Posted by bebereader on Sunday, May 2, 2010
Of all the talented writers and producers David has been working with, I find myself coming back to one whom, along with Dave Hodges and Jesse Cates, wrote the double platinum hit, “Crush”, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #1 on iTunes. From the beginning, Eman has sung David’s praises (pun intended) and it is a privilege to learn more about this powerhouse of talent, prankster, angel in disguise, formidable singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Emanuel Kiriakou.
Because of Eman’s sincere desire to see David’s career lift off and take flight, David’s fans feast on Eman’s daily tweets:
Crossed the mountain today with @davidarchie. He took everything up 10 notches as usual! We’re on the final stretch. Stay tuned! 8:28 PM Apr 27th
These @davidarchie songs that I wrote with @claudekelly and @hodgesmusic have taken on a life of their own! They will be what they will be.. 5:13 PM Apr 27th
In the studio with the great @DavidArchie today! 1:06 PM Apr 27th
Do you want a @davidarchie update?? My latest vyqhp
This @davidarchie song is coming out NIIIICE…just like sittin’ with a cool breeze and an umbrella drink! 8:29 PM Apr 6th
Unexpected visit from @claudekelly. I had to play him 3 of our @davidarchie songs now that the vocals are done..he luvd…what’s not to luv 7:06 PM Mar 30th
About to cut a new song with @davidarchie. I think this is #5? Not a weak one in the bunch!! 5:26 PM Mar 19th
Most people are unaware that Eman produced, arranged and played acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards and percussion for “Joy To The World” on the “Christmas From The Heart” album. In addition, he produced “Come All Ye Faithful” and did the arrangement for “The First Noel”. He also co-wrote “To Be With You” and “My Hands” on David’s self-titled CD.
Aside from working with David, Eman is also collaborating with Nick Lachey, Elliott Yamin, Friday Night Boys, David Hodges, New Kids on the Block, Ry Cuming, Axiz, Vanessa Hudgens, Lesley Roy, Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Cheetah Girls, Frankie Storm, James Fauntleroy, Kara DioGuardi, Jess Cates, Lindy Robbins, Guy Chambers, Evan Bogart, Craig Wiseman, Chris Tompkins, Troy Verges, Tia Sellers, Blair Daly, Darryl Brown, Zukhan Bey, Ashley Gorley, JR Rotem, Sacha Skarbek, Kasey Livingston, Jeff Cohen and Corte Ellis.
At six years old Eman received his first guitar, one that made his hands turn green and by twelve, he was playing in his father’s Greek band. Like David, he knew early on what he wanted to do with his life and attended Ohio’s Youngstown State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Music. During college, he worked as a cook at his family’s Greek restaurant while moonlighting as a guitar teacher. After college, Eman had a short stint teaching music theory and song writing but quickly moved on to record for Target’s exclusive Lifescape’s label where he recorded and produced over 20 albums. During this time he wrote TV jingles for Burger King, BMW and Miller Light beer for which he won a Clio Award. An established instrumentalist and singer/songwriter by the late 90’s, Eman began to focus on his solo career. He collaborated with singer/actor Joey Mcintyre on two cds, “Meet Joe Mac” and “One Too Many”. He also released his first cd, “Favorite Enemy“ in 2002. Eman’s music has been featured in TV shows and major movie soundtracks including “Achilles’ Love” and the award-winning, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, which showcased some of his original Greek music.
List of artists/songs
Nick Lachey “What’s Left of Me” – Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100/received 2007 ASCAP Pop Award
Taylor Hicks – “Just To Feel That Way”
Jordin Sparks – “Next to You”, “Permanent Monday” and “Worth The Wait”
Celine Dion – “Surprise, Surprise” and “There Comes A Time”
The Backstreet Boys – “Inconsolable” and “Downpour”
Eman also wrote/produced on albums by Katharine McPhee, Ashley Tisdale, Bianca Ryan and Jesse McCartney.
By co-writing “Crush“, Eman helped launch David from an American Idol star to a hot ticket on the Billboard 100 chart.
Will Eman again be the one to help create the next hit single for David?
My money’s on The Man.