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She has over 400 hit songs to her name by artists like Celine Dion and the Pussycat Dolls.
She discusses her working methods and the stories behind her hits.
On Songwriting is a new Radio 2 series in which the great and the good of the songwriting world talk about their trade, as part of the On Song initiative.
The first three programmes bring together three very different types of songwriter to talk about what inspires them, how they wrote their most famous songs and what advice they have for people beginning their songwriting careers.In the first programme, Radio 2 meets Patti Smith.
Thirty years after she burst onto the scene with her 1975 album Horses, Patti remains a vital artistic voice and, as she says herself, a woman who "likes to make trouble".
She discusses her own writing, collaborating with Bruce Springsteen on the classic, Because The Night and, in the light of her new album of covers Twelve, what makes a really great song.
As the subject of KT Tunstall's hit, Suddenly I See, she also has views on being written about rather than being the writer!.
Country superstar (and Mr Nicole Kidman) Keith Urban is the subject of the second programme.
Nick Barraclough talks to one of the biggest selling country artists of the modern day about his battle to break into the Nashville songwriting machine as a struggling writer (and an Australian to boot!) - Keith recalls the times he used to drive to work with tears of frustration in his eyes.
Accompanying himself on the guitar throughout, the programme also features unique live performances.
Mark Ellen interviews Leonard Cohen and the reclusive Canadian gives a rare insight into his working methods, including a rare peek into his ideas notebook.