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Charles Kaufman, better known by his stage name Charlie Midnight, is an American songwriter and record producer who has been nominated for the 1987 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song (Writer, "Living in America" by James Brown), two Golden Globes, and has been a producer and/or writer on several Grammy-winning albums, including The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Joni Mitchell's Turbulent Indigo, and Marlo Thomas & Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long.
Midnight has produced and written songs for more than 30 films including Rocky IV, The Bodyguard, Bull Durham, Lizzie McGuire and Ruthless People, as well as for such notable and varied artists as Cher, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Seal, Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, James Brown, Chaka Khan, Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jamey Johnson, George Thorogood, John Waite, Hilary Duff, Dan Hartman and Paul Young.
Although primarily known as a producer/songwriter for other artists, Midnight actually began his career as a singer/musician himself, performing in several groups throughout the late 1970s/early 1980s, culminating in the release of his solo album Innocent Bystander in 1982.
Shortly after this album, Midnight came to the attention of famed singer/songwriter/musician/producer Dan Hartman. The two began collaborating on songwriting, forming a musical partnership that would last until Hartman's death in 1994.
In 1988 he was twice nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for writing "A Woman Loves a Man" from the movie Bull Durham, and the song "Why Should I Worry?" from the 1988 Disney animated film Oliver & Company, in addition to receiving a nomination in 1990 for the Grammy Award for Best Album for Children for the soundtrack album of the same film.
In 1994, the song "How Do You Stop", that he co-wrote with Dan Hartman for James Brown's 1986 album Gravity was covered by Joni Mitchell on her album Turbulent Indigo in a version featuring vocals by Seal. The album later won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Pop Album.
In 2004, he wrote and produced "I'll Give Anything But Up", sung by Hilary Duff, for the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children winning children's album Marlo Thomas & Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long.
In 2010, Charlie co-wrote with Jamey Johnson the song "My Way To You", which appears on Johnson's album The Guitar Song, which was nominated in 2011 for the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. The same year, he co-wrote "Welcome To Burlesque", Cher's first song in the feature film Burlesque. Its soundtrack album won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
He's a co-writer of the song "Big Time Rush", which serves as the theme song for the hit Nickelodeon series of the same name. He also won a BMI Cable Award at the 2006 BMI Awards for the theme song to the comedy series Daisy Does America.
Charlie has worked extensively as a writer and a producer with artists from all around the world. These include such notable international artists as Lin Yu-chun (Taiwan), Tata Young (Thailand), Chage and Aska (Japan), Peter Maffay and Yvonne Catterfeld (Germany), Gölä (Switzerland) Saint Lu (Austria) Time Bandits (Netherlands), El Último de la Fila (Spain), Rhydian (UK), Dodo and the Dodos (Denmark), Sahlene and Don Patrol (Sweden), Rodsogarden (Finland), Rouge (Brazil).
- Grammy Award for Best R&B Song - 1987 - "Living in America" performed by James Brown
- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - 1988 - "Why Should I Worry?" performed by Billy Joel, from Oliver & Company
- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - 1988 - "A Woman Loves a Man" performed by Joe Cocker, from Bull Durham
- Grammy Award for Best Album for Children - 1990 - Oliver & Company : Story and Songs from the Motion Picture performed by various artists
- BMI Cable Award - 2006 - Daisy Does America.
