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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 a Grammy Award (Writer, Best R&B Song, "Living in America," James Brown); two Golden Globe Awards; and has been a producer and/or writer on several Grammy-winning albums, including: The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album (writer and producer "Trust In Me" - Joe Cocker, artist); Joni Mitchell's Turbulent Indigo album (writer "How Do You Stop," originally a moderate hit for James Brown); and the Marlo Thomas and Friends album Thanks and Giving All Year Long (writer/producer "I'll Give Anything But Up" - Hilary Duff, artist).
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 (a duet with 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.
Some notable achievements:
In 1986, Midnight was nominated for a Grammy (Best R&B Song) for co-writing “Living In America.” That same year James Brown won a Grammy for Best R&B vocal.
In 1988 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for writing the song "Why Should I Worry?" from Oliver & Company, and received a second Golden Globe nomination for writing the song "A Woman Loves A Man" from Bull Durham.
In 1994, he was a writer and producer ("Trust In Me" Joe Cocker) on The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack album, Grammy Album of the Year.
In 1996, he was a writer ("How Do You Stop") on Turbulent Indigo, the Joni Mitchell album that won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Pop Album.
In 2006, he was a writer and producer ("I'll Give Anything But Up" Hilary Duff, artist) on the Grammy-winning children’s album Thanks & Giving All Year Long, executive-produced by Marlo Thomas and Christopher Cerf.
In 2010, Charlie co-wrote, “Welcome To Burlesque,” the first song that Cher sang in a film for the feature Burlesque. He also wrote “My Way To You” on Jamey Johnson’s Grammy-nominated album The Guitar Song.
In 2012, Charlie was a writer (“Welcome To Burlesque” - Cher) on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack album Burlesque (Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Visual Media).
In 2012, Charlie co-wrote two specialty lyrics for Barbra Streisand for her Back To Brooklyn tour.
In television, he has written the theme song “Big Time Rush,” for the hit Nickelodeon series of the same name. He also won a BMI Award for the theme song “Daisy Does America” for the television show of the same name.
Charlie also has an International presence having written and/or produced for such notable international artists as: Lin Yu Chun (Taiwan); Tata Yung (Thailand); Peter Maffay (Germany); Chage & Aska (Japan); Gola (Switzerland); Saint Lu (Germany); Chage & Aska (Japan); Alides Hidding & Time Bandits (Holland); El Ultimo De Fila (Spain); Rhydian (UK); Yvonne Catterfeld (Germany); Dodo and the Dodos (Denmark); Anna Sahlene (Sweden); Don Patrol (Sweden); Rodsogarden (Finland); Rouge (Brazil).
- Grammy Best R & B Song - Rocky IV - writer “Living In America” - (James Brown)
- Golden Globe Best Song - Oliver & Company - writer - “Why Should I Worry” (Billy Joel)
- Globe Best Song - Bull Durham - writer and producer - “A Woman Loves A Man” (Joe Cocker)
- JAMEY JOHNSON: "My Way To You" (The Guitar Song album) - writer
- CHER: "Welcome To Burlesque" (Burlesque feature film) - writer
- JAMES BROWN: “Living In America” (Gravity album) - writer
- BILLY JOEL: “Why Should I Worry” (Oliver & Company, Disney animated feature) – writer
- BRITNEY SPEARS: "Shadow" (In The Zone album) - writer
- BARBRA STREISAND: 2012 Back To Brooklyn Tour - co-wrote specialty lyrics about Brooklyn
- CHRISTINA AGUILERA: “This Year” (Christmas album, My Kind of Christmas) - writer
