There are many extraordinary and legendary songwriters and composers who have greatly influenced my own style of musical creativity. And whether some of them have passed on or remain
with us, their creative contributions continue to a play a meaningful role in my own body of work. These incomparable influences include:
Stevie Wonder, Kenny
Gamble & Leon Huff, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Frankie Beverly (of my dearly beloved Maze fame), Smokey Robinson, Richard Carpenter, Eddie Kendricks, Johnny Cash, Danny Joe Brown & Dave Hlubek (of Molly Hatchet fame), Hugh Edward
"Hughie" Thomasson, Jr. (of The Outlaws fame), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lionel Richie, Basia, Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Angie Stone, George "Bad To The Bone" Thorogood, Mark Knopfler, Joe Cocker, Ian Anderson (of my beloved Jethro Tull fame), Roberta
Flack, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Eric Carmen, Gerry Beckley (of America fame), Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Rupert Holmes, Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Bono, The
Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr., Adam Clayton, Don Henley, Lou Gramm, Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, David Byrne, Joe Lynn Turner, Ritchie Blackmore, Nikki Sixx, Sean Callery, Jeff Carlisi & Donnie Van Zant (of my beloved .38 Special fame),
Eddie Money, David Gates (of my beloved Bread fame), Michael Stipe, Brian Johnson & Angus Young (of my beloved AC/DC fame), Billy Squier, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie,
& Stevie Nicks, Bruce Hornsby, Lenny Kravitz, Jim Seals, Dash Crofts, Paul Davis, Roger Hodgson (of my beloved Supertramp fame), Jonny "Red Light" Lang, Michael McDonald, Rob Halford, Mark
Slaughter, Ronnie Van Zant, Neil Young, Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Lobo, James Taylor, Kevin Cronin (of my beloved REO Speedwagon fame), Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jim "Mr. Mojo Risin'" Morrison,
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Fred Ebb, Lou & Peter Berryman, Pat Travers, Sir Rod Stewart, David Crosby, Joe Walsh, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page (of my beloved Led Zepplin fame), Frankie Yankovic,
Walter Becker & Donald Fagen (of my dearly beloved Steely Dan), Gregg Allman, Geddy Lee, Christopher Cerf, 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, Musiq Soulchild, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, Dan Seals, John Ford Coley,
Bruce Dickinson, Harry Chapin, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, John Mellancamp, Justin Haywood & John Lodge (of my beloved Moody Blues fame), Don McLean, Bonnie Raitt, Elmer Bernstein, Jan Hammer, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Mike Post, Barry
Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Carly Simon, Paul "Ace" Frehley, Ronnie James Dio, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Amy Mann, Phoebe Snow, James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich (of my beloved Metallica fame.
You can't have metal without METALlica), Tom Araya, Linda Creed, Thom Bell, Kenny Loggins, Paul Williams, Roger Nichols, Kenny Ascher, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dave Matthews, Steve Perry &
Neal Schon (of my beloved Journey fame),
El Debarge, Paul Stanley, Rob Thomas, Paul Simon, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bobby Womack, Ludwig van Beethoven,
Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Sting, Carole Bayer Sager, Diane Warren, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, The Stanley Brothers (who are my main Bluegrass influences), Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Barry Manilow, Boz Scaggs,
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, 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, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis.
The aforementioned are among some of the many, many men and women of the phenomenal craft of songwriting who have both inspired and influenced over 30 years of the Cat Ellington song work.