In the early 1970’s, Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley and Lol Crème formed the band 10cc. Their hooks and harmonies immediately led to a UK Number 2 hit with their first release Donna, and was followed by their self-titled album in 1973 which featured Rubber Bullets which became a UK Number 1 and Irish hit for the band and another Top 10 hit with The Dean And I. The hits kept coming with Wall Street Shuffle and what has arguably become the bands signature tune I’m Not In Love, a song that went to Number 1 in the UK, Canada and Ireland and gave the band their first American hit, peaking at Number 2 in the US. It also features the song Une Nuit A Paris, a close to 9 minute long opus which Queen have cited as being an inspiration for their song Bohemian Rhapsody.
Al Jackson Jr. set the standard for soul drumming, prompting his nick name ‘The Human Timekeeper’. He was a founding member of Booker T + The MG’s, the house band for Stax Records out of Memphis, Tennesse. He played drums on recordings by such legends as Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and Sam & Dave. His work alongside soul superstar Al Green, and as a co-writer, led to the career defining hits Let’s Stay Together and I’m Still In Love With You. He made contributions to work by Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin.
For the last decade, Malik has delivered some of the biggest pop hits across the music landscape. He has mastered the upbeat, radio friendly appeal of song writing, and in 2013 won the coveted BMI Pop Songwriter of The Year award.
Malik’s song, Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger featuring Christina Aguilera in 2011 was a Number 1 single in 18 countries including the US. He’s gone on to deliver several more songs for the band with streams surpassing the half a billion mark. Equally successfully, his song Rockabye for Clean Bandit reached Number 1 in over 26 countries, and has now delivered well over a billion streams.
Andrew Watt or simply WATT, is an American record producer, singer, musician, and songwriter responsible for hits with artists ranging from Justin Beiber, Post Malone, Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, to Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
Watt won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year in March 2021.
Andy Marvel is an American songwriter and producer based out of New York City. His music career started as the key board player in a jazz funk project called Members Only. Moving into songwriting, Marvel wrote the song Shy Guy for Diana King in 1995 which was for the Bad Boys movie soundtrack. The song enjoyed sizeable global success, including a Number 2 spot on the UK singles chart and topping the charts in Scandinavia. A Diana and Marvel written song Treat Her Like A Lady was recorded by Celine Dion for her 1999 Let’s Talk About Love album.
Marvel wrote With You for Jessica Simpson, a track that peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, Simpson’s first song to do so, making it a Top 10 hit in both Australia and the UK as well as receiving 2 nominations at the MTV Music Awards for the video in 2004. Further success has been achieved by Marvel with tracks for Jason Derulo, Nikki Webster and Maxi Priest.
Andy Wallace is known for his “sonically influential presence on the current music scene” and has “helped to make some of the most brutal, aggressive music released and also some of the most beautiful”.
Following the breakout success of the 1986 production of the Run-DMC-Aerosmith collaboration on “Walk This Way” with Rick Rubin, Wallace went on to work with The Cult, Slayer, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Sepultura, Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Sonic Youth, Rage Against the Machine, Guns N’ Roses, Linkin Park, Paul McCartney, and many others.
As of May 2021, over 120 million album units had been sold worldwide that contained a credit to Wallace.
Whilst running his Levcon Studios in Los Angeles, Levine was introduced by his friend Phillip Lawrence to Bruno Mars. Levine’s studio facilities combined with his knowledge of music creation and electronic technology meant that he was a perfect accomplice for the other duo’s skillsets. In 2009, this trio of characters, calling themselves The Smeezingtons worked around the clock creating music for a range of primarily pop R&B acts (Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Mike Posner) and UK pop acts like the Sugababes, who gave the writers their first major international hit. Two sporting theme songs followed: Matisyahu One Day’ for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and Knaan WavinFlag the Coca Cola song for the 2010 Football World Cup. Hits for B.o.B, Cee Lo Green, Snoop Dogg quickly followed alongside them also channeling serious energy into Bruno Mars solo output. Songs for Bruno, such as Grenade and Just The Way You Are helped catapult Ari into the spotlight, achieving Number 1 US chart success and nominations in 5 categories at the 2011 Grammy Awards. From here the songs and albums continued into Bruno’s solo releases creating an exceptional and enormous run of global success.
The Arthouse catalogue contains the Net Publishing Share of songwriters Mitch Allan, Jon Bellion, Jeremy Hawkins and Mark Holman. As a team they have created hit songs across the pop landscape for Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, as well as Jason Derulo and the group Fifth Harmony, in addition to Bellion’s own solo songs.
Bellion wrote the Eminem song Monster featuring Rihanna. The song topped the charts in 12 countries including the US and the UK and won the Grammy award for Best Rap collaboration in 2015.
The Fund has also signed an additional deal with Jon Bellion, to widen our business scope with him.
