“The women who made me”

The Onere­pub­lic front­man has writ­ten for some of mu­sic’s big­gest names. Here, he cham­pi­ons the women he ad­mires.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Guide / Inspiration - by Ryan Ted­der

Bey­oncé Singer, song­writer, ac­tress and record pro­ducer

Work­ing with Bey­oncé on two of her al­bums has been in­cred­i­ble. I don’t think there’s any­thing she can’t do. My favourite mem­ory is watching her record ‘Halo’, which I co-wrote – she to­tally blew me away. Her artistry is like no other; Bey­oncé isn’t chang­ing pop cul­ture, she’s cre­at­ing it.

Janet Smith High school mu­sic teacher

I loved mu­sic class at school, and she was very sup­port­ive in those early days. She was ded­i­cated to her stu­dents and went above and be­yond to help.

Adele Singer and song­writer

I’ve col­lab­o­rated with Adele for a long time now, so it’s hard to pick out just one thing I love about her – but I par­tic­u­larly ad­mire that ev­ery song she pro­duces sounds like a hit; she wants the ab­so­lute best per­for­mance for ev­ery track. She’s very driven like that.

Rachel Brown Man­ager

Rachel works in my man­age­ment team and I would hon­estly be nowhere without her. She’s on top of ev­ery­thing and ex­tremely loyal. And very pa­tient with me, too.

El­lie Gould­ing Singer and song­writer

El­lie is un­be­liev­ably hard­work­ing – she gets the job done, what­ever else is go­ing on. When we’re record­ing, she comes in, cuts the vo­cal and just kills it. I co-wrote ‘Burn’, and it will al­ways be very spe­cial to me – what El­lie did with it was pretty amaz­ing.

JK Rowl­ing Au­thor, screen­writer and film pro­ducer

JK Rowl­ing has to be my favourite writer, she’s in­spired a whole gen­er­a­tion with the Harry Pot­ter se­ries. I’m as­tounded by the strength of her imag­i­na­tion.

Tay­lor Swift Singer and song­writer

Work­ing on her al­bum 1989 is such a ca­reer high­light for me, espe­cially as we won the Grammy for Al­bum of the Year in 2016. I had a lot of fun join­ing her on­stage when she was tour­ing LA, too. Tay­lor is a to­tal pro, a per­fec­tion­ist. She brings a lot to the ta­ble.

An­nie Len­nox Singer, po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist and phi­lan­thropist

She has en­ergy and pas­sion and fights for her be­liefs. I am a real fan of her ta­lent and all that she stands for.

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