songwriter

[sawng-rahy-ter, song-]
noun
a person who writes the words or music, or both, for popular songs.

Origin:
1815–25; song + writer

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songwriter (ˈsɒŋˌraɪtə)
 
n
a person who composes the words or music for songs in a popular idiom

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But he is also a highly regarded blues, rock and jazz artist considered a solid songwriter and session musician.
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After he got back, he achieved some success as a songwriter, but then had a nervous breakdown.
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