Born in Brooklyn, Manilow studied Musical Theatre at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts and by his early 20s was fully immersed in producing, piano playing and arranging. He excelled at creating commercial jingles for some major league brands as well as operating as the musical director for TV shows on the big networks.
He was then spotted by Bette Midler who utilized his skills ultimately resulting in Manilow being nominated for his work on Midler’s 1973 release The Divine Miss M in the Album of the Year category at the Grammys. Two years later he was in the spotlight himself, in the Record of the Year category for his song Mandy under the guidance of Clive Davis and his Bell and Arista label. This song achieved a Number 1 position in the US and was taken from his Manilow II album. The following year he was there again, for Record of the Year and Song Of The Year with I Write The Songs a Number 1 single in the US again in January 1976. A year later he hit Number 1 again with Looks Like We Made It off his album This One’s For You.
Manilow’s star continued to rise, he released his album Even Now in 1978 and from this came Copocabana, Can’t Smile Without You and the title track. This album really helped propel Manilow to greater global success, especially in the UK. He was one of the first artists also to really benefit from the TV special format for which he became a multiple Emmy winner. The Even Now album was nominated for Album of the Year but the song Copacabana )At The Copa) won the prize for Best Male Pop Vocal.
Manilow’s touring base became enormous, multiple nights at some of the largest and most prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic. Manilow is one of the ultimate songwriters, performers and full showman.
His accolades continued throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, being nominated for his track Blue with Sarah Vaughan in 1985 for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and then for Best Traditional Pop Vocal for his Manilow Sings Sinatra album in 1999. Not stopping there, two more nominations came Manilow’s way for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for both his In The Swing Of Christmas album in 2008 and also for his Greatest Love Songs Of All Time album in 2010.
Benny Blanco has set the highest watermark for songwriting over the last decade. Both as a producer and as a songwriter, and more recently as an artist himself, he has repeatedly delivered songs that have taken the some of the biggest artists to their own creative and commercial peaks.
Originally working with producer Dr Luke, he delivered smashes for Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Britney Spears before branching out alone and amassing consecutive hits that have tallied up to 29 Number 1 songs. He is multiple Grammy nominated and won the Hal David Starlight Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
There are great songwriters and then there are musicians who define an era and that’s exactly what Edwards, along with his writing and band partner Nile Rodgers managed to achieve. From the mid 70’s through the 1980’s, Edward’s disco oriented songs for his own band, Chic, for Sister Sledge, Norma Jean Wright, Diana Ross, Fonzi Thornton and Debbie Harry gave both energy to the dance floor and enthused the world with a good times philosophy.
Not only did he write hugely successful songs, the musicianship of Bernard, and ultimately his prowess as a bass player inspired generations to come, especially the next generation of New York artists. His Good Times bass line was a fully cited influence on Queen Another One Bites The Dust, but it was directly used on the Sugarhill Gangs 1979 song Rappers Delight which is widely acknowledged as the first rap song to become a mainstream hit and a key starting point for the Hip Hop genre.
Other great work exists for Edwards, with productions for Duran Duran, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, Jody Watley and his own supergroup Power Station.
Posthumously Edwards was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, but within his life he was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, for Best Rhythm & Blues Song three years running, for Chic Dance, Dance, Dance in 1978, for Sister Sledge We Are Family in 1979, and for Diana Ross Upside Down in 1980. Following this he was nominated for his production work on the legendary Robert Palmer song Addicted To Love in 1986.
Blondie is the iconic American rock band co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein that was a pioneer in the American new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York. Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next five years, the band achieved several hit singles including Heart of Glass, Call Me, Atomic, The Tide Is High, and Rapture. The band became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles, incorporating elements of disco, pop, reggae, and early rap music.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide and continues to be one of the most iconic bands of all time.
Bob Rock is a Canadian musician, sound engineer, and record producer, best known for producing rock bands and music artists such as Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, and Aerosmith.
In 1990, Rock was chosen to produce Metallica’s Diamond-certified (16x Platinum) self-titled album (commonly referred to as The Black Album). He would subsequently produce Load (1996), ReLoad (1997), the new material for the band’s cover album, Garage Inc. (1998), and St. Anger (2003).
McKee started young as a musician, at first concentrating on her piano skills, before becoming an artist and then ultimately concentrating on her songwriting. Success really started to bite when in 2009 she hooked up with Dr Luke, and he enabled a majorly fruitful relationship to develop with Katy Perry in the creation of her music. Three of their songs together on Perrys third album, California Gurls, Teenage Dream and Last Friday Night topped the US singles chart. Major global success continued for McKee alongside Taio Cruz, Flo Rida, Rita Ora, Jason Derulo and Britney Spears, alongside more hits with Katy Perry including the trans-atlantic Number 1 single Roar which was also nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year in 2013.