Adonis Shropshire

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Adonis Shropshire
Birth name Taurian Adonis Shropshire
Also known as Adonis
Born (1977-11-01) November 1, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Genres R&B, Hip hop, Pop
Years active 2001–present
Labels Phoenix Ave LLC., BeatStreet Inc., Bad Boy Records

Adonis Shropshire or Adonis for short, (born November 1, 1977)[1] is an American songwriter and record producer.

He has written and or produced singles including: Mariah Carey's "I Stay In Love", Usher Raymond's "My Boo", P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl (Part One)", "I Need a Girl (Part Two)", Chris Brown's "Say Goodbye", Ciara's "And I", Marques Houston's "Circle", Day26's "Since You've Been Gone", Enrique Iglesias's "Push", Ginuwine's "Last Chance", Beyoncé's "Summertime", and has helped compose "Lee Taemin's Play Me. Adonis has been professionally writing since 2001, receiving his first formal credit on 2001's "Walking On Sunshine" by Pop Music Icon Jennifer Lopez.


Adonis was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he attended the Chattanooga Phoenix III High School for the Performing Arts.[citation needed] While in middle school, he met Usher Raymond IV (the two would later form a group before Raymond's move to Atlanta). After school Adonis would frequent a local studio. While there he learned the art of creating songs, including production, using audio equipment, recording, as well as structuring and writing songs. Currently Adonis is the CEO, and Founder of Phoenix Ave Productions LLC.[2]

While having a friendship with R&B trio Blaque, he would travel to various recording sessions with them. Natina Reed and her former Blaque group member Shamari Fears, noticed a particular talent he had for producing vocals and allowed him to contribute in the studio. His friendship with the two and their belief in his talent resulted in his first “real” recording session, which consisted of helping vocal produce three songs for the group's debut album. Adonis has stated that these sessions led him to truly know he wanted to be a professional music songwriter/producer.[citation needed]

In 1997, he moved back to Atlanta to pursue his dream of breaking into the music industry. While in a local singing group he was introduced to Rowdy Records exec Kirk Woods (The Woodland Entertainment Group) who would later become his manager.[3] When the group disbanded in 2000, Adonis decided to switch gears and focus on his songwriting. He started writing songs for other recording artists. This prompted his manager to set up a meeting with famed producer and CEO of Bad Boy Worldwide Sean "Diddy" Combs. Since Adonis had no recorded songs with him, Diddy put the young writer to the test. Diddy challenged Adonis to write a song on the spot.[citation needed] After its completion, Diddy loved the song so much he placed the song on the album of pop icon Jennifer Lopez's "J.LO". This was Adonis' first songwriting credit. Soon after Diddy signed Adonis to his publishing venture with EMI as part of his "Hit Men Squad." While there Adonis would craft songs for Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, 112, Cheri Dennis, Beyoncé, Usher, B2K, and Ciara

His hard work paid off as his affiliation with Bad Boy led to him working with Noontime (which had a co-management deal with Bad Boy).[citation needed] That resulted in him meeting Bryan-Michael Cox.[citation needed] Adonis's relationship with Cox soon had him producing and writing for Chris Brown, Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and Gwen Stefani. Although prior to workin with Cox, Adonis had written and produced an extensive body of work (including Hot 100 #1 hits such as Usher’s “My Boo”) in addition to P. Diddy’s "I Need a Girl (Part One)" and "I Need a Girl (Part Two)" and two Grammy awards (for work on albums by Carey and Usher), Chris Brown's “Say Goodbye” marked his first Hot R&B Chart #1 hit with Cox.[citation needed]

Adonis has teamed with Alan Melina and New Heights Ent. as new management.[citation needed] In 2008 Adonis established BeatStreet Records, Inc. whose list of artists include male singer Sonny Blaq. Adonis also produces for his own BeatStreet Records, Inc. Stating that he's an "artist by nature", he is considering recording his own solo project.[citation needed] In the meanwhile, he has worked on or is working on projects for artists such as Monica, Pleasure P formerly of Pretty Ricky, LeToya Luckett, Leona Lewis, Flo Rida, Clipse, Nick Cannon, Amerie, Gwen Stefani, Claudette Ortiz (formerly of City High), Tamia, Renzo, Lloyd, Cassie, Marques Houston, New Edition, and Nivea.[4]

He has also worked with Frankie J, Enrique Iglesias and Keyshia Cole. He has begun working on forthcoming projects by Monica, Brandy (re-release), Rihanna, Chris J, Teairra Mari, Ginuwine, Mario, Toni Braxton, Usher, Chris Brown, Aubrey O'Day, and Cherish.

Selected production and writing credits[edit]

