBA checkY checkY
"Stack It Up"
(featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
Liam Payne LP1 checkY checkY
"Til I Met You" Max George TBA checkY
"What Am I" Why Don't We checkY checkY
"Way to Break My Heart"
(featuring Skrillex)
Ed Sheeran No.6 Collaborations Project checkY checkY
"South of the Border"
(featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B)
checkY checkY
(with Bebe Rexha)
Jax Jones Snacks (Supersize) checkY checkY
"Mad Love" Mabel High Expectations checkY checkY
"Call You Mine"
(with Bebe Rexha)
The Chainsmokers World War Joy checkY
"Sing It with Me"
(with Astrid S)
JP Cooper Non-album single checkY checkY
"Broken & Beautiful" Kelly Clarkson UglyDolls OST checkY checkY
"So Beautiful" James Morrison You're Stronger Than You Know checkY
"Here with Me"
(featuring Chvrches)
Marshmello Non-album single checkY checkY
"Now You're Gone"
(featuring Zara Larsson)
Tom Walker What a time to Be Alive checkY checkY
"Don't Call Me Up" Mabel High Expectations checkY checkY
"Brand New" 2018 Craig David The Time is Now checkY checkY
"Trust Fund Baby" Why Don't We 8 Letters checkY checkY
"Want You Back" 5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood checkY
"Follow Your Fire" Kodaline Politics of Living checkY checkY
"Your Love" Zak Abel Non-album single checkY checkY
"Miracle" Chvrches Love is Dead checkY checkY
"2002" Anne-Marie Speak Your Mind checkY checkY
(featuring James Blunt)
Lost Frequencies Alive and Feeling Fine checkY
"One More River" Melo Moreno Colours checkY
"Breathing Fire" Anne-Marie Speak Your Mind checkY checkY
"Ashes" Celine Dion Deadpool2 checkY
"If You're Over Me" Years & Years Palo Santo checkY checkY
"Summer on You" PrettyMuch TBA checkY checkY
"Barcelona" Max George non-album single checkY checkY
"Happier" Bastille & Marshmello non-album single checkY
"Right Now"
(with Robin Schulz)
Nick Jonas non-album single checkY checkY
"Born Again" Kodaline Politics of Living checkY checkY
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
Olly Murs You Know I Know checkY checkY
"Thursday" Jess Glynne Always in Between checkY checkY
"Woman Like Me"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
Little Mix LM5 checkY checkY
(featuring Chelcee Grimes, TINI and Jhay Cortez)
Jonas Blue Blue checkY
"Fire on Fire" Sam Smith Non-album single checkY checkY
"Thumbs" 2017 Sabrina Carpenter Evolution checkY checkY
"Shape of You"
(solo / featuring Stormzy)
Ed Sheeran ÷ checkY checkY
"2005" James Blunt The Afterlove checkY
(featuring Zara Larsson)
Clean Bandit What Is Love? checkY
"Don't Let Me Be Yours" Zara Larsson So Good checkY checkY
"Happy" Steps Tears on the Dancefloor checkY
"Firefly" checkY
"Strip That Down"
(featuring Quavo)
Liam Payne LP1 checkY checkY
(featuring James Blunt)
Robin Schulz Uncovered checkY checkY
"Your Song" Rita Ora Phoenix checkY checkY
"What About Us" Pink Beautiful Trauma checkY checkY
"A Different Way"
(with Lauv)
DJ Snake Non-album single checkY
"The Rest of Our Life"
(with Faith Hill)
Tim McGraw The Rest of Our Life checkY
"Leave a Light On" Tom Walker What a Time to Be Alive checkY checkY
"Bedroom Floor" Liam Payne LP1 checkY checkY
"Then" Anne-Marie Speak Your Mind checkY checkY
"Keeping Your Head Up" 2016 Birdy Beautiful Lies checkY checkY
"Hear You Calling" checkY checkY
"Love Is the Name"
(solo / featuring J Balvin)
Sofia Carson Non-album single checkY checkY
"Phoenix" Olivia Holt Olivia EP checkY checkY
"Alarm" Anne-Marie Speak Your Mind checkY checkY
(featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie)
Clean Bandit What Is Love? checkY checkY
"So Good" Louisa Johnson Non-album single checkY checkY
"Mary's Story" Ina Wroldsen checkY
"Years & Years" Olly Murs 24 HRS checkY checkY
"Deeper" checkY checkY
"Adore" 2015 Jasmine Thompson Adore EP checkY checkY
"Take Me Home" Jess Glynne I Cry When I Laugh checkY checkY
"My Love" (Acoustic) checkY
"Love Me Like You" Little Mix Get Weird checkY checkY
"Survivors" Selena Gomez Revival checkY checkY
"Kingdom Come"
(featuring Iggy Azalea)
Demi Lovato Confident checkY checkY
