Adam Anders

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Adam Anders
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Background information
Birth name Adam Anders
Born (1975-10-10) October 10, 1975 (age 40)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop, rock, dance
Occupation(s) Record, Film and TV Producer
Labels Deep Well Records / Capitol Music Group
Associated acts Shane Harper, Glee, CeeLo Green, Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Tori Kelly, Selena Gomez, Backstreet Boys
Website andersmedia.com

Adam Anders (born October 10, 1975)[1][2] is a Swedish music producer who has sold more than 100 million albums and in recent years has become one of the most in-demand Executive Producers for music driven film and television. .[3]

In 2013, Adam was named No. 15 in Hollywood Reporter's Top 35 Hitmakers.[4] Anders' work has earned him four Grammy Award nominations,[5][6] and two People's Choice Awards.[7] As the Executive Music Producer for Glee, Anders' musical productions have helped put Glee on the iTunes Top Songs chart,[8] including original songs that he wrote, such as "Loser Like Me" (landing at number one) and "Get It Right" (at number two).[9]

Glee had at one time seven of the top ten tracks on the iTunes Top Song chart including the above two original songs at one and two respectively, the cast's versions of Pink's "Raise Your Glass" at number three, The Beatles' "Blackbird" at number five, Maroon 5's "Misery" at number six, and another original song, "Hell to the No", at number eight.[10] In May 2011, Glee had one of its biggest sales weeks to date with 986,000 downloads of tracks produced by Anders.[10]

Anders has a track record of writing and producing music for both established artists and up-and-comers including the Jonas Brothers,[3] Miley Cyrus,[11] Selena Gomez,[10] Backstreet Boys,[12] Clay Aiken[10] and many others. His music can also be heard on many major motion pictures and television shows including Disney’s High School Musical 3,[13] Hannah Montana,[13] Evan Almighty[14] and The Wedding Planner,[10] as well as the 2012 film Rock of Ages.[15]

Adam Anders launched Los Angeles-based record label, Deep Well Records in 2011.[2][16] The first artist signed to his label was singer/songwriter/actor Shane Harper, whose self-titled debut album was released on February 14, 2012[16] and included the Anders-produced first single entitled, "One Step Closer".[3]

In addition, he runs Anders Media, Inc., a production company that specializes in developing original music-driven content for major film studios and TV networks. Anders recently moved his label Deep Well Records to the Capitol Music Group, and is a consultant for Virgin Records. In October 2015, Anders co-produced “Hollow” by Tori Kelly, which was the featured single on her deluxe edition album, Unbreakable Smile. The song was co-written by several songwriters signed to the Anders-owned publishing company of the same brand, Deep Well Music Publishing. In 2016, Anders added film and TV producing credits as an executive producer for the US version of The Passion.[17] It aired on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 on FOX. Anders will also executive produce the soundtrack and act as producer for ABC's remake of Dirty Dancing.[18]

Early life[edit]

Adam Anders was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Both his parents were professional musicians, traveling and playing all over the world; often bringing their children with them wherever they went. This exposed Adam to a variety of musical and cultural differences at a very early age. Despite being classically trained Gospel performers, both his mother and father encouraged him to listen and take influences from all musical styles, from Rock 'n' Roll to Soul.

Anders formed his first band at the age of 10, together with his brother and sister and toured Europe with him playing bass. The family later moved to the US, moving around the West Coast. Due to all the traveling, Adam was homeschooled after 5th grade. Due to music being the core of his whole life, Anders became such a prominent bass player that the University of Southern Florida accepted him to the Jazz program at the early age of 13. They declared him a prodigy and he was allowed full credit for taking the college music classes.

After graduating at the age of 16, Anders decided to live with his brother in Nashville, Tennessee. He worked night shifts and played music during the day. After six months, he got a position as a bass player for the Christian Singer-Songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, allowing him to solemnly focus on music as a career. After remaining on several major tours, making money to buy more studio equipment, Anders felt that songwriting and producing gave greater satisfaction and decided to transition to studio work.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Adam Anders began his professional career primarily writing and producing songs for both established artists and up-and-comers. Anders co-wrote the Backstreet Boys hit "More Than That" [19] and Steven Curtis Chapman's "Nobody Ever." Anders then worked closely with Disney producing music for major motion pictures and television shows including Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2 , Hannah Montana [20] and Sonny With a Chance. During this time, he collaborated with pop-singers Jesse McCartney, Clay Aiken, Nick Lachey, Ashley Tisdale, and the Jonas Brothers.[3] In 2007 and 2008, Anders’ music could be heard in Disney’s High School Musical 3 and Universal’s Evan Almighty.[21]

