Don Vito (producer)

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Don Vito
Birth name Rodney Richard
Born (1978-07-09) July 9, 1978 (age 36)
Gary, Indiana, US
Genres Hip Hop, Pop, R&B,
Occupations Record Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Engineer, Video Producer, Director, Entrepreneur and Television Personality.
Years active 2000–present
Labels Don Vito Productions
Associated acts Cherish, Ciara, Bow Wow, Nelly, Gorilla Zoe , Yung Joc , Mýa , Blu Cantrell, Kim Zolciak, Kandi Burruss, Rico Love, Jazze Pha, Tricky Stewart, Dream, Ester Dean
Website www.donvitoproductions.com

Rodney "Don Vito" Richard (born July 9, 1978) is a record producer, songwriter, composer, engineer, video producer, director, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is best known as the producer who collaborates with Kandi Burruss on projects portrayed on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, including Kim Zolciak’s breakout single “Tardy for the Party”, as a judge on The Kandi Factory airing on Bravo, and as executive producer for Kandi Burruss' weekly webisode series Kandi Koated Nights.

Personal life[edit]

Don Vito was born on July 9, 1968, in Gary, Indiana to Louis and Juanita Richard. While in high school, he learned the art of DJing and would perform at school dances and local house parties. After being discharged from the Marine Corps, Vito moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

On August 21, 2013, it was reported that Don Vito and his girlfriend, LaTavia Roberson, formerly of Destiny's Child, welcomed a baby girl named Lyric. [1] [2]

Music career[edit]

Vito was introduced to record producer, DJ Cooley C, who gave him the opportunity to work with hip hop artist, Ghetto Mafia and Kilo. Later, he met Ian Burke who introduced him to female rapper Solé, signed to RedZone Entertainment. Tricky Stewart signed him to Redzone, working with artists such as Solé, Mýa, and Blu Cantrell. Less than four years later, Don Vito ventured out with the R&B group, Cherish.

In 2005, Don Vito launched Don Vito Productions, a music & video production company.

Discography[edit]

Credits[edit]

Artist Album Year Credits
Karmin Hello 2012 Producer
Nelly 5.0 2010 Producer, Programming
Nelly 5.0 Deluxe Edition 2010 Producer, Programming
Nelly 5.0 Deluxe Edition (Clean) 2010 Producer, Programming
Ciara Fantasy Ride 2009 Producer
Ciara Fantasy Ride Deluxe Edition 2009 Producer, Audio Production
Gorilla Zoe Don't Feed Da Animals 2009 Producer
Pleasure P The Introduction of Marcus Cooper 2009 Producer, Audio Production
Pleasure P The Introduction of Marcus Cooper (Clean) 2009 Producer, Audio Production
Pleasure P The Introduction of Marcus Cooper (Japan Bonus Track) 2009 Producer, Audio Production
Hurricane Chris Unleashed 2009 Producer
Hurricane Chris Unleashed (Clean) 2009 Producer
Rasheeda Certified Hot Chick 2009 Producer
Karina First Love 2008 Producer, Audio Producer
Cherish Truth 2008 2008
Cherish Truth (Japan Bonus Tracks) 2008 2008
Various Artist Total Club Hits, Vol.2 2008 Producer
Bow Wow & Omarion Face Off 2007 Producer, Audio Production
Bow Wow & Omarion Face Off (CD/DVD) 2007 Producer, Audio Production
Bow Wow & Omarion Face Off (Japan Bonus Tracks) 2007 Producer
Rasheeda Dat Type of Gurl 2007 Producer
Yung Joc Hustlenomics 2007 Audio Production
Yung Joc Hustlenomics (Clean) 2007 Producer, Audio Production
Yung Joc Hustlenomics (Bonus MVI Clean) 2007 Producer
Various Artist Def Jam Sessions, Vol. 1 2007 Composer, Producer
Edubb Don't Flex 2006 Producer
Edubb Don't Flex (Clean) 2006 Producer
Don Vito Don Vito Presents: Crunk and Famous 2006 Executive Producer
Cherish Unappreciated 2006 Producer, Mixing, Audio Production
Young Quon Doin It...Movin' 2006 Producer
Various Artist Young, Fly & Flashy, Vol. 1 2005 Producer, Engineer
Various Artist Young, Fly & Flashy, Vol. 1 (Clean) 2005 Producer, Engineer
Nasty Nardo Can't Stop Ballin 2004 Composer
Mýa Moodring 2003 Producer
Mýa Moodring (UK Bonus Tracks) 2003 Producer
Blu Cantrell Bittersweet (Clean Bonus DVD) 2003 Producer, Drum Programming
Gangsta Boo Enquiring Minds, Vol. 2: The Soap Opera 2003 Producer
Gangsta Boo Enquiring Minds, Vol. 2: The Soap Opera (Clean) 2003 Producer
Psy2ko & Mic L Moodswing Blood is Thicker Than Water 2002 Producer
Original Soundtrack Bad Company (Original Soundtrack) 2002 Producer
Blu Cantrell So Blu 2001 Keyboards, Programming
Original Soundtrack Da New Dirty 2002 Producer

Singles[edit]

Artist Single Year Credits
Matthew Soloman Take That 2012 Producer
Kim Zolciak Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding (Theme Song) 2012 Producer
Beanie Sigel Dolla Signs f/ 8ball & MJG 2012 Producer
Lloyd The One 2011 Producer
One Chance Want It 2011 Producer
Soul Train Awards Red Carpet Theme Music 2010 Original Music
Twista Bad Girl f/ Lloyd 2010 Producer
Young Berg Gettin' to the Money f/ Lil Wayne 2009 Producer
Kim Zolciak Tardy for the Party 2009 Producer
Lil Scrappy Stand Up Like a Man f/ Lil Wayne 2008 Producer
Cherish Killa 2008 Producer
Yung Joc Coffee Shop 2007 Producer
Bobby V. Anonymous f/ Timbaland 2007 Producer
Cherish Do It to It 2006 Producer, Mixing
Twista Ain't It Man 2004 Producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2010, BMI, Nomination Special Background Performance Cue

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) Songwriters & Composers
  2. Meet Superstar Producer Don Vito, Freddyo.com
  3. Real Housewife of Atlanta Kim Zolciak Being Sued By Music Producer, Radaronline.com
  4. Cast of Kandi Koated Nights, Straigftfromthea.com
  5. Yung Joc Album Review, XXL, xxlmag.com
  6. The One, Hip Hop MVP.com
  7. Soundcheck, Soultrain.com
  8. A&R, Learnthemusicindustry.com
  9. Don Vito Celebrity Judge, BET's 106 & Park
  10. The Kandi Factory is Worth Visiting, Kandi Factory

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