Doug Waterman

Nashville, TN



About Doug Waterman

Doug Waterman was born and raised in Mobile, Ala., the historic Gulf Coast city that is home to the original Mardi Gras and also produced one of his favorite singer/songwriters, Jimmy Buffett. He grew up listening to the great Tin Pan Alley and Broadway songwriters with his dad, who whistled these timeless melodies day in and day out, leaving a lifelong musical impression. Waterman began writing songs on guitar at age 14 but didn’t have professional plans for his music until later on down the road. In addition to soaking up the popular music of the day in the 80’s and 90’s, he fell in love with the Beatles, the Doors, Grateful Dead, Garth Brooks, Keith Whitley, Uncle Tupelo, Widespread Panic, Robert Earl Keen, Harry Connick Jr., Pink Floyd, Steve Earle, Roger Miller, Frank Sinatra, George Strait and many others. Everything else unraveled from there. During his senior year of college, he played and sang in the short-lived classic rock cover band Three-Legged Dog. After finishing school with an English degree from Sewanee (Univ. of the South), located atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Waterman aimed to become a label A&R guy (he’s glad it didn’t work out) and headed to Nashville, where his sister Kemp was working as a songplugger for a music publisher at the time. She kindly introduced him to some music industry folks. He interned for a stint at Mercury & Lost Highway Records, and in late 2002 began selling advertising for American Songwriter and Western Way magazines—and freelance writing for publications like Blues Revue, Relix, SPIN,, Nashville Scene, Mojo, Country Music Greats and American Songwriter. In 2004 Waterman and partners purchased then-20-year-old American Songwriter, where he served as Editor-in-Chief until 2008 and remains a co-owner today. 2004 was the same year that he began writing songs more regularly, co-writing frequently with business partner Robert Clement and then-aspiring artist and fellow Mobilian Walker Hayes (Capitol Records). Waterman edited a book in 2006 compiled of 100 songwriter interviews called SONG: The World’s Best Songwriters on Creating the Music That Moves Us (Writer’s Digest Books), Preface by Rodney Crowell, featuring Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Beck, Kenny Chesney, Tom Petty, Burt Bacharach, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard and more. When offered the opportunity to become a Music Row staff songwriter, Waterman signed on with Warner-Chappell Music Nashville (a division of Warner Music Group) in October 2010. In April 2012, Waterman left Warner to write for his publishing company, Battles Wharf Music. His songs have been recorded by Thompson Square, Colt Ford, Walker Hayes, John Eddie, Aaron Espe, Stephen Simmons, Jessica Campbell, Sal Gonzalez, Matt Willis, Victoria George and Cort Carpenter. For the record, the two artists he’d most like to record his songs are Jimmy Buffett, George Strait and Harry Connick. Among his influences are Roger Miller, John Prine, Guy Clark, Bob McDill, The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Merle Haggard, Jackson Browne, Townes Van Zant, George/Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, Grayson Capps, Dallas Frazier, Don Williams, James Taylor and Mississippi John Hurt



Country, Indie Rock, Pop