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Stephan Moccio is a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer. producer, pianist, arranger, conductor and recording artist. 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 also co-wrote Miley Cyrus' single "Wrecking Ball" from her 2013 studio album Bangerz. 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. 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. Moccio was one of the three judges on Canada's Got Talent, alongside comedian Martin Short in 2012 and was a featured mentor, producer on the inaugural season of The Launch in 2018.
|Born||St. Catharines, Ontario|
|Labels||Universal Music Publishing Group|
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, with the theme for the CTV Television Network program Camilla Scott Show, which was written, performed and produced by Moccio. Moccio would go on to write and produce more theme songs for CTV shows including House and Home, ETalk, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Broadcast, 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" sung 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...". She often refers to the song as being representative of the emotional struggle and consequent happiness she experienced upon becoming a first-time mother.
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. It was also at this time that Moccio co-founded Bijou Records with his long time manager, James Porter. Bijou Records would be the record label on which Moccio would release his solo piano works, Exposure, Color, and Elements in 2006, 2010 and 2012, respectfully.
As special projects in 2003 and 2004, Moccio conducted members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in two separate sessions at the Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto. Here he recorded his orchestral arrangements for his pieces “Beautiful Things”, “Julienne” and “Hope”.
In 2003 Moccio collaborated, as both a writer and musician, with Sarah Brightman on the single “What you Never Know” featured on her album Harem (EMI/Angel). Later that Year, Moccio would go on to write the song “Tears of Hercules” with writer Marc Jordan. The song would be subsequently recorded by Josh Groban, appearing on his limited edition album With You, titled “My Heart was Home Again”, released in 2007 on the Hallmark Cards Inc. label. Also in 2003, Moccio won an International Achievement Award at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto for co-writing the Celine Dion song "A New Day Has Come".
Moccio released his debut album of solo piano music, Exposure, on Bijou Records/Universal Music on November 14, 2006. The album was mixed by Juno Award-winning engineer Vic Florencia and mastered by Juno-nominated João Carvalho. The album has since sold over 50,000 copies, and in 2008 had become the highest charting instrumental album on the Canadian charts of the last 25 years, since Vangelis' Chariots of Fire in 1982.
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, “I Believe” and Canada's Got TalentEdit
Moccio found inspiration in David Foster's theme and music for the 1988 Calgary Winter Games and, upon hearing it for the first time, made a personal commitment to write a theme song for a future Olympic Games in Canada
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. In addition to co-writing the theme song, Moccio composed and produced over 250 cues to accompany the Canadian broadcasts of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, with each cue representing different emotions associated with lead-ins to segments and events, Medal Ceremonies, and with Canadian athletes’ profiles and performances at Olympic events, telecast on various CTV and Rogers Media properties throughout the games. Three versions of the theme “I Believe” were written and recorded; an English language version sung by Montreal jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky, a French-language version ("J'imagine") sung by Quebec artist Annie Villeneuve, and an instrumental version by Moccio. On January 26, 2010, an EP titled “I Believe/J’imagine – CTV’s 2010 Winter Games Theme Song” was released on iTunes Canada. The EP contained all three versions of the theme which were all produced by Moccio. The strings component of the theme song English language as sung by Nikki Yanofsky involved the orchestral arrangement and conduction of William Ross, at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Grammy winning engineer Armin Steiner engineered the recording. Moccio arranged the music and conducted members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for the Olympic broadcast cues and Villeneuve’s “J’Imagine”.
Alongside Moccio on the piano, Villeneuve and Yanofsky performed a bilingual duet in a six-minute video that aired Canada-wide just prior to the commencement of the official closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
On March 1, 2010, "I Believe", covered by Nikki Yanofsky, reached 4 x Platinum status (CRIA) 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.
During the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in Montreal on April 2010, Moccio on the piano, along with Nikki Yanofsky and Annie Villeneuve performed "I Believe/J'imagine," as one of the production numbers, and the 2010 Canadian Olympians entered the stage.
Universal Music PublishingEdit
On November 2, 2010, Moccio released his second album of solo piano music, entitled Color on Bijou Records/Universal Music. As with his previous album, Color was mixed by Juno Award winning engineer Vic Florencia and mastered by Juno nominated João Carvalho. It includes 4 tracks “October”, “Life”, “Leopold” and “Violette” that featured the orchestral treatment of William Ross as composer, arranger and conductor, recorded at the Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Following the release, Moccio embarked on a 24-day, 12-city promotional and concert tour across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, during which he was featured on Breakfast Television (BT) in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto and performed on some of Canada's finest stages.
In August 2011, Stephan was nominated for his first Gemini Award in the category of Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble). It was in recognition of his live performance on a CBC program called Solo. Previously, Stephan had been featured on CBC's Creative Block and on Men of Music (2003).
Selected discography as composer, songwriter, producer, musician, arranger, programmerEdit
|"A New Day Has Come"||Celine Dion (Sony)||A New Day Has Come||2002||Co-writer (Aldo Nova), background vocals||#1 SOCAN Award, BMI Pop Award, SOCAN Classic Song Award, 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), #1 US (3xPlatinum - RIAA), #1 Europe (3xPlatinum - IFPI) • 5th best-selling album of 2002 • Vegas show A New Day...|
|"Ballerina"||Ne-Yo (Motown)||Non-Fiction||2015||Co-writer, co-producer, piano|
|"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|
|"My Heart Was Home Again"||Josh Groban (Hallmark/Reprise)||With You||2007||Co-writer||Album certified Gold (RIAA) • produced by David Foster|
|"Need You Love You"||Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain)||Where My Heart Belongs||2014||Co-writer with Knight and Benjamin "BeBe" Winans||#8 Billboard Gospel Chart|
|"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)|
|"What You Never Know (Won't Hurt You)"||Hayley Westenra (Decca)||Odyssey||2005||Co-writer||Album certified Gold (UK - BPI) • #3 US Billboard Classical album chart|
|"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|
Discography as recording artistEdit
|Year||Album / single details||Peak||Certifications|
|CA||Quebec Album Chart||iTunes Album Chart|
|2010||I Believe - Instrumental Theme||49||—||36||
|2010||I Believe - Solo Piano
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