Songwriters C-D

Chris Carrabba

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Born Christopher Ender Carrabba, 10 April 1975, in West Hartford, Conneticut, US, CC is a multi-instrumentalist and principal songwriter for Dashboard Confessional, a band he started initially as a solo side-project in 1999. The band released its debut album The Swiss Army Romance in 2000. CC combines heartfelt lyrics with a warm acoustic guitar sound. His songs have had several placements in TV and film.


Nick Cave

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Born Nicholas Edward Cave, 22 September 1957, in Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia, NC is a musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known for his musical work with the Bad Seeds, established in 1983, a group known for its eclectic influences and musical styles. Prior to this, he fronted the post-punk group The Birthday Party in the early 1980s, which was influenced by blues and free jazz. Cave's music is generally characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and lyrical obsessions with religion, death, love and violence. In the early 2010s, he was dubbed by the NME as "the grand lord of gothic lushness".


Jay Clifford

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Born James Major Clifford, 21 November 1970, in Winston-Salem, NC, USA. JC is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was principal songwriter in Jump, Little Children, a band he co-founded in 1991 with friends from the NC College of the Arts. JLC disbanded in 2005. He has since been a solo performer.


Leonard Cohen

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Born Leonard Norman Cohen, 21 September 1934, in Montreal, Quebec, LC is a singer, songwriter, musician, poet and novelist, whose work often explores religion, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. LC has been inducted into the (Canadian) Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In a speech at LC’s induction to the (U.S.) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, Lou Reed described Cohen as belonging to the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters."


Sam Cooke

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Born Samuel Cook, 22 January 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi; died 11 December 1964. SC was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. He is considered one of the pioneers and founders of Soul music, where his contribution led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. He is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocal abilities and influence on the modern world of music.


Elvis Costello

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Born Declan Patrick McManus, 25 August 1954, in London, EC is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub-rock scene in the mid-1970s and later became associated with the punk/New Wave genre. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopedia", able to "re-invent the past in his own image".


Ray Davies

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Born Raymond Douglas Davies in London, 21 June 1944. RD is a rock singer who was lead singer and principal songwriter with The Kinks, one of the most prolific and long-lived English bands. Since the dissolution of The Kinks in 1996, RD has had a solo career as a singer-songwriter. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.


Dave Dobbyn

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Born 3 Jan 1957 in Auckland, NZ, DD is an award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist and record-producer. Originally with NZ band Th’ Dudes, and  main creative force in DD Smash, he is now a solo act. He has collaborated with other NZ artists e.g. Neil and Tim Finn, and Bic Runga.


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