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Ben Margulies
American songwriter, drummer, and record producer

Ben Margulies

Ben Margulies
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Intro American songwriter, drummer, and record producer
Is Musician Composer Record producer Songwriter Drummer
From United States of America
Field Business Music
Gender male
Residence Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Nashville
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Ben Margulies is an American songwriter and record producer. He is best known for co-writing award-winning songs on Mariah Carey's debut album.

Early life

Margulies grew up in Southern California. Growing up, he took an interest in music and dropped out of the high school in Santa Cruz, aged 15, to go on tour as a drummer for the celebrated Oregon-native bassist Glen Moore.

In the late-1970s/early-1980s, Margulies would rehearse with his band at David Rubinson's San Francisco-based recording studio The Automatt. There, he got to meet noted artists of the time such as Narada Michael Walden, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, and Randy Jackson.


In 1983, the New York-based new wave trio Comateens (Nic North, Ramona Jan, and Lyn Byrd) released their second album titled Pictures on a String. The trio was looking for a drummer to tour with them for the album. Margulies was hired and he went on to tour with them through Switzerland and France. He also made an appearance in the music video for their dance club hit "Get Off My Case." The video, shot in an old train terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, received a "Top Album Pick" in Billboard magazine.

After returning to New York from the tour, Margulies started his own band "King Holiday." Their first gig was at New York's iconic CBGB music club. They signed a deal with Elektra Records, which, however, wasn't materialized. One of his bandmates was the elder brother of then-new singer Mariah Carey. When Carey, who was in high school, needed help with her demo tape, her brother introduced the two to each other.

Over the following years, Margulies and Carey worked together in the back of his father's cabinet factory in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and produced a demo tape with four songs. In 1988, Carey was signed by Columbia Records after the Columbia CEO, and her future husband, Tommy Mottola, heard the demo tape and was left impressed. All four songs from the tape made the final cut for Carey's debut album, Vision of Love, on which she worked with a range of producers and writers, including Margulies, Rhett Lawrence, Narada Michael Walden, Ric Wake, and Walter Afanasieff. Three of the songs, Vision of Love; Love Takes Time; and Someday were Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, with Vision Of Love winning her two Grammys at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1990. Margulies was nominated a Grammy for songwriting for Vision of Love.

Carey-Margulies co-written songs on Vision of Love album

  • Vision of Love
  • Love Takes Time
  • Someday
  • Vanishing
  • All In Your Mind (also co-produced)
  • Alone In Love
  • Prisoner

Songs co-written but never produced

  • Unspoken Emotion
  • Surrender To Me
  • Now You Got My Heart
  • No Doubt
  • Let Me Go
  • Into The Light
  • Hypnotized
  • Here We Go Round Again
  • Echoes Of Love
  • Don't Take The World Away
  • Do You Ever Wonder
  • Baby

In 2006, Margulies worked with Canadian singer Lisa Lavie on a single titled If I Only Knew, which appeared on the soundtrack of Missy Peregrym and Jeff Bridges starrer comedy Stick It.

Over the years, Margulies has written and/or worked with artists and writers across all genres including Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Mac Davis, Paul Overstreet, Steve Cropper, Dennis Morgan, Billy Burnette, Jeffrey Steele, Dallas Davidson, Lari White, Oliver Leiber, David Tolliver, Chad Warrix, Kristen Kelly, Shawn Camp, Dallas Austin, Bekka Bramlett, Marti Frederiksen, Danny Myrick, Delta Goodrem, The Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars), Jack Tempchin, Kristy Lee Cook, John Edwards, Troy Olsen, Nash Overstreet, Chris Gelbuda, Jacob Durrett and others. He has also written and produced songs for motion pictures and his hit songs recently been featured in current television shows as well.

In addition, he owns a recording studio "Secret Garden Studios" in Santa Barbara, California. The studio has also been used by many top artists including Jack Johnson, Jeff Bridges, and Kenny Loggins. In 2014, Katy Perry, working with producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, recorded much of her chart-topping album Prism at the studio, including the smash hits "Dark Horse" and "Roar."

source: Mariah Carey Revisited: The Unauthorized Biography.  by Chris Nickson (St. Martin's Griffin ISBN 978-0-312-19512-0)

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