Savan Kotecha

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Savan Kotecha
Birth nameSavan Harish Kotecha
OriginAustin, Texas, U.S.

Savan Harish Kotecha is an American songwriter and record producer from Austin, Texas.[1] Kotecha is of Indian (Gujarati) descent.[2] He was also the executive music producer of the 2020 film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, for which he wrote and produced several songs and performed one song.[3]

Notable songs[edit]

Some of the artists for whom Kotecha has co-written notable songs include:


Adam Lambert
  • "If I Had You" (US CHR #15)
  • "Evil in the Night"
  • "The Original High"
  • "Things I Didn't Say"
Alexandra Burke
Allison Iraheta
Ariana Grande
  • "Sunset Jesus"
Backstreet Boys
BC Jean
  • "I’ll Survive You"
Britney Spears
Carolina Liar
  • "All That Comes Out Of My Mouth"
Carrie Underwood
Cassadee Pope
  • "Easier To Lie"
Celine Dion
Cher Lloyd
Charlie Puth
  • "Empty Cups"
Christian TV
  • "Love2Baby"
Christina Aguilera
Dannii Minogue
  • "Love Fight"
  • "Vibe On"
Days Difference
  • "Speakers" (#29 Hot AC)
Delta Goodrem
Demi Lovato
Ellie Goulding
  • "Love Me Like You Do" (UK #1) (US #3)
  • "On My Mind" (UK #5) (US #13)
  • "Codes"
  • "Don't Need Nobody"
  • "Army"
  • "Close to me"
Enrique Iglesias
  • "Ring My Bells"
Fifth Harmony
  • "Better Together"
G-Eazy feat. Jeremih
  • "Saw It Coming"
Geri Halliwell
Hilary Duff
  • "All About You" (US Mainstream Top 40 - #38)
Il Divo
  • "Sempre Sempre"
  • "Una Noche"
  • "Mama"
Jennifer Lopez
  • "First Love" (US CHR: 20)
Jessie James
  • "I Look So Good (Without You)" (US CHR #43)
  • "Burn It Up"
Jessie J
Jolin Tsai
Jordan Pruitt
  • "My Shoes" (Radio Disney #11)
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
  • "All That Matters (The Beautiful Life)"
Laza Morgan
  • "One by One"
Leona Lewis
Lesley Roy

Lizzo ("2 Be Loved")

  • "Psycho B**ch"
Lindsay Lohan
  • "Disconnected"
  • "Symptoms Of You"
Miranda Cosgrove

iCarly Soundtrack

  • "Stay My Baby" (Radio Disney #19)
  • "Oh Oh"
  • "Devil Pray"
  • "Addicted"
  • "Borrowed Time"
  • "Tu Vecina" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
  • "Feel"
  • "If Not For You"
Maroon 5
Megan & Liz
  • "Release You"
  • "Forever Until Tomorrow"
Natalie La Rose
Nick Jonas
  • "Under You"
Prince Royce
  • "Back It Up" (feat. Pitbull) (US #98) (Grammy Nominated)
One Direction
  • "Live While We're Young" (US #3) (UK #3)
  • "What Makes You Beautiful" (US #4) (UK #1)
  • "Na Na Na"
  • "I Wish"
  • "Up All Night"
  • "Save You Tonight"
  • "Kiss You" (UK #9) (US #19)
  • "One Thing" (UK #9)
  • "Heart Attack"
  • "Last First Kiss"
  • "Back For You"
  • "Nobody Compares"
  • "Still The One"
  • "Change My Mind"
  • "Magic"
  • "Happily"
  • "Vas Happenin Boys"
Paul Potts
  • "Mamma"
Paula DeAnda
  • "Roll The Credits" (US CHR #37)
  • "Would You Mind"
  • "Teacher"
  • "Open Arms"
  • "No More"
  • "Me Necesita" (feat. CNCO)
  • "Let's Not Be Alone Tonight"
Robin Thicke
Sage The Gemini feat. Nick Jonas
Sam Smith
Shayne Ward
Skip Marley
  • "Lions"
  • "Calm Down"
Tammin Sursok
The Vamps
  • "Somebody To You" (UK #4)
Tori Kelly
Tata Young
  • "Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy"
  • "Call Him Mine"
Victoria Justice
Vanessa Hudgens
  • "Say OK" (US #61)
  • "Whatever Will Be" (Tammin Sursok cover)
The Weeknd
  • "Where We Are"
  • "No More Heroes"
  • "Us Against the World" (UK #8)
  • "Something Right"
  • "The Easy Way"
  • "Pictures In My Head"
  • "Amazing" (UK #4)
  • "Colour My World"
  • "Hit You With The Real Thing"
  • "Maybe Tomorrow"
  • "Miss You When I’m Dreaming"
  • "Still Here"
  • "Obvious" (UK #3)
  • "Heal"
  • "When a Woman Loves a Man"
  • "I Get Weak"

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Awards and nominations[edit]

Kotecha has been the recipient of nine BMI Awards, 23 ASCAP Awards and two Billboard Music Awards, among others.[6]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref(s)
2016 Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song "Love Me like You Do" Nominated [7]
Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated [8]
2020 Grammy Awards Album of the Year Thank U, Next Nominated
2021 Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Nominated
Academy Awards Best Original Song "Husavik" Nominated [9]


  1. ^ Lindvall, Helienne (11 November 2010). "Behind the music: Who's the guy with the silly wigs on The X Factor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  2. ^ "Savan Kotecha, Songwriter". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2015-10-24. I come from a pretty traditional Gujarati family and that made getting into the music business pretty tricky. My parents like most Indian parents, wanted me to go to Uni and be a Doctor or Lawyer. That meant I was on my own for the most part as far as figuring out how to 'make it'. It also gave me something to prove which made me work extra hard.
  3. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (2020-06-26). "Behind the Music of 'Eurovision,' Where Spoof Songs Say so Much". Variety. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  4. ^ discography | Kanani Songs
  5. ^ Discography | All Music
  6. ^ Robert, Yola (July 13, 2020). "Legendary Songwriter Savan Kotecha Joins Holberton School Board Of Trustees To Increase Tech Diversity". Forbes. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  7. ^ "Savan Kotecha". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  8. ^ "Savan Kotecha". The Recording Academy. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  9. ^ McIntyre, Hugh (March 15, 2021). "Get To Know The Best Original Song Oscar Nominees". Forbes. Retrieved April 6, 2021.

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