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Justin Drew Tranter (born June 16, 1980) is an American songwriter, singer, and activist. They have written songs for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DNCE, Kesha, In Real Life, Fifth Harmony, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande and Fall Out Boy, and frequently co-writes with fellow American songwriter Julia Michaels. Tranter was the lead singer of Semi Precious Weapons, a rock band based in New York. They are also a board member of GLAAD, an organization that promotes LGBTQ acceptance in the entertainment and news industries.

Justin Tranter
Justin Tranter at LoveLoud 2018 (43553462424).jpg
Tranter at LoveLoud 2018
Background information
Birth nameJustin Drew Tranter
Born (1980-06-16) June 16, 1980 (age 39)
OriginLake Zurich, Illinois, United States
GenresPop
Occupation(s)
  • Songwriter
  • singer
  • activist
Years active2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitesemipreciousweapons.com

Early yearsEdit

Tranter and their three older brothers were raised by their parents in Lake Zurich, Illinois. They studied musical theatre at the Chicago Academy for the Arts from 1994–98. While at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, they started an annual AIDS Benefit.[1]

After graduation from high school, Tranter moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. Along with songwriting, they also took classes in business management, in preparation for a career in music. Tranter graduated from Berklee in three years, with a GPA of 3.9 and a degree in songwriting. While at Berklee, Justin founded Musicians With a Mission, a scholarship fund for LGBT youth education.[2]

In 2003, Justin won an Outmusic Award for the song "Blend In," co-written with Stephanie Delk, from "Scratched."[3]

Music careerEdit

In 2004, Tranter joined forces with fellow Berklee graduates, Cole Whittle, Dan Crean, and Aaron Lee Tasjan (who has since been replaced by Stevy Pyne) to form Semi Precious Weapons. Themself and Semi Precious Weapons opened for Lady Gaga on her Monster Ball from 2009-2011.[4]

After moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Tranter signed a new publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music to write songs for other artists. They started collaborating with artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Hailee Steinfeld, as well groups like Fifth Harmony and Fall Out Boy.[5] Tranter and their frequent writing partner, Julia Michaels, collaborated on numerous Billboard hits including two songs, Good for You and Sorry, that held the number one spot on Pop Radio for three weeks each.[6] Tranter and Michaels also teamed-up to co-write Gwen Stefani's third solo album entitled This Is What the Truth Feels Like.[7]

In December 2015, Tranter was named one of Rolling Stone's "20 Biggest Breakouts of 2015" for their songwriting contributions to the 2015 pop charts.[8]

Tranter has since written for musicians ranging from Britney Spears to Linkin Park, as well as providing backup vocals for The Knocks and on Kygo's song "Carry Me", which was taken from their debut album, entitled Cloud Nine.

At the 2017 BMI Pop Awards hosted by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Tranter was named 2017 Pop Songwriter of the Year and collected awards for co-writing four of the top songs of the year.[9]

In an interview with Variety magazine, Tranter revealed that they will be executive producer on Britney Spears’s upcoming 10th studio album.

DiscographyEdit

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Title Year Album
"Forever" 2017 The Lego Batman Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Songwriting creditsEdit

     indicates a background vocal contribution.

     indicates an un-credited vocal contribution.

     indicates a featured artist contribution.

