Charlie Midnight

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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,[1] The Bodyguard,[1] 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.[2]

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 1987, Midnight was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for co-writing "Living in America", a song for which James Brown won the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.

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 1992, he wrote and produced the Joe Cocker song "Trust In Me", which appeared on The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, which won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

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.

In 2012, Charlie co-wrote two specialty lyrics for Barbra Streisand's "Back To Brooklyn" tour, on "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard, and "You're the Top" from Anything Goes.[3]

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).


Writer credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Notes
1984 Dan Hartman "We Are the Young"
"Shy Hearts"
"I'm Not a Rolling Stone"
"Rage to Live"
"Name of the Game"
"Power of a Good Love"
"Second Nature"
"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"
"So Yesterday"
"Workin' It Out"
"Where Did I Go Right?"
"The Math"
"Love Just Is"
"Why Not"
Metamorphosis Co-writer and co-producer.
"What Christmas Should Be" Cheaper by the Dozen soundtrack
2004 Hilary Duff "Weird"
"Hide Away"
"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"[8] 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.

Television credits[edit]

Year Name Song Artist Notes
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"
Carmen Zapata
Vanessa Marquez
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.


  1. ^ a b Bessman, Jim (May 15, 2004). "Famous strikes Midnight", Billboard 116 (20): 67.
  2. ^ Charlie Midnight interview originally retrieved from Retrieved 1-7-2012.
  3. ^ Barbra Streisand - Back to Brooklyn at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Rock On The Net : 29th Grammy Awards - 1987 Retrieved 02-11-2014.
  5. ^ a b Golden Globes Awards Official Website - Best Original Song - Motion Picture Retrieved 02-11-2014.
  6. ^ Charlie Midnight - Awards - Retrieved 02-11-2014.
  7. ^ 2006 BMI Film & Television Awards Retrieved 02-11-2014.
  8. ^ The Guitar Song album

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