Richard Rudolph fell into the music industry as a songwriter at Chicago’s legendary Chess Records. His first recording was the title song for Minnie Riperton’s debut solo album “Come To My Garden.” This began a multi-song collaboration with Charles Stepney, the renowned producer of Earth, Wind and Fire fame. In the years since, Rudolph’s career has transected many facets of the recording industry. He has been a successful songwriter, performing artist, record producer, music consultant, film music soundtrack supervisor, record label executive and music publisher. All in all, his various contributions have accounted for worldwide sales in excess of 30 million albums and countless song placements in film, television and commercials.
Rudolph’s career as a record producer began when he and Stevie Wonder collaborated to produce Minnie Riperton’s million selling album, “Perfect Angel.” Included in this album was the song, “Lovin’ You,” written by Richard Rudolph & Minnie Riperton, which went on to become a #1 song around the world and has turned out to be one of the most performed songs of all time. Some of his many production and writing credits include songs and recordings by Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Tribe Called Quest, The Manhattan Transfer, J Cole, Lauryn Hill, Michael McDonald, Jermaine Jackson, The New Edition, Shanice Wilson, Michael Sembello, The Rotary Connection, The Temptations, Julian Lennon, Patti Austin, Timothy Schmidt of The Eagles, Chaka Khan, Lara Fabian, Nuyorican Soul, Kimiko Kasai, Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, Tupac Shakur and many others.
Along the way, Richard Rudolph’s creativity and experience with music led him into the film industry, as well. Besides contributing songs and music supervising several feature films such as Cocoon, Running Scared, Black Rain, Flatliners, Weekend At Bernie’s, Virtuosity, The Black Dahlia and Duets, he has also overseen films for cable, mini series and movies made for television, the latest one being The Whitney Houston Story as Executive Music Producer. Rudolph also served as the exclusive music consultant to HBO Pictures and was President of Third Stone/Atlantic Records, a company which he founded with partner (actor/producer) Michael Douglas. Rudolph currently runs Rudolph Productions and for 10 years co-currently served as Chief Creative Executive for Music Sales West, a worldwide publishing company for which he still consults, with over 250,000 copyrights and offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Sydney. He continues to write and record songs and develop music driven projects for film, television and new media. He has written over 500 songs in his career and has no intention of stopping anytime soon.