Jonathan Whiskerd is programme leader of the BA (Hons) Songwriting degree course.
Jonathan is an award-winning songwriter and experienced recording artist. He has collaborated with writer-producers Joshua Blair (Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars), Sophie Daniels (Joelle Moses, Westlife), Paul Stanborough (Guy Chambers, Cathy Dennis), Bruce Hughes (Jason Mraz) and Igor Haefeli (Daughter) in studios across the UK and US.
Jonathan works as a standalone songwriter on a range of artist projects in London and Nashville. He writes for London-based Recognition Management and Nashville/Miami-based AbFab Artists. Artist projects include Puzzle, Lisa Canny, BROOKFIELD and Katie Coleman. Through these projects he has collaborated on tracks with writer-producers Jodi Marr (MIKA, Paloma Faith), Brad Mair (Romeo Blanco, Kipper Eldridge), Mikko Gordon (Nigel Godrich, Osca, Gaz Coombes) and Toby Scott (Xenomania, Girls Aloud, Kaiser Chiefs). In January 2017, Jonathan won the Future Music UK songwriting award for the song ‘Painted By You’, written with Lisa Canny.
Jonathan is a professional songwriting tutor and coach, with a strong background in artist and writer development. He has been integral to the programme’s design, management and development of the BA (Hons) Songwriting course. He has delivered masterclasses at Middlesex University, the BRIT School, HDPK in Berlin, and for the London Song Company. He also works with the songwriting department at Belmont University in Nashville.
Read our article where Jonathan lifts the lid on the dark art of Lyric writing.