Kevin Kadish

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Kevin Kadish
Kevin Kadish pictured in a recording studio
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop, rock, R&B, dance, Christian, country
Occupations Songwriter, producer, sound engineer, instrumentalist

Kevin Kadish is an American Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, producer, sound engineer, and instrumentalist who has participated in the production of many commercially successful American recordings. He co-wrote and produced the 2014 platinum single "All About That Bass" for Meghan Trainor which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kadish began playing guitar at the age of 13. After graduating high school, Kadish attended The Berklee College of Music and studied Film Scoring. In 1991, Kadish transferred from Berklee to the University of Maryland, College Park where he designed his own major, Music Management, through the Individual Studies Department. He graduated in 1993 with a B.S. in Music Management.[1]


Throughout the mid-1990s, Kadish toured the East Coast as a solo, acoustic artist, opening for Hall & Oates, Vertical Horizon, Dave Mathews Band, Jeff Beck, SR-71, Marcy Playground, Everything, and others.

In 1998, Kadish signed a development deal with Republic Records as a solo recording artist. He recorded with the producer Steve Addabbo in NYC's Shelter Island Sound, but no album was ever released[2]

In 2000, Kadish met record producer Matt Serletic who signed him as his "staff-writer" to Serletic's co-venture with Warner/Chappell Music. While under the wing of Serletic, Kadish co-wrote "Be There For You" and "Don't Fade Away" on Willie Nelson's album The Great Divide. He also co-wrote the songs "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" and "Stuck" for pop singer Stacie Orrico which appeared in the television shows The Simple Life and That's So Raven, as well as the film Robots. These two hits have been featured on several compilations which have sold nearly 11 million copies, cumulatively. In 2005, Kadish received an ASCAP Christian Music Award for Stacie Orrico's "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life" for being one of the most played songs on Christian radio.

Also in 2005, Kadish collaborated with singer/songwriter Jason Mraz on his sophomore effort, Mr. A-Z, producing and writing both singles ("Wordplay" and "Geek in the pink.") For his work on this record, Kadish was nominated for Best Engineered Album at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2005.

In 2006, Kadish received the SOCAN award for his No.1 "Flawed Design" by Stabilo. In 2007, the song also received the SOCAN award for greatest number of plays on Canadian radio in 2006.

In 2012, Kevin co-wrote and produced "Crazy For You" for Ross Lynch, "Rooftops" for American Idol winner Kris Allen, and co-wrote and produced "Crank it Up" for Colt Ford.

In 2014, he co-wrote "Two Hands Up" and "Favorite Song" on O.A.R.'s "The Rockville LP", as well as "Fire" and "Country Road" on the upcoming Canaan Smith record. He also produced (and co-wrote 8 of the 14 songs) on the upcoming second album for Minneapolis based rock band, New Medicine, entitled "Breaking The Model".

Kadish is currently producing the debut album from Epic Recording artist, Meghan Trainor. He helped develop her sound by co-writing and producing the song that got Meghan signed, entitled, "All About That Bass" which was released as Trainor's 1st single in June 2014.

Other songwriting credits include work with and for Miley Cyrus (Hollywood), Michelle Branch (Warner Bros.), Meat Loaf (Mercury), Taylor Hicks (Arista), Joe Jonas (Hollywood), Skillet (Lava/Atlantic), BC Jean (J Records), Gloriana (Emblem/WB), Ryan Star (Atlantic), Tal Bachman (Sony), Bif Naked (Lava/Atlantic), Lucy Woodward (Atlantic), Evan Taubenfeld (Sire/WB), Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), Steve Perry, JC Chasez, Kris Allen (Jive Records), Billy Currington (Mercury Nashville Records), the JaneDear girls (Warner Brothers Nashville/Reprise), New Medicine (PhotoFinish/Atlantic Records), The Constellations (Virgin Records), Canaan Smith (Universal Nashville), Cleveland Jones (Big 3 Records).



Notable collaborations[edit]

Kadish collaborates with the following songwriters

Past projects[edit]

Kadish co-wrote and produced "Rich Kids" for the band New Medicine's debut album Race You to the Bottom, released September 28, 2010 on PhotoFinish/Atlantic.

He contributed acoustic guitars and backing vocals, and co-wrote the Miley Cyrus song "Two More Lonely People" for her album Can't Be Tamed.

He also co-wrote "Narcissistic Boiz" on the upcoming J Records release from artist BC Jean.

Kadish's wife, Brandon Jane, is one-half of the duo Coldwater Jane. Kadish co-wrote and produced songs on their album Marionette.[4]

Recently, he co-wrote and produced the song "Try Try Try" for Universal Germany artist Michael Squire. Kadish co-wrote this song with Jason Mraz for the album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., but it was not used on Mraz's album. "Try Try Try" was the first single from Squire's upcoming debut album Your Love Grows in the Sunshine. Kadish also produced the follow-up single for Squire, "Gimme Feeling".


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