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Let the journey begin...

After years of music production with some of the top artists in the business, I still enjoy working with artists and songwriters at every level. I relish working with established artists AND being enthused by raw, undiscovered talent.

My experience in all genres gives me the background to guide singers/songwriters on their musical journey and help them realize their artistic intent. From full artist productions to song demos or artist development packages, I remain passionate about finding the essence of artist and song.

 

RICK CHUDACOFF

Grammy Nominated Songwriter & Music Producer

 

 

In the beginning...

As a bass player in R&B bands, my musical journey started in Omaha, Nebraska. Forming the group Crackin', we released four records, one on MGM/Polydor and three on Warner Brothers Records. Those original band mates and I remain close, many of us pursuing rewarding musical careers. The talented producers we worked with, Russ Titleman and Michael Omartian, gave me the background and confidence to become a music producer.

 

Along the way - from LA to Nashville

Since 1979 I have paved the way to a gratifying, successful career as a record producer and songwriter. My first hit was the song "Steal Away," co-written with my dear friend Robbie Dupree. With my wonderful and talented production partner for many years, Peter Bunetta, we produced Robbie's debut album, which led to a 1980 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

The Dupree album was followed by pop and R&B productions with Matthew Wilder ("Break My Stride"), Patti LaBelle ("New Attitude"), two records with The Temptations, and the only record Smokey Robinson won a Grammy for, "One Heartbeat," which included the hits "Just to See Her" and "One Heartbeat." After multiple productions for Motown, Peter and I worked with Kenny G on his "Silhouette" record and produced the title track for Michael Bolton's "Soul Provider," which generated over 7 million in worldwide sales. Following my relocation to the Nashville area from Los Angeles, productions with Kathy Troccoli and Clay Crosse have generated more than 10 top songs on the CCM charts.

Songwriting...

My songwriting has achieved Billboard top 5 songs in four different formats:

 “Steal Away” – Robbie Dupree (Pop)

“Look What You Started” – The Temptations (R&B)

“I Call Your Name” – Clay Crosse (CCM)

“Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” - Shenandoah/Alison Krause (Country song that also won the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration)

And still...

As in the beginning, I maintain a deep passion for all music and continue to write, publish and produce music in all genres. I consider it a privilege to work on the musical journey of new and established artists. Their adventure is mine.

Personally...

In addition to my productions and writing, over the past several years, I have returned to honing my bass playing skills. I have toured with Robbie Dupree in Japan, France, and upstate New York.

Living in a historic home in Franklin, TN, with my wife, we also house two dogs, and eight, yes, eight cats. We have two amazing daughters in their 20s, now living in California.


 

DISCOGRAPHY 

Robbie Dupree 2 top 10 singles (“Steal Away” & “Hot Rod Hearts” Co-wrote “Steal Away” (world-wide top 5 hit) NARAS Grammy Award Nominee 

Robbie Dupree
2 top 10 singles (“Steal Away” & “Hot Rod Hearts”
Co-wrote “Steal Away” (world-wide top 5 hit)
NARAS Grammy Award Nominee 

Lauren Wood Pretty Woman Soundtrack “Fallen” in Pretty Woman Soundtrack Certified RIAA multi platinum 

Lauren Wood
Pretty Woman Soundtrack
“Fallen” in Pretty Woman Soundtrack
Certified RIAA multi platinum 

I Don’t Speak the Language Including World-wide hit “Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride” Has been re-recorded and sampled by Puff Daddy, Christina Agueilera, And many others. 

I Don’t Speak the Language
Including World-wide hit “Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride”
Has been re-recorded and sampled by Puff Daddy, Christina Agueilera, And many others. 

Patti LaBelle Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack “New Attitude” World wide hit. Certified RIAA multi platinum

Patti LaBelle
Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack
“New Attitude” World wide hit.
Certified RIAA multi platinum

Amanda McBroom Dreamin’ Acclaimed Audio-file recording Won numerous audio file awards

Amanda McBroom
Dreamin’
Acclaimed Audio-file recording
Won numerous audio file awards

Billy Vera and the Beaters Fine Mess Soundtrack Various

Billy Vera and the Beaters
Fine Mess Soundtrack
Various

The Pointer Sisters Hot Together “Hot Together” hit song used for years NBA promo

The Pointer Sisters
Hot Together
“Hot Together” hit song used for years NBA promo

Donna Summer “Bad Reputation” 

Donna Summer
“Bad Reputation” 

Steve Goodman - Unfinished Business Unfinished Business Acclaimed singer/songwriter NARAS Grammy Award Winner 

Steve Goodman - Unfinished Business
Unfinished Business
Acclaimed singer/songwriter
NARAS Grammy Award Winner 

Johnny Mathis In the Still of the Night Acclaimed CD from classic artist

Johnny Mathis
In the Still of the Night
Acclaimed CD from classic artist

Marilyn Scott Twins Soundtrack “I Only Have Eyes for You” 

Marilyn Scott
Twins Soundtrack
“I Only Have Eyes for You” 

Michael Bolton Soul Provider 2 tracks including # 1 hit “Soul Provider” Certified RIAA multi platinum

Michael Bolton
Soul Provider
2 tracks including # 1 hit “Soul Provider”
Certified RIAA multi platinum

Judy Collins Fires of Eden Listen

Judy Collins
Fires of Eden
Listen

Mike Reid Twilight Town Acclaimed Album from noted Nashville songwriter

Mike Reid
Twilight Town
Acclaimed Album from noted Nashville songwriter

Clay Crosse My Place is With You 2 number one & 2 top 5 singles – top 5 album Best New Artist – Dove Award

Clay Crosse
My Place is With You
2 number one & 2 top 5 singles – top 5 album
Best New Artist – Dove Award

Michael English Freedom

Michael English
Freedom

Warren Hill - Shelter Shelter

Warren Hill - Shelter
Shelter

Tom Fuller Band Chasing An Illusion CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Tom Fuller Band
Chasing An Illusion
CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Dianna Cristaldi Upstate NY singer/songwriter CD released to critical acclaim. 