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2013 Timeflies After Hours "I Choose U" Caleb Shapiro, Robert Resnick, Esjay Jones, Andreas Schuller
2014 Breathe Carolina Savages "Please Don't Say" David Schmitt, Thomas Cooperman, Eric Armenta, Luis Bonet, Kyle Even, Ian Kirkpatrick
"Savages" David Schmitt, Thomas Cooperman, Eric Armenta, Luis Bonet, Ian Kirkpatrick
Victoria Duffield Accelerate "Cherry Red"
(featuring Jerzee)
William Vanderheyden, Skylar Stonestreet
Fall Out Boy American Beauty/
American Psycho
"Centuries" Peter Wantz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman, Andrew Hurley, J.R. Rotem, Michael Fonseca, Svetha Rao, Suzanne Vega
Nicole Scherzinger Big Fat Lie "Run" Julia Michaels, William Vanderheyden
"Cold World" Christopher "Tricky" Stewart
2015 Fifth Harmony Reflection "Like Mariah"
(featuring Tyga)
J.R. Rotem, Svetha Rao, Michael Nguyen-Stevenson, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Mauldin, Manuel Seal Jr.
Seven Lions The Throes of Winter EP "Lose Myself"
(featuring Lynn Gunn)
Jeffrey Montalvo, Ryland Blackinton, Daniel Keyes
Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece "Nostalgic" Ryland Blackinton, Daniel Keyes, Vaughn Oliver
Selena Gomez Revival "Good for You"
(solo / featuring ASAP Rocky)
Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Nicholas Monson, Nolan Lambroza, Hector Delgado, Rakim Mayers
Hailee Steinfeld Haiz EP "Love Myself" Hailee Steinfeld, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Oscar Holter
Timeflies Just for Fun "Prosecco" Caleb Shapiro, Robert Resnick, Nicholas Monson
DNCE DNCE "Cake by the Ocean" Joseph Jonas, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Selena Gomez Revival "Me & the Rhythm" Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Revival" Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Adam Schmalholz, Timothy Price, Antonina Armato, Chauncey Hollis
"Hands to Myself" Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Karl Sandberg
"Body Heat" Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Timothy Price, Antonina Armato, Chauncey Hollis
"Perfect" Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, William Vanderheyden
Gwen Stefani This Is What the
Truth Feels Like
"Used to Love You" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, J.R. Rotem, Teal Douville
DNCE DNCE "Jinx" Oscar Gorres, Oscar Holter
Justin Bieber Purpose "Sorry" Justin Bieber, Julia Michaels, Michael Tucker, Sonny Moore
Pia Mia Non-album single "Touch" Pia Perez, Julia Michaels, Michael Tucker, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen
Hailee Steinfeld Haiz EP "You're Such A" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Rock Bottom"
(solo / featuring DNCE)
Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Hell Nos and Headphones" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Shapov Axtone Ten "Our World"
(featuring Justin Tranter)
Alexander Shapovalov
2016 Gwen Stefani This Is What the
Truth Feels Like
"Make Me Like You" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
The Knocks 55 "Tied to You"
(featuring Justin Tranter)
Benjamin Ruttner, Cole Whittle, James Patterson
Gwen Stefani This Is What the
Truth Feels Like
"Misery" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"You're My Favourite" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Greg Kurstin
"Where Would I Be?" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Greg Kurstin
"Truth" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Send Me a Picture" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Greg Kurstin
"Red Flag" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, J.R. Rotem, Svetha Rao
"Asking 4 It"
(featuring Fetty Wap)
Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, Willie Maxwell II
"Naughty" Gwen Stefani, J.R. Rotem, Svetha Rao
"Me Without You" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, J.R. Rotem
"Rare" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, Greg Kurstin
"Loveable" Gwen Stefani, J.R. Rotem, Svetha Rao
"Rocket Ship" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, J.R. Rotem, Teal Douville
"Getting Warmer" Gwen Stefani, Julia Michaels, J.R. Rotem, Michael Green
"Obsessed" Gwen Stefani, J.R. Rotem, Svetha Rao
"Splash" Gwen Stefani, J.R. Rotem, Svetha Rao
"War Paint" Gwen Stefani, J.R. Rotem, Svetha Rao, Lovy Longomba, Teal Douville, Ivan Corraliza
Nick Jonas Last Year Was Complicated "Close"
(featuring Tove Lo)
Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Ebba Tove Nilsson
