Born in Chicago. Began career in A&R for Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records. Moved to L.A. in the 80s. Became a songwriter. Wrote "Hot Summer Nights" for the TOP GUN movie soundtrack (performed by Gloria Estefan). Discovered and developed teen singer Martika. Wrote and produced her #1 hit "Toy Soldiers" which became a hit again many years later by rap superstar Eminem. Wrote "Declaration Of Love" for Celine Dion on her Grammy-winning album "Falling Into You". Also wrote songs for Mandy Moore, Kylie Minogue, Jon Secada, Five Star, Patrice Rushen, Lalah Hathaway, New Kids On The Block, and many others.