Dianna Cristaldi
Upstate NY singer/songwriter CD released to critical acclaim. 

Tom Fuller Band Maristar CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Tom Fuller Band
Maristar
CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Swamp Stomp Boogie “Science You Can Sing to” Children’s Music featured in USA Today

Swamp Stomp Boogie
“Science You Can Sing to” Children’s Music featured in USA Today

Tom Fuller Band Ask CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Tom Fuller Band
Ask
CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Id Kids Contemporary Band - released July, 2011

Id Kids
Contemporary Band - released July, 2011

Joey Hatcher - Music in My Head

Joey Hatcher - Music in My Head

Jackson Wells - Souvenirs & Secret Doors

Jackson Wells - Souvenirs & Secret Doors

Tom Fuller Band - Freedom

Tom Fuller Band - Freedom

Steve Goodman Hot Spot Country/pop album for writer of “City of New Orleans”

Steve Goodman
Hot Spot
Country/pop album for writer of “City of New Orleans”

Robbie Dupree Street Corner Heroes Follow up hit album to debut

Robbie Dupree
Street Corner Heroes
Follow up hit album to debut

New Edition New Edition Certified RIAA Gold 

New Edition
New Edition
Certified RIAA Gold 

Matthew Wilder Bouncin’ Off the Walls Follow up hit album to debut

Matthew Wilder
Bouncin’ Off the Walls
Follow up hit album to debut

Chico Debarge Fine Mess Soundtrack “Easier Said than Done” remake

Chico Debarge
Fine Mess Soundtrack
“Easier Said than Done” remake

The Temptations To Be Continued Album with 2 top ten singles Certified RIAA Gold

The Temptations
To Be Continued
Album with 2 top ten singles
Certified RIAA Gold

Gary Morris/Jennifer Warnes Blind Date Soundtrack “Simply Meant to Be”

Gary Morris/Jennifer Warnes
Blind Date Soundtrack
“Simply Meant to Be”

Smokey Robinson One Heartbeat 2 top 5 singles: “Just to See Her” & “One Heartbeat” NARAS Grammy Award Winner Certified RIAA Gold

Smokey Robinson
One Heartbeat
2 top 5 singles: “Just to See Her” & “One Heartbeat”
NARAS Grammy Award Winner
Certified RIAA Gold

The Temptations Together Again Including co-written top 5 song “Look What You Started”

The Temptations
Together Again
Including co-written top 5 song “Look What You Started”

Kenny G. Silhouette Including hit duet with Smokey Robinson “We’ve Saved The Best For Last”. NARAS Grammy Award Nominee Certified RIAA multi platinum

Kenny G.
Silhouette
Including hit duet with Smokey Robinson “We’ve Saved The Best For Last”.
NARAS Grammy Award Nominee
Certified RIAA multi platinum

Johnny Mathis - Once in a While Once in a While 

Johnny Mathis - Once in a While
Once in a While 

Laura Branigan Unison

Laura Branigan
Unison

Peabo Bryson Can You Stop The Rain Certified RIAA Gold

Peabo Bryson
Can You Stop The Rain
Certified RIAA Gold

Warren Hill Devotion Top 10 NAC

Warren Hill
Devotion
Top 10 NAC

Kathy Troccoli - Sounds of Heaven 6 number one CCM singles, to 10 CD on CCM charts

Kathy Troccoli - Sounds of Heaven
6 number one CCM singles, to 10 CD on CCM charts

Kathy Troccoli Love and Mercy 5 top 5 singles CCM charts 

Kathy Troccoli
Love and Mercy
5 top 5 singles CCM charts 

Rita Coolidge Thinkin’ About You

Rita Coolidge
Thinkin’ About You

Chris Lee Chris Lee Contemporary Christian

Chris Lee
Chris Lee
Contemporary Christian

Tom Fuller Band Abstract Man CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Tom Fuller Band
Abstract Man
CD from rocker Tom Fuller

Leslie Hunt My Hair is on Fire Former American Idol contestant Debut CD

Leslie Hunt
My Hair is on Fire
Former American Idol contestant Debut CD

RT Rinehart Times Like These Traditional Country

RT Rinehart
Times Like These
Traditional Country

Halie Loren After Dark Jazz Vocalist

Halie Loren
After Dark
Jazz Vocalist

Andy Byron The Journey “Americana”

Andy Byron
The Journey
“Americana”

Bill LaBounty - Into Something Blue “R&B /Jazz”

Bill LaBounty - Into Something Blue
“R&B /Jazz”

Leslie Hunt - Wait For It

Leslie Hunt - Wait For It

 

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