Berklee appoints Bonnie Hayes, songwriter for Cher, Bonnie Raitt, as chair of songwriting department
Berklee College of Music announced today that Bonnie Hayes, who has written songs for Bonnie Raitt, Cher, and Bette Midler, has been named chair of the school’s Songwriting Department.
Hayes will start the position on September 2, the college said in a statement.
Hayes said in a statement that she hopes to "streamline, modernize, and energize the curriculum with the goal of giving students the tools and support for viable careers in the current and future music industry, as well as activating the great teachers at Berklee by helping them create engaging and innovative programs."
According to the statement, Hayes wrote the songs "Love Letter" and "Have a Heart" from Bonnie Raitt's album, "Nick of Time."
Hayes has also written songs for artists David Crosby, Adam Ant, Robert Cray, and Booker T and the MGs, according to the statement. She has produced more than 40 records in her lifetime. During her career, she has toured as a side musician with Billy Idol and Cris Williamson.
Jack Perricone, who served as the Berklee chair for 26 years, said in the statement that "before meeting her, I had admired her work as a songwriter."
"She brings to Berklee a lifetime of experience as a songwriter, performer, and teacher," Perricone said.
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