Performing in Washington, D.C. in August 2009
|Born||October 31, 1967|
|Origin||New York, NY,
|Genres||Power pop, rock|
|Occupations||Bassist, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, piano, drums|
|Associated acts||Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, Tinted Windows|
Adam Schlesinger is an American songwriter, composer and record producer. He has won Emmy and Grammy Awards, and has also been nominated for Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe Awards. He is also a winner of the ASCAP Pop Music Award.
He is the bassist for the bands Fountains of Wayne, Ivy and Tinted Windows. He is an owner of Scratchie Records and Stratosphere Sound, a recording studio in New York City. Schlesinger grew up in Manhattan and Montclair, New Jersey.
Awards and nominations
Schlesinger was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1997 for writing the title track of the Tom Hanks-directed film That Thing You Do! as well as two other songs for the film.
Schlesinger and David Javerbaum were nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score for his music for the musical Cry-Baby. They also received a 2009 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music And Lyrics, for their song "Much Worse Things", performed by Elvis Costello and Stephen Colbert on the television special and album A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! The album, co-written by Schlesinger and Javerbaum, and co-produced by Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold, also won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Schlesinger received a 2013 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song for his "Elmo The Musical" theme for Sesame Street. He and Molly Boylan received a 2011 Daytime Emmy nomination for the song "I Wonder" from Sesame Street.
Schlesinger and Javerbaum received a 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music And Lyrics for their song "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore", performed by Neil Patrick Harris as the opening number of the 65th Tony Awards telecast; and a 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music And Lyrics for their song "If I Had Time", performed by Neil Patrick Harris as the closing number of the 66th Tony Awards telecast.
In addition to writing and co-producing the title song to That Thing You Do!, he composed "Master Of The Seas" for Ice Age: Continental Drift performed by Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage and others. He wrote and produced three songs for Music and Lyrics.,. His music has also been featured in films such as Shallow Hal (which he scored with Ivy); Robots; There's Something About Mary; Me, Myself & Irene; Josie and the Pussycats; Scary Movie; Art School Confidential; Fever Pitch; The Manchurian Candidate; Because of Winn-Dixie; Orange County; Two Weeks Notice, and others.
Songs performed by other artists
- "Just The Girl" and "I'll Take My Chances" for The Click Five
- "Everybody Loves Music" by Nicki Minaj, Pat Monahan, and Ken Jeong on "The Billboard Music Awards"
- "I Guess Its American" for Superdrag (co-written with John Davis)
- "High School Never Ends" with Bowling For Soup (co-written with Jaret Reddick)
- "I Am What I Am" for the Jonas Brothers
- "Hackensack" (Fountains Of Wayne cover) by Katy Perry
- "Perfect Night" by Sarah Silverman and will.i.am
- "1 800 Clap Your Hands", "Marisol", "You Get Me Through", and "Double Talk" by Emily Osment
- "Work To Do" for America
- Eight songs for Stephen Colbert's television special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! performed by Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Feist, John Legend, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello and Toby Keith (co-written with David Javerbaum).
- "Barbie Eat A Sandwich" and "My Problems" with Care Bears On Fire
- "A Little More Us" by Stereo Skyline
- "Just Like A Rockstar" by The Fresh Beat Band.
- "Stay In Our PJs" by Big Time Rush
- "I'll Say It" by Kathy Griffin
Schlesinger and The Daily Show Executive Producer David Javerbaum co-wrote the songs for the musical theater adaptation of the John Waters film Cry-Baby. Cry-Baby debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, in November 2007. Previews for the Broadway run began at the Marquis Theatre on March 15, 2008. Its official opening night was April 24, 2008.
Schlesinger and Javerbaum co-wrote the opening number of the 2011 Tony Awards ceremony, "Broadway Is Not Just For Gays Anymore", as well as the opening and closing numbers of the 2012 Tony Awards, "What If Life Were More Like Theater" and "If I Had Time", all performed by Neil Patrick Harris. They also wrote the opening number of the 2011 Emmy Awards, "TV Is A Vast Wonderland", performed by Jane Lynch; and "The Number In The Middle Of The Show", performed at the 2013 Emmy Awards by Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah SIlverman, and Nathan Fillion.
Schlesinger's television composing work includes theme music, songs, and/or score for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!, the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards, the 2011 and 2013 Emmy Awards, Big Time Rush, T.U.F.F. Puppy (Nickelodeon), "Good Luck Charlie" (Disney Channel), Fresh Beat Band (Nickelodeon), Kathy (Bravo), Crank Yankers, "Wedding Band" (TBS), the Billboard Music Awards, Bubble Guppies (Nick Jr.), The Howard Stern Show, Sesame Street, Comedy Central's "Night Of Too Many Stars", Robert Smigel's cartoons for Saturday Night Live, the Comedy Awards (Comedy Central), American Dreams, Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, The In-Laws, The Man Show, Too Late with Adam Carolla, The Dana Carvey Show, John Leguizamo's House Of Buggin', My Kind of Town, and others. His songs have also been licensed for use on numerous television series including Scrubs, The Hills, Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, Felicity, Roswell, and others.
As a record producer and mixer, he has worked with Dashboard Confessional, Swirl 360, Tahiti 80, Motion City Soundtrack, Verve Pipe, Robert Plant, America, The Sounds, They Might Be Giants, Fastball, and many other artists, as well as producing or co-producing five Fountains of Wayne and five Ivy albums.
Schlesinger is also in a side project band called Tinted Windows formed by guitarist James Iha, previously of The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle, singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson, and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick. This new project will run alongside all the artists' main bands. He has also collaborated with Iha on Look to the Sky (2012), Iha's second solo album.
Schlesinger is a cousin of Jon Bernthal, an actor who is best known for his role on the AMC television series The Walking Dead. He is also the grandson of the late Murray Bernthal (1911–2010), an important musician and producer, long active in Syracuse, New York.
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