Eddie Schwartz – Songwriter, president of CIAM and of MCNA
Eddie Schwartz is best known for writing such classic hit songs as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” recorded by Pat Benatar, “Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack, and “The Doctor” by the Doobie Brothers, as well as some two hundred songs recorded and performed by artists such as Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, America, Jeffrey Osborne, Donna Summer, Rita Coolidge, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts and Mountain – among others.
As a record producer, he has enjoyed success with numerous projects, including the Doobie Brothers’ “Cycles” album, Paul Carrack’s “Groove Approved”, Rita Coolidge’s “Fire Me Back”, as well as his own recordings as an artist. Worldwide physical sales before the streaming era were well in excess of 65 million units, and that remarkable popularity of many of his songs continues on all formats to this day.
With roots in both the US and Canada, Eddie has won numerous JUNO, BMI, and SOCAN awards, including SOCAN’s prestigious Cultural Achievement award in 2020, and he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.
Eddie has served as President of the Songwriters Association of Canada, Chair of Fair Trade Music International, and was elected to six consecutive terms on the SOCAN Board and Executive Committee before moving to Nashville in 1997, where he graduated from the renown Leadership Music program in 2000. He currently serves as President of the International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) based in Paris, and President of Music Creators North America (MCNA).
In 2013 Eddie was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.