Wayne Hector

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Wayne Hector
Genres Pop, contemporary R&B
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Associated acts Westlife, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, The Wanted, Olly Murs, JLS, The Pussycat Dolls, Damage

Wayne Hector is a British songwriter who is best known for his work with pop artists such as Nicki Minaj, One Direction, The Wanted and Olly Murs.[1][2][3] He also wrote seven of Westlife's number one singles, including "World of Our Own" and "Flying Without Wings".[4][5]

He is signed to BMG Chrysalis UK.[6]


Hector began his music career as a member of the new jack swing group Rhythm N Bass.[citation needed] The group were signed by Sony Music after entertainment executive Richard Pascoe featured the group in a European edition of Yo! MTV Raps.[7] He then decided to concentrate on songwriting and music production.[7] It was this period in 1993 that Richard Pascoe took the role as International A&R manager for Pop music at Rondor Music International, where he signed Hector and fellow Rhythm N Bass member Alister Tennant as songwriters. When transitioning from performer to songwriter, Hector got in touch with Steve Mac, who was working with the British boy band Damage.[7][8] He had originally met Mac while Hector was working as a background singer.[8][9]

In 1996, Damage's "Forever" became one of Hector's first songwriting credits and his first top 10 hit.[1][8][9]

Hector contributed to Westlife's self-titled debut album in 1999.[10] His credits on the album include "Swear It Again" and "Flying Without Wings", both of which peaked at number 1 in the United Kingdom.[11] He also contributed "I Don't Wanna Fight", "Moments" and "We Are One" to the album.[10] He also cowrote number 1 singles "Queen of My Heart" and "World of Our Own" on Westlife's 2001 album World of Our Own.[11][12]

In 2005, Hector was signed to Sony/ATV.[13] At the time of his signing, he had written 32 international number one singles.[13] Later that year he worked on Rascall Flatts' Feels Like Today, for which he won an ASCAP award.[14] He also penned Carrie Underwood's "I Just Can't Live A Lie" in 2005.[15]

Hector wrote "I Hate This Part" for The Pussycat Dolls in 2008.[5][16] He co-wrote "Out from Under" on Britney Spear's Circus later that year.[17] In 2009, Hector co-wrote two number one singles, "Beat Again" and "Everybody in Love", on JLS's self-titled debut album.[18][19]

Hector joined Warner/Chappell Music in 2010.[20] That year he co-wrote JLS's number one single "Love You More".[19] He also co-wrote "Thinking of Me" on Olly Murs' 2010 self-titled debut album.[21]

Hector wrote "Same Mistakes" and "Everything About You" for One Direction's debut album Up All Night in 2011.[22]

In 2012, he co-wrote Nicki Minaj's "Starships" and The Wanted's "Glad You Came".[1] He also wrote The Wanted's "I Found You", which was released in September 2012.[5][23] Hector also contributed "Army of Two", "Hand on Heart" and "Personal" to Olly Murs' 2012 album Right Place Right Time.

In 2013, Hector co-wrote "Best Song Ever", "Little White Lies" and "Why Don't We Go There" for One Direction's Midnight Memories.[24] He also wrote "Get Down" and "Supposed" on James Arthur's self-titled debut album and Mika's "Stardust".[25][26] Hector worked on "Miss America", "The Only One", "Bones", "Postcard" and "Hollywood" on James Blunt's Moon Landing, which was released in October 2013.[27] He also co-wrote "Rest of Our Life" on Jason Derulo's Tattoos.[28]

In 2014, Hector wrote "Me and My Broken Heart" for the English pop band Rixton, "Break Your Plans" for The Fray, and "Redlight" for Tiesto.[29][30][31] He co-wrote "Steal My Girl" for the One Direction album Four.[32] He also co-wrote "Changing", the Sigma song featuring Paloma Faith, and "Last Night" by the pop-rock band The Vamps.[33][34]


