He has produced more than 23 number one singles in the UK and had several multi-million selling albums worldwide. Amongst the artists he has written and produced for are Il Divo, Westlife, Susan Boyle, One Direction, INNA, Ronan Keating, The Saturdays, JLS, James Blunt,"Moon Landing".</ref> Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Kate Winslet, Clay Aiken, The Wanted and Cobra Starship.
Early life and education
Mac began learning to play the piano at the age of eight. His interest in music as a career however, did not begin until he apprenticed with producer Nigel Wright. This was in his dad's studio, at publishing company Skratch Music. He also was encouraged to pursue a career as a record producer after joining a school band that needed a keyboard player. Although the band didn't take off, this experience cemented his decision to become a producer and songwriter. Mac cites his early production influences as David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, Clivillés and Cole.
After a year of working as a tape operator, Mac managed to persuade Nigel Wright to let him 'have a go' at making records on his own. The first track he produced was Chad Jackson's "Hear the Drummer (Get Wicked)" which peaked at number 3 in 1990. A short time afterwards he also co-created the track '(I Wanna Give You) Devotion', a song which he credits as his first ever composition. The track went on to be released in its own right under the name Nomad and reached number three in the UK charts.
Mac has received three BMI USA Writers awards, won MMF Producer Of The Year and also Record Of The Year three times. In 2009, Mac was nominated for Producer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards. He also won a 2010 Brit Award in the Best Single Category for JLS 'Beat Again" and been nominated for the 2011 Brit Best Single Award for The Wanted 'All Time Low' and also 2012 for The Wanted 'Glad You Came'. In 2012, he received the ASCAP Song of The Year award for 'You Make Me Feel' by Cobra Starship.
Other artists he has worked with include Toni Braxton, O-Town, Gareth Gates, Atomic Kitten, Boyzone, Ruben Studdard, 5ive, Samantha Mumba, Damage, Vanessa Amorosi, Trace Adkins and The Saturdays.
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