|Birth name Gordon Scott Pogoda|
Name Gordon Pogoda
|Role Composer · gordonpogoda.com|
Genres Pop music, Rock music, Adult contemporary music, Rhythm and blues, Country
Similar Tereza Kerndlova, Black Milk, Lauris Reiniks
Gordon Pogoda - Successful TV/Film Songwriter & Producer
Gordon Pogoda is an American composer, lyricist, and producer based in Los Angeles. In recent years, he has signed publishing deals with EMI Music, Universal Music and Warner Chappell Music.
Pogoda earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After working for a few years at an engineering firm, he decided to leave his engineering career behind and pursue his lifelong dream of songwriting, which he began at age 15 (he began playing piano at age 13.)
Pogoda has had songs featured in several media. In film, he had two songs featured in the Academy Award-winning picture Little Miss Sunshine, one in the film Josie and the Pussycats, one in the Disney film Get a Clue starring Lindsay Lohan and several others. In television, Pogoda's songs have been featured in Hannah Montana (where his song "If Cupid Had a Heart", Sex and the City, CSI: Miami, ER, Will and Grace, King of the Hill, Samantha Who and Medium. Due to all his success in television and film, three albums of all Gordon Pogoda songs were released digitally. One is titled "Gordon Pogoda Songs From Film & TV", a 13-song various-artist set including "If Cupid Had a Heart" (featured in 17 TV shows and films such as Hannah Montana and Little Miss Sunshine). The second album is titled "If Cupid Had a Heart" and features all songs performed by guest vocalist Julie Griffin. And his latest album is called "The Indie Pop Collectioin".
Pogoda wrote two songs recorded by European Pop Idol winner Patrick Jurdić, and had the number two song of the year in Russia for pop/rock artist Sergey Lazarev, and a top 5 hit for Tereza Kerndlová in the Czech Republic, which was selected to represent the Czech Republic in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. A song "I Wish I Could Pretend" written in collaboration with the Latvian composer Lauris Reiniks came in second place to represent Ireland in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. He had a platinum record with the Australian group Scandal'us, three platinum and gold records with the Greek group Hi-5, and a platinum record for Finnish girl band Tiktak. In the United States, Pogoda wrote a top 10 hit on the U.S. Contemporary Christian singles chart for sister group Aurora, and a single for Natalie Grant. Pogoda has also had songs used for Disney films, CDs, TV shows & DVDs.