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Eliot Kennedy

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"Music is the back stage pass to everyone’s soul."
            Eliot Kennedy

Eliot honed his skills as a self taught musician and singer with various bands in his home town of Sheffield, in Yorkshire.

His debut hit as producer was with Lulu in 1993 with ‘Independence’ and his first No 1 was a year later with Take That’s ‘Everything changes’, which Eliot wrote and produced with Gary Barlow. By the time he achieved global success with the Spice Girls single ‘Say you’ll be there’ in 1996 has was already established as on of the UK’s top young writer/producers. Eliot has since had major success with Blue, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, S Club 7, Five, Billie Piper and many others.

In 1998, Eliot won an Ivor Novello for the hit single ‘Picture of you’ by Boyzone featured in the Mr Bean movie. Other film successes include the Grammy winning  ‘Never gonna break my faith’, performed by the legendary Aretha Franklin and Mary J Blige for the movie Bobby; ‘Never let go’, performed by long time co-writer Bryan Adams for the movie The Guardian; further collaborations with Bryan Adams and Hans Zimmer for the Dreamworks film Spirit; and ‘Miracles happen’, which featured in the Disney movie The Princess Diaries and its sequel.

Eliot co-founded The True North Music Company, a production and publishing business with his friend Gary Barlow. They have enjoyed success with Delta Goodrem, Lara Fabian, Blue and Charlotte Church and are in development with an exciting new TV format about music and the way it changes people's lives.

Eliot has now moved back to his native Sheffield and built a new recording facility (Steelworks Studios and The Foundry @ The Steelworks) and formed a new production company: Steelworks Productions. Eliot has also founded the ‘One Song Foundation – changing the world one song at a time’ to help people in need through the power of music by releasing records and putting on events to raise funds.

Over the last few years Eliot had been living and working in Hong Kong whilst developing the international girl band ‘BLUSH’ where he produced the accompanying tv format show ‘Project Lotus’. The project allowed Eliot to visit 5 asian countries and hold auditions for the girl band. He chose 5 girls from 5 different countries then ran an academy in Hong Kong, where the girls were put through their paces with vocal coaches and choreographers. The result was the girl Band ‘BLUSH’ who had their first USA national TV performance on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ performing their debut single featuring Snoop Dogg. The band have now gone on to have a Billboard Dance chart No:1 Single.

In 2012 Eliot produced the years biggest record, the Official Song for Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The song 'Sing' was recorded all over the world with Eliot's long time friend and collaborator Gary Barlow.

Eliot and Gary have also written their first Musical. Finding Neverland is based on the movie of the same name, about the life of J M Barrie, the writer of ‘Peter Pan’. The musical has recently broken the 34 yr box office record of the ART theatre in Boston where it had it’s trial run. It is now scheduled to run on Broadway and the Lunt Fontaine theatre. Last year the pair went to Afghanistan and performed for the troops for an ITV Christmas special.

Eliot is also in the process of creating his own artist development Academy. to be based in his studio facility in Sheffield, UK, Giving students a 3 month course in every thing they need to have a career in the music industry. The Academy is called 'Eliot Kennedy's Steelworks Academy' or EKSA.

He has also recently been given a Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of his career and his work in charity and is currently working on a book of his memoirs in the music industry.

Producer / Songwriter Discography:
Sing - Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band - UK No 1 Single and Album
Counting Time - Military Wives - UK No 1 album
Stronger Together - Military Wives - UK No 1 Album
Everything Changes - Take That - UK No 1 Single
Say You’ll Be There - Spice Girls - UK No 1 - US No 2 Single - W
Love Thing - Spice Girls - UK No 1. US No 1 LP
Right Back At Ya - Spice Girls - UK No 1, US No 1 LP
Let’s Talk About Love - Celine Dion - UK No 1. US No 1 LP
Another Year Has Gone By - Celine Dion - UK No 1. US No 1 LP
Open Road - Bryan Adams - Canada / Germany No 1 Single
A Little Love - Bryan Adams - LP
Back To You - Bryan Adams - UK No 17 Single
Fearless - Bryan Adams - UK No 10 LP
Lie To Me - Bryan Adams - UK No 10 LP
When You’re Gone - Bryan Adams & Mel C - UK No 3 Single
Once Upon A Christmas Song – Geraldine (Peter Kay) – UK No2
Guilty - Blue - UK No 2
Supersexual - Blue - UK No 1 LP
This Temptation - Blue - UK No 2 LP
Innocent Eyes (6 Tracks) - Delta Goodrem - UK No 2 LP
Four Minute Warning - Mark Owen - UK No 4
Testify - Amy Studt - UK No 24 LP
It's Alright - S-Club 7 - UK No 3 LP
You - S-Club 7 - UK No 2 Single
Bring It All Back - S-Club 7 - UK No 1
I Really Miss you - S-Club 7 - UK No 2
A Picture Of You - Boyzone - UK No 2 Single  
When The Lights Go Out - Five - UK No 3, US No 10 Single
It’s All Over - Five - UK No 1 LP
Day & Night - Billie Piper - UK No 1 Single
Something Deep Inside - Billie Piper - UK No 4 Single  
Because Of You - Billie Piper - UK No 14 LP
Last One Standing - Girl Thing - UKNo 8 Single
Tide Is High (3 Tracks) - Atomic Kitten - UK No 1 LP
Special Kind of Something - Kavana - UK No 12 Single
MFEO - Kavana - UK No 8 Single
Crazy Chance ’97 - Kavana - UK No 11 Single  
What I Meant To Say (Entire album) - Donny Osmond - UK No 15 LP
Breeze On By - Donny Osmond - UK No 8 Single  
The Day We Find Love - 911 - UK No 4 Single
Party People - 911 - UK No 5 - Single

Movie Work:
"Miracles Happen" from the movies THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1&2
"Get Off My Back" from the movie SPIRIT: stallion of the cimarron
"A Place For Us" from the movie BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA
"Never Gonna Break My Faith" from the movie BOBBY
"Never Let Go" from the movie THE GUARDIAN
"It Aint Over Yet" from the movie RACING STRIPES
"When The Lights Go Out" from the movie STEPMOM
4 Songs from the movie COLOR ME KUBRIK
3 songs for new production DOROTHY OF OZ
Major Sync's have included "Let's Talk About Love" for the Quebec tourist board which has run for years and is constantly renewed.

Awards include:
Grammy Winner ("Never Gonna Break My Faith" by Aretha Franklin and Mary J Blige for the movie BOBBY) Best Gospel section.
Ivor Novello winner ("Picture Of You" By Boyzone)
Golden Globe Nominee ("Never Gonna Break My Faith" by Aretha Franklin and Mary J Blige for the movie BOBBY)
Critics Choice Nominee ("Never Let Go" by Bryan Adams for the movie THE GUARDIAN)
Honorary Doctorate (Sheffield University)

Biog as updated for City Showcase 2014

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