Glee and other projects[edit]

Glee

In 2009, Anders began producing music for FOX's hit television show Glee.[22] Producing the popular Glee anthem “Don’t Stop Believin” was the first of many contributions to the show. One year later, Anders was made Executive Music Producer for the musical comedy television show. The producer penned Glee’s first two original songs, “Loser Like Me” and “Get It Right”. Throughout his time on the show, he wrote a total of seven original songs and produced all sixteen of the Glee albums. Glee had at one time seven of the top ten tracks on the iTunes Top Song chart including the above two original songs at one and two respectively, the cast's versions of Pink's "Raise Your Glass" at number three, The Beatles’ “Blackbird” at number five, Maroon 5's "Misery" at number six, and another original song, "Hell to the No", at number eight. In May 2011, Glee hit a sales week high with 986,000 downloads of tracks produced by Anders.

Other Projects

During his time on Glee, Anders also launched his Los Angeles-based record label, Deep Well Records.[23] The first artist signed to his label was singer/songwriter/actor Shane Harper, whose self-titled debut album was released on February 14, 2012 and included the Anders-produced first single entitled, "One Step Closer". In 2012, Anders produced music for motion pictures including New Year’s Eve and Rock of Ages,[24] as well as producing CeeLo Green’s album CeeLo’s Magic Moment, writing “All I Need is Love”.[25]

2014-present[edit]

Following his time on Glee, Anders moved onto working with FX’s horror television series American Horror Story.[26] In 2015, he was a music producer for the Disney movie, The Descendants.[27] The album went #1 on iTunes and included an original song by Anders and his team.

In addition, he runs Anders Media, Inc., a production company that specializes in developing original music-driven content for major film studios and TV networks. Anders recently moved his label Deep Well Records to the Capitol Music Group, and is a consultant for Virgin Records.

In October 2015, Anders co-produced “Hollow” by Tori Kelly, which was the featured single on her deluxe edition album, Unbreakable Smile. The song was co-written by several songwriters signed to the Anders-owned publishing company of the same brand, Deep Well Music Publishing.

Film and Television Production

In 2016, Anders executive produced and arranged music for The Passion (U.S.) on FOX, which aired on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016.[28] He is also set to produce ABC’s anticipated remake of Dirty Dancing starring Abigail Breslin, in addition to executive producing its soundtrack.[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2011 Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
2012 Glee: The Music, Volume 4 Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
2013 Rock of Ages (2012 film) Soundtrack Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
2014 Cee Lo's Magic Moment (with Cee Lo Green) Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Nominated

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2010 Glee Best Musical or Comedy Won
2011 Glee Best Musical or Comedy Won

ARIA Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2010 Wrapped Up Good (with The McClymonts) Best Country Album Won

People's Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2010 Glee Favorite New TV Comedy Won
2011 Glee Favorite TV Comedy Won

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Title Credit Year
The Passion Executive Producer 2016
Dirty Dancing Producer 2016


Discography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Title Producer / Writer / Performer Year
Rock of Ages Producer 2012
New Years Eve (New Line Cinema) "Auld Lang Syne" Producer 2012
Hannah Montana: The Movie (Disney) "Hoedown Throwdown" Writer/Producer 2012
The Young Victoria "Only You" Writer 2009
High School Musical 3 (Disney) "Can I Have This Dance" Writer/Producer 2008
Evan Almighty (Universal) "Be The Miracle" Producer 2007
The Wedding Planner (Columbia) "Adore You" Producer/Writer 2001
Rugrats in Paris (Paramount) "When You Love" Producer/Writer 2000

Movies for television[edit]

Title Producer / Writer / Performer Year
The Cheetah Girls: One World (Disney) "No Place Like Us" Producer/Writer 2008
Camp Rock (Disney) "2 Stars" Producer/Writer 2008
Princess (ABC Family) "Roots Before Branches" Producer/Writer 2008
Camp Rock 2 "Wouldn't Change A Thing" Producer/Writer 2010
Starstruck (Disney) "Hero" Producer/Writer 2010
Son of God (History) Producer/Writer 2014
Descendants (Disney) "If Only" Producer/Writer 2015
Dirty Dancing (ABC) Producer 2016

Television[edit]

