Emile Ghantous

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Emile Ghantous
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Background information
Birth name Emile Ghantous
Genres Pop, rock, R&B, soul, alternative dance, hip hop
Occupation(s) music producer, songwriter, arranger, vocal producer, A&R
Instruments programmer
Years active 2002-present
Labels The Cartoons

Emile Ghantous is a Los Angeles-based Grammy nominated songwriter and record producer who was born in Peoria, IL. He moved to Chicago in 2000 to study music production and business at Columbia College. While studying at Columbia College, he got his big break by working with local Chicago legends Public Announcement (of R. Kelly fame), Sparkle, and Do or Die.

In 2005, Ghantous created the songwriting/production duo The Insomniax along with partner Erik Nelson. The Insomniax quickly began working with major recording artists Boyz II Men (MSM Records), JoJo (Blackground/Universal), 3LW (So So Def/Jive), Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino) (Disturbing The Peace/Def Jam), Jon B (Yab Yum/Epic), B5 (Bad Boy Records), Fat Joe (Atlantic Records), R Kelly (Jive Records), Ralph Tresvant (of New Edition), 2XL (Tommy Boy Records), Karina Pasian (Def Jam Records), Lemarvin (Motown Records), I-15 (Interscope Records), Na'Shay, Nephu, Aksent (Capitol Records), AI (Def Jam Japan), Lil Romeo (No Limit Records), and many others.

In 2009, with a production schedule in high gear, Ghantous relocated to Los Angeles, CA where he worked on international releases for German artist Fabian Buch and Japanese recording artist Che'Nelle (EMI Japan Records).

In 2010, Ghantous worked with R&B legend Charlie Wilson, of the Gap Band. He wrote and produced "Never Got Enough" and "Throw It Away" from the album Just Charlie on RCA Records.

From 2011- 2012, Ghantous co-wrote and co-produced the #1 hit for JLS "Take A Chance On Me" on Sony Records UK. He also worked with Jason Derulo, Kristinia DeBarge, Frankie J, Prince Royce, X Factor group Lakoda Rayne, and many others.

During 2013, Ghantous worked with Pitbull and Chris Brown on the song "Hope We Meet Again" from the 'Global Warming' album on RCA Records, as well as Charlie Wilson's newest album release Love, Charlie on RCA Records. Wilson recently received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Ghantous also worked with international recording artist Inna on her latest album Party Never Ends and was Grammy nominated for his work on Frankie J's "Faith, Hope y Amor" album.

Branching out on his own, he started developing artists. The first artist was Brandon Bassir, who he discovered while Bassir was humming on an escalator at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. The sound that Ghantous and Bassir created together is something they call doohop, which is a mixture of 50's doowop meets hip-hop.

In 2014, Ghantous teamed up with songwriters/producers Steve Daly and Keith Hetrick and formed a new production company called The Cartoons. The Cartoons' current projects include Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, Cher Lloyd, Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dogg, Taio Cruz, Shaggy, Johnny Gill of New Edition fame, IM5, Jolin Tsai, and new Latium/Sony recording artist Benj.

2015 has been a busy year for Ghantous. He was Grammy nominated for "Best R&B Album" and received an NAACAP nomination for "Best R&B Album" and "Song of the year" for the Top 5 Urban AC hit song "Goodnight Kisses" for Charlie Wilson. He also worked with Latin sensation Paulina Rubio, Aston Merrygold of JLS, Sophia Grace, the Queen of C-Pop Jolin Tsai, Fifth Harmony, Korean K-Pop girl group Playback (South Korean band) and boyband New District.


Year Song Artist Album Label
2005 Guessing Games
Public Announcement When The Smoke Clears Boss Entertainment
Get It Poppin' JoJo The High Road Blackground Records
2006 Ooh Al What's Going On Universal Japan
2007 Muzak
The Last Time
Here I Come
Boyz II Men The Remedy MSM Records/Avex
Rock Star B5 Don't Talk, Just Listen Bad Boy Records
Checkin' For Me Bobby Valentino Special Occasion DTP/Def Jam Records -
Siamese Cat Song B5 Disneymania 5 Walt Disney Records-
Red Dress (I Just Wanna Know Her)
Change Your Mind
I'm Not Used To That
We'll Never Know
Marcos Hernandez Endless Nights Ultrax Records
2008 On And On Jon B Helpless Romantic Arsenal Records -
It Must Be You (Remix) Ralph Tresvant It Must Be You Xzault Media Group -
2010 Feel Good
Venus & Mars
Pretty Boy
Che'Nelle Feel Good EMI
When You're With Me Fabian Buch Hello Hello Unique Army / Sony
Never Got Enough
Throw It Away
Charlie Wilson Just Charlie Jive Records
2011 Almost Famous Lemarvin Outside Looking In Unique Army/INSOMNIAX
Take a Chance on Me JLS Jukebox Sony/BMG
Loving You Che'Nelle Luv Songs EMI
Addicted Prince Royce Phase II Atlantic Records
Dear Love Lil' Eddie Already Yours Manhattan Recordings/Japan
If I could be with you
Name in the Sky
Alfonso Loher If I could Unique Army
2012 Hope We Meet Again f/Chris Brown Pitbull Global Warming RCA Records
2013 I Think I'm In Love Charlie Wilson Love, Charlie RCA Records
How Would You Like That
Tienes Que Creer en Mi
Beautiful (featuring Pitbull)
My Heart's Too Young To Die
No Te Quiero Ver Con El
Frankie J Faith, Hope y Amor Universal Latino
Take Me Down To Mexico Inna Party Never Ends
2014 Goodnight Kisses Charlie Wilson Forever Charlie RCA Records
As Long As I'm With You
Ladies Man
Boyz II Men Collide BMG
Medusa Jolin Tsai Play Warner
Your Body Johnny Gill Game Changer J Skillz Records
Get To Know You IM5 single
2015 Unforgettable (featuring Shaggy)
Infectious featuring Snoop Dogg)
Somebody Loves You
Charlie Wilson Forever Charlie RCA Records
Playback Playback (South Korean band) single Clear Company


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