Hit Songwriter Bios—Jeff Silbar

"The Wind Beneath My Wings" was voted Song of the Year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences [1989] , earning Jeff Silbar (and his co-writer Larry Hensley), the coveted Grammy! Bette Midler (shown with Silbar) and famous producer Arif Mardin also received Record of the Year Grammys for Bette’s version of the song. “Wind” has received 7 ASCAP pop awards, including a Song of the Century award, and was recently recognized as one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movie Songs.

Jeff has worked with a number of the music industry's largest music publishers, including Sony Music, Warner-Chappell, and House of Gold Music. He is responsible as a publisher for many hit recordings. His new publishing company, Intunes, recently signed writer Josh Osborne, and Jeff is listening for new songs for his catalogue.

Many of Silbar’s songs have been featured in film and television. Recent credits include the opening theme to the hit NBC show ‘My Name is Earl’. 

Jeff's songs have also been recorded by such artists as John Cougar Mellencamp (“China Girl” from American Fool, triple platinum), Fleetwood Mac (single “Hard Feelings” from Behind the Mask, platinum), and Kenny Rogers (“Goodnight Sleeptight Man” from The Gambler, quadruple platinum), as well as a host of others including Sheena Easton, Gladys Knight, Dolly Parton, Poco, Willie Nelson, and Alabama (#1 single). 

Honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International as Songwriter of the Year, Jeff has earned more than thirty ASCAP awards for their most performed pop and country songs.

Currently he lives in Studio City, California, with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Garrett and Natalie.

Note from the Expo: Jeff has become a popular mainstay in our songwriting community, actively writing with and working with attendees. Even the best songwriters in the world are looking for new people to write with and new song ideas! We are honored in 2014 to have Jeff as one of our WWAHM hit songwriters. The winner of the COUNTRY category in WWAHM 2014-1 will get a co-write with Grammy Award Winner Jeff Silbar!

Learn more at JeffSilbar.com.