As part of Saturday’s (May 6) GLAAD Media Awards in New York, hit songwriter Justin Tranter auctioned off a writing and recording session. Tranter, a GLAAD board member, has penned hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears. In fact, the songwriter is responsible for co-writes of four hits on the latest Hot 100 chart: Julia Michaels' “Issues” (no. 14), Maroon 5’s “Cold” (no. 28), Imagine Dragons' “Believer” (no. 37) and Linkin Park’s “Heavy” (no. 54).
“We will write a song, we will record the song,” announced Tranter. “If you want to sing it -- you can sing it. If you want me to sing it, I’ll sing it. You will leave with the song fully produced.”
The bidding war went on for over 10 minutes, capping at $30,000. But rather than just doing one, Tranter offered to do a session with both top bidders, earning GLAAD $60,000. Tranter auctioned off the same opportunity at the GLAAD Media Awards in L.A. on April 1, where three top bidders each paid $21,000 for the session. In total, Tranter raised $123,000 for the LGBTQ organization. The individual sessions each raised more than any other item up for auction, including an African safari adventure and a trip to Berlin.