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John Shanks

born on 18/12/1964 in New York City, NY, United States

John Shanks

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John Shanks

John Matthew Shanks (born December 18, 1964) is an American writer of modern rock music and a Grammy Awardwinning producer.[1]

Early life and education

Born in New York City on December 18, 1964, Shanks moved to Los Angeles when he was 17 years old.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4]

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.

Selected discography



  • 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


  1. More Mr. Nice Guy, Billboard, May 21, 2005, p. 24.
  2. John Shanks Interview. SongwriterUniverse. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  3. GRAMMYS 2005 : Nominees. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  4. 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.

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