Ron Fair is a veteran A&R executive, record producer arranger, recording engineer and songwriter. In a career that has spanned over 30 years at major record labels he has produced and arranged hits for several artists, but he is best known as a "guru/mentor", guiding the careers of unknown artists and turning them into superstars. Among the artists he has mentored are Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton, Keyshia Cole, The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie, and the Pussycat Dolls.
Fair was born in Los Angeles. The environment in which he grew had a major impact on his eventual career direction, saying in an interview with HitQuarters, "My grandfather was a broadcaster who had built a remote facility for the purpose of producing a daily radio broadcast. Ever since I was two years old I was around microphones and consoles." During his childhood Fair was actively encouraged to pursue this career path, receiving various music tuition and being encouraged to take on the job training in multi-track recording. By the time he was 17 years old he was, in his words, "Very skilled with microphone technique and able to make a pretty convincing sounding recording." Fair's first job in the music industry was a short stint in the mailroom of Far Out Productions, in September 1979. Far Out Productions was the production company headed by Jerry Goldstein and Steve Gold, and produced albums by, most notably, War (band) and Tanya Tucker.
Fair taught "recording production" at the University of Sound Arts in Hollywood while at the same time developing a reputation as a motion picture musical soundtrack coordinator, with the multi-platinum successes of Pretty Woman and Reality Bites. In addition, during the early 1980s Fair worked as a recording engineer on such projects as the Slayer album Hell Awaits.
During his career, Fair has produced multiple number one singles on the pop and R&B charts, including “Lady Marmalade” (Christina, Pink, Mýa, Lil' Kim), “Be Without You” (Mary J. Blige), “One” (Mary J. Blige & U2), “Big Yellow Taxi” (Counting Crows), “A Thousand Miles” (Vanessa Carlton), and “Where Is the Love?” (Black Eyed Peas). He was also the executive producer of “Beautiful” (Christina Aguilera), “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (Fergie), “Let’s Get It Started” (Black Eyed Peas), and many other hits. He was nominated for 6 Grammy awards and his recordings have won several Grammy awards, including those of Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah.
In 2009, Fair engineered Lady Gaga's single “Speechless,” from her platinum album The Fame Monster. That year he also collaborated with Indian film composer A.R. Rahman to produce an English version of "Jai Ho", the hit song from the film Slumdog Millionaire. Currently, Fair is set to produce UK artist Matt Goss’ new album.
Fair held the position of Chairman at Geffen Records until joining Virgin Records. Prior to running Geffen Records, Fair was President of A&M Records for five years, and held senior A & R positions at RCA Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Records, and Island Records-London.
In 2013, Fair was named the new Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of Virgin Records. In his current position, he is in charge of rebuilding the recently struggling label. After a year with the company, he left Virgin Records in October 2014.
Fair is a celebrity judge on the Canadian television talent program Cover Me Canada.
Ron Fair married singer-songwriter Stefanie Ridel a member of the teen girl group Wild Orchid on September 4, 2001. They have four children together. Fair enjoys gardening and has notably climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
- 1990: Pretty Woman Soundtrack (Executive producer)
- 1992: White Men Can't Jump Soundtrack (Executive producer)
- 1994: Reality Bites Soundtrack (Executive producer)
- 1994: Dumb & Dumber Soundtrack (Executive producer)
- 2001: Legally Blonde Soundtrack (Executive producer)
- 2002: Christina Aguilera - "Beautiful" (Executive producer)
- 2002: Vanessa Carlton - "A Thousand Miles"
- 2003: The Black Eyed Peas - "Where Is The Love?"
- 2004: Vickie Natale - Like No Other (Executive producer)
- 2005: Keyshia Cole - The Way It Is (Executive producer)
- 2006: Fergie - "Big Girls Don't Cry"
- 2007: Keyshia Cole - Just Like You (Executive producer)
- 2008: Keyshia Cole - A Different Me (Executive producer)
- 2009: Lady Gaga - "Speechless"
- 2009: Pussycat Dolls - "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"
- 2010: Keyshia Cole - Calling All Hearts (Executive producer)
Film and television
|2004||Star Search: The Next Generation||Himself||TV Series|
|2005||UK Music Hall of Fame: Biggest Selling Artists of the 21st Century||Himself||TV Documentary|
|2007||Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll||Judge||TV Series|
|2007||The Pussycat Dolls: Live from Manchester Evening News Arena||Executive Producer||Video|
|2008||Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious||Judge and Executive Producer(6 episodes)||TV Series|
|2008||E! True Hollywood Story||Himself||TV Series Documentary Ep: Pussycat Dolls|
|2008||Fox Reality Really Awards||Himself||TV Series Documentary|
|2010||American Idol||Himself||TV Series - Episode: "Idol Gives Back/Top Seven Results"|
|2011||Inside: El DeBarge||Executive Producer||TV Movie|
|2011||Living in La La Land||Judge||TV Series|
|2011||Cover Me Canada||Judge||TV Series|
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