Glen Ballard

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Glen Ballard
Birth name Basil Glen Ballard, Jr.
Born (1953-05-01) May 1, 1953 (age 64)
Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres Rhythm and blues, rock, pop music
Occupation(s) Songwriter, lyricist, record producer
Instruments Keyboards, synthesizer, guitar
Years active 1978–present

Basil Glen Ballard, Jr.[1] (born May 1, 1953) is an American songwriter, lyricist, and record producer. He is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (1995),[2][3] which won Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album", and "Album of the Year" , and was ranked by the Rolling Stone as one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. He is also well known for his collaborations with composer Alan Silvestri. He was involved in the recording and writing of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad.[4] As a writer he co-wrote songs including "Man in the Mirror" (1987) [4] and "Hand in My Pocket" (1995). He is the founder of Java Records. He won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for the song "Believe" (The Polar Express).[5] In 2011, he founded his own production company known as Augury, a Hollywood atelier focused on developing music-driven projects in film, television, and theatre.[6]


He has performed on or produced the following:


Ballard wrote the screenplay for Clubland, a music-driven film about an aspiring musician in Los Angeles. He has written songs in half-a-dozen films including The Slugger’s Wife, Navy Seals, The Polar Express, and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.[7]

Musical theater

Ballard co-wrote the music and lyrics for Ghost The Musical with David A. Stewart and Bruce Joel Rubin, which opened in London's West End on 19 July 2011 and opened on Broadway in the spring of 2012.

On 31 January 2014, it was announced that a stage musical adaptation of the film Back to the Future was in production.[8] The show, which is being co-written by original writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, is expected to be performed in 2015, on the 30th anniversary year of the film.[9] Ballard[10] will team up with Alan Silvestri to compose a new score, with the addition of original songs from the film, including "The Power of Love", "Johnny B. Goode", "Earth Angel" and "Mr. Sandman".[11]

Further reading

See also


  1. ^ Hilburn, Robert (5 August 2001). "A Calm Hand at the Controls". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 5, 2001. 
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (November 1, 1998). "Alanis Morissette Explores The Healing Power of Song". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Tyrangiel/Los, Josh (April 10, 2000). "Music: Two-Hit Wonders". TIME. 
  4. ^ a b "Michael Jackson's lyrics tell a hard story". MSNBC. 2009-06-29. 
  5. ^ Zemeckis, Robert; Zemeckis, Leslie; Deezen, Eddie; Gaye, Nona (2004-11-10), The Polar Express, retrieved 2017-01-09 
  6. ^ "Renowned Writer/Producer Glen Ballard Talks About His Hits With Alanis Morissette And Michael Jackson, And His New Projects". Songwriter Universe | Songwriting News, Articles & Song Contest. 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Glen Ballard". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Back to the Future musical announced". BBC News. 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Back to the Future: 80s movie gets musical makeover". The Guardian. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "'Great Scott!' Musical version of Back To The Future set to open in London's West End in 2015". Daily Mail. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Back to the Future musical set for West End in 2015". Whats On Stage. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Audio interview with Glen Ballard on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast
  • Glen Ballard at AllMusic
  • Glen Ballard on IMDb
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