Cory Rooney

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Cory Rooney (born Mark Rooney) is an American songwriter, record producer, and C.E.O. of Cory Rooney Group. He has written, produced, and developed many hits and careers for artists such as Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez,[1] Marc Anthony, Thalia, Destiny's Child, and many more.

Life and career[edit]

He was raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York City and at an early age he was exposed to the music industry by his parents, Herb Rooney and Brenda Reid of The Exciters, who toured with The Beatles in the early 1960s. His father later branched out into production and was responsible for both the infectious piano part and production on the Isley Brothers hit, "It's Your Thing". When the original members disbanded, his mother, Brenda Reid, brought her children on board to continue the group. As a teenager he not only was exposed to the music industry but experienced the industry first hand as a member of The Exciters. "I grew up around music and picked things up by ear." However, Cory's musical DNA was only part of a very talented equation. Raised in New York, his love for music was reinforced at an early age due to the geographic proximity of rap all-stars like Marley Marl, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, and RUN-DMC.

In the 1990s Cory teamed up with Prince Markie Dee of the Fat Boys and they released two solo albums by Prince Markie Dee including Billboards No. 1 Rap Single "Typical Reasons/Swing My Way" (written by EMI writer/producer & Cory's brother-in-law Hasan Johnson.) Feeding off their success Cory and Prince Markie Dee decided to create Soul Convention together, when they were approached by Sony Music and signed a label deal. Sony recognized Cory's talents early on and was approached by Sony to sign a solo artist deal but he decided quickly that he didn't want to be an artist. Being behind the scenes as a writer and producer, he went on to produce hits such as, "Real Love" and "Sweet Thing" by Mary J. Blige and "I'll Do 4 U" by Father MC at Uptown Records. The success of the hits caught the attention of Tommy Mottola who signed him not only as a producer but also brought him on board as VP of A&R at Epic Records in 1994 and two years later, Cory moved on to become VP of A&R at Crave Records. Proving himself not only as an accomplished writer and producer, Tommy Mottola was impressed with his managerial skills and was subsequently named Senior VP of Sony Music Entertainment in 1998. Maintaining his unique position both as senior executive and producer at Sony, he was offered another executive position at Casablanca Records where he also wrote Lindsay Lohan's single, "Rumors". He also produced the album and performed keyboards and provided background vocals.[2] His albums have sold over 100 million copies and many of his albums exceed the one million records-sold mark.[3]

Aside from his musical success he also has had sizable television success as executive producer on MTV's, "The Shop" and VH1's "Born to Diva". "The Shop" is based out of Cory Rooney's own barbershop, Mr. Rooney's, in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Artists such as Busta Rhymes, Diddy, and Fabolous frequent the shop not only to get the city's hottest cuts but also to elaborate on the music industry, their career, and the gossip that surrounds their world. VH1's "Born to Diva" featured Cory Rooney as one of the panel judges aside from his role in executive producing the show.

Since his time at Casablanca, Cory Rooney has established his own company, Cory Rooney Group. CRG manages a multi-talented roster of writers, producers, and two developing artists. His company focuses on music involved in television, fashion, and the publishing world.

