Grammy award winning and Academy Award nominated Writer/Producer/Mulit-Instrumentalist Clif Magness' career includes over two decades worth of hits and over 85 million albums sold.
?Clif was instrumental in developing perhaps the biggest breakout artist of 2003, Avril Lavigne. Being among the first writer/producers to work with Avril, Clif's writing and production style became the benchmark for the album. Clif co-wrote and produced the fourth, much edgier, Avril Lavigne single "Losing Grip," as well as 5 other tracks from her multi-platinum debut "Let Go." "Losing Grip" showed a much more rock side of the album and was Avril1s personal favorite track. Her performance of the song at the Juno Awards was said to be one of the highlights of the show. "Losing Grip" got more than 2100 spins a week and topped at #29 on the Top Forty chart and #14 on MTV's rotation. He finished the project with six productions and five co-writes on the multi-platinum debut entitled, "LET GO."
?With the success of Avril Lavigne, Clif continued to break new ground writing and producing a whole new group of young superstars including Cherie Amore, Jessica Simpson, Charlotte Martin, O-Town and a heartfelt single for Rachel Loy (of Mass Ave), entitled "The Same Man (for Matthew). Also, Kelly Clarkson’s #1 album debut "Thankful" features 2 productions by Clif. Additionally, Clif co-wrote and produced "Hear Me" and "I Hate Myself For Losing You" from Kelly Clarkson’s 8x Platinum 2nd album, "Breakaway". At the same time, Clif co-wrote the first single "Lights Out," and five other songs with Lisa Marie Presley from her debut album "To Whom It May Concern." Clif also produced 5 songs for Clay Aiken’s debut multi-platinum album, "The Measure Of A Man" including the #1 hit, "Solitaire".
?Clif's string of hit singles and records began in the 1980s when he had a #1 hit with Jack Wagner ("All I Need") and a top 5 with Wilson Phillips ("Impulsive"). In 1990 Clif took home a Grammy for the song "The Places You Find Love" from Quincy Jones' critically acclaimed album "Back On The Block." Just three years later, in 1993, Clif was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song "The Day I Fall In Love" from the film "Beethoven's 2nd". Throughout the 1990s and in to 2000, Clif continued to work with outstanding artists such as Celine Dion, Hanson, Steve Perry, Wild Orchid, Judith Owen, Amy Grant, Jude, Joe Bonamassa, and The Urge.
?Recently, Clif worked with artists such as Marie Digby, Avid, Andreya Triana, Tori Vasquez, Cindy Alma, Alissa Beyer, Lisa Donnelly, Days Difference, Say Chance, Ill Scarlett, Ivy Lies, Cristina Grimmie, Andrea Rosario, Renee Cassar, Caroline Sunshine, Cider Sky Sara Skinner, Brynn Elliott and Michaela Baranov.
You can hear Clif’s Hanky Panky spot featuring Alissa Beyer on the American Idol tour.