JOHNNY MCDAID

Biography

Johnny McDaid is the prolific songwriter and producer behind a wide array of recent chart hits. On March 31, 2017, five of the UK’s top 11 albums included his songs: Ed Sheeran’s ÷ and x, Human by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, James Blunt’s The Afterlove and Zara Larsson’s So Good. Those songs include Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, now one of the most popular singles of all time. The song spent 14 weeks at No1 in the UK, 12 weeks in the US, and is currently four-times platinum in both countries. Having streamed over 1.3 billion times, it is currently the most streamed song on Spotify. Video views are well in excess of 2 billion and is the longest running top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart of all time at 33 weeks.

Born in Dublin and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland, McDaid moved to London in his late teens and spent a decade leading his band Vega4, whose song “Life is Beautiful” featured prominently in a number of US TV dramas and films. When that band split, Snow Patrol members Jonny Quinn, Gary Lightbody and Nathan Connolly set up a publishing company, Polar Patrol Publishing, and made McDaid their first signing. Johnny has since written soundtracks and numerous songs for movies alongside Snow Patrol frontman, Gary Lightbody. McDaid went on to tour with Snow Patrol during the Fallen Empires Tour and subsequently joined the band.

While on the road with Snow Patrol, McDaid was developing his unique style of writing and working with artists in a variety of genres, scoring a hit with Example’s “Say Nothing” which went to No2 in the UK singles chart in 2012. Collaborations with artists as diverse as Robbie Williams “Love My Life”, Biffy Clyro “Howl”, Rudimental “Never Let You Go” and “Bloodstream”, Birdy “Wild Horses” and Kodaline “Love Will Set You Free” followed. “Bloodstream” was nominated for an Ivor Novello for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2016.

But it is with Sheeran, who McDaid first met as a sofa-surfer at the start of this decade, that he has enjoyed the most success. He co-wrote seven songs on Sheeran’s 2014 album X for which McDaid received a Grammy Nomination, while on ÷, he produced three tracks and co-wrote eight.

Along with his role as executive producer on Kodaline’s third Album (due in 2018), Johnny’s next project is a full album with Irish traditional band Beoga, who brought their distinctive sound to Ed Sheeran’s Irish number one single, “Galway Girl”. McDaid created a joint venture, Dagda Music Publishing to which he has signed Beoga. He will be launching them into the pop world again soon featuring a raft of star vocalists.

Most recently, Johnny has co-written Faith Hill & Tim McGraw’s new single “The Rest Of Our Life”, Anderson East’s new single “All On My Mind”, and Jamie Lawson’s “Can’t See Straight”. Additionally, he co-wrote P!nk’s debut single “What About Us” from her new album Beautiful Trauma. So far the single, co-written with P!nk and Steve Mac, has been received with rave reviews and debuted at No1 in 26 Markets globally, and is currently in it’s second week at No1 on the global iTunes chart. DJ Snake recently released his new single “A Different Way” featuring Lauv, which is now the third Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid collaboration to be released. As of November 2017, Johnny has become an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool.

Selected Discography Save or Print Discography

Kodaline

"Head Held High" - Single

Sony

Co-Writer

Snow Patrol

Wildness (Album)

Polydor

Co-Writer, Performer, Producer

Shawn Mendes

"Fallin' All In You" from Shawn Mendes (Album)

Island

Co-Writer

Snow Patrol

"Don't Give In" - Single

Polydor

Co-Writer, Performer

Keith Urban

Parallel Line- single

A Hit Red Records/ Capitol Records Nashville

Co-Producer, Writer

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

"The Rest Of Our Life" - single

Sony

Co-Writer

DJ Snake Feat. Lauv

"A Different Way" - single

Geffen Records

Co-Writer

P!nk

"What About Us" - Single from Beautiful Trauma

RCA

Co-Writer

Ed Sheeran

"Shape of You", "Galway Girl", "What Do I Know?", "Barcelona", and "Nancy Mulligan" from ÷

Asylum Records

Co-Writer

Ed Sheeran

"Eraser," "Hearts Don't Break Around Here," and "Supermarket Flowers" from ÷

Asylum Records

Co-Writer, Producer

Anderson East

"All On My Mind" - Single

Elektra

Co-Writer

James Blunt

"Make Me Better" and "Courtney's Song" from The Afterlove

Atlantic UK

Co-Writer

Rag'n'Bone Man

"The Fire" from Human (Deluxe)

Sony

Co-Writer

Robbie Williams

"Love My Life" from The Heavy Entertainment Show

Columbia

Co-Writer, Producer

Biffy Clyro

"Howl" from Ellipsis

14th Floor Records

Co-Writer

Birdy

"Wild Horses" from Beautiful Lies

Atlantic Records UK

Writer

Rudimental

"Never Let You Go" and "Bloodstream" feat. Ed Sheeran from We The People

Asylum Records

Co-Producer, Co-Writer

Kodaline

"Love Will Set You Free" from Coming Up for Air

RCA

Co-Writer, Performer, Producer

Ed Sheeran

"All of the Stars" from The Fault in Our Stars Soundtrack

Atlantic

Co-Writer, Performer, Producer

Ed Sheeran

"Photograph," "Bloodstream," "Nina," "Terenife Sea," "Take It Back," "Afire Love," and "All of the Stars" from x

Atlantic

Co-Writer

Edge of Tomorrow Original Motion Picture Trailer

"This is Not the End"

WaterTower Music

Performer, Producer, Writer

Snow Patrol

"May You Never" from Johnny Boy Would Love This – A Tribute To John Martyn

Liason Music

Performer, Producer

Snow Patrol

"Mysterious Ways" from AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered

Mercury

Performer, Producer

Example

"Say Nothing" from The Evolution of Man

Ministry of Sound

Co-Writer, Performer

Snow Patrol

"New York" from Fallen Empires

Fiction / Interscope

Co-Writer, Performer

Snow Patrol

Fallen Empires

Fiction / Interscope

Performer

U2

"Unknown Caller" Snow Patrol Remix

Remixer

Paul van Dyk

"Home" from Volume

Ultra

Co-Writer

Paul van Dyk

"Time Of Our Lives" feat Vega4

Mute

Co-Writer