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singer-songwriter is a person who writes and performs their own works. They often accompany themselves on a musical instrument.[1] Singer-songwriters write the music, the lyrics, sing, play the musical instruments, and often manage themselves.[2]

The term became popular in the 1960s. It referred to a specific type of performer who wrote certain kinds of music and lyrics.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Shepherd, John, ed. (2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Volume 11: Performance and Production. Continuum. p. 198. ISBN 0826463223. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  2. Rodgers, Jeffrey Pepper (2003). The Complete Singer-Songwriter:A Troubadour's Guide to Writing, Performing, Recording & Business. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. vi. ISBN 0879307692.