"Waitin for You"
(featuring Sirah)
checkY checkY
"Lionheart" checkY checkY
"Hitchiker" OMI Me 4 U checkY checkY
(featuring Silento)
The Vamps Wake Up checkY checkY
"Wake Up" checkY checkY
"Windmills" checkY checkY
"I Found a Girl" checkY checkY
"Be with You" checkY checkY
"Colorblind" 2014 Amber Riley Non-album single checkY
"Mr. C" Nina Nesbitt Peroxide checkY checkY
"Empire" Shakira Shakira checkY checkY
"Me and My Broken Heart" Rixton Let the Road checkY checkY
"Break the Rules" Charli XCX Sucker checkY checkY
"When I Find Love Again" James Blunt Moon Landing: Special Edition checkY checkY
"Glow" Ella Henderson Chapter One checkY checkY
"Aliens (Her Er Jeg)" Ina Wroldsen non-album single checkY checkY
"Bumper Cars" Alex & Sierra It's About Us checkY checkY
"Get Away" Jessie J Sweet Talker checkY checkY
"Faith" Calvin Harris Motion checkY
"Stick with Me" Olly Murs Never Been Better checkY checkY
"In Your Eyes" 2013 Inna Party Never Ends checkY checkY
"Down the Line" John Newman (singer) Tribute checkY
"Running" John Newman (singer) Tribute checkY
"Satellites" James Blunt Moon Landing checkY
"Miss America" checkY
"The Only One" checkY
"Sun on Sunday" checkY
"Bones" checkY checkY
"Working It Out" checkY checkY
"Loving You is Easy" Union J Union J checkY checkY
"Carry You" checkY checkY
"Beethoven" checkY checkY
"Head in the Clouds" checkY checkY
"Where Are You Now" checkY checkY
"Save the Last Dance" checkY checkY
"Amaze Me" checkY checkY
"Lucky Ones" checkY checkY
"About You" Shane Filan You and Me checkY checkY
"Everybody Knows" The Wanted Word of Mouth checkY checkY
"Sparks" 2012 Cover Drive Bajan Style checkY checkY
"That Girl" checkY checkY
"Explode" checkY checkY
"30 Days" The Saturdays Living for the Weekend checkY checkY
"I Found You" The Wanted Word of Mouth checkY checkY
"Turn Your Face" Little Mix DNA checkY checkY
"We Are Who We Are" checkY checkY
"You Make Me Feel..."
(featuring Sabi)
2011 Cobra Starship Night Shades checkY checkY
"Notorious" The Saturdays On Your Radar checkY checkY
"Glad You Came" The Wanted Battleground checkY checkY
"Everybody Knows" checkY checkY
"Lightning" checkY checkY
"Autumn Love" Susan Boyle Someone to Watch Over Me checkY
"You Have to Be There" checkY
"Enjoy the Silence" checkY
"Unchained Melody" checkY
"Both Sides, Now" checkY
"Lilac Wine" checkY
"Mad World" checkY
"Autumn" checkY
"This Will Be the Year" checkY
"Return" checkY checkY
"Ue o Muite Arukō/The First Star" checkY
"Third Man Theme" checkY
"Gotta Be You" One Direction Up All Night checkY checkY
"My Heart Takes Over" The Saturdays On Your Radar checkY checkY
"Faster" checkY checkY
"Cannonball" Little Mix Non-album single checkY checkY
"Woman" 2010 Toni Braxton Pulse checkY checkY
"All Time Low" The Wanted The Wanted checkY checkY
"Karma" The Saturdays Headlines! checkY checkY
"Perfect Day" Susan Boyle The Gift checkY
"Hallelujah" checkY
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
(featuring Amber Stassi)
"Don't Dream It's Over" checkY
"The First Noel" checkY
"O Holy Night" checkY
"Away in a Manger" checkY
"Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" checkY
"Auld Lang Syne" checkY
"O Come All Ye Faithfull" checkY
"Vapor Trail" checkY
"Before the Rain" Alexandra Burke Overcome checkY checkY
"Beat Again" 2009 JLS JLS checkY checkY
"Crazy for You" checkY checkY
"The Club is Alive" checkY checkY
"Wild Horses" Susan Boyle I Dreamed a Dream checkY
"I Dreamed a Dream" checkY
"Cry Me a River" checkY
"How Great Thou Art" checkY
"You'll See" checkY
"Daydream Believer" checkY
"Up to the Mountain" checkY
"Amazing Grace" checkY
"Who I Was Born to Be" checkY
"Proud" checkY
"The End of the World" checkY
"Silent Night" checkY
"Wings to Fly" checkY
"Ego" The Saturdays Wordshaker checkY checkY
"La fuerza mayor" 2008 Il Divo The Promise checkY
"La Promessa" checkY
"Adagio" checkY
"Hallelujah" checkY
"L'alba del mondo" checkY
"Enamorado" checkY
"Angelina" checkY
"Va todo al ganador" checkY
"La luna" checkY
"She" checkY
"Amazing Grace" checkY
"Por ti vuelvo a nacer" checkY
