Brit Award Nominee Maegan Cottone is one of the UK’s most in demand top liners, songwriters and vocal producers having sprinkled her magic on artists as diverse as Iggy Azalea, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Olly Murs, Little Mix, and Kesha, to name a few.
Maegan has received Double Platinum Awards for her singles Move by Little Mix, Up by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato, a Platinum Award for her UK Top 10 single Wish You Well by Sigala ft. Becky Hill and Gold Awards for her singles Salute by Little Mix and the UK Top 10 single This Is Real by Jax Jones ft. Ella Henderson.
Her released works have a combined total of over half a billion streams.
She is published by Phrased Differently, an independent boutique publishing label in Shoreditch, run by Hiten Bharadia, where she has remained since first signing in 2011.
She lives in Surrey and is married with two young children. She comes from a single parent family, and as a working mother, can offer a unique perspective for a number of women facing daily challenges.
As well as the writing credits, Maegan is also a sought-after vocal producer having notched up some mega-hits such as Sigma, Glitterball (UK #4), Black Magic (UK #1), Touch (UK #4), Reggaeton Lento (UK #5), Shout Out To My Ex (UK #1).
In 2020, Maegan worked with Kylie and producer Sky Adams to write 7 songs on her latest album, Disco.
In order to help and develop young writers, Maegan has recently become a mentor on a new programme run by Ultimate Seminar, and Kwame Kwaten. She is passionate about being an advocate for Young Writers in the industry.
I have been a professional songwriter and vocal producer for 10 years, and in that time the age of technology is becoming more intertwined with the use and creation of music. It’s an exciting time, and it’s creating more and more outlets for music. We as creators are at the helm of a multi-billion dollar industry, but it sadly does not pay us fairly. I want to ensure that this changes.
Social media platforms such as Tik Tok and Instagram are considered important tools in music promotion and so often we see overnight-viral success, built solely on the clever use of music. The song is king, and we must support and protect its creators.
I believe that I have a unique perspective, as a songwriter, mother, teacher and mentor. I am an advocate of women and young people, because as a woman in music, I am a minority. Statistics show that the number of women in the 145,000 PRS members base is currently only 18.4%. And in 2019, the top 10 female songwriters and composers in the UK generated 67% LESS than their male counterparts. I believe that female-focused events are needed to create opportunities in traditionally male-led settings.
I hope to serve on the PRS Members’ Council to act as a voice for women and young people to create positive growth and nurturing of talent through creating active communities. Music is so often collaborative, and it is my belief that offering seminars, masterclasses, sponsorships, mentoring programmes and songwriting camps for unsigned and unpublished writers would have huge and far-reaching positive benefits.
In this post-COVID-19 era, financial hardship is affecting so many performers unable to work. Many of my peers have been affected and I believe that our community must try to help those in need.
Please support me by giving me your vote.