The Info List - Anne Preven

Anne Preven (born February 25, 1965) is an American songwriter, musician, and record producer. As a member of the alternative rock band Ednaswap, she co-wrote "Torn" which was covered by Lise Sørensen (Danish), Trine Rein, (Norwegian) and then Natalie Imbruglia[2] and became a worldwide number one airplay song, spending 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart in the US.[3] "Torn" has sold an estimated four million copies, it is certified platinum in three countries, and was declared the "number one radio single of the 1990s" by radio personality Rick Dees.[4] As a songwriter, Preven has collaborated with some of the music industry's top artists including Madonna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Sinéad O'Connor, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Zac Brown
Zac Brown
Band, Pnau, Andy Grammar, Lea Michele, and Pixie Lott.[5]


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Pulse music group

3 Personal life 4 Discography 5 Selected songwriting discography 6 Selected production discography 7 Awards and nominations 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Preven was born in New York.[6] Her father, David Preven, is a psychiatrist in New York City, and she was a mental health-worker at age 17, where she spent time with depressed adolescents. The experience provided the "psychotic and neurotic threads" in her songwriting lyrics, as well as her college major.[7] Career[edit] Preven graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College
Harvard College
with a self-designed major: "psychobiology." While at school, she sang with and was musical director of "the Opportunes," Harvard's co-ed acapella group.[8] After Harvard, she returned to New York City, where she began writing her own songs. While in New York City, she met Scott Cutler who was visiting from Los Angeles. In 1991 she moved there.[9] Cutler and Preven formed a band with Rusty Anderson, Paul Bushnell and Carla Azar
Carla Azar
in 1993. The band name, "Ednaswap," came from a nightmare Preven had about watching herself in a band with that name getting booed off stage. Ednaswap signed a record deal in 1995, despite having only a few songs written and never having performed a full live set. They played a short, acoustic set in Cutler's living room. The short concert led to a recording contract, though the resulting self-titled album "shocked" Elektra Records. While the acoustic set suggested folk pop, the result was alternative rock.[10] As Preven notes, "They thought they were buying a red car and we gave them a blue one." The label did not promote the album and dropped the band.[11] The band signed with Island Records
Island Records
in January 1996 after its president, Chris Blackwell, saw the band play at the Roxy. The band produced their second full-album, Wacko Magneto, with producer Dave Jerden in 1997. The band promoted the album by going on to tour with No Doubt, Weezer, Failure, and Better than Ezra. In 1998, they made a third and final, more radio-friendly album, Wonderland Park. Ednaswap disbanded after the album in 1999.[12] After Ednaswap, Preven, Cutler and Coogan formed the short lived "Annetenna". The band signed with Columbia Records
Columbia Records
and produced an album. However, Columbia shelved the album after a company reorganization, and Annetenna subsequently disbanded.[13] In 2001, the band eventually released all the songs for free through their website. Annetenna's song, "74 Willow," originally an Ednaswap song, was featured on HBO's Six Feet Under.[14] Preven's first big cut was "Sanctuary", which Madonna covered for her 1994 Bedtime Stories. Madonna was introduced to the song by a friend of Preven and Cutler, who heard an early version of it and thought "Madonna would love this song!" Madonna's version came out before Ednaswap had even received a record deal, and the song deviated from Preven's idea. Preven originally thought Madonna had ruined the song, going so far as to meeting with Madonna to plead for changes. However, upon hearing the song as part of the whole album, Preven says she "understood what [Madonna] was going for." Preven and Cutler's most famous cover was the song, "Torn".[15] The two co-wrote the song in 1993 with producer Phil Thornalley
Phil Thornalley
before they had a band. Preven claims that the lyrics were written quickly. The first album recording of the song came from Danish singer Lis Sørensen
Lis Sørensen
in 1995, who was introduced to the song by Thornalley. A second version arrived in 1996 by Trine Rein, who was also introduced to the song by Thornalley. Ednaswap released their first version of "Torn" on their self-titled album.[16] A second version appeared on their 1996 EP Chicken, and a third more dirge-like version on Wacko Magneto.[17] However, the song became famous through Natalie Imbruglia's 1997 version on her debut album, Left of the Middle. Imbruglia's version has been described as "a defining song of its year, if not decade." The song dominated radioplay for weeks and Imbruglia's album went platinum in the UK and double platinum in the US, largely on the strength of "Torn". The song has appeared multiple times on television shows, such as Canadian Idol and X Factor. Although Preven was happy to hear her song on the radio, she was disappointed that it was Imbruglia's version rather than Ednaswap's that became so well-known. In 1998, Ednaswap's fans petitioned KROQ, the LA radio station, to play the two side-by-side for comparison, with voters for the rock station heavily favoring Ednaswap's. However, the pop version won out more broadly.[18][19][20] After the dissolution of Ednaswap and Annetenna, Preven increasingly wrote and produced for other artists. She worked with Cutler on Sinead O’Connor's 2000 Faith and Courage, and on Mandy Moore's 2001 self-titled album. They also wrote for Miley Cyrus, both as Hannah Montana on her Disney show, and on her first album, Breakout. Since then, she has worked with Katy Perry, Sinéad O'Connor, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Pixie Lott, Conway, Pnau, Adam Lambert, Lea Michele, Miranda Cosgrove, and Leona Lewis.[21][22] In 2007, she (along with co-writers Cutler and Henry Krieger) was nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
and a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
and won the Critic's Choice Award for Best Original Song for "Listen" from the motion picture adaptation of Dreamgirls.[23] "Listen" was subsequently added to the stage production of Dreamgirls, which is currently playing at the Savoy Theatre
Savoy Theatre
on London's West End. In 2011, Preven was nominated for a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Song Written for Visual Media for her collaboration with Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band
on "Where The River Goes" from the movie Footloose.[24] In 2009, she worked with Irish pop band Westlife
for a track "The Difference" included in their Where We Are album where it charted #2 in both UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
and Irish Albums Chart. In 2015, she began writing and producing music for film and television beginning with two songs, "Come Clean" and "Dead Hider and Seeker," for the USA Network
USA Network
series Satisfaction. In 2016, she produced cover versions of Nina Simone's "New World Coming" and Sia's "Hologram", that were featured in the second season of Amazon Prime's series Transparent.[25][26] In 2017, Preven co-wrote the song "Zan Astam", featured in the Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime
series I Love Dick.[27] For songwriting, Preven keeps a notebook with her and "always jots down poetry and prose entries." She then goes back through them in the studio to try and see if anything in the journal can be matched with a melody she is working on to become lyrics. She finds that hit songs are often those that sound similar to other songs, but she rejects trying to "genetically engineer" a song formally, holding that such songs "end up sounding like a ransom note."[28] Pulse music group[edit] In 2007, Preven and Cutler began their own music publishing company with record producer Josh Abraham, who founded Pulse Recording (recently renamed Pulse Music Group) in 2004.[29] Pulse Music Group is the parent company of Pulse Music Publishing.[30] Pulse describes itself as "by musicians and for musicians," and strives to be a "sanctuary" for artists to explore their creative potential. In 2012, the company established a partnership with Creative Nation, the Nashville-based music management and publishing company owned by songwriter Luke Laird
Luke Laird
and his wife Beth Laird.[31] After forming a partnership with Fuji Music Group in 2014, PULSE expanded its client roster to include Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson, BØRNS, Gallant,[32][33] Starrah, El-P
of Run The Jewels, DRAM (rapper), RY X, and Kaytranada
among others.[34][35][36] The company's other major ventures include music producer Rick Rubin's first music publishing company, American Songs, and Marc Anthony's Latin entertainment company Magnus Media. Pulse operates two recording studios, one based at its headquarters in Los Angeles, and four studios based in Burbank, California.[37] Personal life[edit] Preven lives in Los Angeles. She has two children: Max and Violet.[9] Discography[edit]

