Glen Ballard

Glen Ballard ( born May 1, 1953 in Natchez, Mississippi) is an American music producer.


Glen Ballard learned in his childhood piano and early discovered his passion for composing. After college graduation, he went with 22 years to Los Angeles and began as an errand boy for Elton John. He came in contact with his band and made the first successful compositions for Kiki Dee. In 1978, he got a contract with MCA as a songwriter. Finally, he made contact with successful producers like Richard Perry and Quincy Jones, who promoted him decisively. He wrote and produced, among others, for the Pointer Sisters, George Benson and James Ingram. His breakthrough came in 1984 with the number - two hit All I Need by Jack Wagner, co-produced and co-composed he has. The debut album of the same name, as well as follow-up album Lighting Up the Night by Wagner were also among his first complete album productions. This was followed by countless other investments in successful releases. The written together with Siedah Garrett Man in the Mirror in 1988, a number -one hit for Michael Jackson and is one of his most famous single hits. Siedah Garrett sang in 1989 along with Chaka Khan, the song The Places You Find Love, for the Ballard his first Grammy (for the Instrumental Arrangement) was

From 1990, followed by some very successful collaborations that brought the big breakthrough for the respective artists. He produced this year for Wilson Phillips, the self-titled debut album, which sold in the United States over five million copies and three number-one singles spawned. On two songs of which he was also involved as a songwriter. Curtis Stigers ' debut album contained the 1991 worldwide hit I Wonder Why. Particularly successful was the collaboration with Alanis Morissette: The album Jagged Little Pill, who has more than 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone and over 30 million of the world's best-selling albums of all time. In addition, the album including the associated video won three Grammy Awards, and two more got the song You Oughta Know, at four of the awards Ballard was involved. He also received a nomination for Producer of the Year. The follow-up album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie was also a million seller and in many countries worldwide number one.

In 1997, Glen Ballard his own label Java and then took a first foray into the film business as a writer and producer of the musical film Clubland (1999). In the 2000s Ballard then worked a lot with established artists who were looking for a new producer. Thus arose with No Doubt Return of Saturn with the hit single Ex-Girlfriend. In 2003, the singer Anastacia took for her comeback album after her cancer among other Glen Ballard to the studio and had with her ​​own name -bearing album Anastacia their greatest success in Europe. The song has been written by Ballard Left Outside Alone reached number one among others in Switzerland and Austria. Furthermore included Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks and the Dave Matthews Band to its production partners. He also worked in Europe, with nationally celebrated artists like the Dutch Anouk or the Italian Elisa together. Glen Ballard is also considered the discoverer and promoter of Katy Perry, who he helped to start an international career

His sixth Grammy got Glen Ballard in 2006 for the song Believe from the soundtrack to the film The Polar Express, which he had co-written by Alan Silvestri. It was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Other compositions for films such as Beowulf and Hannah Montana - The Movie followed. Finally Later he composed together with Dave Stewart music for a Complete Musical: Ghost - The Musical based on the film Ghost - Message from Sam and the script by Bruce Joel Rubin and in 2011 in London's West End and in the following year on Broadway listed.


Album productions

  • All I Need / Jack Wagner ( 1984)
  • Lighting Up the Night / Jack Wagner ( 1985)
  • Workin ' It Back / Teddy Pendergrass (1985 )
  • Pictures from the Front / Jon Butcher (1989 )
  • Wilson Phillips / Wilson Phillips ( 1990)
  • Curtis Stigers / Curtis Stigers (1991 )
  • Shadows and Light / Wilson Phillips ( 1992)
  • Jagged Little Pill / Alanis Morissette (1995 )
  • Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie / Alanis Morissette (1998)
  • Return of Saturn / No Doubt (2000)
  • Everyday / Dave Matthews Band (2001)
  • Anastacia / Anastacia (2004)
  • Pearl Days / Elisa (2004, Italy)
  • I Stand / Idina Menzel ( 2008)
  • Christmas in Harmony / Wilson Phillips ( 2010)
  • In Your Dreams / Stevie Nicks (2011)


  • Break Out / The Pointer Sisters (1983 )
  • Dangerous / Michael Jackson ( 1991)
  • Naked and Sacred / Chynna Phillips
  • Time Was / Curtis Stigers (1995 )
  • Talk on Corners / The Corrs (1997)
  • Limited Edition / Judith Owen ( 2000)
  • Stories of a Stranger / O.A.R. (2005)
  • One of the Boys / Katy Perry (2011)

Individual songs

As a songwriter

  • Man in the Mirror / Michael Jackson ( with Siedah Garrett, 1987)
  • Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees ) / Aerosmith (1997)
  • Boom / Anastacia (2001, also producer)
  • Forever May Not Be Long Enough / Live (2001)
  • The Voice Within / Christina Aguilera (2002)
  • Adrenaline / Gavin Rossdale (2002, also producer)
  • Lights Out / Lisa Marie Presley (2003)
  • Butterfly, Fly Away / Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus (2009, from Hannah Montana - The Movie )

As a producer

  • Crazy / Alanis Morissette (2005)
  • Heavy on My Heart / Anastacia (2005)
  • Una poesia anche per te / Elisa (2005, Italy)


  • Grammy Awards 1991: Best Instrumental Arrangement with Sing Along ( The Places You Find Love by Siedah Garrett & Chaka Khan)
  • 1996: Album of the Year and Best rock album ( Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette ), Best rock song ( You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrissette )
  • 1998: Best Music Video Long ( Jagged Little Pill Live by Alanis Morissette )
  • 2006: Best Song written for film, television or visual media ( Believe by Josh Groban )
  • ASCAP 1997: Songwriter of the Year


  • Biography USC Thornton School of Music