Emanuel Kiriakou

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Emanuel Kiriakou
Born New Castle, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Pop rock, pop, acoustic, R&B, hip hop
Occupation(s) Record Producer Songwriter Musician Vocalist
Labels Universal
Associated acts Joey McIntyre, Jason Derulo, R5, Demi Lovato, Hot Chelle Rae, Selena Gomez, Bridgit Mendler, Big Time Rush, Whitney Houston, David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks, Nick Lachey, New Kids On The Block, NKOTBSB, Vanessa Hudgens, Westlife, Simple Plan

Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou is an American songwriter, producer, record executive, music publisher and multi-instrumentalist, based in Los Angeles. He co-wrote and produced the Billboard Hot 100 charting singles "What’s Left of Me" by Nick Lachey, "Crush" by David Archuleta, "Who Says" by Selena Gomez & the Scene, and "Tonight Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae, which was #1 on the Billboard Hot AC charts. He has also collaborated with Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, MKTO, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Robert DeLong, Jordin Sparks and Backstreet Boys.

Early life[edit]

Kiriakou began playing with the guitar and piano at the age of six, and joined his father’s Greek band at the age of thirteen. He graduated from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio in 1989 with a degree in music, and then relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1]

Career[edit]

Kiriakou co-wrote and produced Jason Derulo's single "It Girl." He also co-wrote and produced the first single for Selena Gomez & the Scene titled "Who Says", co-wrote and produced Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" and co-wrote and produced "Fix a Heart" which appears on Demi Lovato's third studio album, Unbroken.

Kiriakou also co-produced the title track on Whitney Houston's record entitled "I Look To You". He co-wrote and produced the first single on David Archuleta's record titled "Crush" which debuted at #2 on Billboard, the highest American Idol debut to date, which received 1.8 million downloads. Kiriakou's multi-format single for Nick Lachey's "What's Left of Me” hit top 5 on the pop Billboard chart and #1 on the Dance Chart.

Kiriakou's music has been featured in television shows and major motion picture soundtracks,[2] including the award-winning My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He co-produced the Demi Lovato version of "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen with his production partner Andrew Goldstein. He has worked with chart-topping artists Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Big Time Rush, David Archuleta, Jesse McCartney, Celine Dion, Jordin Sparks, Joey McIntyre, New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, Robert DeLong, MKTO, Ne-Yo and Nick Lachey, among others.

Kiriakou partnered with E. Kidd Bogart in 2011 to form their label, Cre8ive Co., which specializes in creative/A&R services and publishing. The first and most notable signing on their roster is pop-duo MKTO.[3]

Current collaborations[edit]

Evan Bogart, Lindy Robbins, Priscilla Renea, Claude Kelly, Savan Kotecha, Makeba Riddick, Bridgit Mendler, Andrew Goldstein, Jens Koerkemeier, Demi Lovato, Adam Lambert, Jess Cates, Chelsea Lena.

Discography[edit]