|1984||Dan Hartman||"We Are the Young"
"I'm Not a Rolling Stone"
"Rage to Live"
"Name of the Game"
"Power of a Good Love"
"I Can't Get Enough"
|I Can Dream About You|
|3V||"Heart of the Beat"||Breakin' soundtrack|
|1985||Chaka Khan||"(Krush Groove) Can't Stop The Street"||Krush Groove soundtrack|
|Dan Hartman||"Get Outta Town"||Fletch soundtrack|
|"Talking to the Wall"||Perfect soundtrack|
|Sheena Easton||"When the Lightning Strikes Again"||Do You|
|1986||Dan Hartman||"Waiting to See You"||Ruthless People soundtrack|
|James Brown||"Living in America"||Gravity|
|1987||John Waite||"Sometimes"||Rover's Return|
|Joe Cocker||"A Woman Loves a Man"
"Trust in Me"
|Unchain My Heart||Writer and album co-producer.|
|1988||Dan Hartman||"Behind Your Eyes"||Casual Sex? soundtrack|
|The Insiders||"Gimme Some Lovin'"||Iron Eagle II soundtrack|
|Billy Joel||"Why Should I Worry?"||Oliver & Company soundtrack|
|1989||The Doobie Brothers||"The Doctor"
"Take Me To The Highway"
|Cycles||Co-writer and album co-producer.|
|Joe Cocker||"Letting Go"
"Bad Bad Sign"
|One Night of Sin||Writer and album producer.|
|"Love Lives On"||Harry and the Hendersons soundtrack||Co-producer.|
|1990||Spunkadelic||"9.95"||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|1991||Dan Hartman||"(That's Your) Consciousness"||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II The Secret of the Ooze: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Paul Young||"I'm Only Fooling Myself"||From Time to Time – The Singles Collection|
|Corey Feldman & The Eradicators||"Riot in the Playground"||Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever|
|1992||Joe Cocker featuring Sass Jordan||"Trust In Me"||The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album||Writer and producer.|
|1994||Cruzados||"This House"||Gunmen soundtrack||Writer and producer.|
|Chage and Aska||"Something There"||Street Fighter soundtrack||English lyrics.|
|Joni Mitchell||"How Do You Stop"||Turbulent Indigo||Cover of the 1986 song by James Brown.|
|1995||Tito & Tarantula||"Back To The House That Love Built"||Desperado: The Soundtrack||Co-writer and co-producer.|
|1995||The Bonnevilles||"Dream Time"||Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge soundtrack|
|1997||Dollshead||"It’s Over, It’s Under"||The Jackal soundtrack||Writer and producer.|
|1998||Lauren Christy||"I Want What I Want"||Wild Things soundtrack|
|"Walk This Earth Alone"||Great Expectations soundtrack|
|1999||2 Live Crew||"Living in America"||Ringmaster soundtrack||Cover version of the James Brown hit song.|
|2000||Joey Gian||"Here I Am"||Return To Me soundtrack|
|Lauren Christy||"My Spot In The World"||102 Dalmatians soundtrack|
|Christina Aguilera||"This Year"||My Kind of Christmas|
|2002||Hilary Duff||"Santa Claus Lane"
"I Heard Santa on the Radio" (with Christina Milian)
"When the Snow Comes Down in Tinseltown"
"Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)" (with Lil' Romeo)
"Same Old Christmas" (featuring Haylie Duff)
|Santa Claus Lane||Co-writer and co-producer.|
|2003||George Thorogood & The Destroyers||"American Made"||Ride 'Til I Die|
|Britney Spears||"Shadow"||In The Zone|
|LMNT||"It's Just You"||Kim Possible soundtrack|
|Haylie Duff||"Girl In The Band"||The Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack||Co-writer and co-producer.|
|Hilary Duff||"Why Not"|
"Workin' It Out"
"Where Did I Go Right?"
"Love Just Is"
|Metamorphosis||Co-writer and co-producer.|
|"What Christmas Should Be"||Cheaper by the Dozen soundtrack|
"Dangerous to Know"
"Who's That Girl?"
"Rock This World"
|Hilary Duff||Co-writer and co-producer.|
|2005||Various||N/A||Come Away Home soundtrack||Music supervisor.|
|Terence Jay||"One Blood"||Green Street soundtrack||Writer and producer.|
|2009||Miranda Cosgrove||"Raining Sunshine"||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs soundtrack|
|2010||Big Time Rush||"Big Time Rush"||BTR|
|Jamey Johnson||"My Way To You"||The Guitar Song|
|Cher||"Welcome To Burlesque"||Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|2013||Barbra Streisand||"As If We Never Said Goodbye"
"You're the Top"
|Back to Brooklyn||Co-wrote specialty lyrics.|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (Ep. "Hansel and Gretel") (HBO)||"Los Ninos Deliciosos"||Rosie Perez|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (Ep. "Rapunzel") (HBO)||"Hoodoo Diva"||Whoopi Goldberg|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (Ep. "Sleeping Rosita") (HBO)||"Que Es Esto"
"Good Fairies Song"
|2005||Daisy Does America (TBS)||"Daisy Does America"||N/A||Main theme.|
|2009 - 2013||Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon)||"Big Time Rush"||Big Time Rush||Main theme.|
- Bessman, Jim (May 15, 2004). "Famous strikes Midnight", Billboard 116 (20): 67.
- Charlie Midnight interview originally retrieved from danhartman.com Retrieved 1-7-2012.
- Barbra Streisand - Back to Brooklyn at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Rock On The Net : 29th Grammy Awards - 1987 Retrieved 02-11-2014.
- Golden Globes Awards Official Website - Best Original Song - Motion Picture Retrieved 02-11-2014.
- Charlie Midnight - Awards - IMDb.com Retrieved 02-11-2014.
- 2006 BMI Film & Television Awards Retrieved 02-11-2014.
- The Guitar Song album