Erika Jayne Non-album single "How Many Fucks" Myah Marie Langston, Adam Bruce
Kygo Cloud Nine "Carry Me"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll, Julia Michaels
Fifth Harmony 7/27 "Dope" Julia Michaels, Jack Antonoff
Various Non-album single "Hands" Julia Michaels, Michael Tucker
Goldroom West of the West "Lying to You" Joshua Legg, Ryland Blackinton, Vaughn Oliver
Laura Marano Non-album single "La La" Laura Marano, Hayley Warner, Matthew Friedman
Britney Spears Glory "Invitation" Britney Spears, Julia Michaels, Nicholas Monson
"Do You Wanna Come Over?" Sandy Chila, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Slumber Party"
(solo / featuring Tinashe)
Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Just Like Me" Britney Spears, Julia Michaels, Nicholas Monson
"Better" Britney Spears, Julia Michaels, Michael Tucker
"Change Your Mind" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Dagny Ultraviolet EP "Fight Sleep" Dagny Sandvik, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Too Young" Dagny Sandvik, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
JoJo Mad Love "Music" Joanna Levesque, Hayley Warner, Jussi Karvinen
"I Can Only"
(featuring Alessia Cara)
Joanna Levesque, Hayley Warner, Jussi Karvinen, Alessia Caracciolo
"Edibles" Joanna Levesque, Hayley Warner, Jussi Karvinen
DNCE DNCE "DNCE" Joseph Jonas, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Rickard Goransson, James Alan Ghaleb
"Blown"
(featuring Kent Jones)
Joseph Jonas, Oscar Gorres, Oscar Holter, Edwin Paul Shelton II, Daryl Kent Jones
"Good Day" Joseph Jonas, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Naked" Joseph Jonas, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Zoom" Joseph Jonas, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Rickard Goransson
John Legend Darkness and Light "What You Do to Me" John Stephens, Blake Mills, Matthew Sweeney, Julia Michaels, Michael Tucker
"Love You Anyway" John Stephens, Blake Mills, Matthew Sweeney, Julia Michaels, Tyler Johnson
2017 Julia Michaels Nervous System EP "Issues" Julia Michaels, Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen
Sofia Carson Non-album single "Back to Beautiful"
(featuring Alan Walker)
Julia Michaels, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, Alan Walker, Anders Froen, Gunnar Greve Pettersen, Jesper Borgen
Imagine Dragons Evolve "Believer" Daniel Reynolds, Benjamin McKee, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues "Cold"
(featuring Future)
Adam Levine, John Ryan II, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Nayvadius Wilburn
Linkin Park One More Light "Heavy"
(featuring Kiiara)
Chster Bennington, Michael Shinoda, Bradford Nelson, Julia Michaels
DNCE The Lego Batman Movie OST "Forever" Cole Whittle, Daniel Crean, Steven Pyne
Betty Who The Valley "Free to Fly"
(featuring Warren G)
Jessica Newham, Zak Waters, Warren Griffin II, Raymond Grigsby, Sean Paul Joseph, Cedric Leonard, Craig Love, Robert McDowell, Jonathan Smith
"Make You Memories" Jessica Newham, Zak Waters, Peter Thomas
DNCE Non-album single "Kissing Strangers"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
Joseph Jonas, Mattias Larsson, Robin Frdriksson, Onika Maraj
Skylar Stecker Everything, Everything OST "How Did We" Julia Michaels, Jussi Karvinen
Selena Gomez non-album single "Bad Liar" Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels, Ian Kirkpatrick, Martina Weymouth
Jasmine Thompson Wonderland EP "Wanna Know Love" Julia Michaels, Michael Tucker
"Drama" Jasmine Thompson, Olivia Waithe, Eric Rosse
"Words" Jasmine Thompson, Julia Michaels, Oscar Gorres, Oscar Holter
Shakira El Dorado "When a Woman" Shakira Ripoll, Kurtis Mckenzie, Jonathan Mills, Julia Michaels, Magnus August Hoiberg
Julia Michaels Nervous System EP "Uh-Huh" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom "Bad at Love" Ashley Frangipane, Eric Frederic, Rogét Chahayed
Imagine Dragons Evolve "I Don't Know Why" Daniel Reynolds, Benjamin McKee, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Walking the Wire" Daniel Reynolds, Benjamin McKee, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Start Over" Daniel Reynolds, Benjamin McKee, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
The Vamps Night & Day: Night Edition "Paper Hearts" Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey, Bradford Simpson, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Philip Shaouy
