Welcome to another episode of LINER NOTES, our video interview series that profiles songwriters on their craft, discussing how they write lyrics and revealing the meanings behind some of the words.

In this episode of LINER NOTES we talk to Bonnie McKee, the lyricist behind a whopping EIGHT number one pop singles (five with Katy Perry!), who gives us terrific insight into her writing process.

Bonnie's story on how she became such an in-demand songwriter began with struggle: moving to LA when she was just 16 to try and make it as an artist was met with initial disappointment. But things turned around for the up-and-coming pop star when she Katy Perry for the first time, and built her relationship with super-producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

Bonnie's writing process begins with a song's title. "The world is full of song titles," says McKee. "If you open your ears to them and your eyes to them, they're everywhere." Once she nails that elusive title, Bonnie builds out the lyrics and story from there. Her latest single "American Girl," came together in this way, which Bonnie breaks down in full in the clip.

Check out our exclusive LINER NOTES interview with Bonnie McKee below:


For more LINER NOTES, check out some of our past interviews:

  • Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • Empire Of The Sun
  • Satellite
  • The Band Perry
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Alicia Keys
  • Phoenix
  • Matt Pond
  • Kevin Rudolf

  • Download Bonnie's catchy single "American Girl" off iTunes today. Share your favorite lyric from Bonnie McKee's "American Girl" in the comments.