Wayne Hector

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Wayne Hector

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 Westlifes number one singles, including World of Our Own and Flying Without Wings.[4][5] Ruben Studdards cover of Flying Without Wings peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6]

He is signed to BMG Chrysalis UK.[7]

Career

Hector began his music career as a member of the new-jack group Rhythm N Bass.[8] He became disillusioned with life as a pop star and decided to concentrate on songwriting and music production.[8] When transitioning from performer to songwriter, Hector got in touch with Steve Mac, who was working with the British boy band Damage.[8][9] He had originally met Mac while Hector was working as a background singer.[9][10]

In 1996, Damages "Forever" became one of Hectors first songwriting credits and his first top 10 hit.[1][9][10]

Hector contributed to Westlifes self-titled debut album in 1999.[11] His credits on the album include "Swear It Again" and "Flying Without Wings", both of which peaked at number 1 in the United Kingdom.[12] He also contributed "I Dont Wanna Fight", "Moments" and "We Are One" to the album.[11] He also cowrote number 1 singles "Queen of My Heart" and "World of Our Own" on Westlifes 2001 album World of Our Own.[12][13]

In 2005, Hector was signed to Sony/ATV.[14] At the time of his signing, he had written 32 international number one singles.[14] Later that year he worked on Rascall Flatts Feels Like Today, for which he won an ASCAP award.[15] He also penned Carrie Underwoods "I Just Cant Live A Lie" in 2005.[16]

Hector wrote "I Hate This Part" for The Pussycat Dolls in 2008.[5][17] He co-wrote "Out from Under" on Britney Spears Circus later that year.[18] In 2009, Hector co-wrote two number one singles, "Beat Again" and "Everybody In Love", on JLSs self-titled debut album.[19][20]

Hector joined Warner/Chappell Music in 2010.[21] That year he co-wrote JLSs number one single "Love You More".[20] He also co-wrote "Thinking Of Me" on Olly Murs 2010 self-titled debut album.[22]

Hector wrote "Same Mistakes" and "Everything About You" for One Directions debut album Up All Night in 2011.[23]

In 2012, he co-wrote Nicki Minajs "Starships" and The Wanteds "Glad You Came".[1] He also wrote The Wanteds "I Found You", which was released in September 2012.[5][24] 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 Dont We Go There" for One Directions Midnight Memories.[25] He also wrote "Get Down" and "Supposed" on James Arthurs self-titled debut album and Mikas "Stardust".[26][27] Hector worked on "Miss America", "The Only One", "Bones", "Postcard" and "Hollywood" on James Blunts Moon Landing, which was released in October 2013.[28] He also co-wrote "Rest of Our Life" on Jason Derulos Tattoos.[29]

Awards

In 2003, Hector won a BMI Country Award and BMI London Award for his work on Trace Adkins' Help Me Understand.[30][31] Hector won an ASCAP award in 2005 for his work on Rascal Flatts Feels Like Today and The Pussycat Dolls' I Hate This Part.[15][32] He also won at the 2010 Brit Awards for his work on JLS Beat Again.[33] Hector was recognized as one of the 2012 top 25 songwriters by ASCAP.[34] He was nominated for an Ivor Novella songwriting award for Best Selling UK single for "All This Time".[35] 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.[36][37]

Influences

Hector credits his eclectic musical tastes to his upbringing.[17] His father favoured rock and R&B while his mother listened to country and classical music.[17] His songwriting influences include Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Burt Bacharach, Hal Davis, Babyface and Rodgers and Hammerstein.[8]

Songwriting discography

Main article: Wayne Hector songwriting discography

Personal life

Hector was born in Hackney and grew up in Surrey. He lives in Surrey.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paul Williams (February 19, 2013). Leading pop songwriter Wayne Hector on his ambition to work with bands. Music Week. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  2. Richard Smirke (March 28, 2012). Wayne Hector, Hit-Making UK Songwriter, Talks One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Streaming Services, More (Q&A). BillboardBiz. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  3. Lisa McGarry (June 3, 2013). Songwriter Wayne Hector reveals One Direction album is almost finished Poor Niall Horan hates leaving home!. Unreality TV. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  4. Robert Copsey (June 3, 2013). Songwriter Wayne Hector talks One Direction album, Nicki Minaj. Digital Spy. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wayne Hector Credits. All Music. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  6. Gary Trust (May 28, 2009). Chart Beat: "Glee," Kris Allen, Steve Martin. Billboard. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  7. Ingham Tim (27 February 2014). Wayne Hector signs with BMG Chrysalis UK. Music Week. Retrieved on 12 March 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Ted Drozdowski (April 16, 2012). 10 Questions: Wayne Hector. BMI. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Interview with WAYNE HECTOR, songwriter for Susan Boyle, Pussycat Dolls, Westlife. Hit Quarters (February 1, 2010). Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Interview with STEVE MAC, producer for Susan Boyle, JLS, Il Divo, The Saturdays. Hit Quarters (April 12, 2010). Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Westlife. All Music. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Westlife. Official Charts. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  13. Westlife. All Music. Retrieved on December 9, 2013.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Sign here, Music Week, May 5, 2005.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Complete List of Winners. ASCAP. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  16. Some Hearts. All Music. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Paul Williams, Just Call Him Mr. Diversity, Music Week, June 12, 2008.
  18. Circus. All Music. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  19. JLS. All Music. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  20. 20.0 20.1 JLS. Official Charts Company. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  21. Charlotte Otter, Playing it safe in a busy year for signings, Music Week, January 15, 2011.
  22. Thinking of Me. All Music. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  23. Up All Night. All Music. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  24. The Wanted Confirm New Single 'I Found You'. MTV UK. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  25. James Arthur. All Music. Retrieved on January 21, 2014.
  26. Songbook Vol. 1. All Music. Retrieved on January 21, 2014.
  27. 2003 BMI Country Awards Winners. Billboard. Retrieved on February 4, 2014.
  28. BMI Honors Top UK, European Writers and Publishers at London Awards. BMI. Retrieved on February 4, 2014.
  29. Song Awards. ASCAP. Retrieved on February 4, 2014.
  30. The Brit Awards 2010. Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved on December 10, 2013.
  31. ASCAP Members Dominate the 2012 Year-End Billboard Charts. ASCAP. Retrieved on February 4, 2014.
  32. The Streets lead Ivor nominations. BBC News. Retrieved on February 4, 2014.
  33. BMI Awards 2013: All the winners. Music Week. Retrieved on February 4, 2014.
  34. Cash Moneys Bryan Birdman Williams and Ronald Slim Williams and Top Songwriters Honored at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. BMI. Retrieved on February 4, 2014.

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