In 2003, Hector won a BMI Country Award and BMI London Award for his work on Trace Adkins' Help Me Understand.[35][36] Hector won an ASCAP award in 2005 for his work on Rascal Flatts' Feels Like Today and The Pussycat Dolls' I Hate This Part.[14][37] He also won at the 2010 Brit Awards for his work on JLS' Beat Again.[38] Hector was recognised as one of the 2012 top 25 songwriters by ASCAP.[39] He was nominated for an Ivor Novella songwriting award for Best Selling UK single for "All This Time".[40] In 2013, Hector won BMI Awards for The Wanted's "Glad You Came" and Nicki Minaj's "Starships," which also won a BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award for Song of the Year.[41][42] In 2014, he received the BMI Pop Award for One Direction's "Best Song Ever".[43]


Hector credits his musical tastes to his upbringing.[16] His father favoured rock and R&B while his mother listened to country and classical music.[16] His songwriting influences include Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Burt Bacharach, Hal Davis, Babyface and Rodgers and Hammerstein.[7]

Songwriting discography[edit]


Year Album Song Co-written with
1999 Westlife "Swear It Again" Steve Mac
"Flying Without Wings"
"I Don't Wanna Fight" Steve Mac
"We Are One" Steve Mac, Alexandre Desplat
2000 Coast to Coast "What Makes a Man" Steve Mac
"Every Little Thing You Do"
"Close" Steve Mac, Chris Farren
"Angel's Wings" Steve Mac, Jimmy MacCarthy
"Close Your Eyes" Steve Mac, Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow
2001 World Of Our Own "Queen of My Heart" John McLaughlin, Steve Mac, Steve Robson
"World of Our Own" Steve Mac
"To Be Loved"
"Drive (For All Time)"
2002 Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1 "Love Takes Two" Steve Mac
"Tonight" Steve Mac, Jorgen Elofsson
2003 Turnaround "On My Shoulder" Steve Mac
"Turn Around"
"Thank You" Steve Mac, Simon Perry
"What Do They Know?" Steve Mac, Jimmy McCarthy
"Hey Whatever" Steve Mac, Ken Papenfus, Carl Papenfus
2005 Face to Face "That's Where You Find Love" Chris Farren, Steve Mac
"Heart Without a Home" Steve Mac
"Change Your Mind"
2007 Back Home "It's You" Steve Mac
"Catch My Breath"
"I Do (The Best is Yet to Come)" Steve Mac, John Reid
2010 Gravity "Tell Me It's Love" John Shanks
"No One's Gonna Sleep Tonight"
"Difference in Me"

Other artists[edit]

