Stephan Moccio, BMus’94, is one of the world’s brightest composers and producers. From Olympic anthems to chart-topping hits, Moccio keeps millions around the world singing melodies from his songbook. And he found his rhythm at Western.
A tune that began as a scratchy 12-second clip sung into a Dictaphone bombarded Olympic followers in every corner of the country during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The ubiquitous melody is the brain child of Stephan Moccio who has written songs for stars ranging from Céline Dion and Miley Cyrus to Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman. Those original few bars were spun into some 220 different cuts of varying length, tone and instrumentation as well as full-fledged songs sung bilingually by 15-year-old prodigy Nikki Yanofsky and Saguenay, Que., chanteuse Annie Villeneuve.
As a teenage piano student, Mr. Moccio was blown away by David Foster's piano-heavy theme for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. The feelings of national pride it stirred in him percolated ever since.
Four years earlier, after Vancouver had won the Games, the theme came to him as he was driving one day. He stowed away the tiny recording for years. The first to hear it was his friend Alan Frew, the front man of Newmarket, Ont., band Glass Tiger, who later wrote the lyrics for the sung versions, now titled I Believe and J'Imagine.
A Juno Award winner and Gemini Award nominee, Stephan was also one of three judges for the first season of the TV series, Canada's Got Talent. As a highly sought-after international music creator, he has helped sell over 18 million records worldwide.
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