November 23, 2009 12:00 PM

>• The songwriter-producer, 30—whose band has a new CD, Waking Up—tells 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. Beyoncé 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 Sinéad O’Connor did “Nothing Compares 2 U.” I’m always trying to beat that song!

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