Artist Album Song Co-written with
Ant & Dec The Cult of Ant & Dec "Falling" Steve Mac, Ant & Dec
Damage Forever "Love II Love" Ali Tennant, Bryan Powell
"Forever" Steve Mac, Ali Tennant
"Do Me That Way" Ali Tennant
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Five 5ive "That's What You Told Me" Ali Tennant, Cutfather, Joseph Belmaati, Five
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Human Nature Human Nature "He Don't Love You" Steve Mac
"House of Cards" N/A
Stephen Gately New Beginning "I Believe" Steve Mac
All Saints Saints & Sinners "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" Shaznay Lewis, Karl Gordon, Ali Tennant
Ronan Keating Ronan "Addicted" Michael Power, Stephen Lipson
Artist Album Song Co-written with
O-Town O-Town "All or Nothing" Steve Mac
Emma Bunton A Girl Like Me "Take My Breath Away" Emma Bunton, Steve Mac
Luke Galliana N/A "To Die For" Deni Lew, Nicky Graham, Stephen Lipson
Kate Winslet Christmas Carol: The Movie soundtrack "What If" Steve Mac
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Trace Adkins Chrome "Help Me Understand" Steve Mac, Chris Farren
Def Leppard X "Long, Long Way to Go" Steve Robson
Billy Crawford Ride "You Didn't Expect That" Ali Tennant, Steve Robson
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Michelle McManus The Meaning of Love "All This Time" Steve Mac
Ronan Keating Turn It On "Lost for Words" Ronan Keating, David Frank
Clay Aiken Measure of a Man "No More Sad Songs" Jimmy Harry, Sheppard Solomon
Blue Guilty "Walk Away" Ash Howes, Lee Ryan, Martin Harrington
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Rascal Flatts Feels Like Today "Feels Like Today" Steve Robson
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Charlotte Church Tissues and Issues "Call My Name" Charlotte Church, Eg White
Il Divo The Christmas Collection "Rejoice" Steve Mac
Carrie Underwood Some Hearts "I Just Can't Live a Lie" Steve Robson
Lee Ryan Lee Ryan "Parking" Steve Mac
"Wish the Whole World Knew" Ash Howes, Lee Ryan, Martin Harrington
"How Do I?"
Artist Album Song Co-written with
The Pussycat Dolls Doll Domination "I Hate This Part" Lucas Secon, Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather
Britney Spears Circus "Out from Under" Shelly Peiken, Arnthor Birgisson
Britannia High Britannia High "Proud" Steve Mac, Andy Hill
Artist Album Song Co-written with
JLS JLS "Beat Again" Steve Mac
"Crazy for You"
"Everybody in Love" Jonathan Rotem, Felicia Jensen, David Doman
Stan Walker Introducing... Stan Walker "Black Box" Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg, Lucas Secon
Artist Album Song Co-written with
The Wanted The Wanted "All Time Low" Ed Drewett, Steve Mac
"Heart Vacancy" Mich Hansen, Jonas Jeberg, Lucas Secon
Big Time Rush BTR "Boyfriend" Lucas Secon
JLS Outta This World "Love You More" JLS, Toby Gad
Travie McCoy Lazarus "Need You" Lucas Secon, Carsten Mortensen, Travie McCoy
Olly Murs Olly Murs "Thinking of Me" Steve Robson, Olly Murs
Enrique Iglesias Euphoria "Heartbreaker" Enrique Iglesias, Mark Taylor
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" Lenny Medina, Enrique Iglesias
Artist Album Song Co-written with
One Direction Up All Night "Everything About You" Steve Robson, One Direction
"Same Mistakes"
The Wanted Battleground "Glad You Came" Steve Mac, Ed Drewett
"Gold Forever" Steve Mac, Claude Kelly
Aggro Santos AggroSantos.com "Like U Like" (featuring Kimberley Walsh) Steve Mac, Aggro Santos
September Love CPR "Party in My Head" Lucas Secon, Daniel Davidsen, Peter Wallevik, Cutfather
"Resuscitate Me" Lucas Secon, Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Olly Murs Right Place Right Time "Army of Two" Olly Murs, Robbie Williams, Iyiola Babalola, Darren Lewis
"Hand on Heart" TMS, Olly Murs
"Personal" TMS, Olly Murs, Christopher Houston
"Cry Your Heart Out" Olly Murs, Lucas Secon, Carsten Mortensen
"Sliding Doors" Steve Robson, Olly Murs
Dappy Bad Intentions "Good Intentions" Dappy, Fraser T. Smith, Tim Powell, Clinton Outten, Alfred Millar
"Bring It Home" (featuring The Wanted) Dappy, Steve Mac, Nathan Sykes
Christina Aguilera Lotus "Just a Fool" (with Blake Shelton) Steve Robson, Claude Kelly
Paloma Faith Fall to Grace "Picking Up the Pieces" Paloma Faith, Tim Powell
