>â¢ The songwriter-producer, 30âwhose band has a new CD, Waking Upâtells us the stories behind his hits.
LEONA LEWIS, “BLEEDING LOVE”
For this I [imagined] writing the theme song to Say Anything. I didn’t write it specifically for Leona, but it just connected with her. She’s professional, phenomenally gifted and beautiful. The total package.
Beyoncé Knowles, “HALO”
She was a fan of OneRepublic. Her manager called and asked if I could write a song like “Come Home” [off Dreaming Out Loud]. I wanted to do something uplifting. BeyoncÃ© took it to another level vocally. She definitely out-sang my demo!
JORDIN SPARKS, “BATTLEFIELD”
Originally it was for Rihanna. But I handed the song to her camp the day of Clive Davis’ [pre-Grammy] party. That night Chris Brown beat her up. The song talks about fighting, so it was inappropriate.
KELLY CLARKSON, “ALREADY GONE”
I recorded her vocals the same way SinÃ©ad O’Connor did “Nothing Compares 2 U.” I’m always trying to beat that song!