born on 18/12/1964 in New York City, NY, United States
John Matthew Shanks (born December 18, 1964) is an American writer of modern rock music and a Grammy Awardwinning producer.
Early life and education
Born in New York City on December 18, 1964, Shanks moved to Los Angeles when he was 17 years old.
Shanks began playing in Melissa Etheridge's band in 1988 and toured with her for several years. Shanks enjoyed his first writing success in the early 1990s by getting cuts with Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker and Tuck & Patti. He also landed his first publishing deal.
Shanks reunited with Etheridge in 1995 when he collaborated with her on songs for Your Little Secret. He worked with her for several years and co-produced her subsequent album, Breakdown, in 1999. Breakdown received four Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.
In 2001, Shanks produced several tracks for the Stevie Nicks album, Trouble in Shangri-La and penned the first single, Every Day.
In January 2001, Shanks began working with Michelle Branch. Together, they wrote four songs for the hit album The Spirit Room, including the first single, "Everywhere". He also produced the album. In the fall of the same year, Shanks co-wrote Sheryl Crows single, "Steve McQueen".
Shanks started working with Take That in 2005, on their comeback album Beautiful World, and he also produced their next album The Circus in 2008.
Shanks has also produced or written for other projects with SHeDAISY, Carlos Santana, Celine Dion, Sting, The Corrs, Chris Isaak, Vertical Horizon, Hanson, Unwritten Law, Will Hoge, Stroke 9, Hilary Duff, Keith Urban, Alanis Morissette and Take That. He produced Ashlee Simpson's hit 2004 album Autobiography and is credited with co-writing ten of the album's 12 songs with Simpson. On seven of those, Kara DioGuardi is also credited. That same year Shanks produced three songs for Kelly Clarkson's hit album Breakaway, including the title track "Breakaway", and worked with Anastacia on two songs for her self-titled album, including the single "Welcome To My Truth".
Shanks won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical in 2005 for his work on Autobiography, the Kelly Clarkson song "Breakaway", Hilary Duff's "Fly", Robbie Robertson's "Shine Your Light" and Alanis Morissette's album So-Called Chaos. Clive Davis described Shanks as the father of that guitar-driven kind of pop sound, as his work with Branch, Clarkson, Duff and Simpson employed many acoustic guitars in contrast to the synthesizer-heavy sound of the pop music of the period.
In 2005, Shanks regrouped with Ashlee Simpson, producing her second album, I Am Me, and co-writing all of its 11 songs with Simpson and DioGuardi. Shanks also worked on 2 major albums of 2005, the Backstreet Boys' Never Gone and Bon Jovi's Have a Nice Day.
In January 2011, Shanks stated that he began work with legendary rock band Van Halen on its first album with original lead singer David Lee Roth since the landmark LP 1984 (1984). Released in February 2012 to near universal praise, Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth debuted at #2 in the United States, and in the Top 10 on 5 continents.
- 1998: Ask Anybody by Swirl 360
- 1999: Breakdown by Melissa Etheridge
- 2000: If These Walls Could Talk 2 by Various Artists (soundtrack)
- 2000: Sooner or Later by BBMak
- 2000: Bounce by Various Artists (soundtrack)
- 2000: Now You See Inside by SR-71
- 2000: A Life of Saturdays by Dexter Freebish
- 2001: Sweet November by Various Artists (soundtrack)
- 2001: Trouble in Shangri-La by Stevie Nicks
- 2001: The Spirit Room by Michelle Branch
- 2002: Surrender by Laura Pausini
- 2002: Elva by Unwritten Law
- 2002: Always Got Tonight by Chris Isaak
- 2002: C'mon C'mon by Sheryl Crow
- 2002: Rip It Off by Stroke 9
- 2003: Say You Will by Fleetwood Mac
- 2003: Hotel Paper by Michelle Branch
- 2003: Falling Uphill by Lillix
- 2003: Go by Vertical Horizon
- 2003: Strays by Jane's Addiction
- 2003: Metamorphosis by Hilary Duff
- 2003: The Very Best of Sheryl Crow by Sheryl Crow (greatest hits)
- 2004: Lucky by Melissa Etheridge
- 2004: Anastacia by Anastacia
- 2004: So-Called Chaos by Alanis Morissette
- 2004: Autobiography by Ashlee Simpson
