Catcohenblueshirt CAT COHEN is a prolific author (Palm Springs Writers Guild), educator, NARAS and ASCAP songwriter with pop, R&B, jazz and blues songs cut by recording artists Cheryl Lynn, Syreeta, Freddie Hubbard, Bo Diddley. He's had his work featured in the HBO movie The Rat Pack and the Universal feature film Undercover Brother. Cat teaches songwriting and artist development and has taught at UCLA Extension, Musicians’ Institute & Cal Poly Pomona. He’s has also been a speaker and industry panel participant for songwriting organizations such as Taxi, Songsalive!, Songnet and The Songwriter’s Co-op. Cat teaches private and class instruction in writing songs starting from a concept and title, developing lyric premises and stories, writing melodies, choosing harmonies that match the lyrics, setting each song in its right groove, and structuring the song to be audience friendly. He applies this craft to writing songs for one’s original act.

Cat's Successful Alumni & Colleagues

Many of Cat’s numerous students & colleagues have worked in the recording industry, TV, films & musicals, performing their completed songs, and released their own CDs.

Read bios of such notables as: Tony Danza, Bo Diddley, Stephen Bray, Arthur Hamilton, Dianne Reeves, Mark Winkler, Liz Howard & so many more.

See 115 more biographies of Cat's Alumni & Colleagues →


Cat Cohen's Songwriting Books

For more information on these and Cat's other books, go to his Amazon Author page

Anatomy of a Hit Hit Song Analysis

Cat analyses the top hits of each year, reviewing and delving into their anatomy to explain how they are structured and why they are today's (and maybe tomorrow's) hits.
2017
Bruno Mars
Versace On The Floor 24K Magic
Album Cover: 24K Magic
Versace On The Floor” is an impeccably written, artfully sung neo-R&B-pop sexy romantic ballad laden with sophisticated sensual imagery and memorable uplifting music. Read Why the song Versace On The Floor is a hit →
Ed Sheeran
Castle On The Hill Divide
Album Cover: Divide
Castle On The Hill” is a skillfully written, imagery laden, and powerfully sung folk-pop ode to coming of age in the English countryside. Read Why the song Castle On The Hill is a hit →
2016
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Closer Closer
Album Cover: Closer
A hip sexy song about two ex-lovers hooking up spontaneously after spending a long time apart. Read Why the song Closer is a hit →
Justin Timberlake
Can't Stop The Feeling Single
Album Cover: Single
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” is one of happiest, best put-together pop-dance recordings on the charts in a long while. Read Why the song Can't Stop The Feeling is a hit →

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