Title Producer / Writer / Performer Year
Dawson's Creek "Any Lucky Penny" Producer 2004
Fashion House "Theme Song" Producer / Writer 2006
K-Ville "Theme Song" Producer / Writer 2007
Wedding Bells "Theme Song" Producer / Writer 2007
Back To You "Theme Song" Producer / Writer 2007
"Don't Stop Believin'" (Glee song) Producer[30] 2009
Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Producer[6] 2009
Glee: The Music, Volume 2 Producer[31] 2009
Disney's Friends for Change "Send It On (song)" Producer / Writer 2009
Hannah Montana Forever Producer / Writer 2010
Jonas Brothers Jonas (Disney) "Fall" Producer / Writer 2010
Jonas Brothers Jonas (Disney) "Invisible" Producer / Writer 2010
Demi Lovato "Sonny With a Chance Theme" Writer 2010
Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna Producer[30] 2010
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers Producer[31] 2010
Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals Producer 2010
Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show Producer 2010
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Producer 2010
Glee: The Music, Volume 4 Producer 2010
"Get It Right" (Glee song) Producer / Writer 2011
"Loser Like Me" (Glee song) Producer / Writer 2011
Glee: The Music, Volume 5 Producer 2011
Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers Producer 2011
"As Long As You're There" (Glee song) Producer / Writer 2011
"Pretending" (Glee song) Producer / Writer 2011
"Light Up the World" (Glee song) Producer / Writer 2011
Glee: The Music, Volume 6 Producer 2011
Extraordinary Merry Christmas (Glee song) Producer / Writer 2011
"Christmas Eve with You" (Glee song) Producer / Writer 2011
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Producer 2011
Glee: The Music, Volume 7 Producer 2011
Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album Producer 2012
Glee (TV Series) Producer 2009 - 2012
Glee Sings the Beatles Producer 2013
The Quarterback (Music From the TV Series) Producer 2013
Glee (TV Series) Executive Music Producer 2010 - 2014
American Horror Story “Edward Mordrake: Part 1” Producer 2014
American Horror Story “Edward Mordrake: Part 2” Producer 2014
American Horror Story “Pink Cupcakes” Producer 2014
American Horror Story “Bullseye” Producer 2014
American Horror Story "Blood Bath” Producer 2014
American Horror Story “Tupperware Party Massacre” Producer 2014
American Horror Story “Curtain Call” Producer 2015
The Passion Executive Producer 2016

Albums/songs[edit]

Artist Title Album Producer / Writer Year
Porcelain Black "Rock Angels" Mannequin Factory Writer[32] 2012
CeeLo Green "All I Need Is Love (feat. The Muppets)" CeeLo's Magic Moment Writer 2012
CeeLo Green - CeeLo's Magic Moment Album Producer[33] 2012
The McClymonts "If You're Going to Love Me" Wrapped Up Good Producer / Writer[34] 2011
Ashley Tisdale "Blame It on the Beat" - Producer / Writer 2009
Backstreet Boys "Unmistakable" Unbreakable Producer/Writer 2007
Ashley Tisdale "Don't Touch" Headstrong Producer / Writer 2007
Shannon Noll "Crashing Down" Turn It Up Writer 2007
"Is You"
The McClymonts "My Life Again" Chaos and Bright Lights Album Producer 2007
"Favorite Boyfriend of the Year"
"Til' You Love Me"
"Save Yourself"
Kimberley Locke "Any Which Way'" Based on a True Story Producer / Writer 2007
Nick Lachey "Don't Shut Me Out" What's Left of Me Producer / Writer[35] 2006
"Did I Ever Tell You"
Clay Aiken "Here You Come Again" A Thousand Different Ways Producer[35] 2006
"Everytime You Go Away"
CeCe Winans "Purified'" Pray Producer / Remixer[35] 2005
Jesse McCartney "Without You" Beautiful Soul Writer[35] 2004
Billy Crawford "Trackin'" Ride Writer 2002
Ace of Base "Unspeakable'" Da Capo Writer 2002
CeCe Winans "CeCe Winans'" For Love Alone Producer / Writer[35] 2001
Backstreet Boys "More Than That" Black & Blue Writer[36] 2000
The Hits, Chapter 1
Steven Curtis Chapman "Nobody Ever" Jesus (Soundtrack) Producer 2000
Steven Curtis Chapman "Next Five Minutes'" Speechless Producer / Writer[36] 1999


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