Gregg Wattenberg is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician.
Since 2000, Gregg has co-written and/or produced eight Billboard #1 hit songs. “Easy Tonight” by Five For Fighting was his first single to reach #1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative chart. His first RIAA Certified Platinum #1 hit was Five For Fighting’s “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002. It stayed on the Billboard Adult Pop chart for an impressive 58 weeks and ranked in the Top 100 Adult Pop songs for the decade 2000-2010.
In 2004, Gregg’s second Platinum #1 hit was Five For Fighting’s “100 Years” which was the longest-running #1 single of the year on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart where it stayed at #1 for twelve non-consecutive weeks and on the chart for 52 weeks. The success of “100 Years” fueled “The Battle for Everything” album sales to earn Platinum certification.
Gregg co-wrote his third Multi-Platinum #1 hit “It’s Not Over” by Daughtry. In 2006, it was the lead single which reached #1 on both the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart and Adult Pop Chart which catapulted Daughtry’s first album to hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for two weeks, #1 on the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, and it was certified as the fastest selling rock debut album in Soundscan history. The Daughtry album climbed to #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart and remained at #1 for 14 weeks and it was the top-selling album by an artist in 2007. The album is RIAA certified 5X Platinum in the United States. Gregg was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007 as a songwriter for “It’s Not Over” and he was recognized by ASCAP with a Pop Music award for one of the Top 5 Most Performed Songs of 2007.
In 2008, Gregg co-wrote “Shattered (Turn the Car Around) by O.A.R. The song is RIAA Certified Platinum and it hit #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative chart and it remained on the Adult Pop Songs chart for 41 weeks where it peaked at #2. Gregg received an ASCAP Award for “Shattered” as one of the Most Performed Pop Songs of the Year.
Gregg co-produced Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” which is certified 6X Multi-Platinum in the United States, 6X Platinum in Australia and 3X Platinum in Canada. It was the lead single from the album “Save Me San Francisco” which was released in 2009 and the song earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song also won the ASCAP Song of the Year award for 2010. It hit #1 on three Billboard Charts: Adult Pop, Adult Contemporary, and Digital Song Sales. It remained on the Adult Contemporary Chart for 63 weeks. “Hey, Soul Sister” is ranked in the Top 15 on Billboard’s chart of the Greatest of All Time Adult Pop Songs.
Gregg also co-wrote and produced, “If It’s Love” by Train which was the band’s second consecutive #1 hit with him from the album “Save Me, San Francisco.” The song hit #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart. “If It’s Love” also achieved a special milestone as the 100th #1 song on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart in its 14-year history. Gregg received a 2010 ASCAP Pop Award for co-writing the song.
Gregg co-wrote and produced Phillip Phillips’ RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum song “Gone, Gone, Gone” which reached #1 on a total of eight Billboard charts including the Adult Contemporary chart (#1 for five weeks) and the Adult Alternative Songs chart. It was released in 2013 from Phillips’ debut album “The World from the Side of the Moon” which also attained RIAA Platinum Certification. The song was licensed for the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which earned over $700M at the box office.
Gregg has also co-written and produced singles that hit the Billboard Top 10 charts including “Chances” by Five For Fighting which reached #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was licensed to the hit film, The Blind Side which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and grossed over $300M. Other Billboard Top 10 Chart hits include “Let Love In” by the Goo Goo Dolls, “Living in a Dream” by Finger Eleven, “Raging Fire” by Phillip Phillips, and “Fire Escape” by Andrew McMahon.
Billboard Top 15 hits co-written and/or produced by Gregg include “Slice” by Five for Fighting,” “Peace” by O.A.R, “So Alive” by the Goo Goo Dolls, and “She Sets the City on Fire” by Gavin DeGraw.
Gregg’s Billboard Top 20 chart hits also include “Rebel Beat” and “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls.
While successfully continuing to build his producing and songwriting career, Gregg also worked as the Chief Creative Officer for Wind-Up Records and ultimately became co-owner in 2011. For almost a decade, he worked with the team to build it to become the nation’s largest independently owned record company and sold it for an undisclosed sum in 2013.
In addition to the artists with the nineteen Top 20 hits above, Gregg has co-written and produced songs with many well respected and award winning artists including Rascal Flatts, Michael Franti, A Great Big World, Chantal Kreviazuk, John Legend, Jason Mraz and Robert Randolph.