- JONI MITCHELL: “How Do You Stop” (Turbulent Indigo album) - writer
- JOE COCKER: Unchain My Heart album, One Night Of Sin album - producer and writer; “Love Lives On” (Harry & The Hendersons feature film) - producer
- CHAKA KHAN: “Can’t Stop The Street” (Top Ten Dance Single Krush Groove soundtrack) - writer
- DOOBIE BROTHERS: Cycles album - writer and producer of various tracks including “The Doctor” (Top Five Single); Take Me To The Highway live album - producer of album, writer of various tracks
- PAUL YOUNG: “I’m Only Fooling Myself” (Time to Time album) - writer
- JOHN WAITE: “Sometimes” (Rover album) - writer
- DAN HARTMAN: I Can Dream About You album - writer
- HILARY DUFF: Metamorphosis album, writer and producer on various songs including the hit song "So Yesterday"; "Lizzie McGuire" soundtrack, writer and producer; Hilary Duff Christmas album (Santa Claus Lane), writer and producer
- GEORGE THOROGOOD: "American Made" - writer
Films and soundtracks
- Burlesque - "Welcome To Burlesque" (Cher) - Writer
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - "Raining Sunshine" (Miranda Cosgrove) - Writer
- Cheaper By The Dozen - "What Christmas Should Be" (Hilary Duff)
- The Santa Clause 2 - "Santa Claus Lane" (Hilary Duff) - Writer/Producer
- Lizzie McGuire Movie -"Why Not" (single) (Hilary Duff)- Writer, "Girl In The Band" (Hilary Duff)- Writer/Producer "Girl In The Band" (Haylie Duff) - Writer and Producer
- The Bodyguard - “Trust In Me” (Joe Cocker/Sass Jordan) - Writer/Producer
- Rocky IV - “Living In America” (James Brown) - Writer
- Bull Durham - “A Woman Loves A Man” (Joe Cocker) - Writer/Producer
- Green Street Hooligans – “One Blood” – Writer/Producer
- Oliver & Company - “Why Should I Worry” (Billy Joel) - Writer
- Ruthless People - “Waiting to See You” (Dan Hartman) -Writer
- Harry & the Hendersons - “Love Lives On” (Joe Cocker) - Producer
- Fletch - “Get Outta Town” (Dan Hartman) - Writer
- Great Expectations - “Walk This Earth Alone” (Lauren Christy) - Writer/Producer
- The Jackal - “It’s Over, It’s Under” (DollsHead) - Writer/Producer
- Wild Things - “I Want What I Want” (Lauren Christy) - Writer
- Desperado - “Back To The House That Love Built” (Tarantula) - Writer/ Producer
- The Gunmen - “This House” (The Cruzados) - Writer/Producer
- Breakin’ - “Breakin’...The Heart Of The Beat” (3-V) - Writer
- Krush Groove - “Can’t Stop The Street” (Chaka Khan) - Writer
- Perfect - “Talking To The Wall” (Dan Hartman) - Writer
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I - “9.95" - Writer
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - “Consciousness” - Writer
- Streetfighter II - “Something There” - (Chage & Aska, major Japanese recording stars)- Writer
- Return To Me - “Here I Am” - Writer/Producer
- 102 Dalmatians - “My Spot In The World” – on Soundtrack album - Writer
- Raise Your Voice - "Jericho" (Hilary Duff) - writer and producer
- Casual Sex - "Behind Your Eyes" - Writer/Producer
- Iron Eagle ll - "Gimme Some Lovin'" - Producer
- Ringmaster - "Living in America" (2 Live Crew version) – Writer
- Come Away Home: Various Songs – Writer/Producer
NICKELODEON "BIG TIME RUSH" Series "Big Time Rush" theme song - Writer
HBO “HAPPILY EVER AFTER FAIRY TALES” (animated series):
- HANSELITA AND GRETALITA - “Los Ninos Deliciosos” -
- Writer and Producer
- RAPUNZEL - “Hoodoo Diva” (sung by Whoopi Goldberg) -
- Writer and Producer
- SLEEPING ROSITA - “Que es Esto” and “The Good Fairy
- Songwriter and Producer
- DAISY DOES AMERICA - Theme Song - Writer
- Bessman, Jim (May 15, 2004). "Famous strikes Midnight", Billboard 116 (20): 67.
- Charlie Midnight interview originally retrieved from danhartman.com Retrieved 1-7-2012.