A singer-songwriter is a person who writes and performs their own works. They often accompany themselves on a musical instrument. Singer-songwriters write the music, the lyrics, sing, play the musical instruments, and often manage themselves.
The term became popular in the 1960s. It referred to a specific type of performer who wrote certain kinds of music and lyrics.
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