Hit Songwriter Bios—Terry Sawchuk

Not to be confused with the late legendary NHL goalie; "I always wanted to play in the NHL. But I already had my name on the Stanley Cup five times, so why beat a dead horse".

Terry is best known for co-writing the ASCAP song of the year Barefoot Blue Jean Night, recorded by Jake Owen/RCA Nashville.  The song went to #1 for two weeks on Billboards country chart and has sold over 2 million singles. The single also won Sawchuk a SOCAN award, NSAI #1 award, CMA #1 award and a nomination as Music Row's Breakout Songwriter of The Year. Sawchuk's own publishing company Papertown Songs also made Billboards top 100 publishers in 2011.

Mr. Sawchuk was born and raised in Northern Ontario Canada. To pursue his musical endeavors, he relocated to Toronto where he graduated with a recording engineering degree at the Harris Institute for the Arts.

At age 25, Sawchuk wrote with Alanis Morissette for over two years. Terry had the humbling experience of having his song let go at the last minute from the album Jagged Little Pill. However, being chosen to participate in such a successful album allowed him the first taste of where songwriting could take him. At age 27, his band The Miller Stain Limit signed a record deal with A&M/Universal Canada.  Sawchuk produced, engineered, mixed & co-wrote the album "Radiate," which featured the top 20 rock single "Cellophane".

In 2005, Sawchuk produced & co-wrote his first #1 for Universal Music artist Matt Dusk. This song "Back in Town", was the first jazz song in history to hit number one on the Japanese pop chart and remained there for four weeks. Dusk's Canadian single "All About Me", which Terry produced also reached #1 on AC radio in Canada.

American Songwriter named Sawchuk "lyricist of the week" for his song "Happy", which he co-wrote with Tom Douglas.

Sawchuk has received many multi-gold and platinum awards for his work as a producer, songwriter & engineer. He has signed publishing deals with Universal Publishing in London England, Sony ATV Canada & most recently Kobalt Music. He has been on industry panels for NXNE Toronto, NEMO Boston Music Conference & Music Business Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia). For the past few summers, Sawchuk has performed songwriting & recording boot camps in his hometown and local Native American communities. Terry resides in Nashville Tennessee.

See Terry Sawchuk's website at Papertownsongs.com.