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]

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c Paul Williams (19 February 2013). "Leading pop songwriter Wayne Hector on his ambition to work with bands". Music Week. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Richard Smirke (28 March 2012). "Wayne Hector, Hit-Making UK Songwriter, Talks One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Streaming Services, More (Q&A)". BillboardBiz. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Lisa McGarry (3 June 2013). "Songwriter Wayne Hector reveals One Direction album is almost finished – Poor Niall Horan hates leaving home!". Unreality TV. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Robert Copsey (3 June 2013). "Songwriter Wayne Hector talks One Direction album, Nicki Minaj". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
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  6. ^ Ingham Tim (27 February 2014). "Wayne Hector signs with BMG Chrysalis UK". Music Week. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Ted Drozdowski (16 April 2012). "10 Questions: Wayne Hector". BMI. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Interview with WAYNE HECTOR, songwriter for Susan Boyle, Pussycat Dolls, Westlife". Hit Quarters. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Interview with STEVE MAC, producer for Susan Boyle, JLS, Il Divo, The Saturdays". Hit Quarters. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Westlife". All Music. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Westlife". Official Charts. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
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  13. ^ a b "Sign here". Music Week. 5 May 2005. 
  14. ^ a b "Complete List of Winners". ASCAP. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Some Hearts". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c Paul Williams (12 June 2008). "Just Call Him Mr. Diversity". Music Week. 
  17. ^ "Circus". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "JLS". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "JLS". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Charlotte Otter (15 January 2011). "Playing it safe in a busy year for signings". Music Week. 
  21. ^ "Thinking of Me". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Up All Night". All Music. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Wanted Confirm New Single 'I Found You'". MTV UK. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Midnight Memories (CD Booklet) (Media notes). One Direction. 
  25. ^ "James Arthur". All Music. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Songbook Vol. 1". All Music. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  27. ^ Moon Landing (CD Booklet) (Media notes). James Blunt. 
  28. ^ Tattoos (CD Booklet) (Media notes). Jason Derulo. 
  29. ^ "Redlight". Warner/Chappell Music. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  30. ^ "BEHIND THE SONG: RIXTON – ME AND MY BROKEN HEART". Idobi Radio. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  31. ^ "Break Your Plans". Warner/Chappell Music. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  32. ^ Lewis Corner (27 September 2014). "Exclusive: One Direction's new single: 'Steal My Girl' - First listen review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 October 2014.  line feed character in |title= at position 11 (help)
  33. ^ Lewis Corner (9 April 2014). "The Vamps: 'Last Night' single review: "A sugary pop-rock anthem"". Digital Spy. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  34. ^ "Sigma: Changing (Feat. Paloma Faith)". Ico Pop. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  35. ^ "2003 BMI Country Awards Winners". Billboard. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  36. ^ "BMI Honors Top UK, European Writers and Publishers at London Awards". BMI. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  37. ^ "Song Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  38. ^ "The Brit Awards 2010". Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  39. ^ "ASCAP Members Dominate the 2012 Year-End Billboard Charts". ASCAP. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  40. ^ "The Streets lead Ivor nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  41. ^ "BMI Awards 2013: All the winners". Music Week. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  42. ^ "Cash Money's Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and Ronald 'Slim' Williams and Top Songwriters Honored at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards". BMI. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  43. ^ Lucy Bacon (14 October 2014). "Nile Rodgers Gets Lucky With BMI Song Of The Year Award". MTV. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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