Title Album details

Wonderland Park[38][39]

Released: August 18, 1998 Label: Island Records

Wacko Magneto

Released: March 4, 1997 Label: Island Records


Released: May 9, 1995 Label: EastWest / Atlantic Records

Selected songwriting discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with

2016 Martina Stoessel

"Finders Keepers" Mike Green, James Wong

2015 Leona Lewis I Am "Thank You" Leona Lewis, Toby Gad

"Ladders" Leona Lewis, Wayne Wilkins, Kevin Anyaeji

2014 Lea Michele Louder "Louder" Jaden Michaels, Colin Munroe

"Cue The Rain" Lea Michele, Matt Radosevich, Felicia Barton

"Don't Let Go" Matt Radosevich, Felicia Barton

"Gone Tonight" Lea Michele, Felicia Barton, CJ Baran, Drew Lawrence

"The Bells" Scott Cutler

2013 Conway Star Trek Into Darkness (Music from the Motion Picture) "The Growl" J. J. Abrams, Kassia Conway, Charles Scott

Demi Lovato Demi "Nightingale" Demi Lovato, Matt Radosevich, Felicia Barton

2012 Adam Lambert Trespassing "Cuckoo" Adam Lambert, Josh Abraham, Bonnie McKee, Oliver Goldstein

2011 Zac Brown Footloose (music from the motion picture) "Where The River Goes" Zac Brown, Drew Pearson, Wyatt Durrette

Pixie Lott Young Foolish Happy "What Do You Take Me For?" Pixie Lott, Christopher Mercer, Terrence Thornton

