Get to know Nathan Ferraro, one of the Canadian songwriters behind Beyoncé’s hit song ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’



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This week, Beyoncé ended up being the initial Black female to leading Billboard’s Country Songs graph with “Texas Hold ‘Em.” But most of the attributed songwriters and manufacturers originate from an unusual area – not Texas or Nashville, yet Canada.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” is co-written by 3 Canadians: Nathan Ferraro (that additionally co-produced it), Elizabeth Boland (that has actually launched songs for the tag Arts & Crafts as Lowell) and Megan Bülow (that makes songs as bülow). The 3 of them are all attributed on the tune, with Ferraro additionally co-producing the tune with Killah B and Beyoncé.

“I love Beyoncé and I love the record,” Ferraro informs Billboard Canada, “She’s created such an amazing cultural moment.”

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Another Canadian, Dave Hamelin (previously of The Stills), is attributed on Beyoncé’s various other brand-new tune, “16 Carriages,” noted as a manufacturer and designer.

To be clear, Beyoncé’s minute is not concerning any one of these Canadian artists. Many have truly sharp to the payments of Rhiannon Giddens, an artist that’s been revealing the globe that the banjo was initially a Black tool (which fits right in with Beyoncé’s Renaissance objective of redeeming Black styles, initially residence and currently nation). Prominent Black origins artist, Robert Randolph, is additionally attributed as a hawaiian guitar gamer.

But it is additionally a large credit history for a variety of Canadian artists that have actually been functioning behind the scenes of the songs sector in larger and larger methods.

Ferraro remained in an alt-rock band called The Midway State that had some success in Canada in the late 2000s. An authorizing to Interscope as a young adult brought him to Los Angeles, where he divides time with Toronto (it additionally brought a partnership with an after that promising Lady Gaga).

After composing for and with primarily Canadian musicians, consisting of Carly Rae Jepsen and Jessie Reyez, he had a small global hit with bülow in “Not A Love Song,” which exhibited their partnership as songwriters. He additionally composed with Lowell (authorized to Canadian tag Arts & Crafts) for her task. They all developed a songwriting group that grabbed vapor in 2022, working together on the Charli XCX tune “Yuck.”

“[The collaboration] works well for us,” Ferraro informs Billboard Canada. “We’re such good friends and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I think we all have a lot of mutual respect, so we have a lot of confidence together and that allows us to take risks.”

He approximates they’ve covered 100 tunes with each other, with around 20 of them seeing the light of day. Personally, he’s covered 1500, he claims. He’s been identified in Canada, with 7 SOCAN honors for public efficiency of songwriting, yet he’s additionally developed himself as component of a “vibrant” neighborhood and sector of songwriters, workshop artists, manufacturers and A&R individuals in Los Angeles.

“I first started coming here, sleeping on couches wherever I could, working with different collaborators and friends,” he claims. “I did that for years. And at the end of the pandemic, I started spending even more time here and got a manager down here. And now I’m spending about six months a year here.”

Ferraro is influenced by respected songwriters that’ve both composed for various other musicians and tape-recorded under their very own names – Carole King and Diane Warren, specifically. But he explains his joint songwriting procedure as one based upon relationship and spirituality – not always spiritual, yet one with area for an inexpressible kind of expression that drives in-the-room production.

“When I read a book by Rick Rubin or John Lennon, that often comes up. And I don’t think it’s by chance,” he claims. “For any artist there’s a vision and a belief in something that doesn’t yet exist. I think it was Quincy Jones who said ‘always leave some space for God in the room,’ and it’d be silly of me to negate that. There’s a humility and a presence and an openness, and I think that’s important.”

Many of his most significant credit ratings have actually been for women musicians, from Lady Gaga to Charli XCX, something he credits to maturing with 5 more youthful sis. None of those credit ratings have actually been as huge as “Texas Hold ‘Em,” however, which can end up being an innovation credit history for Ferraro, Lowell and bülow.

“Honestly, since I was 14, I had the vision that I would write songs that could have a major impact,” he claims. “And it’s pretty delusional because it’s just so, so far away. I grew up in Collingwood, Ontario. But you just put one foot in front of the other and write lots and lots of songs and don’t give up. And that’s led me here.”

This article originally appeared on Billboard Canada.



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