But this teenage horror story is not the reason why Warren won’t perform any of the numerous hit songs she’s written—it’s because she’s only ever wanted to write, not sing. “As a kid I would look to see who wrote songs. I didn’t care to sing them really even then. It’s just nothing I ever wanted to do in my life,” she says, in a Zoom conversation from her L.A. studio.
Despite a list of hits as long as a phonebook, and her latest—incredibly, her 12th—Oscar nomination for Best Original Song,