Jeff Bhasker: Music’s Go-To Guy

The Grammy-winner behind songs by artists as varied as Kanye West, Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and Fun. spills his secrets Jeff Bhasker was somewhere in Salt Lake City trying to come up with a song. "I was with Pink and Nate Ruess from Fun., who had a day off from his tour. We got together just to see what would happen," he remembers from his Los Angeles-area studio. "I started playing something on the piano, Nate started singing along to it, and Pink was typing away on her iPad." Bhasker said it was a "hyper group effort," the result of which found its way onto Pink's album The Truth About Love and turned into the smash hit single "Just Give Me a Reason," the latest in a string of countless worldwide hits Bhasker has accumulated over the years. "It's really easy writing with Nate because all we do is react to each other," he explains. Whatever process Bhasker and Ruess has, it seems to be working; their first collaboration was the generation-defining track "We Are Young," a single from Fun.'s album Some Nights which Bhasker wrote and produced. This past February, that song wound up winning the Grammy for…

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