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Mancuso-Martin Entertainment adds Bill Cuomo to its "A" List of Film Score and Music Professionals
Nick Mancuso and Greg Martin of Mancuso-Martin Entertainment have added Bill Cuomo to their list of distinguished professionals who will be working on their upcoming film, "Brother Gulf Stream 10."
By: Greg Martin
Nick Mancuso said "Bill Cuomo has worked with the "best of the best" in music and entertainment and we are thrilled to have him join us on this and many other future projects."
Bill Cuomo Biography
Following graduation from UCLA in 1972 Bill began with demo recordings in LA, earning a reputation as a very capable piano player and idea guy. He soon began branching into major records; arranging, writing, and eventually producing and engineering. First notable break came with Mac Davis in 1974, touring and doing Mac’s show on NBC. Bill left Mac in late 1975 to join Bonaroo, a band signed to Warner Brothers and managed by the Doobie Brothers’ manager Bruce Cohn. Bill had his first radio hit with his song, “Sally Ann”. Following Bonaroo, Bill returned to session work along with landing a job with Seals and Crofts, touring and eventually recording in 1976.
The “big breakthrough”
Bill has done a good deal of arranging and playing in foreign markets, particularly in the Spanish and French markets. Working with artists such as Juan Gabriel, Amanda Miguel, Jose Jose, Marisela, Diego Verdaguer, France Gall, and Johnny Hallyday, Bill recorded around the world, arranging and playing on numerous foreign hits.
He also played keyboards in early Clint Eastwood films (Any Which Way You Can, Every Which Way But Loose), and arranged the title track for the Sean Connery James Bond film, “Never Say Never Again”. He also scored two films, including “Katherine”
Through Craig Krampf, Kim’s drummer, Bill was introduced to Steve Perry in 1983 and the three of them began writing. Bill went on to record “Street Talk”, Steve’s first solo album. Bill penned and played the famous intro to “Oh Sherrie” for Steve Perry, which he co-wrote. He has also played on, written, or arranged records for Don Henley (“Building The Perfect Beast” CD), Whitesnake (“Whitesnake”
Moving to Nashville in 1989 he began studio work beginning with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Johnny and Donnie Van Zant. He went on to record with such acts as Mark Knopfler (“Golden Heart”) Alabama (4 albums, including piano on “Forever is as Far as I’ll Go”), Faith Hill (first 2 CD’s), Trace Adkins, Kathy Mattea (“Walking Away a Winner” CD-all keyboards), John Berry, Restless Heart, John Michael Montgomery, and Steve Wariner’s “Burnin’ The Roadhouse Down” CD.
Bill has also written, recorded and produced a number of gospel/pop-Christian hits. He co-wrote #1 hits for Kathy Troccoli, (“Sounds Of Heaven” & “Love One Another”) Larnelle Harris, and Pam Thum. Both Larnelle’s CD’s were Grammy nominees (“Beyond All The Limits” ‘94, and “Unbelievable Love” ‘95). He received a Dove award for the latter, awarded “Inspirational Album of the Year”. He was awarded American Songwriter Magazine “Christian Producer of the Year” in 1995. He has also worked closely with Yochanan Marcellino at Galilee Of The Nations Music/Provident, arranging and recording many Christian hits for artists such as Joel Chernoff. Zamir Levov and Ted Pearce.
In late 1998, he and Beeb Birtles (founding member Little River Band) formed Sonic Sorbet Records, to unite their combined experience of over 100 million records sold worldwide. Beeb’s first solo CD, “Driven By Dreams”, was the label’s debut release. Sonic Sorbet went on to sign and release 4 CD’s on Austin’s popular artist, Pete Benz, culminating with the “Best Of…..” being released in 2007. Without substantial funding they managed to chart the Texas Music Charts 4 times, twice in the top ten, getting Pete airplay on nearly 100 Clear Channel stations.
Today Bill works in Spring Hill Tennessee facility, spending his time producing, writing, playing live and engineering. Working with new talent, such as actor Mike Moroff, Lauren Moses, Paris Delane, Halo Stereo, Jimmy Carslake, along with rocker Jon Raven, to name a few. Never a dull moment in the age of file sharing and worldwide recording!
For more information on Bill Cuomo visit www.allmusic.com, www.sonicsorbet.com or www.albumcredits.com
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Mancuso - Martin Entertainment is the movie studio of Hollywood actor Nick Mancuso and Greg Martin. The company specializes in family friendly entertainment. Mr. Mancuso's career spans 40 years with over 300 films to his credit.