As one of the most renowned songwriters and producers in the game, Sam Hollander has had multi-platinum success writing and producing for the likes of Panic! At The Disco, Fitz and the Tantrums, Weezer, Katy Perry, Train, One Direction, Daughtry, Pentatonix and Gym Class Heroes, amongst many others. To date, he’s had 22 US Top 40 Hits, as well as being named Rolling Stone Magazine’s Hot List Producer of the Year. His songs have been streamed over 4 billion times, and in 2019, he held the #1 position on the Billboard Rock Songwriters chart for nine weeks, a year-end record.
Hollander’s two-decade-strong career has recently hit new heights from collaborations with Fitz and the Tantrums' multi-platinum worldwide smash hit “HandClap.” (one-billion-streams) and eight songs he co-penned on Panic! At The Disco's Billboard 200 No. 1 album Pray For The Wicked, including the 4x platinum, record-breaking global hit “High Hopes” and “Hey Look Ma, I Made It!” which replaced “High Hopes” at No. 1 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. Other notable recent successes include co-writing Blink-182’s Alternative Top 10 single “Blame It On My Youth”, James TW’s worldwide hit “When You Love Someone” and writing and producing two songs on the legendary Ringo Starr’s recent release “What’s My Name.” “My career has always been defined by musical shape-shifting,” he says. “As an oddball who grew up equally digging Earth, Wind & Fire, Bruce Springsteen and Husker Du records, I never really had any concept of genres whatsoever. I’m still a K-Tel kid at heart. The song has always been king.”
Hollander’s career began when he collaborated with Carole King on her critically-acclaimed "Love Makes The World" record. This lead to co-writes with industry legends like Paul Williams, Nile Rodgers, Cyndi Lauper & Donna Summer. “As a college dropout, this was truly the zenith of my higher education. I learned how to write from the masters. I still can’t believe they didn't throw me out of the room.” Within a few years, he achieved his first platinum successes with Gym Class Heroes (“Cupid’s Chokehold“) which went #1 at Top 40 radio, Metro Station ("Shake It"), Boys Like Girls ("The Great Escape" & “Love Drunk”) & We the Kings ("Check Yes Juliet”), Daughtry (“Waiting For Superman”) Train (“Save Me San Francisco” & “Marry Me”) among others. These triumphs lead work on the second season of NBC’s Steven Spielberg-helmed series SMASH, which included the Emmy-nominated "Voice in a Dream." In 2016, NBC brought Hollander back to write a Thursday Night Football theme based on his hit “Sing” with Pentatonix. He is currently signed to Sony/ATV publishing.
The son of famed interior decorator & collector Judith Hollander and José Limon Company dancer/Pratt Institute Professor Michael Hollander, Sam was born in New York, NY. He served as a Governor of the New York Chapter of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYs) from 2011 to 2013, and currently serves on the LA Advisory Board for Musicians On Call.