Ron Fair

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Ron Fair is a veteran A&R executive, record producer arranger, recording engineer and songwriter. In a career that has spanned over 30 years at major record labels he has produced and arranged hits for several artists, but he is best known as a "guru/mentor", guiding the careers of unknown artists and turning them into superstars. Among the artists he has mentored are Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton, Keyshia Cole, The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie, and the Pussycat Dolls.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ron was born in Los Angeles.[3] The environment in which he grew had a major impact on his eventual career direction, saying in an interview with HitQuarters, "My grandfather was a broadcaster who had built a remote facility for the purpose of producing a daily radio broadcast. Ever since I was two years old I was around microphones and consoles."[4] During his childhood Fair was actively encouraged to pursue this career path, receiving various music tuition and being encouraged to take on the job training in multi-track recording.[4] By the time he was 17-years-old he was, in his words, "Very skilled with microphone technique and able to make a pretty convincing sounding recording."[4]

Fair taught "recording production" at the University of Sound Arts[5] in Hollywood while at the same time developing a reputation as a motion picture musical soundtrack coordinator, with the multi-platinum successes of Pretty Woman and Reality Bites.[6] In addition, during the early 1980s Fair worked as a recording engineer on such projects as the Slayer album Hell Awaits.[7]

A&R career[edit]

Fair most recently held the position of Chairman at Geffen Records.[1] Prior to running Geffen Records, Fair was President of A&M Records for five years, and held senior A & R positions at RCA Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Records, and Island Records-London.[2]

During his career, Fair has produced multiple number one singles on the pop and R&B charts, including “Lady Marmalade” (Christina, Pink, Mýa, Lil' Kim), “Be Without You” (Mary J. Blige), “One” (Mary J. Blige & U2), “Big Yellow Taxi” (Counting Crows), “A Thousand Miles” (Vanessa Carlton), and “Where Is the Love?” (Black Eyed Peas). He was also the executive producer of “Beautiful” (Christina Aguilera), “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (Fergie), “Let’s Get It Started” (Black Eyed Peas), and many other hits. He was nominated for 6 Grammy awards and his recordings have won several Grammy awards, including those of Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah.[1][2][8][9][10]

In 2009, Fair engineered Lady Gaga's single “Speechless,” from her platinum album The Fame Monster.[11] That year he also collaborated with Indian film composer A.R. Rahman to produce an English version of "Jai Ho", the hit song from the film Slumdog Millionaire.[12] Currently, Fair is set to produce UK artist Matt Goss’ new album.[13]

In 2013, Fair was named the new Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of Virgin Records. In his current position, he is in charge of rebuilding the recently struggling label.[14][15]

Fair is a celebrity judge on the Canadian television talent program Cover Me Canada.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Ron Fair married singer-songwriter Stefanie Ridel a member of the teen girl group Wild Orchid on September 4, 2001.[17] They have three children together. Fair enjoys gardening and has notably climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.[2]

Discography[edit]

Notable Productions[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television

Year Film[18] Role Notes
2005 UK Music Hall of Fame: Biggest Selling Artists of the 21st Century Himself TV Documentary
2007 Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll Judge TV Series
2007 The Pussycat Dolls: Live from Manchester Evening News Arena Executive Producer Video
2008 Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious Judge and Executive Producer(6 episodes) TV Series
2008 E! True Hollywood Story Himself TV Series Documentary Ep: Pussycat Dolls
2008 Fox Reality Really Awards Himself TV Series Documentary
2010 American Idol Himself TV Series - Episode: "Idol Gives Back/Top Seven Results"
2011 Inside: El DeBarge Executive Producer TV Movie
2011 Living in La La Land[1] Judge TV Series
2011 Cover Me Canada[1] Judge TV Series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Karen Bliss (13 September 2011). "REx-Geffen Chairman Ron Fair on Judging 'Cover Me Canada' TV Show". Billboard.biz. Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "117th AES CONVENTION BIOGRAPHY OF RON FAIR". Audio Engineering Society. 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Shane Bailey. "Ron Fair". Bmusic.com.au. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b c "Interview With Ron Fair". HitQuarters. 19 Jun 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Sleaze Roxx
  6. ^ RON FAIR, Doug Minnick, Bmusic.com.au, undated.
  7. ^ Hell Awaits, Chapters.Indigo.ca, (retrieved September 13, 2011)
  8. ^ "ACCLAIMED PRODUCER, MUSICIAN AND LABEL EXECUTIVE RON FAIR PROMOTED TO CHAIRMAN OF GEFFEN RECORDS". Universal Music Group. 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Dale Kawashima. "Special Interview with Jim Vellutato, Vice President of A&R at Sony/ATV Music Publishing". SongWriter Universe. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Black Eyed Peas, The* – Let's Get It Started". Discogs. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Hiatt, Brian (2009-10-21). "Inside The Monster Ball: Lady Gaga Reveals Plans for Ambitious New Tour". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). 
  12. ^ Smith, Ethan (February 27, 2009). "'Slumdog' Remix: The Oscar-winning song 'Jai Ho' is reworked with help from a Pussycat Doll". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  13. ^ Ray (25 May 2011). "New Matt Goss Album to be Produced by Ron Fair". mattgoss.la. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Aswad, Jem. "Ron Fair Named Chief Creative Officer, EVP of Virgin Records". news. holywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  15. ^ "RON FAIR NAMED CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER/EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, VIRGIN RECORDS". corporate press release. universalmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  16. ^ Cover Me Canada, cbc.ca, (retrieved November 8, 2011)
  17. ^ "The Most Up to Date Information on Wild Orchard". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Ron Fair IMDB". 

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