- 2004: Hilary Duff by Hilary Duff
- 2004: Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
- 2004: Blue Skies by Diana DeGarmo
- 2004: Be Here by Keith Urban
- 2004: Underneath by Hanson
- 2004: Speak by Lindsay Lohan
- 2005: Never Gone by Backstreet Boys
- 2005: Most Wanted by Hilary Duff (compilation)
- 2005: Have a Nice Day by Bon Jovi
- 2005: Wildflower by Sheryl Crow
- 2005: I Am Me by Ashlee Simpson
- 2005: Somebody's Miracle by Liz Phair
- 2005: Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled by Melissa Etheridge (greatest hits)
- 2005: The Collection by Alanis Morissette (greatest hits)
- 2005: Pieces of a Dream by Anastacia
- 2005: The Real Thing by Bo Bice
- 2006: Fortuneteller's Melody by SHeDAISY
- 2006: Stand Still, Look Pretty by The Wreckers
- 2006: Beautiful World by Take That
- 2007: Taking Chances by Céline Dion
- 2007: In This Life by Delta Goodrem
- 2007: Unbreakable by Backstreet Boys
- 2007: Greatest Hits by Sara Evans
- 2007: Lost Highway by Bon Jovi
- 2007: E² by Eros Ramazzotti
- 2008: Do You Know by Jessica Simpson
- 2008: The Circus by Take That
- 2009: Mr. Lucky by Chris Isaak
- 2009: The Time Of Our Lives by Miley Cyrus
- 2009: The Circle by Bon Jovi
- 2009: To Love Again by Alesha Dixon
- 2010: Fearless Love, by Melissa Etheridge
- 2010: Can't Be Tamed by Miley Cyrus
- 2010: Gravity by Westlife
- 2010: Sparks Fly by Miranda Cosgrove
- 2011: Untitled second studio album by Diana Vickers
- 2012: A Different Kind of Truth by Van Halen
- 2012: Josh Doyle by Josh Doyle
- 2012: Child of The Universe by Delta Goodrem
- 2013: What About Now by Bon Jovi
- 1997: "Only When I Sleep" by The Corrs
- 1998: "Hey Now Now" by Swirl 360 (US #18)
- 1999: "Angels Would Fall" by Melissa Etheridge (US #51)
- 1999: "Truth of the Heart" by Melissa Etheridge
- 2000: "Empty Spaces" and "Fame" by Sr-71
- 2001: "Everywhere" by Michelle Branch (US #12 UK #18)
- 2002: "Steve McQueen" by Sheryl Crow
- 2002: "Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban (US #23)
- 2003: "Are You Happy Now?" by Michelle Branch (US #16 UK #31)
- 2003: "Breathe" by Michelle Branch (US #36)
- 2003: "Love Me Like That" by Michelle Branch
- 2003: "Come Clean" by Hilary Duff
- 2004: "Light in Your Eyes" by Sheryl Crow
- 2004: "Come Home Soon" by SHeDAISY (US Country #14)
- 2004: "Pieces of Me" by Ashlee Simpson (US #5 UK #4)
- 2004: "Shadow" by Ashlee Simpson (US #57)
- 2004: "La La" by Ashlee Simpson (US #86 UK #11)
- 2005: "Have A Nice Day" by Bon Jovi (US #53 UK #6)
- 2005: "Welcome to Wherever You Are" by Bon Jovi (UK #19)
- 2005: "I'm Feeling You" by Santana and The Wreckers (US #55)
- 2005: "Boyfriend" by Ashlee Simpson (US #19 UK #12)
- 2005: "L.O.V.E." by Ashlee Simpson (US #22)
- 2006: "I'm Taking the Wheel" by SHeDAISY (US Country #22)
- 2006: "Kickin' In" by SHeDAISY
- 2006: "Whatever It Takes" by SHeDAISY
- 2006: "Out of My Mind" by SHeDAISY
- 2006: "Healing Side" by SHeDAISY
- 2006: "Again and Again" by Jewel (US #80)
- 2006: "Patience" by Take That (UK #1)
- 2007: "Lost Highway" by Bon Jovi
- 2006: "Reach Out" by Take That
- 2008: "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield(US #5)
- 2009: "Heart on My Sleeve" by Michael Johns
- 2009: "Sooner or Later" by Michelle Branch
- 2009: "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus (US #4) also covered by Joe McElderry (UK #1)
- 2009: "Brokenpromiseland" by Bon Jovi
- 2010: "When I Look at You" by Miley Cyrus and David Bisbal (US Billboard Hot 100 #16)
- 2010: "Safe" by Westlife (UK #10)
- 2010: "Me & My Jealousy", "Weightless" by Lee DeWyze
- 2011: "All That You Are" by Goo Goo Dolls
- 2011: "Lighthouse (song)" by Westlife (UK #32)
- 2013: "Maybe You're Right" by Miley Cyrus
- More Mr. Nice Guy, Billboard, May 21, 2005, p. 24.
- John Shanks Interview. SongwriterUniverse. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
- GRAMMYS 2005 : Nominees. VH1.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
- Interview: John Shanks Discusses Producing Van Halen's New Album, 'A Different Kind Of Truth'. Guitar World (2013-08-14). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
- Official Web site of John Shanks
- List of John Shanks' work with various artists
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