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Russ DeSalvo is a multi-faceted talent as a hit songwriter, accomplished producer, sought-after arranger and professional musician. During his 30+ years with a career in music, Russ has written, produced, arranged and performed on albums that have sold over 80 million units around the world. From his earliest days at the Hit Factory, to playing with Carlos Santana and Narada Michael Walden, Russ became a sought-after session guitarist. Russ’s session with Cutting Records/Polygram recording artist, Safire, inspired him in the early years to write a song specifically for her. “Thinking of You” became a Billboard #6 hit and he also wrote “If Wishes Came True” with Sweet Sensations, which went on to be a Billboard #1. Both songs won him the ASCAP Pop Award of the year in their respective years. His credits include: Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, 98°, Lou Reed, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Sophie B. Hawkins, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, Rosie O’Donnell, Bebe Winans, Tina Arena, Jennifer Rush, Anastasia, Jennifer Paige, Natalie Grant, and Michelle Wright.
As a writer, Russ was signed to EMI by Evan Lamberg. After that deal, he was signed to MPL, which is the largest independent publishing company in the world, owned by Paul McCartney. DeSalvo has been published by Warner-Chappell and Primary Wave Publishing as well. In addition to his work in the pop realm, Russ has composed, arranged, and scored for multiple properties from Disney, Mattel, and Universal Animations. Russ also wrote the end-title credits song for the Miramax film “Ella Enchanted”.
Currently, Russ is working with the rest of the Airgo Entertainment staff as Director of Production and A&R and is helping develop a new generation of artists. Whether he is working with rising-star or super-star artists, Russ has been instrumental in helping take the music vision and direction of these artists he works with and shaping and arranging songs around them.
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