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December 1, 1977 |
Miami, Florida, United States
|Origin||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Genres||R&B, Hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, producer, singer, keyboardist|
|Labels||Team Idris, So So Def, Warner Chappell|
|Associated acts||R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Amerie, Sean Combs, Usher Raymond, Day26|
Bryan-Michael Cox (born December 1, 1977) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American songwriter and record producer, notable for his extensive work with multiple platinum-selling artists including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Toni Braxton. In 2009, Cox was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to music. Among his most notable productions are "Be Without You" for Mary J. Blige, "Burn", "Confessions" and "U Got It Bad" for Usher, and "Shake It Off", "I Stay In Love" and "You Don't Know What To Do" for Mariah Carey. During his career Cox has been responsible for over 100 million record sales, 35 number one hits, and 12 Grammy Award nominations (including 8 wins).
Cox also attained a Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive period of chart success (after spending over five years on the Billboard chart continuously), breaking the record previously held by The Beatles. After growing up in Houston, Texas (where Cox was good friends at high school with Beyoncé, often producing records for the members of Destiny's Child before they signed with Columbia Records), Cox relocated to Atlanta to pursue his professional music career and soon established a close working relationship with his frequent production partner Jermaine Dupri. Cox is widely regarded as one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful songwriters and producers in the history of contemporary R&B.
Cox began his career as an intern at Noontime Records (he was discovered by his manager Chris Hicks (Record Executive), who is a partner in Noontime, LLC.) in Atlanta, Georgia. He then went on to co-produce alongside his musical mentor Jermaine Dupri he has had 25 number one hits, 12 Grammy Award Nominations including seven wins, 20 top ten hits and eclipsed the record previously held by the Beatles for Billboard’s most consecutive number one hits.
Bryan's genetic fervor for music dates back to his mother’s love for all styles of music. And her own passion as an instrumentalist. Bryan's mother played the flute. Unbeknownst to Pamela Cox, with the birth of Bryan, her dreams would only be temporarily deferred. "My mom would buy music instead of food when I was little. We would spend her entire paycheck at the record store." Bryan-Michael (his given first name) would express his musical ambitions to his mother by the time he was 7 years old thereby allowing enough time to prepare him for his eventual enrollment in Houston's High School for the Performing Arts.
While at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Bryan would literally have a date with Destiny, when he met a Freshman during his Senior year named Beyoncé Knowles. "The first demo tape that I ever did was with Beyoncé", reminisces Bryan. Although the two wouldn’t reconnect until nearly 7 years later when Bryan produced a track on Destiny's Child’s Destiny Fulfilled it was the early confirmation from Matthew Knowles that prompted Bryan to blaze his tuneful path.
"Back then there was three choices if you wanted to be in the music industry, live in New York, LA, or Atlanta. I enrolled in Clark Atlanta University because although my Mom supported my dreams one hundred percent I had to go to college, so I chose Clark because I was just trying to get to Atlanta." Aptly branded "Black Hollywood" in the late nineties Atlanta was home to LaFace records whose roster read like a music industry walk of fame.
Fourteen years later, with dozens of music productions to his credit including explosive hits like Mariah Carey’s ‘Shake It Off” and "Don’t Forget About Us" along with youthful ballads like Chris Brown’s "Say Goodbye" and simultaneous releases by Usher, Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Day 26, Justin Bieber and Monica. Launching his professional career in 1998, Cox has watched the recording industry change over the years.
Cox is appropriately named one of Billboard's "Top 10 Producers of the Decade" and sits on Billboard's "Hot R&B Song of the Decade List", "Hot 100 Songs of the Decade List", "Top 200 Albums of the Decade List" and is a 2009 Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee.
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