What is a ghost writer? Pertaining to music, a ghost writer is a songwriter that writes the content for another artist who performs it. Although, they are listed as a songwriter, their work is usually not publicized. Hence the name, “ghost” writer. Here is a list of ghost writers they have written some of the most impressive song tracks for some of our favorite artists.
Nas was wrote most of Will Smith’s 1997 album, Big Willie Style. The album contains the hit songs, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” “Miami,” and “Men In Black” songs which Nas co-wrote.
Sia is one of the most eccentric singers of our time. But did you know she is responsible for Rihanna’s hit song, “Diamonds”? She also responsible for Ne-yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself),” Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts,” Birdy’s “Strange Bird” and many others. In other words, Sia is a lot more versatile than one would assume.
3. The Dream
The Dream hasn’t released his own music in a while, but in the meantime he has been working behind the scenes on various projects as a songwriter. His resume includes Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls),” Ciara’s “Ride,” and Mariah Carey’s “Up Out My Face.”
Before he was an artist of his own, Ne-Yo was a songwriter. And although he has earned his own stardom, he has never done without his first skill, writing. He is responsible for hits including: Rihanna’s “Take A Bow,” Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” and Mario’s “Let Me Love You.”
Ieshia McDonald is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she pursued an emphasis in magazine writing. She enjoys reporting, as well as writing poetry and screenplays. She is also an avid reader and music enthusiast. She currently resides in Kansas City, Mo.