R evered and beloved by an abundance of music industry legends and notables, Stephan Oberhoff has uniquely crisscrossed the worlds of producer, musician, songwriter, arranger, sound engineer – and consummate artist.
Stephan has performed with, produced for, collaborated with a who’s-who of greats; including Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Melissa Manchester, Patti Austin – and so many more…
He inimitably juggles the arts spanning the music creation process; but at his heart, he is a musician – with formidable, renowned skills as a keyboard player, peerlessly creating a full orchestra or Brazilian band or contemporary jazz section or country rhythm section… all at his fingertips. Add to that exceptional talents as a guitarist, vocalist, drummer, accordion player, bass player, percussionist, and saxophonist.
Here’s his story…
In 1991, a 6’4” German was generating extraordinary music success in the advertising world.
He wrote (with Evkathrin Pahnke) and produced one of the longest-running TV and radio commercials in the history of European TV and radio media: “Merci dass es dich Gibt,” (“Merci that there is You”). As a recording artist on BMG Records, Stephan also released it garnering tremendous success as a radio single.
Stephan was also honored with the coveted “Golden Lion” Award, for a #1 nationwide advertising campaign with Bahlsen Company.
Enthralled by the muse of American melodies and pop orchestrations, Stephan set sail for America.
It didn’t take long before the word spread in Hollywood – and Stephan began collaborating with myriad internationally-acclaimed artists and writers; including Brenda Russell (“Piano in the Dark”), Siedah Garrett, Michael Ruff (Bonnie Raitt, India Arie, David Sanborn), Sharon Vaughn (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings), etc. — and collaborating with the biggest songwriters in the world over the past 30 years.
Credits include producing, arranging and performing on Brenda Russell’s critically-acclaimed “Paris Rain” record, and producing, arranging and performing on Melissa Manchester’s “When I Look Down that Road” release.
Current projects include collaborating with Quincy Jones on Quest Records’ Jason Gould, (who has performed globally with his mother, Barbra Streisand) on which Stephan has produced, arranged, engineered and performed all songs from Jason’s current release.
Stephan has co-produced, performed and collaborated with Johnny Mercer Award-winning composer Michele Brourman on multiple award-winning animated musicals for film and television, including Universal Studios’ “Land Before Time,” (currently in its 14th season), as well as Disney’s “Balto II,” “Balto III,” “American Tail IV,” “Chipmunk Meets Frankenstein” and “Hercules And Xena.”
Other notable clients include producing, arranging and performing credits with Amanda McBroom (“The Rose”), Jeffrey Osborne (artist), jazz great Doc Powell (Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin), Jimmy Dunne (songwriter of 28 million hit records), saxophone artist Everette Harp (Blue Note and Capitol Records) – and a laundry list of pop, jazz and R&B greats. Full details on Client List
Artist credentials include “Conversations with my Father,” along with a current record recent release, “Applauding the Sunset”, a musical homage to his “other home of the heart,” Brazil.