Sean Douglas is an American songwriter and record producer. A Grammy Award-winner for his work on Lizzo's Cuz I Love You, he co-wrote Thomas Rhett's "Die A Happy Man", which won the ACM Award for Single of the Year, the Billboard Music Award for Top Country Song, the CMA Award for Single of the Year, and the BMI Award for Song of the Year. The song, released in 2016, was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song. He has written for a wide range of musicians, including Jessie J,Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Madonna, Andy Grammer, The Chainsmokers, Kesha, Selena Gomez, Dan + Shay, and Sia.
Sean (who is the son of actor Michael Keaton) grew up a fan of pop, preferably peppered with R&B. He played in bands throughout high school and college. Though more or less aware of the concept of songwriters writing for other artists, the suggestion opened Douglas to a whole different world. Writing allowed Douglas to dip into genres with a more experimental, flavor-of-the-day approach: “The writing thing was awesome for that, because Monday would be some like urban-leaning thing, Tuesday would be this girl pop thing, and it was awesome, ’cause that was how I felt day to day anyway.”
His first hit came with Demi Lovato’s smash single, “Heart Attack,” but he didn’t stop there: Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” went 4X Platinum in the U.S. and Platinum or multi-Platinum in 12 other countries; “Hey Mama,” the David Guetta hit featuring Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj, and Afrojack, boasts Multi-Platinum international successes as well. His co-writers include artists like Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, and Madonna. “Die A Happy Man,” his Thomas Rhett co-write was nominated for Country Song of the Year.
In LA, Douglas says, there’s typically a producer who either brings a track to the session or creates one throughout it; Douglas, and often another co-writer or an artist, will write the melody and lyrics, a process known as toplining. Sometimes songs are the product of a single session. Some have a more complicated journey (Theshotgunseat.com)
Discography and credits
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