Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicSinging · 1 month ago

"Singer-songwriter" vs "singer and songwriter"?

I listen to a lot of music, so I usually end up on Wikipedia a lot, reading about different artists. Some people are referred to as "singer-songwriters" or "singer, songwriter, [third noun] / sing and songwriter." What is the difference?

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    There really isn't a difference.  It's just personal preference on how to describe. 

  • Tony B
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    To me, “singer-songwriter” refers to people like James Taylor, Neil Young, Ralph McTell. Joni Mitchell and Jackson Brown. People who write their own songs and performs them, usually, solo, often on guitar.

    A singer and songwriter is a singer who also also writes songs. So John Lennon was a singer and songwriter. Ian Gillan and David Coverdale (of Deep Purple) are singers and songwriters.

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