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|Birth name||Martin McKinney|
|Also known as||Doc|
August 27, 1971 |
|Origin||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, songwriter|
Martin McKinney (born August 27, 1971) is a Canadian-born, American raised record producer and songwriter. Professionally referred to as Doc, McKinney was formerly one half of the former duet (now solo act) Esthero, alongside Jenny Bea Englishman. His work with Toronto artist The Weeknd, whose McKinney-produced mixtapes House of Balloons and Thursday. were freely released in 2011, was met with widespread critical acclaim. He began working with major artists such as Drake. Due to recent tweets by Illangelo and favorited tweets by The Weeknd on Twitter, it is believed McKinney is working on a 2014 or 2015 album for The Weeknd that will be inspired by House of Balloons.
Life and career
Born in Canada and raised in Minneapolis, McKinney grew up in the heart of the Twin Cities indie scene and immersed in its ambiance. During his adolescent years, McKinney played in various punk rock and hip hop based groups. While the cities' most influential contributions came out of the 1980s, McKinney was immersed in the music scene of that decade.
McKinney settled in Toronto in 1994, as an aspiring producer. McKinney was introduced to Jenny Bea Englishman – now known as "Esthero" – which led him to becoming one half of the then duo. The introduction was headed up by then EMI Publishing President, Michael McCarty. After co-writing and producing their entire breakthrough album Breath From Another, McKinney carefully transitioned Jenny-Bea into a solo act so he could return to the studio. McKinney went on to produce Res – co-writing and producing her critically acclaimed album, How I Do, alongside Santi White (Santigold). McKinney has since worked with Santi White (Santigold) on various projects, including her 2008 release of her Solid Gold Mixtape.
Since then, McKinney has had the opportunity to work with Sting, Drake, Kelis, Dr. Dre, G-Love, Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, Sinéad O'Connor, Alice Smith, Amanda Blank, Trouble Andrew, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Hawksley Workman as well as Latin artists Belinda, RBD and Debi Nova.
McKinney is a supporter of War Child (charity), GEM’s – Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, and Red Hot Organization (AIDS Awareness). As an appreciation of his support, he donates his work as a producer/songwriter/engineer. Doc McKinney has two children.
|Release Date||Album Title||Artist||Song Titles||Label|
|1995||Single||k-os||Rise Like The Sun||Independent|
|1998||Breath from Another||Esthero||All Songs||Work/Sony Music|
|2001||How I Do||RES||All Songs||MCA/Universal|
|2002||Red Hot and Riot||Kelis||So Be It
|2002||Instant Village||Raphael Saadiq||Tek 2
|2002||Sex Sells||Stiffed||Wathca Gonna Go
|2003||Lover, Fighter||Hawksley Workman||Smoke Baby||Isadora Records/Universal Records|
|2003||Peace Songs||k-os||Livin In A World Corrupt||Isadora Records/Universal Music|
|2004||Sacred Love||Sting (musician)
|Stolen Car (Remix)||Interscope Records/Universal Music|
|2005||Wikked Lil' Grrrls||Esthero||Wikked Lil Grrrls
If Tha Mood
Bad Boy Clyde
|2005||Burned Again||Stiffed (band)||Run||Outlook|
|2006||Utopia||Belinda (entertainer)||Contigo O Sin Ti||EMI/Televisa|
|2007||Buck The World||Young Buck
feat. Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
|Slow Ya Roll||G-Unit/Interscope Records/Universal Records|
|2008||Solid Gold Mixtape||Santigold||Guns of Brooklyn||Downtown Records/Universal Records|
|2008||Between The Beautifuls||Hawksley Workman||Prettier Face
|Isadora Records/Universal Records|
|2008||Los Manlicious||Hawksley Workman||Pretty Girls
In My Blood
Fatty Wants to Dance
|Isadora Records/Universal Records|
|2009||Call and Response||Maroon 5||Best That We Break (Remix)||Interscope Records/Universal Records|
|2009||Shame On Me||Amanda Blank||I Love You||Downtown Records/Universal Records|
|2009||Para Olvdarte De Mi||RBD||Camino Al Sol||EMI/Telivisa|
|2009||Girls Educational and Mentoring Services||Mary J. Blige and Sinéad O'Connor||This Is To Mother You||Independent|
|2010||Luna Nueva||Debi Nova||We Were Young
Don't Wanna Forget
|Decca Records/Universal Records|
|2010||Dreams of a Troubled Man||Trouble Andrew||Stop Me
|2010||Stray Bullets||Cee Lo Green||"Champain"||Mixtape|
|2011||House of Balloons||The Weeknd||Producer||Independent|
|2011||Take Care||Drake||"The Ride"||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic|
|2011||Shake It Out||Florence and The Machine||"Shake it Out" The Weeknd Remix||Island Records|
|2011||Free Download||The Weeknd||"Trust Issues" The Weeknd Remix||Independent|
|2012||TBD||Yadi||" Guillotine Remix"||Warner UK|
|2012||Trilogy||The Weeknd||Producer/Executive Producer||XO,Universal Republic|
|2014||Free Download||Spooky Black||"Reason"||Independent|
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- "SINEAD O’CONNOR and MARY J. BLIGE have joined forces along with newcomer and survivor, Martha B. for a remake of O’Connor’s 1996 song, "This is To Mother You" to bring awareness to the issues of the sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of American girls". Callandresponse.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
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