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President & Co-Founder
Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich has created an expansive body of work that embraces several musical genres. She writes in English, French, Spanish and Italian, her songs span across generations and have been recorded by world-class artists from Celine Dion to Aretha Franklin. Multi-faceted and driven, Denise is also recognized internationally as a serious and ardent philanthropist and entrepreneur.
In her career as a songwriter, Denise has reached many milestones. R&B icons Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige duo performance of Denise’s “Don’t Waste Your Time” earned a Grammy nomination. Her song “I Have Loved You” appeared on Jessica Simpson’s multi-platinum album In This Skin, “Candy” provided Mandy Moore with a Top Ten hit, and “Livin’ For Love” peaked at the top of the dance charts for Natalie Cole. “Aim Your Arrow High” helped earn a Grammy nomination (Contemporary Soul/Gospel) for the Tremaine Hawkins album To a Higher Place.
Her songs can also be found in soundtracks for films such as Meteor Man (1993), Kiss Me Guido (1997), The Hurricane (1999), To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) and Runaway Bride (1999). Billy Porter’s rendition of Denise’s “Love Is On The Way”, written for The First Wives Club (1996), inspired Celine Dion to record her triple-platinum version of the song. Patti LaBelle laid down a sizzling performance of “The Voice Inside My Heart” for the John Q (2002) soundtrack. The film Chicago (2003) features “Love Is A Crime” co-written by Denise, Greg Lawson, and Damon Sharpe, performed by dance-pop sensation Anastacia.
When Denise isn’t in the studio, she spends her time working on the Foundation she created with her family in memory of her daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, who passed away from acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Since its inception, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research has awarded $25 million in Medical Research Awards making it one of the largest non-governmental sources of grant support to blood cancer researchers in the nation.
Denise has contributed her talent as well as her earnings to a number of worthy causes. The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis chose her song “All I Wanna Be Is Understood” as its anthem. Denise also wrote “Love Will Set You Free”, recorded by R&B diva Kelly Price for The Hurricane, raising over $200,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Denise was recently appointed to the board of the Clive Davis Recorded Music Program at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She also serves on the board of LIFEbeat (The Music Industry Fights AIDS).