Date Artist Song Album Label
2001 Jennifer Lopez "Walking on Sunshine" J. Lo Epic Records
P. Diddy "Ride wit Me" The Saga Continues... Bad Boy Records
Faith Evans "Don't Cry" Faithfully Bad Boy Records
Jennifer Lopez "Walking on Sunshine (Metro Remix)" J to tha L-O! The Remixes Epic Records
Dream "This Is Me (Remix)" Totally Hits Arista
2002 Keith Sweat "Trust Me" Rebirth Elektra Records
P. Diddy "I Need a Girl (Part One)" We Invented The Remix: Volume 1 Bad Boy Records
"I Need a Girl (Part Two)"
Nivea "U Don't Even Know" Nivea Jive Records
B2K "One Kiss" Pandemonium! Epic Records
2003 Latif "My Man's Girl" Love In The First Motown Records
"Love in the First"
"Put Me On"
Beyoncé "Keep Giving Your Love to Me" Bad Boys II Bad Boy Records
Nick Cannon "Whenever You Need Me" Nick Cannon Jive Records
Loon "Like a Movie" Loon Bad Boy Records
B2K "Out The Hood" You Got Served Soundtrack Epic Records
112 "Say Yes" Hot & Wet Bad Boy Records
Beyoncé "Summertime" The Fighting Temptations (Soundtrack) Columbia Records
2004 8Ball & MJG "Tryna Get at You" Living Legends" Bad Boy Records
Carl Thomas "She Is" (featuring LL Cool J) Let's Talk About It Bad Boy Records
"Let Me Know"
"But Me"
Usher "My Boo" Confessions LaFace Records
Mario Winans "Never Really Was" Hurt No More Bad Boy Records
"Can"t Judge Me"
"You Knew"
"Turn Around"
"What's Wrong wit Me"
Ciara "And I" Goodies Jive Records
O'Ryan "Take It Slow" O'Ryan Universal Records
New Edition "Love Again" One Love Bad Boy Records
"Sexy Lady"
"Love Again"
2005 Chris Brown "Say Goodbye" Chris Brown Jive Records
"One Mo 'Gin"
Mariah Carey "So Lonely(One and Only Pt. 2)" The Emancipation of Mimi" Island
Marques Houston "Do You Mind" Naked Universal Records
Teairra Mari "Act Right" Roc-A-Fella Presents: Teairra Mari Roc-A-Fella
Twista "So Lonely(One and Only Pt. 3)" The Day After Atlantic Records
Usher "What You Need" Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up LaFace Records
2006 Danity Kane "Ride for You" Danity Kane Bad Boy Records
"One Shot"
"Touching My Body"
Marques Houston "Circle" Veteran Universal Records
Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore "Figure It Out" Uncovered/Covered LaFace Records
Lloyd "Lloyd" Street Love Motown Records
Sammie "Another Last Chance" Sammie Motown Records
"Come with Me"
"Back to Love"
Ciara "C.R.U.S.H." Ciara: The Evolution Jive Records
Frankie J "Priceless" Priceless Columbia Records
Cherish "Show and Tell" Unappreciated Capitol Records
"Moment in time"
Omarion "Made for T.V." 21 Sony Records
"Just Can't Let You Go"
Avant "Mr. Dream" Director Geffen Records
"Grown Ass Man"
Tamia "Too Grown for That" Between Friends Image Records
2007 J Holiday "Be with Me" Back of My Lac' Jive Records
"Without You"
"Thank You"
B5 "Erica Kane" Don't Talk, Just Listen Bad Boy Records
"Right to Left"
Keyshia Cole "Was It Worth It" Just like You Geffen Records
Enrique Iglesias "Push" Insomniac Interscope Records
Chris Brown "Throwed" Exclusive Jive Records
Brick & Lace "BoyFriend" Love Is Wicked Interscope Records
2008 Day26 "Since You've Been Gone" Day26 Bad Boy Records
Cheri Dennis "Remind You" In and Out of Love Bad Boy Records
"Dropping Out of Love"
Danity Kane "2 of You" Welcome to the Dollhouse Bad Boy Records
Algebra "Tug of War" Purpose Universal Records
Mariah Carey "I Stay in Love" E=MC² Island/DefJam
"For the Record"
"4Real 4Real"
Lloyd "Heart Attack" Lessons in Love Universal Records
"Love Making 101"
Sterling Simms "Best Friend" Yours, Mine & The Truth Def Jam Records
"I Know"
2009 Pleasure P "I'm a Beast" The Introduction of Marcus Cooper Atlantic Records
Ginuwine "Last Chance" A Man's Thoughts Warner Bros. Records
"One Time for Love"
"Bridge to Love ft. Brandy)"
Day26 "Stadium Music" Forever in a Day Bad Boy Records
"Baby Maker"
Kristinia DeBarge "Goodbye" Exposed Def Jam Records
2010 Justin Bieber "Overboard" My World 2.0 Def Jam Records
Monica "Still Standing" (featuring Ludacris) Still Standing J Records
"Lesson Learned"
Toni Braxton "Wardrobe" "Pulse" LaFace Records
Bertel "I'm Tryin" "Goin Hard" Capitol Records
2011 Aubrey O'Day "Automatic" SRC Records
Joe Jonas "Kleptomaniac" Fastlife Hollywood Records
Ginuwine "Drink of Choice" Elgin Universal Records
Bobby V "Outfit" Fly on the Wall Capitol Records
Justin Bieber (feat. Boyz II Men "Fa La La" Under the Mistletoe Def Jam Records
Isaac Carree "As-Is" Uncommon Me Universal Records
"Putcha One Hand Up"
Mary J. Blige "Miss Me with That" My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) Geffen Records
"You Want This"
2012 Jin Akanishi "Sun Burns Down" Japonicana Warner Bros. Records
Jon B. "Goin Down" Comfortable Swagg Vibezelect
Chris Brown "2012" Fortune RCA Records
Lonny Bereal "Thrilla" The Love Train Universal Records
2013 Renzo "Miss It" Renzo WE Music Group

Grammy Awards and nominations[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Adonis has received 3 awards from 9 nominations.

Year Recipient Award Result
2003 Faithfully Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2005 Confessions Best Contemporary R&B Album Won
2005 My Boo Best R&B Song Nominated
2005 My Boo Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
2006 The Emancipation of Mimi Best Contemporary R&B Album Won
2007 Chris Brown Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2008 Just like You Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2009 Back of My Lac' Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2010 The Introduction of Marcus Cooper Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated


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