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BALLER BEHIND THE SCENE – BRYAN-MICHAEL COX


Bryan-Michael Cox (born December 1, 1977)[1] is an award winning American songwriter and record producer.
He is a songwriter and producer. He has co-written and co-produced singles including: Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off”; Tamia’s “Still”, Fantasia’s “Only One U”; Danity Kane’s “Ride For You”; LeToya’s “Obvious”; Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You”; Toni Braxton’s “Trippin’ (That’s the Way Love Works)”; and Usher’s “Confessions, Pt. 2”. Cox has been professionally producing since 1998, receiving his first formal credit on 1999’s “Get Gone” by the R&B Houston-based group Ideal.

Cox was born in Miami and grew up in Houston, Texas, where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While in the eleventh grade he met and was mentored by Greg Curtis (who produced and co-wrote Keyshia Cole’s 2006 hit, “Love”). From Curtis, who had a studio in Houston, Cox learned the basic foundation of creating songs, including production, using audio equipment, recording, as well as structuring and writing songs.

During his senior year, he was joined at the school by singer Beyoncé Knowles and her former Destiny’s Child group member LeToya Luckett. His friendship with Beyoncé and her belief in his talent resulted in his first “real” recording session, which consisted of doing three demo songs for the group then known only as “Destiny.” Although the songs were never officially released, Cox expressed that the session led him to truly know he wanted to be a professional music producer.

In 1997, he moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University (CAU), where he majored in music. However, his ultimate reason for the move was to break into the music industry. He pursued opportunities within the music industry. Based on information from a campus flyer, he sought out and obtained an unpaid internship with the Noontime production company, in order to obtain experience and opportunities. His hard work paid off as his affiliation with Noontime led to him working with Jagged Edge, which resulted in him meeting Jermaine Dupri. Cox’s relationship with Dupri soon had him producing and writing for Nivea, Monica, Da Brat and Lil’ Bow Wow. Although Cox has since co-written and co-produced an extensive body of work (including Hot 100 #1 hits such as Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us” in addition to Usher’s “Burn,” “Confessions, Pt. 2” and “U Got It Bad”) and won two Grammy awards (for work on albums by Carey and Usher), Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You” marked his first Hot 100 Top 5 hit without Dupri.

Cox has teamed with Christopher Hicks of Noontime to establish the imprint Beatfactory, LLC. In addition to LeToya, its list of artists includes male singer Q. Amey, Bella (a trio of females), and Dirty Rose (a male quartet). Cox also produces for his own Black Baby, Inc. Stating that he’s a “vocalist by nature”, he is considering recording his own solo project. In the meanwhile, he’s worked on or is working on projects for artists such as Monica, Whitney Houston, Fantasia, Omarion, Mýa, Avant, Amerie, Musiq, Claudette Ortiz (formerly of City High), Tamia, Johnta Austin, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, Jessica Simpson, Cassie, Marques Houston, Toni Braxton, Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls) and Atlantic’s Erica Rivera.

He has also worked with Olivia, Frankie J, Faith Evans and Eric West. He has begun working on forthcoming projects by Monica, Brandy, Mariah Carey, Teairra Mari, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Amerie, Mario, Tevin Campbell, Joe, Whitney Houston, Ashanti, Antonella Barba,Chris Brown, Celine Dion, Sureshot, Bryan Abrams of Color Me Badd and Britney Spears.

