Glen Ballard

Glen Ballard

Glen Ballard
Birth name Basil Glen Ballard, Jr.
Born May 1, 1953 (aged 61)
Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.
Genres Rhythm and blues, rock, pop music
Occupation(s) Songwriter, lyricist, record producer
Instruments Keyboards, synthesizer, guitar
Years active 1978–present

Basil Glen Ballard, Jr.[1] (born May 1, 1953) is an American songwriter, lyricist, and record producer. He is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (1995),[2][3] which won Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album", and "Album of the Year" amongst others, and is ranked by the Rolling Stone amongst The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and his collaborations with composer Alan Silvestri. He was involved in the recording and writing of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad.[4] As a writer he co-wrote songs like "Man in the Mirror" (1987) [4] and "Hand in My Pocket" (1995). He is the founder of Java Records. He won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for the song "Believe" (The Polar Express).


  • Discography 1
  • Screenplay 2
  • Musical theater 3
  • Further reading 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


He has performed on, or produced, the following:


Ballard wrote the screenplay for Clubland, a music-driven film about an aspiring musician in Los Angeles. He has written songs in half-a-dozen films including The Slugger’s Wife, Navy Seals, The Polar Express, and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

Musical theater

Ballard co-wrote the music and lyrics for Ghost The Musical with David A. Stewart and Bruce Joel Rubin, which opened in London's West End on 19 July 2011 and opened on Broadway in the spring of 2012.

On 31 January 2014, it was announced that a stage musical adaptation of the film Back to the Future was in production.[5] The show, which is being co-written by original writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, is expected to be performed in 2015, on the 30th anniversary year of the film.[6] Ballard[7] will team up with Alan Silvestri to compose a new score, with the addition of original songs from the film, including "The Power of Love", "Johnny B. Goode", "Earth Angel" and "Mr. Sandman".[8]

Further reading

  • Glen Ballard songbook. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. ISBN 0-7935-5254-0.

See also


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External links

  • Official website
  • Audio interview with Glen Ballard on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast
  • Glen Ballard at AllMusic
  • Glen Ballard at the Internet Movie Database