He is a
multi-musician, songwriter, composer, arranger and a Grammy Award winning
producer who has been active in the music industry for more than a quarter
of a century and written several chart-topping songs.
His songs that
been recorded by many artists including Pat Benatar,
Joe Cocker, Etta James, Chaka Khan, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and
Bobby Womack and his “Promises” recorded by Eric Clapton was
his first No. 1 single. His compositions
have also been used for many film and television productions such as Boomerang, Can’t Buy Me Love, Cool Runnings and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream
Master and Nuns on the Run among
others. He has written in
collaboration with the singer Marcella Detroit and after introducing her to
Siobhan Fahey and Dave Stewart he was instrumental in the formation of the successful
duo Shakespear’s Sister and co-wrote their
hit song “You’re History”.
name known as a producer he has worked with many acts such as Belinda
Carlisle, The Eurythmics, No Doubt and Bonny Raitt among many others. He was a Grammy Award winner for his
production work with Toots & The Maytals on
their True Love.
His work has
been used by numerous artists over the years with some of them including Animotion, Atlantic Starr, Tom Browne, Peabo Bryson, The Canadian Brass, Jimmy Cliff, DiVinyls, Nicolette Larson, Phyllis
Nelson, Robbie Nevil, Juice Newton, Jennifer
Rush, Timothy B. Schmit, Three Dog Night, Midge Ure and Don Williams.
of recordings is immense and just a very small selection that he has worked
on as a musician, songwriter and/or producer include Wow! By Bananarama, Seven the Hard Way by Pat Benatar, Backless
by Eric Clapton, Civilised Man by
Joe Cocker, United by The
Commodores, Through the Eyes of Love
by Randy Crawford, High Crime by
Al Jarreau, Lead
and How to Swing It by Tom Jones, Back
to Avalon by Kenny Loggins, Like Never Before by Taj Mahal, That’s What Friends Are For by
Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams, Countryman by Willie Nelson, “Doesn’t Have to Be This
Way” by Rose Royce, Watch Out!
By Patrice Rushen, Time Takes Time by Ringo Starr and Major Moves by Hank Williams Jr.
business side of things he received an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of business, founded Artists First Music
and holds the position of president of The Association of Independent Music
Publishers, who he has been on the board of since 2006. He is also active in the battle
against music piracy.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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