There are many extraordinary and legendary songwriters and composers who have influenced my own style of musical creativity. And whether some of them have passed on or remain with us,
their gifts of song continue to play a meaningful role in my own body of work.
These great influences include: Stevie Wonder, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Brian Holland,
Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Frankie Beverly, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Kendricks, Danny Joe Brown & Dave Hlubek, Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson, Jr., Lionel Richie, Basia, Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Angie Stone, George Thorogood, Mark Knopfler, Joe
Cocker, Ian Anderson, Roberta Flack, Carlos Santana, Bernie Taupin, Sir Elton John, Eric Carmen, Gerry Beckley, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Rupert Holmes, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Bono, Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr., & Adam
Clayton, Don Henley, Lou Gramm, Tommy Shaw, Dennis DeYoung, David Byrne, Joe Lynn Turner, Ritchie Blackmore, Nikki Sixx, Sean Callery, Jeff Carlisi, Donnie Van Zant, Eddie Money, David Gates, Michael Stipe, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Billy Squier, Lindsey
Buckingham, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Hornsby, Lenny Kravitz, Jim Seals, Dash Crofts, Paul Davis, Roger Hodgson, Jonny Lang, Michael McDonald, Rob Halford, Mark Slaughter, Ronnie Van Zant, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Lobo, James
Taylor, Kevin Cronin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jim Morrison, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Fred Ebb, Lou & Peter Berryman, Pat Travers, Sir Rod Stewart, David Crosby, Joe Walsh, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Frankie Yankovic, Walter Becker, Donald Fagen,
Gregg Allman, Geddy Lee, Bob Dorough, Lynn Ahrens, Dave Frishberg, Rod Temperton, Jim Peterik, David Pack, Mark Farner, Graham Russell, David Peverett, Maurice White, Vernon White, Philip Bailey, Al Jarreau, Michael Hutchence, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Bob Marley,
Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Jack Elliott, Bob James, Dave Grusin, Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, India.Arie, Sade, Natalie Merchant, Michel Legrand, Music Soulchild, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, Dan Seals, John Ford Coley,
Bruce Dickinson, Harry Chapin, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, John Mellancamp, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Don McLean, Bonnie Raitt, Elmer Bernstein, Jan Hammer, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Mike Post, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Carly
Simon, Paul "Ace" Frehley, Ronnie James Dio, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Amy Mann, Phoebe Snow, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Linda Creed, Thom Bell, Kenny Loggins, Paul williams, Roger Nichols, Kenny Ascher, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dave Matthews, Steve Perry,
Neal Schon, El DeBarge, Paul Stanley, Rob Thomas, Paul Simon, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bobby Womack, Ludwig van Beethoven, Burt Bacharach, Sting, Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Diane Warren, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, The
Stanley Brothers, Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Barry Manilow, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Maxwell, John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, Peter Cetera, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Phil Collins, Alan Parsons, Bob Segar, Peter Gabriel,
Joni Mitchell, Prince Rogers Nelson, Bob Dylan, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Patrice Rushen, Siedah Garrett, Najee, Bill Withers, Terrence Blanchard, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington.
Songwriting cannot be taught; it is a God-given gift from the womb. And tremendously blessed in the great craft of songwriting, even in the art of lyrical structure and musical composition, are the aforementioned. Many as they number, these are
the same who have both inspired and influenced over 35 years of the Cat Ellington song work.