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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.

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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:

Australia

Belgium

Britain

Canada

China

Finland

France

Germany

  • Franz-Josef Degenhardt
  • Herbert Grönemeyer
  • Reinhard Mey
  • Marius Müller-Westernhagen
  • Hannes Wader
  • Konstantin Wecker

Ireland

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Japan

Korea

Mexico

The Netherlands

  • Douwe Bob
  • Jaap Fischer
  • Boudewijn de Groot
  • Drs. P

Philippines

New Zealand

Russia

Scotland

Sweden

Ukraine

United States


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