Hit Songwriter and songwriting coach Alex Forbes, founder of CreativeSongwriter.com
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Hit Songwriter and Songwriting Coach

I Dance My Dance, Nile Rodgers, CHIC
"Melt Away" in hit film Deja Vu
Married To Medicine, Season 2
12 Dates of Christmas, cover
The Young and the Restless
Barcelona, by Brofaction — a hit on Austrian and German radio
Sugar My, by Jann Klose
Wild Life, feat Jacquie Sandell
Co-writer on all songs on Melissa Sanley Ladylight  album
Empress, I Won't Go Quietly
Songs in Dance Moms
Find My Way Home, Jewel's Catch One
NewFilmMakers LA winner, We Own This Crown — Shannon Rugani-EMPRESS
My Pain, perf. by Ronan Parke
All My Children
NYU Steinhardt courses
Best Week Ever on VH1
Where Will the Giants Roam, 1st Prize Winner in Global March for Elephants & Rhinos Competition
Turn It Around, Make It or Break It
Brothers, recorded by Elvis Blue
Write Songs Right Now by Alex Forbes
Let the Darkness Guide You
ASCAP Foundation workshops
Gotham Writers' Workshop
1010 WINS Radio's 50th Anniv. Song
You Are Water, by Hayley Westenra
International Songwriting Camp
Songwriters Beat with Valerie Ghent
Too Turned On, recorded by Alisha
SongLab, Songwriting for Teens
Don't Rush Me, by Taylor Dayne
Closer To You, by Simon Kirke
Big Love, by Marie Frank
Japanese release, Hayley Westenra
Right Before My Eyes, Patti Day
Jiang Duo Cuo Dou, by Sandy Lam
Summertime, on Running Trax
Right Before My Eyes, Lonnie Gordon
"Freak," "Broken Girl," by Tasha
In a Dream — a hit with Rockell
Leave a Light On, Martha Wash
Don't Rush Me, Taylor Dayne
Workshops at The Calhoun School
Institute for Collaborative Education
ASCAP Pop Award for Don't Rush Me
Summertime, chart single Down Under
Hard to Get, in The Experts
Come Alive, Paulini
Workshops & Critiques at CSA
Don't Let Me Fall Alone, Fan Club
"Serenade You," George LaMond
Writing for Songs of Love
Gimme What's Real, Indra
One-hit wonder with Joey Lawrence
The Same Dream, Apollonia
Nothin' My Love Can't Fix in Blossom
Co-write with Cyndi Lauper
Summertime, on Running Trax
2 songs on Amy Lynn
Four songs, Papa Dee
Until I Do, Hiram Bullock
Never Knew Love, in Treacherous
Late Night Talk w/You, Hiram Bullock




With numerous Billboard-charting singles, over 200 releases, and millions of album sales under her belt, Alex Forbes exudes a contagious passion on the subject of songwriting. Her material has found a home on major and indie labels, feature films, TV shows and an Off-Broadway show. Overseas, Alex's songs have been hit singles for artists in Europe, Australia, and Asia.


Recent successes include:

  • Two co-writes with 3-time Grammy winner Nile Rodgers: "I Dance My Dance" on the most recent CHIC album, and "Law of Attraction" with iconic French artist, Sheila.

  • Top 10 radio play in Austria with "Barcelona," co-written with Brofaction.

  • 300-plus Film and TV song placements. 

  • "Where Will the Giants Roam" winning the Global March For Elephants and Rhinos song competition — first prize was a $30,000 photo safari in Africa.

  • Co-writing the theme song for the Nonhuman Rights Project with its founder Steven Wise, who has led a 30-year fight to achieve legal rights for animals such as chimpanzees and elephants. Steven is the subject of the DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus HBO film, Unlocking the Cage.


Other placements include Melt Away in the Denzel Washington film Déjà Vu, and songs in Nurse Jackie, Dance Moms, The Young and the Restless. New Zealand superstar Hayley Westenra's recording of You Are Water appeared on her Classical/Pop album, Odyssey, which spent over a year on the Billboard charts.


Alex founded CreativeSongwriter.com in 2006, and has led courses and workshops for the Masters songwriting program at NYU SteinhardtGotham Writers’ Workshop, The ASCAP FoundationThe Institute for Collaborative Education, The International Songwriting Camp in Austria, The Connecticut Songwriters Association and many other organizations. Alex is also the author of two ebooks and audiobooks: Write Songs Right Now and SongLab: A Songwriting Playbook for Teens, both published by Blackstone Audio.


Alex's first hit was the now-classic dance song Too Turned On, performed by Alisha. This success led to a series of hit singles including Taylor Dayne's massive hit Don't Rush Me (#2 Pop, #3 AC, #6 Dance, multi-platinum album, ASCAP Pop Award), Rockell's classic freestyle version of In A Dream, and the Top 20 Pop hit Nothin' My Love Can't Fix, the latter of which Alex also co-produced.


High points also included collaborating with Cyndi Lauper on a tune for her film, Off and Running, and co-producing Martha Wash, whose powerhouse voice was featured in the Weather Girls and C+C Music Factory, and who recorded Alex’s Leave a Light On


Many of Alex's most recent songs are "on hold" or recorded and awaiting release dates with artists and producers in a wide variety of styles.


Photo above left by Christian Carroll.

Photo above center by Arlene Wipfler.

Photo above right, video still by Cyrille 

CreativeSongwriter.com — Hit Songwriter & Songwriting Coach Alex Forbes offers Song Critiques, Free Articles & Resources for Lyricists and Music-Makers