Artist Album Tracks Credit US & UK Single Charts US & UK Album Charts Single & Album Certifications
Joey McIntyre Single (2004) "8:09" Produced / Co-Wrote
Nick Lachey What's Left of Me (2006) "What's Left of Me" Produced/ Co-wrote
  • #6 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #47 UK Singles
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • #91 UK Albums
  • US: Gold (Album)
Jesse McCartney Right Where Want You Me (2006) "Tell Her" Produced/ Co-Wrote/ Musician
  • #15 US Billboard 200
  • US: Gold (Album)
Taylor Hicks Taylor Hicks (2006) "Just to Feel That Way" Co-Wrote
Katherine McPhee Katharine McPhee (2007) "Better Off Alone" Produced/ Wrote/ Musician
  • #2 Billboard 200
"Ordinary World"
Jordin Sparks Jordin Sparks (2007) "Next to You" Produced/ Co-Wrote/ Musician
  • #10 Billboard 200
  • #17 UK Albums
  • US: Platinum (Album)
  • UK: Gold (Album)
"Permanent Monday"
"Worth the Wait"
Celine Dion Taking Chances (2007) "Surprise Surprise" Produced / Musician
Vanessa Hudgens Identified (2008) "Gone With the Wind" Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #23 US Billboard 200
  • #46 UK Albums
New Kids on the Block The Block (2008) "2 in the Morning" Produced/ Co-wrote
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • #16 UK Albums
Lesley Roy Unbeautiful (2008) "Crushed" Produced/ Co-Wrote
"Slow Goodbye"
Celine Dion My Love: Essential Collection (2008) "There Comes a Time" Produced / Musician
Whitney Houston I Look to You (2009) "I Look to You" Co-Produced/ Musician
  • #70 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #115 UK Singles
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • #3 UK Albums
  • US: Platinum (Album)
  • UK: Gold (Album)
Backstreet Boys This Is Us (2009) “Shattered” Produced
  • #9 US Billboard 200
  • #39 UK Albums
Unbreakable (2007) Inconsolable Produced/ Co-Wrote/ Musician
  • #86 US Billboard 200
  • #24 UK Singles
  • #7 US Billboard 200
  • #21 UK Albums
"Downpour"
Ashley Tisdale Guilty Pleasure (2009) “Tell Me Lies” Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #12 US Billboard 200
  • #130 UK Albums
Headstrong (2007) “Love Me for Me” Produced
  • #5 US Billboard 200
  • #155 UK Albums
  • US: Gold (Album)
Crosby Loggins Time to Move (2009) "Seriously" Co-Wrote
Elliott Yamin Fight for Love (2009) "You Say" Produced / Co-Wrote
"How Do I Know"
Kris Allen / Adam Lambert Single (2009) "No Boundaries" Produced
Westlife Where We Are (2009) "No More Heroes" Produced/ Co-Wrote/ Musician
  • #2 UK Albums
  • UK: 2x Platinum (Album)
"I’ll See You Again"
The Friday Night Boys Off the Deep End (2009) "Stuttering" Produced/ Wrote
"Stupid Love Letter"
Michael Bolton One World One Love (2009) "Hope It's Too Late" Produced / Co-Wrote / Musician
Fefe Dobson Joy (2010) "Stuttering" Guitar
Charice Charice (2010) "In This Song" Co-produced/ Co-wrote
  • #8 US Billboard 200
Josh Groban Illuminations (2010) "Hidden Away" Co-Produced / Musician
"Higher Window"
David Archuleta The Other Side of Down (2010) “Falling Stars” Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #13 US Billboard 200
"Complain”
David Archuleta (2008) Crush Produced/ Co-Wrote/ Musician
  • #2 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • US: Gold (Album)
NKOTBSB NKOTBSB (2011) "Don't Turn Out the Lights" Produced/ Wrote
  • #7 US Billboard 200
Yelawolf Radioactive (2011) "Made In the U.S.A." feat. Priscilla Renea) Co-Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #27 US Billboard 200
Demi Lovato Unbroken (2011) "Fix a Heart" Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #4 Billboard 200
  • #45 UK Albums
  • US: Gold (Album)
Days Difference Single (2011) "Down With Me" Produced / Co-Wrote
Big Time Rush Elevate (2011) “If I Ruled the World” Produced
BTR (2010) “I Know You Know” (feat. Cymphonique Miller) Produced/ Wrote
  • #3 US Billboard 200
  • #14 UK Albums
  • US: Gold (Album)
Jason Derulo Future History (2011) "It Girl" Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #17 US Hot 100
  • #4 UK Singles
  • #29 US Billboard 200
  • #7 UK Albums
  • US: Platinum (Single)
  • UK: Gold (Album)
Selena Gomez & the Scene When the Sun Goes Down (2011) "Who Says" Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #21 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #51 UK Singles
  • #3 US Billboard 200
  • #15 UK Albums
  • US: Gold (Album)
  • US: 3x Platinum (Single)
Ne-Yo R.E.D. (2012) "Shut Me Down" Co-produced/ Co-wrote
  • #4 US Billboard 200
  • #17 UK Albums
Simple Plan Get Your Heart On! (2011) "Summer Paradise" Co-produced/ Co-wrote
  • #12 UK Singles
  • #52 US Billboard 200
  • #71 UK Albums
Hot Chelle Rae Whatever (2011) "Tonight Tonight" Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #7 Billboard Hot 100
  • #48 US Billboard 200
“Tonight Tonight”
  • US: 2x Platinum

