Beau Dozier

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Beau Dozier
Birth name Beau Alexandrè Dozier
Born (1979-11-26) November 26, 1979 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, pop rock, dance-pop, electropop, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, songwriter, composer, television producer
Instruments Piano, drum kit, bass guitar, electronic keyboard
Years active 1986-present
Associated acts Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, Boyz II Men, Phillip Phillips

Beau Alexandrè Dozier (born November 26, 1979) is an American songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and television producer. Beau has worked with chart-topping artists of all genres including Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Priscilla Ahn, Boyz II Men,[1] The Backstreet Boys, Sir Cliff Richard, and Jennifer Lopez. Beau is best known for his work developing new Pop and R&B talent which led to his role as a producer on American Idol.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Beau was born in Los Angeles, California, and was introduced to music at a very young age. His father, Lamont Dozier, who is best known as a member of the Motown Writing and Production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland and mother, film executive Barbara Ullman,[2] encouraged Beau to follow his passion for music at a very young age. At the age of four Beau started playing the drums and composing music on the piano.

Early career[edit]

At the age of seven Beau co-wrote and composed the song “I Cry for You” for Ben E. King which appeared on the album “Save the Last Dance for Me”[3] and on Lamont Dozier’s album “Going Back to My Roots" (The Anthology).[4] In 1993 at the age of thirteen Beau, also known as Lil’ Beau in the hip-hop and DJ world, was signed by Irving Azoff to a record deal with Giant Records.[5] During his time on Giant Records he was featured as an artist and producer on records with west coast rappers Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Ice-T, King T and Tha Alkaholiks.[6] Beau was featured on Bad Azz’s records “Tha Last Time” and “Too Many Choices”.[7] He was also featured as an artist on C-Style Presents 19th Street LBC Compilation on a song he produced called “Paper Chase” as well as producing The 19 Street Records' “Straight Outta Cali" compilation [8] which featured Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, Jayo Felony, Tha Dogg Pound, MC Eiht, Crooked I, Bad Azz, Tray Deee, and the group The Dove Shack.

Producing and Artist Development[edit]

In 1999, Beau established Beautown Entertainment[9] and began developing artists in the pop music and r&b genre. He has written and produced records for artists including Christina Milian, The Backstreet Boys, B2K, Boyz To Men, Blaque, Tynisha Keli, Nivea, 3LW, Tiffany Evans, PYT, JC Chasez, Samantha Jade, and Nikki Flores.[10]

Beau composed and produced the single “Anything” for pop music artist Jojo[11] and “Lie About Us” for Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls. Beau also wrote and produced the number one single “Kryptonite” for Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.[12] Beau wrote Joss Stone’s single “Spoiled” and also produced two Gap Commercials featuring a cover of “Night Time is the Right Time” and an orchestra rendition of The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”.[13] He also produced the theme song for The Fantastic Four written by Pink.[14]

Beau also collaborated with Ron Fair on his act Prima J[15] and produced the Much Music Award-winning single for Girlicious.[16] Beau Co-wrote “Why Ask Why” for Vanessa Hudgens with Dr. Luke.[17] Beau also produced and co-wrote “Yesterday” for the Pussycat Dolls’ Ashley Roberts. Beau collaborated with the Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson on songs for British Pop singer Sir Cliff Richards’ album Soulicious.[18] Beau also produced the Disney Music Award-winning song, “Me and My Girls”, by Fifth Harmony.[19] He also produced a song for recording artist Nelly, called “I Wish I Didn’t Know”.

In 2011 American Idol hired on Beau to develop pop music artists for the show as Consulting Producer and currently holds this position. Beau also taught a class at USC[20] on music, creativity and technology.

Beau continues to work with chart topping artists and producers like Beyoncé,[21] Jennifer Lopez,[22] Jhené Aiko, Bonnie McKee, Dr. Luke, Nasri Atweh, Julian Bunetta, Fifth Harmony, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez.

Discography[edit]

Songwriter/Producer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/full-circle-mw0000217752/credits
  2. ^ http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Lamont%20Dozier.html
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Ben-E-King-Save-The-Last-Dance-For-Me/release/2399091
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Lamont-Dozier-Going-Back-To-My-Roots-The-Anthology/release/2372498
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/label/4533-Giant-Records
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/798765-Lil-Beau
  7. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/798765-Lil-Beau?noanv=1
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/216752-Beau-Dozier
  9. ^ http://www.usbizs.com/CA/Beverly_Hills/Beautown_Entertainment_3mbN.html
  10. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/beau-dozier-mn0000135063/credits
  11. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/216752-Beau-Dozier?filter_anv=1&anv=B.+Dozier
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/beautiful-life-just-as-i-am-mw0001761978/credits
  13. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/216752-Beau-Dozier?filter_anv=1&anv=B.+Dozier
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/fantastic-four-original-soundtrack-mw0000342931/credits
  15. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Prima-J-Prima-J/release/2446285
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/beau-dozier-mn0000135063/credits
  17. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/identified-mw0000789280/credits
  18. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/soulicious-mw0002218296/credits
  19. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/me-my-girls-mt0048926090
  20. ^ http://annenberg.usc.edu/Events/2007/071012_btwn_fatherson.aspx
  21. ^ http://www.undisclosd.com/uncategorized/kanye-west-beau-dozier-detail-to-produce-beyonce/
  22. ^ http://hamadamania.com/2014/04/30/jennifer-lopez-enlists-beau-dozier-for-new-album/