Busbee is an American songwriter, record producer, publisher and musician from the San Francisco Bay area.


Born in Walnut Creek, California, Busbee was introduced to music at 7 when his parents enrolled him in piano lessons. He took to music instantly and throughout his youth studied piano, trombone, tuba, saxophone, and everything else he could get his hands on. In high school he discovered jazz and focused his musical passion on the trombone, which ultimately earned him a scholarship to William Paterson University in New Jersey. In his junior year of college he was honoured with The Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship award recognising him as the top college-age jazz trombonist in the world. Throughout college he additionally freelanced as a trombone player in and around New York City and San Francisco playing everything from weddings and parties to a few of the cities top jazz clubs.

A dedicated jazz aficionado, it wasn't until after college that he actually began discovering the vast world of pop, rock, R&B, and soul. A few years later, his new fascination with popular music led him to Los Angeles where he got a job working for the well-known producer Eric Valentine. A year later, he started freelancing as a producer and began writing more. In 2006, a friend invited him to Nashville to write songs. Within a few months he landed a publishing deal with Crosstown Music through Nashville super-producer Dann Huff. He experienced his first success as a songwriter in Nashville penning the hit single "Summer Nights" for Rascal Flatts, which went to #2 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart. Shortly thereafter he scored his first #1 on that chart with the song “Our Kind of Love” by Lady Antebellum. He followed it with the Hunter Hayes's "Storm Warning”.

Around the same time, his career in pop music took off as well. He co-wrote the #1 UK single "Bad Boys" for Alexandra Burke, featuring Flo Rida and then got his first taste of worldwide pop success with the single "If We Ever Meet Again" for Timbaland featuring Katy Perry that same year. He went on to write the hit single “Dark Side” for Kelly Clarkson and then penned the #1 single "Try" for P!nk.

Additionally, Busbee has written and/or produced for a broad range of acts including Mercury, P!nk, Shakira, Ingrid Michaelson, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Gavin DeGraw, Blake Shelton, Dia Frampton & Kid Cudi, Backstreet Boys, and Scotty McCreary. He has had massive chart success all over the world with #1 hits in the US, UK, Italy, and Japan and has released several albums as an artist under the names Busbee, GoNorthToGoSouth, and Bombs Over Nowhere. In 2013 he signed a multi-faceted publishing deal with BMG Rights Management which included a joint-venture publishing company of his own.


