Songwriter Ali Tamposi, known for writing the music and lyrics for hits such as “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson and “Havana” by Camila Cabello, is one of the most talented pop songwriters working today, shaping pop music and the industry’s ever-evolving landscape. Recently, The 10,000 spoke with the Grammy-nominated songwriter about her big break, her specific songwriting process, and the nonprofit organization she founded, Creative Waves Foundation, which provides funding to young, talented artists. Read on to learn what’s next for Tamposi, including some of the exciting projects she’ll be working on in 2021.
How did you get your start as a songwriter? What was your first big break? Why did you move from South Florida to Los Angeles?
Well I wrote a song titled “Save the Hero” that was supposed to be my first released single as an artist. It somehow ended up in front of Beyoncé who listened and really liked it. It was during writing that song and that period of my life where I developed this deep satisfaction in writing. I could identify with writing as my way to communicate. The move from Florida to Los Angeles was very much because I wanted to be in the city where my passions were coming from. It was intimidating at first but I was also determined to develop as a writer and learn the craft so I believe that really helped in overcoming any “leaving the nest” sort of anxieties that I think many people feel when leaving home for the first time.
You wrote “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, which earned you a Grammy nomination early in your career. What inspired you to write the song?
I’d been living in LA for about a year at that time and I was away from my family and friends, on top of that it was very hard for me to navigate the music industry in a city I didn’t know very well and knew very few people in. To top it off I was going through a breakup. Very glad I ended up going to the session that day.