Discography

112 – “Why Can’t We Get Along” 112 – “Nowhere”
4mula1 – “Baby Girl”
Aaliyah – “Come Over”
Absoulute – “Is It Like That”
Algebra – “What Happened”
Algebra – ” The Day”
Amerie – “Somebody Up There”
Antonella Barba – “Danger”
ATL – “It’s Us” ft Ciara and Ne-Yo
Avery Storm – “Stop Time”
B2K – “Last Boyfriend”
B5 – “Erica Kane”
B5 – “Right To Left”
B5 – “So Right” (unreleased)
Baby of Cash Money – “How It Be”
Bobby Valentino – “How ‘Bout It”
Bow Wow – “Go”
Bow Wow – “Like You”
Bow Wow – “Thank You”
Bow Wow – “Crazy”
Bow Wow – “The Wickedest”
Bow Wow – “Pick Of The Litter”
Bow Wow – “Up In Here”
Bow Wow – “Get Up”
Bow Wow – “Bow Wow (That’s My Name)”
Bow Wow – “The Future”
Bow Wow – “You Know Me”
Bow Wow – “The Dog In Me”
Bow Wow – “Ghetto Girls”
Bow Wow – “This Playboy”
Bow Wow – “Shorty Like Mine”
Brandy – “Not Gonna Make Me Cry Pts.1 & 2”
Brandy – “Hold You Down”
Brian McKnight – “Comfortable”
Bryan Abrams – “If She Only Knew”
Chante Moore – “Straight Up”
Chante Moore – “Go Head With All That
Changing Faces – “Last Night”
Changing Faces – “Come Over”
Chris Brown – “Say Goodbye”
Chris Brown – “Winner”
Chris Brown – “Catch 22”
Chris Brown – “One Mo’ Gin”
Chris Brown – “Throwed”
Chris Brown – “Fallen Angel”
Chris Brown – “Diagnosed With Love”
Christina Milian – “Seven Days”
Christina Milian – “Oh Daddy”
Christina Milian – “Put Em Up”
Christina Milian – “Girl Like Me”
Ciara – “So Hard”
Claudette Ortiz – “Can’t Get Enough”
Corey “Latif” Williams – “Put Me On”
Da Brat – “What Chu Like”
Da Brat – “All My Bitches”
Damita – “Won’t Be Afraid”
Danity Kane – “Back Up”
Danity Kane – “One Shot”
Danity Kane – “Ride For You”
Danity Kane – “Sucka For Love”
Danity Kane – “2 Of You”
Dave Hollister – “My Everything”
Dave Young – “Never Over”
Dave Young – “The Reason Why”
Day26 – “Are We In This Togehter”
Day26 – “Don’t Fight This Feeling”
Day26 – “Exclusive”
Day26 – “Just Should’ve Told You”
Day26 – “Since You’ve Been Gone”
Destiny’s Child – “Bad Habit”
Dirty Rose – “Not A Game”
Dirty Rose – “Phone Sex”
Dirty Rose – “The Way It Was”
Dirty Rose – “Work It Out”
Dirty Rose – “She Ready”
Dirty Rose – “Still Be Around”
Dru Hill – “If I Could”
Faith Evans – “Catching Feelings”
Faith Evans – “Tru Love”
Fantasia – “Only One U”
Fantasia – “U Got Me Waiting”
Frankie J – “Get On The Floor”
Frankie J – “In The Moment”
Frankie J – “How To Deal”
Frankie J – “Don’t Wanna Try (Remix)”
Freistil – “Bessere Welt”
Ginuwine – “Stingy”
Ideal – “Get None”
Ideal – “Creep Inn”
Jagged Edge – “Tryna Be Your Man”
Jagged Edge – “Walked Outta Heaven”
Jagged Edge – “Shady Girl”
Jagged Edge – “Visions”
Jagged Edge – “I Don’t Wanna”
Jagged Edge – “He Can’t Love U”
Jagged Edge – “Where The Party At”
Jagged Edge – “The Saga Continues”
Jagged Edge – “Goodbye”
Jagged Edge – “Cut Somethin”
Jagged Edge – “I Got It”
Jagged Edge – “Best Man”
Jagged Edge – “This Goes Out”
Jagged Edge – “No Respect”
Jagged Edge – “Remedy”
Jagged Edge – “Let’s Get Married”
Jagged Edge – “Promise”
Jagged Edge – “Keys To The Range”
Jagged Edge – “What You Tryin To Do”
Jagged Edge – “Healing”
Jagged Edge – “Heartbreak”
Jagged Edge – “Did He Say”
Janet – “Someone To Call My Lover (Remix)”
Jazzy – “Make Up”
Jermaine Dupri – “Welcome To Atlanta”
Jermaine Dupri – “Ballin’ Out Of Control”
Jermaine Dupri – “Hate Blood”
Jermaine Dupri – “You Bring Out The Freak In Me”
Jermaine Dupri – “Get Some”
Jermaine Dupri – “Money, Hoes & Power”
Jessica Simpson – “Irresistible (Remix)”
J-Kwon – “Morning Light”
Joe – “Go Hard”