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Songwriter Producer
1990 Father MC "Treat Them Like They Want to Be Treated" (feat. Jodeci) Father's Day Yes Yes
"I'll Do 4 U" (feat. Mary J. Blige)
"Lisa Baby"
"Tell Me Something Good"
"I Come Correct"
"I've Been Watching You" (feat. Lady Kazan)
"Ain't It Funky"
"Father's Day"
"Dance 4 Me"
"Why U Wanna Hurt Me"
1992 Mary J. Blige "Sweet Thing" What's the 411? Yes
"Real Love"
"Slow Down"
"Changes I've Been Going Through"
Yes Yes
1992 Christopher Williams "Sweet Thing" Changes Yes Yes
1992 Father MC "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
"Red Lace Lingerie"
"My Body"
"Ladies, I Luv 'Em"
"Baby We Can Do It"
"On the Road Again"
Close to You Yes
1992 Prince Markie Dee "So Very Happy"
"Trippin Out"
"Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)"
"Trilogy Of Love"
"Addict 4 Your Luv"
"Back To Brooklyn"
"I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love"
"Ghetto Bound"
"Something Special"
"I'm Gonna Be Alright"
"The Aftermath"
Free Yes
1993 Mariah Carey "Do You Think of Me" Dreamlover (Single) Yes Yes
1994 Jade "Five-Four-Three-Two (Yo! Time Is Up)"
"I Like That Way"
Mind, Body & Song Yes Yes
1997 Allure "All Cried Out" (featuring 112) Allure Yes
"Last Chance" Yes Yes
1997 Lisa Stansfield "Don't Cry for Me" Lisa Stansfield Yes Yes
1997 Mariah Carey "The Roof (Back in Time)"
Butterfly (Single) Yes
"The Beautiful Ones" (featuring Dru Hill) Yes
"Babydoll" Yes Yes
1997 Trey Lorenz "Make You Happy" Men in Black: The Album Yes Yes
1998 Destiny's Child "Sail On" Destiny's Child Yes
1998 Allure and 50 Cent "Let It Be" Woo (soundtrack) Yes
1998 R. Kelly "We Ride" (featuring Cam'ron, Noreaga, Jay-Z & Vegas Cats) R. Yes
1999 Jennifer Lopez "If You Had My Love"
"Too Late"
"Feelin' So Good" (feat. Big Pun and Fat Joe)
"It's Not That Serious"
On the 6 Yes
"Should've Never"
"Talk About Us"
Yes Yes
1999 Marc Anthony "When I Dream at Night" Marc Anthony Yes
"I Need to Know / Dímelo"
"You Sang to Me"
"No One"
"How Could I"
"That's Okay"
"She's Been Good to Me / Como Ella Me Quiere a Mí"
Yes Yes
1999 Jessica Simpson "I Think I'm in Love with You" Sweet Kisses Yes Yes
1999 Blaque "Time After Time" Blaque Yes
"Bring It All to Me" (featuring JC Chasez)"
"Don't Go Looking for Love"
"Release Me"
Yes Yes
2000 Thalía "Menta Y Canela"
"Pata Pata"
Arrasando Yes
2000 Mandy Moore "Everything My Heart Desires"
"The Way to My Heart"
I Wanna Be with You Yes
2001 Jennifer Lopez "Play" J.Lo Yes
"Love Don't Cost a Thing" Yes
"I'm Real"
"Ain't It Funny"
"We Gotta Talk"
"I'm Gonna Be Alright"
Yes Yes
2001 Destiny's Child "Independent Women" Survivor Yes Yes
2001 Jessica Simpson "What's It Gonna Be"
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
Irresistible Yes
"Hot Like Fire" Yes Yes
2002 Jennifer Lopez "Still"
"All I Have" (featuring LL Cool J)
"Jenny from the Block" (featuring Styles P and Jadakiss)
"You Belong to Me"
This Is Me... Then Yes
"Loving You"
"I'm Glad"
"The One"
"Dear Ben"
"I've Been Thinkin'"
"Baby I Love U!"
"The One" (Version 2)
Yes Yes
2002 Jennifer Lopez "Alive" J to tha L–O! The Remixes Yes Yes
2002 Marc Anthony "Don't Tell Me It's Love"
"I Wanna Be Free"
Mended Yes
"Love Won't Get Any Better"
"She Mends Me"
"I've Got You / Te Tengo Aquí"
"I Need You / Me Haces Falta"
"Tragedy / Tragedia"
"I Reach for You"
"I Swear"
"Do You Believe in Loneliness"
"Give Me a Reason"
Yes Yes
2002 Amerie "Outro" All I Have Yes
2002 Santana "Nothing at All" (featuring Musiq Soulchild) Shaman Yes Yes
2003 Thalía "I Want You / Me Pones Sexy" (featuring Fat Joe)
"What's It Gonna Be Boy?"
"Dance Dance (The Mexican)"
"Heridas En El Alma"
Thalía / Thalía (English album) Yes Yes
2003 Amerie "I'm Coming Out" Maid in Manhattan: Music from the Motion Picture Yes
2004 Lindsay Lohan "Rumors"
Speak Yes Yes
2004 Christina Milian "Someday One Day"
"Hands on Me"
It's About Time Yes Yes
2005 Jennifer Lopez "(Can't Believe) This Is Me" Rebirth Yes
"Get Right"
"Step Into My World"
"Whatever You Wanna Do"
"I Got U"
"Ryde or Die"
"He'll Be Back"
"Hold You Down" (featuring Fat Joe)
"Cherry Pie"
"Still Around"
"I, Love"
Yes Yes
2005 Thalía "Empezar de "0"" El Sexto Sentido Yes
2005 Toni Braxton "Stupid" Libra Yes Yes
2006 Jessica Simpson "Fired Up" A Public Affair Yes
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" Yes
"Swing with Me"
"Between You & I"
Yes Yes
2006 Taylor Hicks "Heaven Knows" Taylor Hicks Yes
2007 Jennifer Lopez "Stay Together"
"Hold It Don't Drop It"
"Do It Well"
"Gotta Be There"
"Never Gonna Give Up"
"Mile in These Shoes"
"The Way It Is"
"Be Mine"
"I Need Love"
"Wrong When You're Gone"
"Do It Well" (featuring Ludacris)
"Frozen Moments"
Brave Yes
2008 Menudo "Lost / Perdido Sin Ti" Lost (Single) Yes Yes
2008 Santana "This Boy's Fire" (featuring Jennifer Lopez and Baby Bash) Ultimate Santana Yes
2014 Michael Jackson "Chicago" Xscape Yes Yes


  1. ^ Kawashima, Dale. "Cory Rooney Writes & Produces Top Hits for Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony & Destiny's Child". Songwriter Universe Magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lindsay Lohan Speak > Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cory Rooney Entertainment." Music Industry's Best Kept Secret n. pag. Web. 19 Aug 2010. <>.

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