The “Soul Train Awards” 2023, hosted by actress and singer Keke Palmer, showcased some of the biggest names in R&B and soul music. The annual celebration gave a platform to several of the genre’s rising stars and as well as featured appearances from some of the most prominent contributors to the industry.
Grammy Award-winning producer Bryan Michael Cox served as DJ for the evening, leading this year’s “Soul Cypher,” featuring performances by Nicci Gilbert, Arin Ray, Eric Bellinger, and Marsha Ambrosius.
The industry legend got his start in the 90s and has been credited on songs from artists across genres, earning recognition as one the most respected musical architects of our times. In honor of this year’s show, get to know Cox better with these five interesting facts.
He attended an HBCU
Cox attended Clark Atlanta University, majoring in music theory. It was there that he honed his skills and understanding of music composition.
He was discovered by music executive Chris Hicks
Cox began his musical career in the mid-90s as an intern at Noontime Records in Atlanta, Georgia. He was ultimately discovered by his manager and Noontime executive, Chris Hicks.
He’s a hitmaker extraordinaire
The industry veteran has earned an impressive streak of chart-topping hits during his career. He’s credited on over 35 number-one records.
In addition to his nine Grammy wins, Cox has received other accolades, including BMI Awards, Billboard Awards, and more.
He’s in the Hall of Fame
In 2009, the “Pressure“ producer was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame for contributing to the music industry.
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