David Hodges is an acclaimed songwriter, producer and musician from Little Rock, AK with an ear for pop music unlike any in the industry.
As a songwriter and keyboardist for Evanescence, Hodges took home two Grammys for ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’ and ‘Best New Artist’ in 2004, with other career highlights including songs for The Cab, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson (for whom he won BMI’s Song Of The Year in 2007).
Awards and accolades aside, Hodges is defined by a unique grasp of how pop and indie music intersect, particularly insistent on re-writing the rules of what a great pop song can be. He’s defiant on the ground that popular music isn’t intrinsically bad and further, that popularity isn’t a reflection of artistic value in either direction.
Hodges challenges the pre-pubescent ideologies of ‘selling out’ by bringing an honest, time-tested approach to songwriting. He sees songs as stories, chapters in a book, a perspective evident in the ambitious yet concise styles that have narrated his catalogue throughout the past 10 years.
Whatever it is, it’s working. For a little context: Hodges has had an album on the Billboard Top 200 since 2004, sold over 50 million albums worldwide and as noted previously, accrued more than his fair share of industry nods.
Be sure to check out David Hodges’ interview with AltarTV where he explains his musical approach and what he’s learned from his still young, much lauded songwriting career.