Pnau Soft Universe "The Truth" Pnau, Scott Cutler

"Unite Us" Pnau, Scott Cutler

2009 Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana: The Movie "Spotlight" Scott Cutler

Demi Lovato Here We Go Again "Remember December" Demi Lovato, John Fields

"Solo" Demi Lovato, Scott Cutler

"Quiet" Demi Lovato, Scott Cutler

Jordin Sparks Battlefield "No Parade" Scott Cutler, Dapo Torimiro

2008 Katy Perry One of the Boys "Self Inflicted" Katy Perry, Scott Cutler

Miley Cyrus Breakout "The Driveway" Miley Cyrus, Scott Cutler

"Full Circle" Miley Cyrus, Scott Cutler

"These Four Walls" Scott Cutler, Cheyenne Kimball

2007 Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
2: Meet Miley Cyrus "Start All Over" Scott Cutler, Fefe Dobson

2006 Beyoncé Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture "Listen" Beyoncé, Scott Cutler, Henry Krieger

Paul Oakenfold A Lively Mind "The Way I Feel" (featuring Ryan Tedder) Paul Oakenfold, Scott Cutler, Ryan Tedder, Ian Green

Taylor Hicks Taylor Hicks "The Maze" Scott Cutler

2005 Josh Kelley Almost Honest "Too Good To You" Josh Kelley, Scott Cutler

2001 Mandy Moore Mandy Moore "Yo-Yo" Scott Cutler

2000 Sinéad O'Connor Faith and Courage "No Man's Woman" Sinéad O'Connor, Scott Cutler

"The State I'm In" Scott Cutler

1998 Natalie Imbruglia Left of the Middle "Torn" Scott Cutler, Phil Thornalley

1994 Madonna Bedtime Stories "Sanctuary" Madonna, Dallas Austin, Scott Cutler, Herbie Hancock

Selected production discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Details

2014 Lea Michele Louder Vocal Producer

2013 Demi Lovato Demi Vocal Producer

2011 Pixie Lott Young Foolish Happy Mixer

Pnau Soft Universe Producer

2009 Jordin Sparks Battlefield Producer

2008 Katy Perry One of the Boys Producer

Miley Cyrus Breakout Producer

2007 Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana
2: Meet Miley Cyrus Producer

2000 Sinéad O'Connor Faith and Courage Producer

Awards and nominations[edit] Grammy Awards

Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media ("Where The River Goes") (Nominee)[24]

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award

Best Song ("Listen") (Winner)[23]

Academy Award

Best Song ("Listen") (Nominee)[40]

Golden Globe Award

Best Song ("Listen") (Nominee)[41]

Black Reel Awards

Best Song ("Listen") (Nominee)[42]

Satellite Award

Best Original Song ("Listen") (Nominee)[43]


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External links[edit]

Anne Preven on Twitter

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Studio albums

Ednaswap Wacko Magneto Wonderland Park







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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song


"When You Believe" Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1998) "Music of My Heart" Music & Lyrics: Diane Warren
Diane Warren
(1999) "My Funny Friend and Me" Music & Lyrics: David Hartley, Sting (2000)


"May It Be" Music & Lyrics: Enya, Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan (2001) "Lose Yourself" Music & Lyrics: Jeff Bass, Eminem, Luis Resto, (2002) "A Mighty Wind" Music & Lyrics: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean (2003) "Old Habits Die Hard" Music & Lyrics: Mick Jagger, David Stewart (2004) "Hustle & Flow" Music & Lyrics: Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard
(2005) "Listen" Music & Lyrics: Scott Cutler, Henry Krieger, Anne Preven (2006) "Falling Slowly" Music & Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
Markéta Irglová
(2007) "The Wrestler" Music & Lyrics: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(2008) "The Weary Kind" Music & Lyrics: Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
and T Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett
(2009) "If I Rise" Music & Lyrics: Rollo Armstrong, Dido, A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman


"Life's a Happy Song" Music & Lyrics: Bret McKenzie
Bret McKenzie
(2011) "Skyfall" Music & Lyrics: Adele, Paul Epworth (2012) "Let It Go" Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez
(2013) "Glory" Music & Lyrics: Common, John Legend
John Legend
(2014) "See You Again" Music & Lyrics: Andrew Cedar, DJ Frank E, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth (2015) "City of Stars" Music: Justin Hurwitz; Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) "Remember Me" Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez

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