Stephan Moccio

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Stephan Moccio
BornSt. Catharines, Ontario

Stephan Moccio is a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer, producer, pianist, arranger, conductor and recording artist.[1] He co-wrote and co-produced the two end credit songs for Fifty Shades of Grey and its soundtrack: "Earned It" (The Weeknd) and "I Know You" (Skylar Grey). He co-wrote Celine Dion's hit "A New Day Has Come" with Aldo Nova, which reached and held the number one spot on the Billboard AC Chart for a record-breaking 21 weeks. He also co-wrote Miley Cyrus' single "Wrecking Ball" from her 2013 studio album Bangerz. For the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Moccio co-wrote the theme song “I Believe” performed by Nikki Yanofsky. He has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including, Avril Lavigne, Seal, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith, James Blunt, Jason Derulo, Jamie Cullum, BeBe Winans, Jon Bellion, Paloma Faith, Jordan Smith, Fergie, Boi-1da, as a songwriter, musician and producer.

Early life[edit]

Stephan Moccio was born to an Italian-Canadian father and a French-Canadian mother. Moccio is fluent in English and French. Growing up in Niagara Falls, Moccio began his piano studies at the age of 3. His musical style and vocabulary are influenced by the musical genres of classical, jazz, pop, hip hop, blues, and dance.


Moccio enrolled at the University of Western Ontario where he studied performance and classical piano studies under instructors John Paul Bracey and Jack Behrens. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in composition and piano performance in 1994, he was accepted into the famed Berklee College of Music. However, he chose to focus on developing his professional career and instead signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. During the early years of his tenure at Sony/ATV, Moccio worked as a session musician, in-house producer, arranger and composer, attending rehearsals of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and playing in Toronto jazz clubs and hotel lounges, notably the Four Seasons Hotel's La Serre.

Throughout his nearly 9-year tenure at Sony/ATV, Moccio wrote for several award-winning Canadian and International artists, most notably Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman, and Josh Groban. Moccio spent many months in writing sessions in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York during these years, which culminated in a lengthy catalogue of songs as musician, songwriter, producer and composer.

It was in 1996 that Moccio's special relationship with television programs began. TV themes he's written, performed and produced include ETalk, Marilyn Dennis Show, W5, Your Morning and for Rogers Sportsnet Central, Hockey Central, and Toronto Blue Jays on Sportsnet.

In 2001, Moccio began work on a melody that would become the chart-topping single "A New Day Has Come" recorded by Celine Dion, released on her album (in both a radio mix version and 3/4 time ballad album version), of the same name in February 2002. The song broke records at the time by maintaining the #1 position on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary charts for 21 weeks. The single would make it onto numerous compilation CDs and DVDs in North America. In 2003, Celine Dion titled her live residency Las Vegas show "A New Day...".

In 2003, Moccio left Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada to work predominantly under his own publishing company, Sing Little Penguin. He soon moved into his state-of-the-art recording studio in downtown Toronto, where he continued to write, record, produce for both his solo projects and various collaborations with recording artists.

In 2008 Moccio teamed up with songwriter Alan Frew (Glass Tiger) to write "I Believe", the theme song of CTV's and Rogers Media's Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. On March 1, 2010, "I Believe", covered by Nikki Yanofsky, reached 4 x Platinum status (CRIA[2]) in digital sales (over 160,000 digital units sold) in Canada. The same version achieved #1 status on iTunes Canada and Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 for 4 straight weeks in February 2010.

In February 2010, Moccio signed a Worldwide Publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.[3]

In 2012, Moccio was one of the judges of the short-lived Canadian reality show, Canada's Got Talent. The show was later cancelled after one season.

In August 2013, Moccio moved to Los Angeles and currently works out of his record studio in Santa Monica.

In June 2019, Moccio was honoured by the University of Western Ontario with a Doctor of Music, honoris causa (DMus) degree

In November 2019, Moccio signed a worldwide record deal with Decca Records.

Moccio is a Yamaha Artist[4] and performs exclusively on Yamaha Pianos.

Selected discography as composer / songwriter, producer[edit]

Title Artist (Label) Album Year Credit Notes
"A New Day Has Come" Celine Dion (Sony) A New Day Has Come 2002 Co-writer (Aldo Nova),[5] background vocals #1 SOCAN Award,[6] BMI Pop Award,[7] SOCAN Classic Song Award,[8] Juno nomination for Single of the Year (2003), Million-air award (over 1,000,000 BDS spins on US radio) • produced by Walter Afanasieff • album 7 weeks at #1 in Canada (6x Platinum - CRIA[9]), #1 US (3xPlatinum - RIAA), #1 Europe (3xPlatinum - IFPI) • 5th best-selling album of 2002 • Vegas show A New Day...
"Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" The Weeknd (Republic) Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack 2015 Co-writer, co-producer, piano #3 US Billboard Hot 100 • 4x Platinum (RIAA) • #9 Billboard Hot 100 Year End Chart 2015
"I Believe" Nikki Yanofsky (Decca) Nikki 2010 Co-writer (Alan Frew), producer, piano #1 (4 weeks) Canadian Billboard Hot 100 and certified 4x Platinum (CRIA), nomination - Best AC Song (Canadian Radio Music Awards) • album certified gold (CRIA)
"I Know You" Holly Hafermann KIDinaKORNER, Interscope Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2015 Co-writer, co-production
"Perfect Gift" The Canadian Tenors (Decca) The Perfect Gift 2010 Co-writer, producer Album #1 Billboard Cross-over Classical chart, certified 3x Platinum (CRIA)
"What You Never Know" Sarah Brightman (Angel/EMI) Harem 2003 Writer Also recorded in French for the Canadian release "Tout Ce Que Je Sais" • album certified Gold (CRIA), reaching #29 US Billboard Top 200 and #7 Canada album charts; #1 Classical US Billboard album chart • #5 best-selling crossover album of 2003 (Billboard)
"Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus (RCA) Bangerz 2013 co-writer Sacha Skarbek, Lukasz Gottwald, Maureen Anne McDonald, Henry Russell Walter, piano 4x Platinum (RIAA) • Produced by Dr. Luke • peaked #1 (3 weeks) on Billboard Hot 100
"Head Above Water" Avril Lavigne (BMG) Head Above Water 2018 co-writer with Avril Lavigne & Travis Clark
"Courage" Celine Dion (Columbia) Courage 2019 Co-writer with The New Royales, producer

Discography as recording artist[edit]


Year Album / single details Peak Certifications
(sales threshold)
CA Quebec Album Chart iTunes Album Chart
2006 Exposure 10 1 4


  1. ^ "Interview - Stephan Moccio". Music News. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Gold Platinum Database". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "UMPG Inks Deal With Stephan Moccio". Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Contemporary Pianos - Stephan Moccio". Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Kawashima, Dale. "Aldo Nova & Stephan Moccio Tell How They Wrote The Big Celine Dion Hit, "A New Day Has Come"". Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "SOCAN Award Winners List 1990 to 2010" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-02. Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "BMI Pop Music Awards: Winners List". Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "20th Annual SOCAN Awards Toronto 2009 - Winners List". Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database". Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved October 17, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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