MUSIC INDUSTRYʼS BEST KEPT SECRET
With a string of #1 singles like Destinyʼs Childʼs “Independent Women, Pt. 1” and Jennifer Lopezʼs “Jenny From the Block,” Cory Rooney has an undeniable track record in the music business – worldwide – having created
what will become an historic legacy. Cory Rooneyʼs albums have sold over 100m copies. Many of his albums exceed the 1m records-sold mark and heʼs more than optimistic about what lies ahead for Cory Rooney Entertainment, Inc., its artists and its investors.
Vh-1 says heʼs “the hottest producer/songwriter in the business.” BMI calls him ʻthe music industryʼs best kept secret…who proves business before ego is the best policy.” Cory Rooney will just tell you heʼs blessed.
He was raised in Jamaica, Queens New York by hit-making parents Herb Rooney and Brenda Reid of The Exciters, the 60ʼs group who headlined with groups like the Beatles for years. Herb Rooney contributed to songs like “Itʼs Your Thang” by The Isley Brothers on which he played the famous piano lick. Music was in the blood but Cory went on to prove his ability to take things to another level.
Cory’s star began to rise at Uptown Records – in the late ʻ80s – while writing and producing hits like “Real Love” and “Sweet Thing” by Mary J. Blige and “I’ll Do 4 U” by Father MC. The success of these uptown anthems caught the attention of Sony Music chief, Tommy Mottola. In 1994, Sony solidified its relationship with Cory by offering him the Executive Producer title. Then and now, heʼs responsible for some of the hottest albums to hit the charts.
As Executive Producer on Marc Anthonyʼs albums, Cory produced songs like, “You Sang to Me” and the Grammy-winning, “I Need to Know.” He also went on to produce all of Jennifer Lopez’s albums which included collaborations with JaRule, 50 Cent, Nas, LL Cool J and Fat Joe, and will soon release Jenniferʼs Greatest Hits album.
Heʼs produced several smash singles for Mariah Carey but is most noted – in the business – for guiding her transition from ʻstrictly popʼ to her more urban sound by bringing in hip-hop greats like Olʼ Dirty Bastard of Wu Tang Klan and P. Diddy. Soon after that, Sony called on Cory to groom another young songstress, Jessica Simpson, for whom he produced several albums with hits like, “I Think Iʼm in Love” and “Irresistible.” Cory has written and produced for Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Brian McNight, Aretha Franklin, Nas, Blaque (with NʼSync), Christina Milian, Thalia, Toni Braxton and many more. He co-wrote and produced Destiny Childʼs #1 hit and Grammy-nominated, “Independent Women, Pt. 1.”
Producers coached by Cory have also achieved incredible success. Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Pussy Cat Dollsʼ “When I Grow Up,” Destiny Childʼs Grammy-winning “Say my Name”), P Diddy (“Mo Money Mo Problems”) and Rich Harrison (Beyoneʼs Grammywinning “Crazy in Love” ).
Currently, in MTVʼs heavy rotation is Coryʼs reality show, The Shop, based on Mr. Rooneyʼs Barbershop – owned by Cory – in Jamaica, Queens. Stars like Keisha Cole, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and P. Diddy make current stops. Cory, with Tommy Motolla, are the Executive Producers. He also executive-produced Vh-1ʼs hit show, Born to Diva, and served as industry-expert judge, along with Patty LaBelle, Gloria Estefan and others, in the search for the next ʻDiva.ʼ Tarralyn Ramsey won the competition and the opportunity to work with Cory Rooney on her first album. Cory Rooneyʼs writer and producer credits are endless. His standards in both music as an art, as well as an evolving business are next to impossible for most. His 20+ years of relationships with the industryʼs marquee players like Tommy Motolla, Jimmy Iovine, Doug
Morris, PDiddy, Jay-Z and LA Reid are just a few who Cory can lean on to help his musical projects explode.