Emerson Swinford

Emerson Swinford, a native of Chicago, is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer/songwriter and producer. He is currently a guitarist in the Rod Stewart band, and was formerly a member of the band Drill, a precursor to industrial-nu metal group Static-X.

Emerson Swinford 2013


Swinford's guitar work can be heard on the 2018 album release by Stewart, called Blood Red Roses, the 2015 release Another Country and 2013's Time. Blood Red Roses and Time both went to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. Another Country has since reached Platinum sales and Time has achieved Double Platinum sales status there. Time also went to number 7 on the US Billboard chart. Emerson has numerous co-writing credits with Stewart including "Honey Gold", "Vegas Shuffle", as well as co-writing "The Drinking Song". Along with writer/producer Kevin Savigar and Rod Stewart, Emerson co-wrote two songs on the Time album, "Finest Woman" and the title track "Time".

In 2016 he released a self-titled album available on his website and on iTunes. Emerson's theme and under-score music composed for the hit comedy Hot in Cleveland won him ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards in 2011, 2012, and 2014.[1][2] He is also a composer for the TV Land network comedy series The Soul Man and Retired at 35[3] and has had many TV and film song placements including The Hills, The Ghost Whisperer, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. As a session guitarist, Emerson has recorded with a diverse roster of artists such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Delerium, Rod Stewart, Paul Oakenfold, Liz Phair, Jim McGorman, P. J. Olsson, Fisher (band), Kimberley Locke, Natalie Cole, Kenny G and many others, as well as performing on the soundtracks for the movies Just Like Heaven, Planet of the Apes and Power Rangers.[4] His guitar work is also featured on several national TV commercial spots including St. Ives and Coors Light. Emerson is a co-writer of the hit single "Barenaked" for actress and singer Jennifer Love Hewitt.[5] He was the musical director and touring guitarist for Tony award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel, famous for her roles in Disney's Frozen, Broadway's Wicked and Rent, and the TV show Glee.[6]

Selected discographyEdit

Year Album Artist Credit
1997 P.J. Olsson P.J. Olsson Guitar
1998 Power Rangers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Guitar
1999 Words For Living P.J. Olsson Guitar
2000 Haunted Poe Guitar
2000 Planet of the Apes [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Danny Elfman Guitar
2001 Bunkka Paul Oakenfold Guitar
2001 True North Fisher Guitar
2002 BareNaked Jennifer Love Hewitt Guitar
2003 Girls Night Out, Vol. 2 [BMG] Various Artists Guitar/Composer
2003 Departure Carla Werner Guitar
2003 Perfecto Paul Oakenfold Guitar
2003 Just So You Know Holly Palmer Producer/Composer/Guitar
2004 Billy Miles Billy Miles Producer/Composer/Guitar
2005 Crash: Music from and Inspired by the Academy Award-winning movie Crash [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Producer
2005 Extraordinary Ways Conjure One Guitar
2005 Just Like Heaven (Reese Witherspoon) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Guitar
2005 Beautifully Insane P.J. Olsson Programming, Composer, Mixing, Guitar, Producer
2005 Lost Art of the Idle Moment Carmen Rizzo Guitar
2006 I'm in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time Kenny G Guitar
2006 If Your Memory Serves You Well Serena Ryder Guitar
2006 The World is Falling Down Jamestown (a.k.a. Jim McGorman) Guitar/Composer
2007 Based on a True Story Kimberley Locke Guitar
2007 American Scream P.J. Olsson Guitar
2008 Acoustic Cafe Fisher Guitar
2009 Never Say Goodbye Sarah Bettens Composer
2009 Water Fisher Composer/Guitar
2009 Spectacular! (Music From the Nickelodeon Original Movie) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Guitar
2010 Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box Tim Burton Guitar
2011 Cas Nás Naucí Petr Kolář Guitar/Composer
2012 Merry Christmas Baby Rod Stewart Guitar
2012 Music Box Opera Delerium Guitar
2013 Time Rod Stewart Guitar/Composer
2015 Another Country Rod Stewart Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Composer
2016 Emerson Swinford (self-titled) Emerson Swinford Producer/Composer/Mixer/Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Programming
2018 Blood Red Roses Rod Stewart Guitar/Bass/Composer

Main source for discography:[7]


  1. ^ "2011 ASCAP Awards"
  2. ^ "2012 ASCAP Awards"
  3. ^ "Internet Movie Database"
  4. ^ "allmusic.com"
  5. ^ "Barenaked Wikipedia"
  6. ^ ""Idina Tour"". Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
  7. ^ "allmusic.com/emerson swinford"

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