"Sortilegio De Amor" checkY
"When You Believe" Leon Jackson Right Now checkY
"You Don't Know Me" checkY
"A Song for You" checkY
"Fingerprints" checkY
"Amaze Me" 2007 No Angels Destiny checkY
"Carolyna" Melanie C This Time checkY checkY
"Understand" checkY
"Woman" Delta Goodrem Delta checkY checkY
"Home" Westlife Back Home checkY
"Have You Ever" checkY
"It's You" checkY checkY
"Catch My Breath" checkY checkY
"I Do" checkY checkY
"Hard to Say I'm Sorry" checkY
"Get Away" checkY checkY
"Homeless" Leona Lewis Spirit checkY
"Footprints in the Sand" checkY
"All My Life" 2006 Shayne Ward Shayne Ward checkY
"What About Me" checkY
"Back at One" checkY
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Westlife The Love Album checkY
"You Light Up My Life" checkY
"Easy" checkY
"You Are So Beautiful (to Me)" checkY
"Have You Ever Been in Love" checkY
"The Dance" checkY
"All or Nothing" checkY checkY
"You've Lost That Loving Feeling" checkY
"A Moment Like This" Leona Lewis Spirit checkY
"You Raise Me Up" 2005 Westlife Face to Face checkY
"That's Where You Find Love" checkY checkY
"She's Back" checkY checkY
"Desperado" checkY
"In This Life" checkY
"Heart Without a Home" checkY checkY
"Change Your Mind" checkY checkY
"Baby Can I Hold You" 2004 Ronan Keating 10 Years of Hits checkY
"Regresa a mi" Il Divo Il Divo checkY
"Mama" checkY
"Passera" checkY
"The Man You Love" checkY checkY
"Feelings" checkY
"Hoy que ya no estas aqui" checkY
"My Way (A mi manera)" checkY
"A Moment Like This" 2003 Kelly Clarkson Thankful checkY
"Hey Whatever" Westlife Turnaround checkY checkY
"Mandy" checkY
"Heal" checkY
"On My Shoulder" checkY checkY
"Turn Around" checkY checkY
"I Did It for You" checkY
"Thank You" checkY checkY
"To Be with You" checkY
"Home" checkY checkY
"What Do They Know?" checkY checkY
"Unbreakable" 2002 Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits
Volume 1
"How Does It Feel" checkY
"Tonight" checkY checkY
"Love Takes Two" checkY checkY
"Miss You Nights" checkY
"All or Nothing" 2001 O-Town O-Town checkY checkY
"Uptown Girl" Westlife World of Our Own checkY
"You Are" Atomic Kitten Right Now checkY checkY
"Help Me Understand" Trace Adkins Chrome checkY
"Queen of My Heart" Westlife World of Our Own checkY checkY
"Bop Bop Baby" checkY
"I Wanna Grow Old with You" checkY
"World of Our Own" checkY checkY
"To Be Loved" checkY checkY
"Drive (All the Time)" checkY checkY
"Angel" checkY
"Don't Get Me Wrong" checkY
"Reason for Living" checkY
"What If" Kate Winslet Christmas Carol: The Movie OST checkY checkY
"Blah, Blah, Blah" 2000 Devotion 2 Music Pokémon: The Movie OST checkY
"One Heart" O-Town checkY
"If I Don't Tell You Now" Ronan Keating Ronan checkY
"I Want Candy" Aaron Carter Aaron's Party (Come Get It) checkY
"Against All Odds"
(with Mariah Carey)
Westlife Coast to Coast / Rainbow checkY
"Real Good Time" Aaron Carter Aaron's Party (Come Get It) checkY
"Tell Me What You Want" checkY
"Lately" Samantha Mumba Gotta Tell You checkY
"He Don't Love You" Human Nature Human Nature checkY
"What Makes a Man" Westlife Coast to Coast checkY checkY
"Close" checkY checkY
"Angel's Wings" checkY checkY
"No Place That Far" checkY
"Close Your Eyes" checkY checkY
"You Make Me Feel" checkY
"Fragile Heart" checkY
"Every Little Thing You Do" checkY checkY
"I Have a Dream" checkY
"My Girl" checkY
"I'll Be There" checkY
"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" checkY
"Swear It Again" 1999 Westlife checkY checkY
"Flying Without Wings" checkY checkY
"Keep on Movin'" 5ive Invincible checkY
"I Don't Wanna Fight" Westlife Westlife checkY checkY
"Moments" checkY checkY
"More Than Words" checkY
"We Are One" checkY checkY
"Until the End of Time" checkY checkY
"Forever" checkY checkY
"Everybody Knows" checkY checkY
"Let's Make Tonight Special" checkY checkY
"Don't Fight It Baby" 5ive Invincible checkY checkY
"Satisfied" 1998 5ive checkY
"When I Remember When" checkY
"Let It Be Me" 1997 Damage Forever checkY checkY
"Forever" 1996 checkY checkY


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