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A singer-songwriter is a person who writes songs and then sings them. There's more to it than that, however: the "singer-songwriter" label is associated with certain styles of music. Traditionally, the label refers to Three Chords and the Truth music in which a single singer accompanies themself with only an acoustic guitar or a piano, but you'll also find singer-songwriters in pop and rock. The defining characteristics of a singer-songwriter is that they are billed individually rather than as part of a band, that they write their own songs, and that the emphasis is on the lyrics rather than on complex music (this is why you don't call Jimi Hendrix or Frank Zappa "singer-songwriters", even though they did sing and write songs). Singer-songwriter music was especially popular in The '70s and in The '90s on adult alternative radio.

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Often overlaps with Folk Music and Country Music. Singer-songwriters may or may not write Protest Songs.

Notable singer-songwriters include:

Argentina

Australia

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

China

Cuba

Denmark

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Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Mexico

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The Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Philippines

Poland

Russia

Scotland

South Korea

Sweden

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States


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