We’ve all got epic jams that get stuck in our heads, but how often do we actually stop to think about who’s actually behind those smash hits? We know the artist singing, but what about the people who produce and write the song?
When it comes to big name artists, there’s one Canadian who seems to have worked with a lot of the big ones.
We’re talking about Stephan Moccio; composer, producer, pianist, arranger, conductor and recording artist who has worked with some of the biggest artists around. He’s back in the spotlight with his role as mentor in the new Canadian series The Launch (Jan. 10, 9 p.m. ET on CTV), a show that takes a chosen artist, vigorously works on one hit song with them, successful producers, writers and a marketing team, and then launches smash hit across several platforms in each and every episode.
The St. Catharines, Ont. native has worked and collaborated on any number of projects with major artists like Seal, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Ne-Yo, Josh Groban, John Legend, Randy Jackson, Fergie, BeBe Williams and more.
Here are just a few Moccio collabs you probably know:
1. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
We can credit Moccio for co-writing this one, but the jury’s still out on whose idea it was to have her sit on an actual wrecking ball for the music video.
2. “Earned It” by The Weeknd
This one got lots of airtime thanks to its inclusion in the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, but we just love the idea of these two Canadians working together.
3. “I Know You” by Skylar Grey
Another soundtrack of the Fifty Shades variety, this song reached the top spot on Canadian, American and Mexican music charts the very same day it was released.
4. “A New Day Has Come” by Celine Dion
Not only did this one stick in our heads for weeks and weeks, but it also broke records by sitting in the top slot on the Billboard AC Chart for 21 weeks. Impressive, right?
5. “California” and “Don’t Give Me Those Eyes” by James Blunt
Moccio collaborated with Blunt on his most recent album, The Afterlove, helping to write and produce two of the album’s ten offerings.
6. “Real Life” and “Angel” by The Weeknd
Speaking of these two Canadians collaborating together, we’d be remiss not to mention the opening and closing songs on The Weeknd’s 2015 release of Beauty Behind the Madness, a.k.a. the Grammy-nominated album that truly put this artist on the map.
7. “Daylight Savings” by Seal
This 2015, Moccio penned single from Seal’s ninth album 7 served as a beautiful opening number for the overall album, setting a soulful, melodic tone.