George Noriega Productions
As a Grammy® Award-winning Producer/Songwriter with a myriad of Billboard top ten Hits, George has achieved a reputation as a successful songwriter/producer with the ability to crossover many different genres with ease. In 2000, he received Grammy Award for Best Latin/Tropical Producer for his work on Gloria Estefan’s “Alma Caribeña”. In 2004 he received a Latin Grammy nomination for Record of the Year as Producer of the darker, sultry, art/pop track “Mas Y Mas” by Robi Draco Rosa. He has been a producer and/or songwriter on albums that have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
George’s list of collaborations is the “Who’s Who” of the music industry: Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Robi “Draco” Rosa, Desmond Child, Ricky Martin, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Brett James, Phil Ramone, Emilio Estefan, Jennifer López, Jon Secada, Billy Mann, renowned songwriting team The Matrix and Greg Alexander to name a few. Clearly, he is not afraid to dabble in different genres and most recently has jumped into what may be one of his most challenging – yet rewarding – projects: working alongside Joel Someillan as part of the production and writing team known as JOLLIPOP. Jollipop is a children’s entertainment production company, which has developed music for Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go as well as many other projects for Nickelodeon TV and Film and Broadway Across America. In 2011 Jollipop wrote and produced all the music for “ Madagascar Live” for Dreamworks & Broadway Across America's live stage tour which ended with several sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Alumnus of the University of Miami , George graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Immediately following graduation, he landed a gig as background vocalist for Gloria Estefan’s “Evolution” World Tour. By the end of that tour, George was hired by Estefan Enterprises as a songwriter/producer.
Four years later, 1999’s “She’s All I Ever Had” (“Bella”), co-written and produced by Noriega and interpreted by Ricky Martin, went Platinum and hit #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks charts. The follow-up theme “Shake Your Bon Bon,” also co-written and produced by Noriega, became a smash hit and coined the phrase all over the world. The full length CD debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and has sold over 17 million copies worldwide .
Success continued to be on George’s side when he wrote and produced eight tracks for Gloria Estefan’s Grammy®-winning CD “Alma Caribeña”, which immediately went to #1 on the Billboard Latin 50. The first two singles “ No Me Dejes de Querer ” and “ Como Me Duele Perderte ” also topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart at #1.
In 2001 Noriega wrote and produced with Shakira for her highly successful English language debut – “Laundry Service” - which to this day has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide . During 2002 and early 2003 he teamed up with Robi “Draco” Rosa to write and produce ten tracks for his groundbreaking, Grammy® -winning album “Mad Love” . 2005 saw the release of another Noriega production: Ricky Martin’s English-language album “Life,” and found George collaborating with The Matrix, Scott Storch, Timbaland, Billy Mann and Sean Garrett. In 2006 George worked with Jodi Marr on Alejandra Guzman’s album Indeleble. The album (which reached the #1 spot in Mexico ) has been certified double-platinum and won two awards at the Premios Oye! 2006. From 2007-09, George continued to collaborate with his “hermano en la musica”, Draco Rosa, on several projects including Vino, Teatro (Live DVD), the Grammy®-Nominated Amor Vincit Omnia and most recently on Draco's Duets album which features artists such as Shakira, Juanes, Mana, Mark Anthony, Calle 13, Alejandro Sanz and many others. George also worked on several other songs/productions in 2009-10 such as Paloma Faith (Sony/UK) “New York” (2nd single), The Hoosiers (RCA/UK) "Bumpy Ride" (2nd single), Andy Gibson (Stroudavarious/Nashville), Clare Maguire (Polydor/UK), Caterina Torres (Sony/UK), Alicastro (Sony Latin), Christopher Von Uckermann (Sixth House/Peer) and Sarah Packiam . In 2011-12 Noriega wrote and produced for the Grammy®-Winning band out of Puerto Rico Black:Guayaba, Ednita Nazario and wrote English lyrics to the #1 hit "Promise" by Romeo and Usher.
Today, Noriega is looking to expand his many talents and to continue creating music that crosses genres and creates new ones. 2012 is bringing new ventures to this innovative artist, including collaborating with and producing many well-known artists as well as discovering new talent through his Cutting Cane Productions/Publishing Co. Headquartered at his 2 acre Ranch in South Florida, the complex is home to the 1400 sq. Ft. state of the art Cutting Cane Studios (www.CuttingCane.com). “This is more than a place of work, this studio is a haven for creativity and muse. That is why I was involved in every detail of the construction process,” states Noriega. Under the Cutting Cane umbrella, George heads a growing publishing company and the development of several multimedia projects through his production company and studio.“There is a lot of talent out there, people who are looking to create something new and fertile from the ground up without rules or restriction. Those are the people I am looking for and for them I created Cutting Cane.”