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Bunny Hull

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Bunny Hull
Hull in 2017
Hull in 2017
Background information
Birth nameJeri Keever Hull
Born (1951-10-09) October 9, 1951 (age 72)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
  • Songwriter
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Vocalist
  • Lyricist
  • Producer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Film Director
  • Author
  • Humanitarian
  • Vocals
  • Keyboards
  • Percussion
  • Ukulele
Years active1975–present

Jeri Keever "Bunny" Hull (born October 9, 1951) is an American songwriter, musician, and author. Her catalog includes music, film and television projects.[1] She is a recipient of 20 Gold and Platinum Certifications, a Grammy Award and two nominations,[2] an Emmy nomination,[3] a GMA Dove Award, a BMI Performance Award, and multiple Parents' Choice Awards.[4] In 2021, Hull was inducted into the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame.[5]

Early life[edit]

Hull studied piano, dance, and trained as a pianist from the age of 7 with Muriel Adler[6] and Hal Stesch.[7] She trained as a dancer with Christina Carson of Sadler Wells Ballet and began writing music at age 15 in Las Vegas. Hull performed in Las Vegas stage shows with Gene Kelly, Jimmy Durante, Sergio Franchi, and Dick Jensen.

Her first professional recordings as a vocalist were on Mason's 1979 Groovin’ You album,[8] and a duet written and sung with violinist, orchestra leader, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Charles Veal Jr.[9][10]

Hull's work as a songwriter and backing vocalist gained momentum during this period, including tours to Japan with Christopher Cross and the East Coast with Boz Scaggs.

Music career[edit]

Hull has worked with a broad range of top-tier recording artists in different genres, including Anita Baker,[11] Angela Bofill, Peabo Bryson, Christopher Cross, George Duke, Michael Franks, Thelma Houston, Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, The Judds, Wynonna Judd, KC & the Sunshine Band, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Ricky Martin, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Bob Welch, Quincy Jones, and Vanessa Williams.[12]

The song Breakdance was co-written by Hull with Giorgio Moroder and Irene Cara in 1983 for Cara's What a Feelin' album. It was released as a single and reached #8 on the Billboard pop chart, #13 on the US dance chart, and #23 on the US R&B chart in 1984.

Hull co-wrote the Patti Labelle song New Attitude[13] with Sharon Robinson and Jon Gilutin in 1984.[14] The song was included on the soundtrack for the 1984 Paramount film Beverly Hills Cop. It won a Grammy Award for Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards. A cover version of the song, produced by Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudakoff, was released as a single by Patti LaBelle in December 1984 and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1986.

In 1992, the song, Ready For A Miracle, was composed by Hull and Art Reynolds, was originally recorded by Patti LaBelle and Edwin Hawkins for the Leap of Faith film soundtrack and recorded by LeAnn Rimes for the 2007 Evan Almighty film soundtrack. Rimes' version of the song won a GMA Dove Award at the 39th Annual Dove Awards for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year in 2008.

In 1995, Hull composed and arranged music with Brenda Russell for the song Let Somebody Know on Diana Ross' Take Me Higher album. She also contributed keyboard programming, keyboards, vocal arrangement, and backing vocals.[15]

Additional music credits[edit]

Partial list:

Solo projects[edit]

Truth and Tenderness, an album of 10 original songs by Hull, was released on vinyl LP through the Sampony record label in South Korea on November 12, 1991. It includes backing vocals by Thelma Houston. The album was released on CD through the Pony Canyon record label (aka P.C.H, or Pacific Coast Highway) the same year.[20]

Children's books and CD's[edit]

Hull is the founder of the publishing imprint Young Masters Little Wisdom in 2009. Its Dream A World website include hardbound books, Kids Creative Classics activity kits illustrated by Synthia Saint James, and Young Masters Little Wisdom books illustrated by Kye Fleming. The series is designed for students from 3 to 6 years of age and is a foundation for curriculum development currently used in public schools, private schools, and Montessori Schools.[21][22]

Young Masters Little Wisdom: Secrets Of The Heart is part of the series and is a recipient of the 2008 Parents’ Choice Recommended Award.

Film and television[edit]

Hull's film credits include:

Her television credits include work for NBC, PBS, ABC, CBS, cable networks and programs such as The Today Show, The Nanny, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Charmed, Sesame Street, and The Simpsons.

Documentary Film: The Ripple Effect[edit]

Hull directed a documentary short film about Dream A World Education's mission in 2017, entitled The Ripple Effect,[24] the film was co-produced with Cinema Verde Productions, Inc. in 2018. It won a Global Impact Film Festival award for Best Sound Design that year[25] and was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Independent Programming category of the 71st Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards in July, 2019.[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Grammy Award: Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special. Song: New Attitude. Bunny Hull, songwriter. Film: Beverly Hills Cop – 1984
  • Grammy Nomination: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance New Attitude – 1986
  • GMA Dove Award: Traditional Recorded Gospel Song of the Year. Song: Ready For A Miracle – 2007
  • Emmy Nomination: Independent Programming category in the 71st Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. Film: The Ripple Effect – 2019


  1. ^ "Bunny Hull music credits 1976-2017". AllMusic. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Bunny Hull Grammy Wins and Nominations". Official Grammy Awards website. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "71st Los Angeles Area Emmy Nominations". Emmys.com. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Friendship Seed, Spring 2008, Audio Book". Parents' Choice Children's Media & Toy Reviews. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Diop, Arimeta (June 29, 2021). "The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame Has Honored Its First Class of Inductees". Vanity Fair.
  6. ^ "Muriel Adler Obituary - Las Vegas, NV". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "Las Vegas composer Hal Stesch, 54, dies". Las Vegas Sun Newspaper. January 2, 1998. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Meet Bunny Hull - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide".
  9. ^ "Charles Veal Jr. - Discography & Songs". Discogs. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "A celebration of the life of Charles Veal, Jr". The Final Call. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  11. ^ Dodd, Peter; Cawthorne, Justin; Barrett, Chris; Auty, Dan (May 15, 2018). 100 Best-selling Albums of the 80s. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781684125005.
  12. ^ LYNNE HEFFLEY (July 4, 2002). "Peace in Our Land' Package Celebrates a World of Difference". Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ "Billboard". June 15, 2002.
  14. ^ "New Attitude - Patti LaBelle, Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "Take Me Higher - Dianna Ross, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "Thriller - Michael Jackson, credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "Karyn White - Karyn White, credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  18. ^ "Blue Pacific - Michael Franks, credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  19. ^ "Charmed Life - Billy Idol, credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Truth and Tenderness". Discogs Music Database. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "Interview: Bunny Hull, Author of Young Masters' Little Wisdom Series and Grammy-Winning Songwriter". January 28, 2011.
  22. ^ "Where the itsy-bitsy spider leaves off". Los Angeles Times. April 30, 2008.
  23. ^ "Billboard". March 8, 1986.
  24. ^ "The Ripple Effect Brings the Power of Short Docs Home". December 4, 2018.
  25. ^ "2018 Official Global Impact Nominations & Awardees". Global Impact Film Festival. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  26. ^ "71st Los Angeles Area Emmy Nominations". Emmys.com. Retrieved July 25, 2019.