MasterWriter’s Barry DeVorzon: What It Takes To Succeed


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If you’re serious about your craft, you’ll appreciate having hit songwriter and MasterWriter creator Barry DeVorzon walk you through the ins and outs of MasterWriter in an online demo.

In this free web video, taken from a live taping on March 13th, Barry begins with a personal story that illustrates how songs become hits, followed by his unique perspective on what it takes to be a successful songwriter.



About Barry DeVorzon

With a career spanning 50 years in the music industry, Barry DeVorzon has written many hit songs, won Grammy and Emmy Awards, and composed music scores for a number of top movies and TV shows. DeVorzon also created a highly successful record label,Valiant, and publishing company, Tamerlane, both of which he ultimately sold to Warner Music.

As a songwriter, DeVorzon is best known for writing the classic instrumental hits “Nadia’s Theme” (from The Young And The Restless TV series) and “Theme From S.W.A.T” (which was a #1 pop hit). Early in his career, he formed the group Barry & The Tamerlanes and wrote their hit, “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight.” In addition, DeVorzon wrote the hits “Bless The Beasts And The Children” for the Carpenters, and “In The City” for the Eagles.

As a composer, DeVorzon wrote the scores for such notable films as The Warriors, Hard Times, Dillinger, Xanadu, Bless The Beasts And The Children, Tattoo, Ninth Configuration, Looker and Exorcist III. For television, he has composed the scores for S.W.A.T., Simon And Simon, Renegades, Private Benjamin, V, The New Twilight Zone, Intimate Strangers and The Belarus File. -By Dale Kawashima.


David Foster –Producer/Songwriter, 14-time Grammy winner

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds – Grammy winning Writer/Producer

Clint Black – Grammy winning Country Artist and Songwriter

Jimmy Webb – Grammy winner, Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jeffrey Steele – BMI and NSAI Songwriter of the Year

Rob Thomas – Matchbox 20, Hit Songwriter

Linda Perry – Grammy winner, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

Kenny Loggins – Grammy winning Artist and Songwriter

Nikki Sixx – Motley Crue, Hit Songwriter and Producer

Carole Bayer Sager – Grammy winner, Songwriters Hall of Fame

Trent Reznor – Nine Inch Nails, Hit Songwriter and Artist

Graham Nash – Crosby Stills & Nash, Hit Songwriter

Leon Russell – Hit Songwriter, Producer, and Artist

Steve Kipner – Hit Songwriter and Producer

Harvey Mason Jr. – Hit Songwriter and Producer

John Farrah – Hit Songwriter and Producer

Rick Springfield – Grammy winner, Hit Songwriter and Artist

Paul Anka – Songwriters Hall of Fame

Jeff Barry – Songwriters Hall of Fame

Norman Gimbel – Academy Award Winner, Songwriters Hall of Fame

Al Anderson – BMI Country Songwriter of the Year

Stephen Bishop – Grammy and Oscar Nominated Hit Songwriter

Sean Lennon – Hit Songwriter and Artist

Gary Burr – Hit Songwriter and Producer

Steve Vai – Premier Guitarist and Songwriter

LeAnn Rimes – Grammy Award Winner

Amy Grant – Grammy winning Singer and Songwriter

Ashford & Simpson – Songwriters Hall of Fame, Legendary Songwriters

Randy Bachman – Writer and Producer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Lamont Dozier – Legendary Songwriter, Songwriters Hall of Fame

Andrae Crouch – Grammy winning Gospel Songwriter and Artist


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