Julia Michaels Nervous System EP "Worst in Me" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Make It Up to You" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Jut Do It" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
"Pink" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Kesha Rainbow "Finding You" Kesha Sebert, Eric Frederic
"Boots" Kesha Sebert, Eric Frederic, Rogét Chahayed
BloodPop Non-album single "Friends"
(with Justin Bieber)
Michael Tucker, Justin Bieber, Julia Michaels
Sofia Carson "Ins and Outs" Julia Michaels, Jason Evigan
In Real Life "Eyes Closed" Brandon Colbein, Jussi Karvinen, Wesley Smith
Oliver Full Circle "Chemicals"
(featuring MNDR)
Oliver Goldstein, Vaughn Oliver, Amanda Lucille Warner
Jason Derulo Non-album single "If I'm Lucky" Jason Desreuleaux, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Superfruit Future Friends "How You Feeling?" Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Daniel Crean, Shawn Wasabi
Fergie Double Dutchess "Tension" Fergie Duhamel, Diana Gordon, Alessandro Lindblad
Robin Schulz Uncover "Like You Mean It"
(featuring Rhys)
Robin Schulz, Dennis Bierbrodt, Guido Kramar, Jurgen Dohr, Julia Michaels, Mason Levy, Stefan Dabruck
Gwen Stefani You Make It Feel Like Christmas "You Make It Feel Like Christmas"
(featuring Blake Shelton)
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Michael Busbee
"My Gift Is You" Gwen Stefani, Michael Busbee
"When I Was a Little Girl" Gwen Stefani, Michael Busbee
"Under the Christmas Lights" Gwen Stefani, Michael Busbee
"Never Kissed Anyone with Blue Eyes Before You" Gwen Stefani, Michael Busbee
"Christmas Eve" Gwen Stefani, Michael Busbee
"Cheer for the Elves" Gwen Stefani, Michael Busbee
"Secret Santa" Gwen Stefani, Michael Busbee
Bea Miller Aurora "Repercussions" Beatrice Miller, Julia Michaels, Jesse Shatkin
Nick Jonas Ferdinand OST "Home" Nicholas Jonas, Nicholas Monson
Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues "Help Me Out"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
Adam Levine, Thomas Pentz, Julia Michaels, Henry Allen
2018 Camila Cabello Camila "Into It" Camila Cabello, Ryan Tedder, Adam Feeney, Louis Bell, Kaan Gunesberk
Julia Michaels Fifty Shades Freed OST "Are You" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Janelle Monae Dirty Computer "Make Me Feel" Janelle Robinson, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Bleachers Love, Simon OST "Keeping a Secret" Jack Antonoff
Cardi B Invasion of Privacy "Thru Your Phone" Belcalis Almanzar, Alexandra Tamposi, Andrew Wotman, Benjamin Levin
Leon Bridges Good Thing "Beyond" Todd Bridges, Nathaniel Mercureau, Eric Frederic, Austin Jenkins, Joshua Block
"Forgive You" Todd Bridges, Nathaniel Mercureau, Eric Frederic
"Mrs." Todd Bridges, Zachary Cooper, Eric Frederic, Victor Dimotsis
Raye Side Tape "Crew"
(with Ray BLK and Kojo Funds)
Rachel Keen, Rita Ekwere, Fredrick Gibson, Ian Greenidge, Gabriel Kusimo
Julia Michaels Non-album single "Jump"
(featuring Trippie Redd)
Julia Michaels, Nicholas Monson, Michael White IV
HMLTD Hate Music Last Time Delete "Pictures of You" Anchilleas Sarantaris, Duke Peterman, Henry Chrisholm, Nicholas Mohnblatt, Zack Cazes, James Donovan, Jussi Karvinen
Christina Aguilera Liberation "Right Moves"
(featuring Keida and Shenseea)
Christina Aguilera, Taylor Parks, Julia Michaels, Marcos Palacios, Bryan Nelson, Makeida Bedford, Chinsea Lee
5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood "Valentine" Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Miichael Elizondo
"Talk Fast" Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Mchael Clifford, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
"Moving Along" Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Mchael Clifford, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
"If Walls Could Talk" Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, Julia Michaels, Nolan Lambroza
"Empty Wallets" Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Mchael Clifford, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
"Monster Among Men" Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Mchael Clifford, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
"Meet You There" Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, Wayne Hector, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
"When You Walk Away" Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Mchael Clifford, Wayne Hector, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub
