Steven Stanley

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Steven Stanley
Birth nameSteven J. C. Stanley
Born (1958-07-11) July 11, 1958 (age 62)
  • Engineer
  • record producer
  • keyboardist
Years active1976–present
Associated acts

Steven J. C. Stanley (born July 11, 1958), is a Jamaican audio engineer, record producer and keyboardist who has worked in the reggae, dub and rock music genres since 1975, most notably with Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club and Black Uhuru.

Stanley began as an in-house apprentice sound engineer at Aquarius Recording Studio in Halfway Tree, Kingston, Jamaica, September 1975. An integral part of the Compass Point All Stars, he is considered a member of the 1980s new wave group Tom Tom Club,[1] co-producing their debut album Tom Tom Club (1981).[2] He is credited as co-writer of "Genius of Love", one of the most sampled songs in hip hop music,[3] having been re-interpreted by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in the 1982 song "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)", and sampled by Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, the X-Ecutioners, and on Mariah Carey's No. 1 hit "Fantasy" (1995)[4] which earned Stanley a 1997 ASCAP Pop Award as a songwriter.

Stanley worked on the Grammy Award-winning albums, Anthem (1984) by Black Uhuru that he co-produced with Sly and Robbie, and Dutty Rock (2002) by Sean Paul, mixing the song "I’m Still in Love With You". Outside the reggae genre, Stanley has also worked with Grace Jones, the Blockheads's Chaz Jankel, Lizzie Mercier Descloux and the B-52's, receiving a Gold Album for Wild Planet (1981). He lives in Kingston, Jamaica and works at his studio there, Steven Stanley Recording Studio.[5][6]


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