Songs written

ArtistAlbumSongCo-written withNotes
5 Seconds of Summer5 Seconds of Summer (2014)"Don't StopLuke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Steve RobsonSingle
"The Only Reason”Steve Robson, Michael Clifford
Christina AguileraLotus (2012)"Empty Words"Christina Aguilera, Nikki Flores, Ali Tamposi
Jason AldeanMy Kinda Party (2010)"Days Like These"Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley
Night Train (2012)"This Nothing Town"
Allstar WeekendAll the Way (2011)"Not Your Birthday" (feat. Anth)Anthony Melo, JP Clark, Jayce LeviSingle
"Do It 2 Me"Zachary Porter, JP Clark, Jayce Levi
Backstreet BoysThis Is Us (2009)"Masquerade"Brian Kennedy, Alex James, Antwoine Collins
Jon BellionThe Human Condition (2016)"80's Films"Jon Bellion
"Maybe IDK"
Better Than EzraPaper Empire (2009)"Black Light"Kevin Griffin
"Turn Up The Bright Lights"Kevin Griffin, Michelle Lewis
"In Between The Moments"Kevin Griffin
"All in"Kevin Griffin, James Bourne
BoyzoneBrother (2010)"Nothing Without You”Catt Gravitt, Tom Shapiro
Danielle BradberyDanielle Bradbery (2013)"Yellin' From The Rooftop"Sarah Buxton
"Endless Summer”Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes
Toni BraxtonPulse (2010)"If I Have to Wait"Toni Braxton, Jud Friesman, Allan Rich
Garth BrooksMan Against Machine (2014)"People Loving People"Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Wallin
Alexandra BurkeOvercome (2009)"Bad Boys" (feat. Flo Rida)Melvin K. Watson Jr., Larry Summerville Jr., Alex James, Lauren Evans Tramar DillardSingle (#1 UK Singles Chart, Brit Award Nomination)
Kelly ClarksonStronger (2011)"Dark Side"Alexander GeringasSingle (#1 Billboard Dance Chart)
DaughtryBreak the Spell (2011)"We're Not Gonna Fall"Chris Daughtry, Zac Maloy
"Gone Too Soon"Chris Daughtry
"Losing My Mind"
Baptized (2013)"I'll Fight”
"High Above The Ground”
Gavin DeGrawMake a Move (2013)"Who's Gonna Save Us"Gavin DeGraw
Lee DeWyzeLive It Up (2010)"A Song About Love"Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, David Hodges
"It's Gotta Be Love"Lee DeWyze, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Claude Kelly
"Stay Here"Lee DeWyzed, Espen Lind, Claude Kelly
Colton DixonA Messenger (2013)"Noise"Colton Dixon
"You AreColton Dixon, Rhyan Shirley, Jared MartinSingle
Sara EvansSlow Me Down (2014)"Good Love Is Hard To Find”Sarah Buxton, Dave Berg
Florida Georgia LineDig Your Roots (2016)"H.O.L.Y"Nate Cyphert, William Wiik LarsenSingle
Dia FramptonRed (2011)Don't Kick The Chair (feat. Kid Cudi)"Dia Frampton, Scott Mescudi, Julie FrostSingle
"I Will" (feat. Blake Shelton)Dia Frampton, Tom Shapiro
"Good Boy"Dia Frampton, Chris Seefried
The FrayHelios (2014)"Hold My Hand”The Fray
"Give it Away”
"Our Last Days”
Martin Garrix"Don't Look Down" (2015)"Don't Look Down (Ft. Usher)" feat. UsherMartin Garrix, Usher Raymond, James AbrahartSingle
Girls' GenerationRun Devil Run (2010)"Run Devil Run"Alex James, Kalle Engström, Hong Ji-yoo, Nakamura KanataSingle
GiorgiaDietro le apparenze (2011)"Hostage" (È l'amore che conta)Giorgia Todrani, Allan Rich, Jud FirdmanSingle
"Did I Lose You" (feat. Olly Murs)
Hunter HayesHunter Hayes (2011)"Storm Warning"Hunter Hayes, Gordie SampsonSingle
Jana KramerThirty One (2015)"Said No One Ever"Nicolle Gaylon, Natalie HembySingle
Lady AntebellumNeed You Now (2010)"Our Kind of Love"Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave HaywoodSingle (#1 Billboard US Country)
"Ready to Love Again"
Own the Night (2011)"When You Were Mine"
747 (2014)"Falling for You"
The Best of Me (2014)
Adam LambertTrespassing (2012)"Take Back"Adam Lambert
Little Big TownPain Killer (2014)"Quit Breaking Up With Me"Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally
Scotty McCreerySee You Tonight (2013)"Now”Scotty McCreery, Frank Rogers
"Buzzin”Frank Rogers
Katharine McPheeUnbroken (2010)"How"Lucie Silvas, Alex James
Bea MillerYoung Blood (2014)"Enemy Fire"Meghan Kabir
Maren MorrisHero (2016)"My Church"Maren MorrisSingle (#5 Billboard Hot Country Songs)
"80's Mercedes"Maren Morris
"How It's Done"Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby
"Once"Maren Morris
Kellie PicklerThe Woman I Am (2013)"I Forgive You"Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo
P!nkThe Truth About Love (2012)"Try"Ben WestSingle (#1 Billboard Adult Pop Chart, Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart)
Cassadee PopeFrame by Frame (2013)"Edge of a Thunderstorm”Cassadee Pope, Liz Rose
Rascal FlattsStill Feels Good (2007)"Better Now"Gregory Becker, Darrell Brown
Unstoppable (2009)Summer Nights"Gary LeVox, Brett JamesSingle (#2 Billboard Country Chart)
Nothing Like This (2010)"Sunday Afternoon"Joe Don Rooney
Rewind (2014)"She Must Like Broken Hearts”Rascal Flatts
Haley ReinhartListen Up! (2012)"Free"Lucie SilvasSingle
"Wasted Tears"Haley Reinhart, Jonthan Green
"What You Don't Know"Haley Reinhart, Sam Watters
Chris ReneI'm Right Here (2012)"Trouble"Jason Bonilla, Alex Lambert,Single
The Rosso SistersHola Hola (2014)"We Don't Care About That Anyway"
ShakiraShakira (2014)"Broken Record"Shakira
Blake SheltonIf I'm Honest (2016)"Every Goodbye"Ryan Hurd, Liz Rose
Jessica SuttaN/A"Show Me" (2011)Alexander Geringas, Paddy DaltonSingle (#1 Billboard Dance Chart)
TimbalandShock Value II (2009)"If We Ever Meet Again" (feat. Katy Perry)T.Mosley, James WashingtonSingle (#3 UK Singles Chart)
Keith UrbanGet Closer (2010)"All For You”Chris Eaton
Ripcord (2016)"Sun Don't Let Me Down" (featuring Nile Rodgers and Pitbull)Keith Urban, Nile Rodgers, Pitbull
"The Fighter" (featuring Carrie Underwood)Keith Urban
"Your Body"
VederaStages (2009)"Goodbye My Love”Vedera, Simon Wilcox, James Bourne, Kasia Livingston

Production and co-production

ArtistAlbumSongCo-produced with
Christina AguileraLotus (2012)"Empty Words"
Lauren Alaina"Lauren Alaina" EP (2015)"Next Boyfriend" (2015)
Allstar WeekendAll the Way (2011)"Not Your Birthday" (feat. Anth)
"Do It 2 Me"
DaughtryBaptized (2013)"I'll Fight”DreZa
"High Above The Ground”Mason "MdL" Levy
Gavin DeGrawMake a Move (2013)"Who's Gonna Save Us"DreZa
Dia FramptonRed (2011)
"I Will" (feat. Blake Shelton)
"Good Boy"J. Bonilla
Girl's GenerationRun Devil Run (2010)"Run Devil Run"Alex James, Kalle Engström
Lady Antebellum747 (2014)"Falling for You"
The Best of Me (2014)
Adam LambertTrespassing (2012)"Take Back"J. Bonilla
Ingrid MichaelsonLight Out (2014)"Time Machine"
Bea MillerYoung Blood (2014)"Enemy Fire"
Maren MorrisHero (2016)"My Church"Maren Morris
"80's Mercedes"
"How It's Done"
"Just An Additional Thing"
"Second Wind"
"I Could Use A Love Song"
"Company You Keep"Maren Morris, Brad Hill
"Drunk Girls Don't Cry"
Haley ReinhartListen Up! (2012)"What You Don't Know"J. Bonilla
"Walking on Heaven"
"Hit the Ground Running"
N/A"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Chris ReneI'm Right Here (2012)"Trouble"J. Bonilla
ShakiraShakira (2014)"Broken Record"Shakira
"Medicine" (feat. Blake Shelton)
Keith UrbanRipcord (2016)"Sun Don't Let Me Down" (feat. Pitbull)Keith Urban, Nile Rodgers
"The Fighter"Keith Urban
"Your Body"

Other songs