“I Like It Like That”

  • US: Platinum
"I Like It Like That" Co-Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #28 US Billboard Hot 100
"Keep You With Me”
"Radio"
"Beautiful Freaks"
Bridgit Mendler Hello My Name Is... (2012) "Ready or Not" Co-Produced/ Co-wrote/ Additional Vocals
  • #49 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #7 UK Singles
  • #30 US Billboard 200
  • #107 UK Albums
“Ready or Not”
  • US: Platinum (Single)
  • UK: Silver (Single)
"Forgot to Laugh"
"Top of the World"
"Hurricane"
  • #157 UK Singles
"All I See Is Gold"
"The Fall Song"
"Love Will Tell Us Where to Go"
"Rocks at My Window"
"5:15"
98 Degrees 2.0 (2013) "Girl’s Night Out" Co-produced/ Co-wrote
  • #65 US Billboard 200
R5 Louder (2013) "Loud" Co-produced/ Co-wrote
  • #199 UK Singles
  • #24 US Billboard 200
  • #149 UK Albums
The Mowgli's Waiting For The Dawn (2013) "Say It Just Say It" Co-Produced / Co-Wrote
Cody Simpson Surfer's Paradise (2013) "Summertime of Our Lives" Co-Wrote/ Co-Produced
  • #10 US Billboard 200
  • #30 UK Albums
MKTO MKTO (2013) "Classic" Co-produced/ Co-wrote
  • #14 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #24 UK Singles
  • #31 US Billboard 200
  • US: Platinum (Single)
"Thank You"
  • Aus: 4x Platinum (Single)
"God Only Knows"
  • Aus: Platinum (Single)
"American Dream"
  • Aus: Gold (Single)
Oh Land Wish Bone (2013) "Cherry On Top" Co-Wrote
Demi Lovato Demi (2013) “In Case” Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #3 US Billboard 200
  • #10 UK Albums
  • US: Gold (Album)
  • UK: Silver (Album)
"Warrior” Co-Produced/ Co-Wrote
“Something That We’re Not” Co-Produced/ Co-Wrote
"I Hate You Don’t Leave Me” Co-Produced/ Co-Wrote
Frozen Soundtrack (2013) Let It Go Produced
  • #38 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #42 UK Singles
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • US: x Platinum (Single)
  • UK: Silver (Single)
  • US: 4x Platinum (Album)
  • UK: 3x Platinum (Album)
Celine Dion Loved Me Back to Life (2013) "Incredible" (Duo With Ne-Yo) Co-Produced/ Co-Wrote
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • #3 UK Albums
  • UK: Platinum (Album)
"Save Your Soul" Produced/ Co-Wrote
"Thankful" Produced
R5 Heart Made Up on You (2014) "Heart Made Up on You" Co-Produced / Co-Wrote
Sometime Last Night (2015) "Lightning Strikes"
MKTO Bad Girls EP (2015) "Bad Girls" Co-Produced / Co-Wrote

References[edit]

  1. ^ Poulton, Sarah (May 20, 2006). "YSU graduate writes hit". The Vindicator. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Willis, John; Monush, Barry (2002-04-01). Screen World 2001. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 192–. ISBN 978-1-55783-479-9. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles- Up Close and Personal with Evan Bogart and Eman Kiriakou". GRAMMYPro.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29.