Joe – “Run It Back”
Joe – “Feel For You”
Joe – “My Love”
Johnta Austin – “Lil’ More Love”
KeKe Wyatt – “My Man”
Kenny Lattimore & Chanté Moore – “Figure It Out”
Lee Carr – “Act Like That (Part 2)”
Lee Carr – “The Way We Used To Be”
LeToya Luckett – “Obvious”
LeToya Luckett – “This Song”
Lil’ Corey – “The First Time”
Lil’ Corey – “Two Can Play That Game”
Lil’ Corey – “I Saw You”
Lil’ Corey – “All I Do”
Lil’ Fizz – “Fluid”
Lil’ Mo – “Hot Girl”
Lil’ Mo – “Heartbeat”
Lil’ Mo – “Mother Of My Child”
Lil’ Mo – “Forever”
Lil’ Mo – “Superwoman”
Lloyd – “Lloyd (Intro)”
Lloyd – “Go Back (Ghetto Love)”
Mariah Carey – “4Real4Real”
Mariah Carey – “Don’t Forget About Us”
Mariah Carey – “For The Record”
Mariah Carey – “Get Your Number”
Mariah Carey – “Shake It Off”
Mariah Carey – “Joy Ride”
Mariah Carey – “The One”
Mariah Carey – “Miss You”
Mariah Carey – “How Much”
Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas (Remix)”
Mariah Carey – “I Stay In Love”
Marques Houston – “Circle”
Mary J. Blige – “Be Without You”
Mary J. Blige – “Ain’t Really Love”
Mary J. Blige – “We Ride (I See The Future)”
Mary J. Blige – “Reflections (I Remember)”
Mary J. Blige – “Here We Go Again”
Mary J. Blige – “Stay Down (I Did You Know)”
Mary J. Blige – “If You Love Me”
Mary J. Blige – “Fever”
Maxwell – “Lifetime (Remix)”
Megan – “Greener”
Monica – “I’m Back”
Monica – “Searchin'”
Monica – “You Should’ve Known Better”
Monica – “I Don’t Wanna”
Monica – “Hell No” Feat. Twista
Mowett – “My Life”
Mowett – “Let Me Know”
Mýa – “Life Is Too Short”
Nephu – “The Way U Do”
Nicole Scherzinger – “Kiss Me
Nicole Scherzinger – “Step Up”
Nicole Scherzinger – “Steam”
Nivea – “Don’t Mess With My Man”
Nivea – “Parking Lot”
Omarion – “Made For TV”
Omarion – “Just Can’t Let You Go”
One Chance – “Just Not Rite”
RL – “Model Chick”
Ron Isley – “Forever Mackin”
Ron Isley – “Gotta Be With U”
Ruff Endz – “Missing You”
Sammie – “Come With Me”
Sammie – “I Can’t”
Sammie – “My Own Way”
S.Blaq – “Messages”
S.Blaq – “No More Secrets”
Sureshot – “Story Of My Life”
Sterling Simms – “80 on the Freeway”
Tamar Braxton – “Get None”
Tamia – “Still”
Tamia – “Stranger In My House (Remix)”
Teairra Mari – “Act Right”
Teairra Mari – “Phone Booth”
Teairra Mari – “Good Enough 4 U”
Toni Braxton – “Trippin’ (That’s The Way Love Works)”
Toni Braxton – “What’s Good”
Toni Braxton – “Just Be A Man About It”
Toni Estes – “She’s Already”
Toni Estes – “Let Me Know”
Toni Estes – “She Ain’t”
Toni Estes – “Told Me”
Trey Songz – “Last Time”
Tyrese – “Gotta Get You”
Tyrese – “Somebody Special”
Tyrese – “Off The Heezy”
Q. Amey – “Closer”
Q. Amey – “Creep”
Q(of 112) – “Get At You”
Usher – “Burn”
Usher – “Confessions Pt. 1”
Usher – “Confessions Pt. 2”
Usher – “Do It To Me”
Usher – “U Got It Bad”
Usher – “U Turn”
Usher – “If I Want To”
Usher – “Can’t Let You Go”
Usher – “Good Ole Ghetto”
Vanessa Hudgens – “Lose Your Love”

Awards and nominations

Year Award 2007 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song — Be Without You (songwriter award)
2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album — The Emancipation of Mimi (producer award)
2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album — Confessions (producer award)
2004 Year End Billboard Hot 100 producers
2004 Year End Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Producers
2003 SESAC Songwriter of the Year 2000-2003
2001 Billboard #5 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Producer of 2001

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