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what if a private number called your phone and when you answered it was Kanye West?
imagine turning your painful breakup into a #1 multi-million dollar song . . .
I WRITE SONGS showcases the stories behind todays hit songs and the people who created them.
This premium and cinematic docu-series shines a light on the powerful narratives that occurred before todays hit songs reached the masses. We immerse ourselves into the lives of these creatives as they share their stories highlighting both the struggles associated with creating a platinum selling record, as well as what happens when the stars align.
No matter how big an A-List pop star becomes, behind the scenes, everyone is ALWAYS looking for the next hit & these are the people they turn to.
SYMBOLYC ONE (S1) - PRODUCER
POWER - KANYE WEST
MARTY JAMES | SONGWRITER
DESPACITO - LUIS FONSI + JUSTIN BEIBER
Every story is
We all know the power of channeling your pain into art, but what is that process really like? Songwriter Mozella's story is an example of the personal narratives we look forward to sharing. Listen as she explains a piece of her journey that lead to writing Wrecking Ball for Miley Cyrus.
Certainty | Joseph Angel
LOVE ON THE BRAIN - RIHANNA
When it comes to art sometimes the hardest part isn't the creation, it's the patience to navigate the road to success. The journey of the song Love on The Brain with J.Angels unbelievable circumstances really enforces the idea of certainty.
When songwriter Joseph Angel wrote the song Love On The Brain, Rihanna and her team instantly knew how special it was and Rihanna recorded her vocals on the track immediately. Although she recorded the song quickly and it was said to be on her next album Anti, J. Angel heard nothing about the track after she recorded it and sat with radio silence for almost an entire year. Despite hearing nothing about the song, J. Angel knew he created something special and the world was supposed to hear it with Rihanna’s voice. Three weeks before Rihanna was scheduled to release her album Anti she internally announced that she was uninspired by her current album and decided to scrap the entire project and start over. Every producer and writer on the project was understandably devastated. Despite this announcement, J. Angel was still convinced that Love On The Brain was going to make the album. Unfortunately at the same time, he had just been diagnosed with cancer, and his funds had completely run dry causing him to live out of his car. At many points J.Angel worried he would not live long enough to see his song get released into the world. Months later Rihanna completely redid her album and replaced every single song except for one, Love On The Brain.
Even though it was the only song saved from the original project, the record labels didn't think it would become a huge song, so subsequently there was no music video and almost zero budget for the push for the song on radio. Despite the circumstances, the song organically rose higher and higher on the charts until it broke the top 10 on Billboard. It became abundantly clear that this song had a life of its own, and the world was moved when they heard it. Love On The Brain has been streamed over 350 million times on Spotify. In the United States, the song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her 22nd top-five single breaking her tie with Elvis Presley as the artist with the 5th most top-five singles, and it was also her 30th top-ten single tying her with Madonna and The Beatles as the only acts in history to appear at least thirty times in the top-ten of the Hot 100. Love On The Brain is currently considered Rihanna’s best vocal performances of her career. J.Angel is currently in remission, and instead of living in his car has a few parked in his multi car garage.
faith | S1 (symbolyc one)
POWER - KANYE WEST
There are so many talented artists trying to make a name for themselves, the noise can be overwhelming. So how do you continue to wake up everyday and create music that may never be heard by the world? It comes down to certainty. An unwavering faith, that the art that you create will find the right home. This faith is something producer S1 lives by.
On an ordinary Sunday in San Antonio S1 and his family sat down for lunch at a local favorite when S1 got a phone call from a private number. For some reason he decided to answer instead of letting it go to voicemail. He picked up and a voice said, “Hey, this is Kanye West.” S1’s knee jerk reaction was, “Nah, who is this for real?” The voice on the other end repeated, “This is Kanye West, someone sent me a beat you produced. There’s a plane ticket for you at the airport, your flight leaves in four hours. I’m about to change your life!”
Stunned, S1 told his family and left before the food arrived. The flight was to Hawaii where Kanye was working on his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. While in Hawaii S1 and Kanye created a 4:52 song entitled Power. The song became the debut single and the catalyst for the sound of his entire album.
BAER | SONGWRITER
EDEN - DEMI LEVATO
Each I Write Songs episode introduces us to the inspiring story of a songwriter or producer and the song that changed their lives forever. We'll discover the unique stories that led to the creation of a hit song. These stories reveal the incredible ways the power music transforms the lives of a songwriter, the recording artist and the world.
Throughout the episode, we’ll see surreal VFX touches that visualize their creative process and the particular muse that each artist chases. Every story is different as the songs are unique, and each episode is crafted to visually and sonically to match the artist’s feel.
ACT 1 | EARLY DAYS. We meet the songwriter and learn their origin story - the unique set of circumstances that gave rise to their art. We see the spark of creativity. (We heavily feature the artist here).
COLD OPEN Introduce the song, the artist who made it famous and the impact it had on the world.
ACT 2 | HARSH REALITY. We see the songwriter forged in the fire of personal challenge, whether that’s family drama, personal tragedy, or just the grind of a 9 to 5.
ACT 4 | THE MOMENT. Even when you’ve written your masterpiece, the world may never hear it. Just after the doubt sinks in - something changes. It’s a plane ticket from Kanye, a phone call from Rihanna’s team, a sudden surge of Soundcloud followers and suddenly, our songwriter has made it
ACT 3 | THEIR MIND. Just when it seems that the songwriter will succumb to their hardships: inspiration strikes. They create something new, brilliant - a huge leap forward from where they were before. This song feels "different"
ACT 5 | ITS OWN LIFE. Again, featuring the artist. We see how a song goes from its very private, very personal origins to a new life on the charts, and at proms, weddings, and maybe even the Grammys.
ACT 6 | THE FUTURE. Back with the songwriter, we see the early sparks of new inspiration: new love, new hurt, new life. It’s a window into the "next hit song."
This show is about art and the creative process and we see each episode being a piece of art in and of itself, containing highly curated surrealistic and imaginative details painted with relatable narratives and inspiration.
We plan to use VFX and unique in camera effects to bring each creative process to life visually as the songwriters and producers build sonically. Essentially, we will show the internalized process of the creator in an external way.
By tapping into the unique essence of our creatives, each episode will differ in feel depending on the subject, location and type of music they make. We plan to use an original score with curated VFX to demonstrate the internalized creative process of each subject.
The score will be all original, sonically intriguing and feel very custom to the series. It's important for everything about the show to feel like it's one of a kind to further reflect the uniqueness of the different writers and producers.
Songwriters & Producers
FEATURING ONE PER EPISODE
| CONFIRMED ATTACHED TALENT |
SYMBOLYC ONE (S1) | PRODUCER
Power - Kanye West
JOSEPH ANGEL | SONGWRITER
Love on the Brain- Rihanna
SHEA TAYLOR | PRODUCER
Thinkin' Bout You - Frank Ocean
MALIK YUSEF | SONGWRITER
Sandcastles - Beyoncé
MOZELLA | SONGWRITER
Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
RICE + PEAS | PRODUCERS
Mine - Bazzi
DARK WAVES | SONGWRITER
Electric Love - BØRNS
JESSE FRASURE | PRODUCER
Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
CARY BARLOWE | SONGWRITER
Sun Daze - Florida Georgia Line
DIGI | PRODUCER
Love Lies - Khalid + Normani
This project is different then most music anthology concepts. We are songwriters, producers, designers, and story tellers & this idea came from genuine relationships and a personal connection to the stories we want to share.
This isn’t just a series; It’s art in the fullest sense.
Michael (M.BRONX) SanFilippo + Steph Baer
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