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December 1, 1977 |
Miami, Florida, United States
|Origin||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Genres||R&B, Hip hop|
|Occupations||Songwriter, Producer, Singer, Keyboardist|
|Labels||Team Idris, LLC., So So Def Recordings, Warner Chappell Music|
|Associated acts||R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, Usher Raymond|
Cox began his career as an intern at Noontime Records (he was discovered by his manager Chris Hicks (Record Executive), who is a partner in Noontime, LLC.) in Atlanta, Georgia. He then went on to co-produce alongside his musical mentor Jermaine Dupri he has had 25 number one hits, 12 Grammy Award Nominations including seven wins, 20 top ten hits and eclipsed the record previously held by the Beatles for Billboard’s most consecutive number one hits. (needs references)
Bryan’s genetic fervor for music dates back to his mother’s love for all styles of music. And her own passion as an instrumentalist. Bryan's mother played the flute. Unbeknownst to Pamela Cox, with the birth of Bryan, her dreams would only be temporarily deferred. “My mom would buy music instead of food when I was little. We would spend her entire paycheck at the record store.” Bryan-Michael (his given first name) would express his musical ambitions to his mother by the time he was 7 years old thereby allowing enough time to prepare him for his eventual enrollment in Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts.
While at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Bryan would literally have a date with Destiny, when he met a Freshman during his Senior year named Beyoncé Knowles. “The first demo tape that I ever did was with Beyonce,” reminisces Bryan. Although the two wouldn’t reconnect until nearly 7 years later when Bryan produced a track on Destiny's Child’s Destiny Fulfilled it was the early confirmation from Matthew Knowles that prompted Bryan to blaze his tuneful path.
“Back then there was three choices if you wanted to be in the music industry, live in New York, LA, or Atlanta. I enrolled in Clark Atlanta University because although my Mom supported my dreams one hundred percent I had to go to college, so I chose Clark because I was just trying to get to Atlanta.” Aptly branded “Black Hollywood” in the late nineties Atlanta was home to LaFace records whose roster read like a music industry walk of fame.
Fourteen years later, with dozens of music productions to his credit including explosive hits like Mariah Carey’s ‘Shake It Off” and “Don’t Forget About Us” along with youthful ballads like Chris Brown’s “Say Goodbye” and simultaneous releases by Usher, Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Day 26, Justin Bieber and Monica. Launching his professional career in 1998, Cox has watched the recording industry change over the years.
Cox is appropriately named one of Billboard’s “Top 10 Producers of the Decade” and sits on Billboard’s “Hot R&B Song of the Decade List”, “Hot 100 Songs of the Decade List”, “Top 200 Albums of the Decade List” and is a 2009 Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee.
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