Brian Kennedy (record producer)

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Brian Kennedy
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Background information
Birth nameBrian Kennedy Seals
Born (1983-08-08) August 8, 1983 (age 35)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
GenresPop, Country, R&B, Hip Hop
Occupation(s)Producer, Musician, Songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, Keytar
Years active2001–present
Associated actsChris Brown, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Hudson, Jesse McCartney, Rihanna, Fantasia Barrino, Polow Da Don, Marié Digby, CeeLo Green

Brian Kennedy is an American songwriter, record producer and musician from Kansas City, Missouri.[1] In 2006 he was credited with featured production on singer Ciara's album Ciara: The Evolution. Some well known artists he has worked with include Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Ceelo Green, Backstreet Boys, Jamie Foxx, Nelly, and Natasha Bedingfield. Kennedy has also collaborated with major songwriters including David Foster, James Fauntleroy and Diane Warren.

Kennedy is best known for his work on "Disturbia", recorded by Rihanna for her "Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded" album and "Forever", the 2nd song released by Chris Brown from his "Exclusive: The Forever Edition" album. He earned a Grammy Award in 2009 for his contribution to Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut album, which took home honors as Best R&B Album. The song "If This Isn't Love" garnered an ASCAP win for him as well.

He is a graduate of Paseo Academy of Performing Arts and an alumnus of the Kansas City Boys Choir in Kansas City, MO. He now resides in Southern California and is the founder and owner of Kennedy Compound Recording Studios.[2]

Early life[edit]

Brian Kennedy was born August 8, 1983 in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the fourth of five children to Charles and Beverly Seals (née Davis). At an early age, he developed an appreciation for the piano. He began taking formal classical piano lessons at age six.

Kennedy attended the Paseo Academy school of performing arts with a major in music from 1998–2002.[3]

Production / Songwriter Credits[edit]


CiaraCiara: The Evolution
  • 08. "My Love" (co-produced by Ciara Harris, Antwoine Collins)
Mario VazquezMario Vazquez
  • 11. "How We Do It" (co-produced by The Underdogs & Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins)


  • 15. "Fall"
  • 17. "Locket (Locked in Love)" [bonus track]
Chris BrownExclusive: The Forever Edition
Noel GourdinAfter My Time
  • 08. "I Fell"
Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson
Jesse McCartneyDeparture
New Kids on the BlockThe Block
  • 11. "Lights, Camera, Action" (co-produced with Polow da Don)
RihannaGood Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded


Corbin BleuSpeed of Light
  • 01. "Speed of Light"
  • 02. "Paralyzed"
  • 04. "Fear of Flying"
  • 06. "Rock 2 It"
  • 09. "My Everything"
  • 06. "Obsessed"
  • 02. "Control"
Backstreet BoysThis Is Us
  • 08. "Masquerade"
Chris BrownGraffiti
  • 09. "Pass Out" (featuring Eva Simons)
  • 13. "I'll Go"
Lee CharmTBA
  • 01. "D.E.T.O.X"
Marié DigbyBreathing Underwater
  • 02. "Avalanche"
  • 03. "Breathing Underwater"
  • 04. "Should've Been Simple"
  • 07. "Come Find Me"
  • 09. "Machine"
  • 10. "Overboard"
  • 12. "Come to Life"
Kid SisterUltraviolet
RihannaRated R
WestlifeWhere We Are
  • 07. "The Difference"
Alexandra BurkeOvercome
  • 12. "They Don't Know"


Jessica MauboyGet 'Em Girls


  • 4. "Nobody's Singin' to Me"


Chris BrownF.A.M.E.
  • 12. "Should've Kissed You"
Joe JonasFastlife
Pia ToscanoTBD
Kelly ClarksonStronger


Jeffree StarVirginity
  • 03. "Best. Night. Ever."
Chris BrownFortune
  • 10. "Stuck on Stupid"
  • 12. "Party Hard / Cardillac (Interlude) (feat. Sevyn)"
  • 13. "Don't Wake Me Up"
  • 12. "Get It Over With"


Teyana Taylor VII

  • 11. "Business"


CeeLo Green Heart Blanche

  • 13. "Smells Like Fire"

The Internet Ego Death

  • 10. "Partners In Crime Part Three"


Rihanna Anti

  • 13. "Close To You"

Fantasia No Time For It



  • "Believer" (featuring CeeLo Green)


Seeb - Nice To Meet You

  • 3. "Nice To Meet You" (featuring Goodito Frito)

Daughtry - Cage to Rattle

  • 8. "Gravity"

Exo - Don't Mess Up My Tempo

  • 9. "Smile On My Face"

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson Best R&B Album Won
2009 Rihanna - Disturbia Best Dance Recording Nominated
2011 Chris Brown - F.A.M.E Best R&B Album Won
2012 Rihanna - Unapologetic Best Urban Contemporary Album Won
2012 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger Best Pop Vocal Album Won

Ascap Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Rihanna - Disturbia Among the most performed songs of 2008 Won
2009 Chris Brown - Forever Among the most performed songs of 2008 Won
2010 Jennifer Hudson - If This Isn't Love Among the songs that reached the top of the R&B and Hip Hop Charts in 2009 Won
2013 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up Among the most performed songs of 2012 Won
2013 Kelly Clarkson - Mr. Know It All Among the most performed songs of 2012 Won

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A w/ Brian Kennedy - Wheat City Magazine". Wheat City Magazine. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  2. ^ "Kennedy Compound". Kennedy Compound. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  3. ^ "Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts @ 4747 Flora Ave - Kansas City, MO 64110 - Places to Go in Kansas City". Retrieved 2015-12-07.

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