Eddie Schwartz was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from York University in 1974, where he studied music and English literature. Since the late 1970s, Eddie has had some 200 songs recorded and performed by artists such as Pat Benatar, Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, Rascal Flatts, Carly Simon, Martina McBride, Peter Frampton, America, Meatloaf, Donna Summer and April Wine, among others. He’s received multiple Juno, BMI and SOCAN awards including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. His songs can be found in millions of games, dozens of movies and television shows, and currently on Broadway in the Tony nominated production of Rock of Ages. As of 2009, Eddie’s career sales exceed 65 million units.
Eddie is also an award-winning artist and has released four albums, each of which has received international acclaim and Top 20 singles in the United States and Canada. “Special Girl”, and “All Our Tomorrows,” released in the early 1980s, have become Canadian classics. A retrospective of his work as an artist was released in 2009, and a collection of new songs will follow in 2010.
Eddie has served on the boards of PROCAN, SOCAN, CARAS, and in 2007-08 he was simultaneously the president of both the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) and the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.), which he was instrumental in helping found and which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. Eddie currently continues to serve as the president of S.A.C. and as a director of the CSHF. He represents SOCAN in Nashville.