"Streets of Glory" Paloma Faith, Steve Robson
Cover Drive Bajan Style "Sparks" Cover Drive, Steve Mac
"I Know You Too Well" Cover Drive, Quiz & Larossi
Roman Lob Changes "Standing Still" Jamie Cullum, Steve Robson
Mika The Origin of Love "Stardust" Mika, Benny Benassi, Allessandro Benassi
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded "Starships" Nicki Minaj, RedOne, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Saffaree Samuels
"Whip It" Nicki Minaj, RedOne, Alex Papaconstantinou, Björn Djupstörm, Bilal Hajji, Saffaree Samuels
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Shane Filan You and Me "About You" Shane Filan, Steve Mac
One Direction Midnight Memories "Best Song Ever" John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta
"Little White Lies" John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson
"Why Don't We Go There?" Steve Robson, Claude Kelly, Louis Tomlinson
James Arthur James Arthur "Get Down" James Arthur, Mustapha Omer, James Murray, Jonny Coffer, Ronald Bell, Robert "Kool" Bell
"Supposed" James Arthur, Naughty Boy
The Wanted Word of Mouth "I Found You" Steve Mac, Ina Wroldsen
Amelia Lily N/A "Party Over" Amelia Lily, Brian Higgins, Matt Gray, Miranda Cooper, Annie Yuil
Blue Roulette "Without You" Cutfather, Jason Gill, Daniel Davidsen, Blue
"Risk It All" Lucas Secon
"We've Got Tonight" Novel Jannusi, Geo Slam, Pat Devine, Blue
"Heart on My Sleeve" Daniel Davidsen, Jason Gill, Cutfather
"Black Box" Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg, Lucas Secon
James Blunt Moon Landing "Miss America" James Blunt, Steve Mac
"The Only One"
"Hollywood" James Blunt, Steve Robson
Jason Derulo Tattoos "Rest of Our Life" Jason Derulo, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk
Artist Album Song Co-written with
The Vamps Meet the Vamps "Last Night" TMS, Ayak Thiik
"Risk It All" The Vamps, Matt Prime
Florrie N/A "Little White Lies" Florrie, Toby Scott, Brian Higgins
Tiësto A Town Called Paradise "Red Lights" Tiësto, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Michel Zitron, Måns Wredenberg
One Direction Four "Steal My Girl" Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, John Ryan
Olly Murs Never Been Better "Up" (featuring Demi Lovato) Daniel Davidsen, Maegan Cottone, Peter Wallevik, Cutfather
"Never Been Better" Olly Murs, TMS
"Hope You Got What You Came For" Olly Murs, Steve Robson
"Stick with Me" Steve Mac, John Newman
"Alone Tonight" Olly Murs, Iyiola Babalola, Darren Lewis
The Fray Helios "Break Your Plans" The Fray, Joakim Berg, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Sigma Life "Changing" (featuring Paloma Faith) Sigma, Ella Eyre, TMS
"Coming Home" (with Rita Ora) TMS
"Glitterball" (featuring Ella Henderson) Kish Mauve
"Higher" (featuring Labrinth) TMS, Kid Harpoon
Jess Glynne I Cry When I Laugh "Take Me Home" Steve Mac, Jess Glynne, Nick Tsang
"Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" Jess Glynne, TMS
One Direction Made in the A.M. "End of the Day" John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Jacob Kasher, Gamal "Lunchmoney" Lewis
"History" John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne
"Temporary Fix" TMS, Niall Horan
"A.M." John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta, One Direction
Rixton Let the Road "Wait on Me" Benny Blanco, Stargate, Jennifer Decilveo, Robopop
"Me and My Broken Heart" Ammar Malik, Steve Mac, Rob Thomas
Mika No Place in Heaven "Staring at the Sun" Mika, Benny Benassi, Allessandro Benassi
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion "Your Type" Carly Rae Jepsen, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk, Tavish Crowe
Artist Album Song Co-written with
Birdy Beautiful Lies "Keeping Your Head Up" Birdy, Steve Mac
"Hear You Calling" Birdy, Steve Mac
"Give Up" Birdy, TMS
Nicky Byrne N/A "Sunlight" Nicky Byrne, Ronan Hardiman
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion Remixed + "First Time" Carly Rae Jepsen, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk
Anne-Marie N/A "Alarm" Steve Mac, Ina Wroldsen, Anne-Marie Nicholson

Personal life[edit]

Hector was born in Hackney and grew up in Surrey. He lives in Surrey.[7]


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