"Best Friend" Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, Michael Elizondo
Bebe Rexha Expectations "I'm a Mess" Bleta Rexha, Jussi Karvinen, Meredith Brooks, Shelly Peiken
Years & Years Palo Santo "Hallelujah" Oliver Thornton, Michael Goldsworthy, Julia Michaels, Greg Kurstin
"Preacher" Oliver Thornton, Julia Michaels, Jesse Shatkin
Jess Kent TBA "Bass Bumps" Jessica Kent, Kennedi Lykken, Nicholas Monson, Mark Nilan Jr., Paul Blair
Imagine Dragons Origins "Natural" Daniel Reynolds, Benjamin McKee, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Liam Payne First Time EP "Home with You" Brandon Colbein, Jason Gill
David Guetta 7 "Battle"
(featuring Faouzia)
Pierre Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Boris Daenen, Carl Falk, Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, Daniel Shah, George Tizzard, Richard Parkhouse
Jess Kent TBA "Girl" Jessica Kent, Kennedi Lykken, Christopher J Baran, Philip Shaouy
Lauv "There's No Way"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
Ari Leff, Julia Michaels, Ian Kirkpatrick
Lady Gaga A Star is Born OST "Heal Me" Stefani Germanotti, Julia Michaels, Nicholas Monson, Mark Nilan Jr., Paul Blair
Alma Have You Seen Her? "Cowboy" Alma-Sofia Miettinen, Sarah Hudson, Michael Tucker, Eren Cannata
Glowie Non-album single "Body" Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Imagine Dragons Origins "Only" Daniel Reynolds, Benjamin McKee, Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Isabela Moner Non-album single "I'll Stay" Isabela Moner, Kennedi Lykken, Nicholas Monson
Rita Ora Phoenix "Keep Talking"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
Julia Michaels, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen
2019 Alma Have You Seen Her? "When I Die" Alma-Sofia Miettinen, Michael Sabath
Dua Lipa Alita: Battle Angel OST "Swan Song" Dua Lipa, Kennedi Lykken, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Thomas Holkenborg
Julia Michaels Inner Monologue, Pt. 1 "Happy" Julia Michaels, Casey Barth, Riley Knapp
"What a Time"
(featuring Niall Horan)
Julia Michaels, Casey Barth, Riley Knapp
Illenium TBA "Crashing"
(featuring Bahari)
Nicholas D. Miller, Julia Michaels, Timothy Price, Antonina Armato, Elio Armato
Terror Jr Unfortunately, Terror Jr "Yamaguchi" Lisa Vitale, David Singer-Vine, Nyle LeBlanc, Shawn Serrano
Ariana Grande Thank U, Next "Fake Smile" Ariana Grande-Butera, Priscilla Renea, Kennedi Lykken, Andrew Wansel, Nathan Perez, Joseph W. Frierson, Mary Lou Frierson
Bea Miller TBA "It's Not U, It's Me"
(featuring 6LACK)
Beatrice Miller, Mary Weitz, Michael Sabath, Ricardo Valentine
Sara Bareilles Amidst the Chaos "No Such Thing" Sara Bareilles
"Poetry by Dead Men" Sara Bareilles
Tritonal U & Me "Little Bit of Love"
(featuring Rachel Platten)
Chad Cisneros, David Reed, Teal Douville, Alexandra Yatchenko, Katheryn Ostenberg, Michelle Buzz, William Wiik Larsen
Astrid S Trust Issues EP "The First One" Astrid Smeplass, Amy Allen, Jason Gill
Yungblud The Underrated
Youth EP
"Parents" Dominic Harrison, Christopher Greatti, Zakk Cervini
Shea Diamond Non-album single "Don't Shoot" ShaGasyia Diamond, Brandon Colbein
Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins "Hesitate" Joseph Jonas, Kennedi Lykken, Michael Sabath
"First" Joseph Jonas, Kennedi Lykken, Michael Sabath, Homer Steinweiss
X Ambassadors Orion "Recover" Samuel Nelson Harris, Casey Harris, Adam Levin, Eric Frederic
Bea Miller TBA "Feel Something" Beatrice Miller, Kennedi Lykken, Michael Sabath
Julia Michaels Inner Monologue, Pt. 2 "Priest" Julia Michaels
"Shouldn't Have Said It" Julia Michaels
Tori Kelly Inspired by True Events "Language" Victoria Kelly, Audra Mae
King Princess Cheap Queen "Ain't Together" Mikaela Straus, Nicholas Long
Meghan Trainor Non-album single "Genetics" Meghan Trainor, Ryan Trainor, Michael Sabath
Cashmere Cat Princess Catgirl "Without You" Magnus August Hoiberg, Benajmin Levin, Sarah Aarons, Kevin Esmenda, Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, Oscar Holter
James Arthur You "Finally Feel Good" James Arthur, Scott Harper, Eric Frederic
Anthony Ramos The Good & the Bad "Mind Over Matter" Anthony Martinez, Kennedi Lykken, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson
Yungblud The Underrated
Youth EP
"Original Me"
(featuring Dan Reynolds)
Dominic Harrison, Jorgen Odegard, Michael Crossey, Daniel Reynolds, Richard Koehler, Timothy Randolph
Camila Cabello Romance "Easy" Karla Estrabao, John Hill, Adam Feeney, Louis Bell, Carter Lang, Weston Weiss

