Brendan O’Brien is an American record producer, mixer, engineer, and musician. He has worked with groups and artists during his career, ranging from AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Dylan, Rage Against the Machine, and Bruce Springsteen.
Brian Higgins has pretty much defined an era of electronic pop music. His first attention grabbing moment came in 1998 with Cher’s Believe, from there going on a phenomenal run, usually under his umbrella company Xenomania, providing hits for core pop acts such as Sugababes (Hole In The Head, Round, Round), The Saturdays, Alesha Dixon, Kylie and Dannii Minogue and Australian pop artist Gabriella Cilmi (Sweet About Me). He delivered great work in his real love of electronic music with The Pet Shop Boys, Saint Etienne and Norwegian artist Annie. However, his hit rate rose to another level with over 70 songs for UK pop group Girls Aloud, dominating the charts with songs such as Love Machine, Biology, Call The Shots, and Sound Of The Underground.
Kansas, Missouri native Kennedy Seals is an accomplished piano player who has consistently dominated in the US Pop R&B lane, delivering hits from Chris Brown (Forever, Don’t Wake Me Up), Kelly Clarkson and Teyana Taylor. He was involved with the development of Ciara, and won a Grammy in 2009 for his contribution to Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut album. He also made major contributions to Rihanna’s catalogue helping to deliver hits such as Disturbia and Close To You.
Carole Bayer Sager’s songbook spans almost 50 years and contains some of the world’s most popular and successful songs From the Grammy-winning That’s What Friends Are For, the Oscar-winning Arthur’s Theme, and the Oscar-nominated Golden Globe winning, The Prayer, to Don’t Cry Out Loud and On My Own, Carole’s songs have become pop standards. Honours for her work include an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New York University Alumni Association and being honoured by the LA Chapter of the Recording Academy. One of the most prolific and poignant writers in pop history, Carole’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, and Reba McEntire, among others. Carole has collaborated with such diverse musical talents over the years as Bob Dylan (one of his rare collaborations), Melissa Manchester, Peter Allen, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Bruce Roberts, Neil Diamond, James Ingram, Carly Simon, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, and Carole King Clint Eastwood, among others.
Caroline Ailin is a Norwegian singer and songwriter based in London. She co-wrote New Rules, a single by Dua Lipa which reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and US pop radio in 2017. She has also worked with a variety of other acts including, Zedd, Katy Perry, Clean Bandit, Ellie Goulding, Ella Mai, Louis the Child, MØ, and numerous others.
Chris Cornell operated and dominated the rock landscape since the inception of his first band Soundgarden in 1984. Cornell’s baritone voice and 4 octave range added enormous value to this band and also to his other outfits Audioslave, Temple Of The Dog and his own powerful solo material. Originally inspired by Little Richard and the Beatles, Soundgarden existed alongside Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam – Cornell is considered one of the key figures in the 1990’s grunge movement. He sold 15 million albums and was nominated for 16 Grammy’s, ultimately winning 3. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his song The Keeper which appeared in the 2011 Machine Gun Preacher and he co-wrote and performed You Know My Name, the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is a legend unto herself. Inspired by the likes of the Slits and Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie became the unapologetic front woman and founder of the Pretenders, and with her intelligence, energy and drive made pure punk tunes that bridged the gap between rock and roll and the New Wave. With her unmistakable voice, Chrissie would lead the band from strength to strength with songs like Brass in Pocket, I’ll Stand by You and Hymn To Her.
From Dylan, to Bono, to Morrissey, to Iggy Pop, to Johnny Marr and to Jeff Beck, Chrissie has left an undeniable mark on the tonal landscape. From the opening chords of The Pretender’s 1980 debut, through the highs of the 1980’s with successive major hits, through incarnations with the Black Keys, and into her own solo material and beyond, this is a forward-thinking icon, social activist, and musician who will forever be revered.
Born in Sunderland, Stewart spent time honing his craft before arriving in London and meeting Annie Lennox in 1976. Initially forming The Tourists, the duo started to enjoy some commercial success with their cover of Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be With You. After ending that chapter, Stewart and Annie became The Eurythmics and dominated the pop landscape for the next decade. Songs such as Sweet Dreams Are Made of This, Here Comes The Rain Again, There Must Be An Angel, and Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves propelled the band to global success. Winning a Grammy for best rock performance in 1987, and a Brit Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1999, they are estimated to have sold over 75 million albums.
Post Eurythmics, Stewart has continued to deliver an enormous selection of music both solo and with his band the Spiritual Cowboys. He has collaborated with numerous other artists including Terry Hall, Feargal Sharkey, Bon Jovi, Bryan Ferry, Shakespeare Sister, Darry Hall, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty as well as with Mick Jagger on his solo work and in the pop supergroup Super Heavy.
British born Drewett started his music career as a featured artist on hits by fellow Virgin label mate Professor Green. Drewett’s own songwriting first found success with UK band The Wanted. He achieved his first Number 1 UK single with the song All Time Low and followed with the enormous hit Glad You Came which was also a Number 1 UK single, but also became a top 3 success in the US, hitting Number 1 on the US iTunes chart as well.
He has delivered major global hits for Jonas Blue with streams on two of these tracks now in excess of half a billion streams, and a further Number 1 UK single for UK female pop group Little Mix with the song Black Magic which was a Number 1 UK single for 3 weeks and was nominated for Best British Single at the Brit Awards.
Alongside hits for Craig David, The Vamps, and Olly Murs, Drewett has achieved consecutive chart success with the songs he delivered for One Direction notably with History, Steal My Girl and Best Song Ever.
Kennedy began his musical career in bands in his native Rotherham and progressed into audio engineering and production. It was his production on the 1993 Lulu song Indepenence that kick started his career before going full throttle in handling the careers of artists on the pop landscape throughout the 90’s and beyond including Take That, Blue, Five, S Club 7 and Bryan Adams. He wrote for the Spice Girls and helped deliver one of their Number 1 UK singles, Say You’ll Be There.
Kennedy, alongside Gary Barlow, wrote the soundtrack to the Finding Neverland musical comprised of 22 songs that superbly capture the spirit of the production.
In 2006 he delivered the song Never Gonna Break My Faith’ for Aretha Franklin, a duet with Mary J Blige and the Boys Choir of Harlem that was featured in the Emilio Estevez directed film Bobby about the last moments of Robert F Kennedy. Co-written with Kennedy’s long term associate Bryan Adams, the song was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song in 2007 and nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It had a further moment when it was used to accompany footage visualizing the American human rights movement.
Arriving on the music scene with a primarily hip-hop background, Haynie quickly diversified into most genres of music. His break came working with New York rappers such as the Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, The Roots and Obie Trice, and with artists associated with Eminem and the Detroit scene.
Early artist focused activity included his involvement with Kid Cudi and The Dream On label in partnership with Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. This flowed into work on Eminem’s Recovery album for which he received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. He worked with Kanye on his Beautiful Dark Twist Fantasy album, has worked closely with Bruno Mars and on fun.’s album Some Nights, for which he wrote 3 songs and received a Grammy nomination for the album.
Haynie has continued to mix his work across all musical areas with artists such as Ian Brown, Linkin Park, Lykke Li, The Neighbourhood, including extensive work with Lana Del Ray and Florence + The Machine, notably on her High As Hope album as well as with stars like Beyoncé, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran and P!nk.