Playing a key role in just one pop phenomenon would be enough for most songwriters. To do so several times is a phenomenon all by itself. Meet Andy Dodd. Together with writing partner Adam Watts, Andy has written hits for Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers, as well as for the smash Disney Channel original movie “High School Musical” series. Factor in his songs for Disney stars like Demi Lovato, Jesse McCartney and Sabrina Carpenter and it’s clear Andy Dodd has become a major force in contemporary pop songwriting.
A native of Orange County, Cal., Dodd grew up with a passion for rock, with Guns ‘n Roses and Metallica among his chief influences. Guitar in hand, he played with a string of bands through his high school years, but once enrolled at USC, he studied music more seriously. It was then that he met Adam Watts, who asked Andy to join his band. The two started writing together, and within a short time they scored a break writing songs for Contemporary Christian artist Jeremy Camp.
That exposure led to a contract with Disney, and an early writing opportunity with a young Disney artist working on his debut album. The result was “Beautiful Soul,” a 2004 ballad Andy and Adam Watts co-wrote for Jesse McCartney. The song became a Top 5 smash and earned the duo an ASCAP Pop Award. That led to an uninterrupted string of successes with Disney artists such as Aly & A.J., Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana on her hit Disney Channel original series) and Jonas Brothers at the height of their international success.
Now in his 10th year as a writer with Disney Music Publishing, Andy enjoys the challenge of creating hits for rising Disney stars. He writes about love and good times with intensity, as only teens can feel it.”There’s something exciting about it,” he says. “And something really satisfying about figuring out what today’s youth will relate to.”