with Barry Manilow and Reba McEntire
People I work with
I’ve been so fortunate to work with and become friends with so many fantastically talented artists. Here are links to some of them.
It’s no secret that I’ve been a Barry Manilow fan since the 70’s. His songs just spoke to me, and I used to sing along with every song at the top of my lungs, I’m sure annoying everyone else in the house to no end. During high school and beyond, I did wish that I could find some way to work with him but it was such a distant dream that it seemed that it could never be real.
Flash forward to many years and many stories later, I’m not only so lucky that I’ve been able to work with him but to be able to call him a friend is truly more than I could have imagined. We talk often about how he has been bashed by the critics and media so badly over the years. He’s told me that what kept him going is that he just knew there were people out there connecting with the music and really getting it, more than just dancing to ‘Copacabana and waving a lighter along with ‘I Write the Songs.’
Well, I was out there and I got it!
Having been a fan of Disney films and the music for years and years the place where that all got to come together is with my relationship with the music department at Tokyo Disneyland. I’ve worked with many other divisions of the company and always have a great time, but these folks are singular in their dedication and commitment to their jobs and their theme park. It is the best theme park in the world and I’m honored to be a small part of building their entertainment legacy.
I discovered Latin pop music in the late ’80’s through introductions to Luis Miguel and Franco DeVita’s music. The odd set of circumstances that led me to work with Mijares is one of the most fortunate of my career. He is a consummate professional, a great guy and a new friend. I look forward to making a lot of great music together in the years to come!
Michelle and I were introduced through a mutual friend. She was brave enough to invite me along to produce about half of her ‘Dream’ record. At the time, she was one of the hottest up and coming Christian artists around and certainly one of the most successful writers as well. Michelle and her husband Doug are two of my very best friends and I don’t know what I’d do without them!
The Manhattan Transfer
Being a fan of vocal music, The Manhattan Transfer took vocal music to a whole new level. Combing their interest and love for jazz, doo-wop and pop music into some of the most interesting vocal records ever made. Their collaboration with Jay Graydon in the early 80’s really changed the face of pop vocal music forever. I worked with them when I first moved to Los Angeles and have been close friends ever since. They have been mentors, cheerleaders and an inspiration and their new album, The Chick Corea Songbook, (I wish I had produced it) is a return to the kind of vocal music they do like no other!
Alexander and I were introduced by Alejandro Abaroa at Warner Mexico. Alexander was looking for a producer for his sophomore album in early 2010. Alejandro presented him with some options and Alexander chose me. I was really honored that he trusted me with this project and we had an amazing journey making the record. I can’t wait to see what our next adventure will be! And, if you’re looking for people to have breakfast with, we’re your guys! Eggs anyone?
Guadlupe was introduced to me by Hector Almada. At the time, he was her manager, as well as Yuri and Mijares. She was looking to stretch creatively and do a somewhat more commercial kind of album. She is a lady in every sense of the word. It was a real treat to work with her and I look forward to her next idea!