AdvocacyEdit

Tranter began their activism with the initiation of an annual AIDS benefit while attending high school at the Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts.[1] Their advocacy continued while attending Berklee where they founded Musicians With a Mission, a scholarship fund for LGBT youth education.[2] In 2016, after flying to Orlando to help with the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Tranter joined with frequent collaborator, Julia Michaels, and GLAAD CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis to find a way to make a larger contribution. Through Interscope Records, and joined by various artists and the music community, they brought about the release of the charity single "Hands" to raise funds for Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, GLAAD, and the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.[10]

In February 2017, Tranter joined the National Board of Directors for GLAAD, an organization that promotes LGBTQ acceptance in the entertainment and news industries.[11] As part of the GLAAD Media Awards in May and June 2017, Tranter raised $123,000 for GLAAD by auctioning off four individual songwriting and recording sessions.[12]

Tranter is also a long-time vegan, vegetarian since 1995 and a supporter of Mercy for Animals.[citation needed]

Design careerEdit

Tranter's jewelry company, Fetty, grew out of necklaces they designed to sell as merchandise for the Semi Precious Weapons shows.[13] These rock-and-roll inspired pieces consist mostly of heart and weapon themed charm necklaces and earrings.

In 2008, they designed a limited-edition sneaker for DKNY.[14]

Television appearancesEdit

Tranter has appeared as a guest on the E! cable network show Chelsea Lately.[15] In December 2008, they also appeared as a coach on the MTV reality show MADE in which they help a young girl transform into a "rock star".[16]In 2010, Tranter appears as a cameo as man at the diner in the music video for "Telephone" by Lady Gaga.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "17th Annual Academy AIDS Benefit". Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Semi Precious Weapons on Apple Music".
  3. ^ http://www.queermusicheritage.com/awards3.html
  4. ^ "Inside Lady Gaga's Monster Ball". November 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "This Rocker Has Been Writing All Of Your Favorite Pop Songs". November 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ "How an Unlikely Duo Became the Hottest Songwriters in Pop Music". January 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Gwen Stefani: How Making My New Album Saved My Life". March 18, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "20 Biggest Breakouts of 2015". December 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "WARNER/CHAPPELL NAMED MUSIC PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR AT BMI POP AWARDS". May 10, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Britney Spears, Pink, Selena Gomez Join 'Hands' for Orlando: How the All-Star Song Came to Life". Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Hitmaker Justin Tranter Joins GLAAD's National Board of Directors: 'I'm Using the Success I've Had to Help Other People Shine'". February 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards: Songwriter Justin Tranter Raises $123K With Auction for Studio Sessions". May 17, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Semi Precious Weapons Official Bio". April 2010. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  14. ^ Newman, Sabrina (February 7, 2008). "StyleHive Sneak Peek: Justin Tranter's Exclusive DKNY Sneaker Line". Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  15. ^ "Guest Appearance on Chelsea Lately". November 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  16. ^ "MTV MADE: Rock Star. Season 9, Episode 30". December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  17. ^ "Telephone (Video)". November 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2015.

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