Ric Wake

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Ric Wake (born London, England) is an Anglo-American record producer who has won four Grammy Awards and two Oscar Awards. During his tenure as staff producer with Sony Music Entertainment he has worked with large vocalists such as Whitney Houston, Lucero (entertainer), Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Anastacia, Barry Manilow, and Marc Anthony. He has worked with Greek composer Yanni to help produce Yanni Voices.[1]

Ric Wake presides over a vast musical empire - one that encompasses The W&R Group, a thriving production company; Notation Music, a publishing division which oversees the work of 30 songwriters whose successes include covers by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Celine Dion; and two state-of-the-art recording studios.

Ric has been a highly successful producer since the late 80's, when he first joined forces with newcomer Taylor Dayne and masterminded a string of Top 10 and number one hits including "Tell It To My Heart," "I'll Always Love You" and "Love Will Lead You Back." Among the lengthy list of projects that Ric has been involved with are Mariah Carey's #1 pop single "Someday" (from her Grammy-winning debut), and both the production and remix on the last four multi-platinum Celine Dion CDs, that include "Let's Talk About Love" and the Grammy Award winner "Falling Into You".

Ric's work on Jennifer Lopez's multi-platinum debut "On the 6" earned him a Grammy nomination in the "Best Dance Song" category for the Top-10 hit "Waiting For Tonight." Their collaboration proved successful again when the song "Love Don't Cost A Thing," produced by Ric, topped the charts in the U.S. and abroad. The single's amazing strength helped Jennifer's sophomore album "J-Lo" enter the charts at #1 in 16 countries, including the United States.

Ric scored his second Grammy Award for "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album" for producing the multi-platinum selling soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning Miramax film CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL. Ric traveled to London, Canada and even Romania to record with the actors (Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly), many of who were first-time singers.

More recently, Ric produced work that appeared in the soundtracks for ELLA ENCHANTED and SHALL WE DANCE. Currently, he can be found in the studio working with artists Ginuwine, Marc Anthony and Anastacia.

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  1. ^ a b "Mallika Sherawat asked by Ric Wake and Yanni to perform at a concert," found at Yahoo Movies and The Indian.com portal. Both accessed January 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Celine Dion official website. Accessed January 30, 2010.

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