Versatile writer/producer Jack Kugell’s work spans the pop, R&B, country and film/TV arenas. He has worked with artists from all over the world, reaching #1 more than a dozen times in many different countries.
Jack was first signed to EMI Music Publishing (which later became Sony/ATV) in 1993, a successful relationship lasting 23 years. As the son of producer Marty Kugell ("In The Still of The Night"), his first musical experiences took place as he watched his dad write and record in the classic studios of New York and Los Angeles. By the age of 11, he knew that he wanted to be a songwriter. What started as a hobby soon became a full-time career and lifelong passion.
His first success as a songwriter came after he penned the perennial Christmas song "Hey Santa!" for The Wilsons and the theme song for The Carnie Wilson Show. Jack is perhaps most recognized for his #1 chart-topper "Valentine," recorded by Martina McBride, co-written with Jim Brickman. "Valentine" became a #1 AC hit as well as reaching Top 5 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and earned multi-platinum status for both Martina McBride and Jim Brickman's albums. Artists Jack has worked with include Christina Aguilera, Kesha, J.Lo, Fergie, The Pussycat Dolls, Jim Brickman, Martina McBride, Jessica Simpson, Sean Kingston, Mary J. Blige, Wayne Brady, Taio Cruz, 98 Degrees, All-4-One, Anastacia & Michelle Williams to name a few.
Jack along with his partners Jamie Jones and Matt Wong, are songwriters/producers collectively known as The Heavyweights. The GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum production team has delivered hit songs to amass collective sales of over 35 million units. Their work has been featured in the Disney Channel Original Musical Movies Descendants 2, Zombies, the upcoming Descendants 3 as well as Disney’s feature film Kim Possible and most-recently the critically acclaimed Raven’s Home Remix - The Musical.
The Heavyweights other endeavors include writing and producing Shontelle’s "Battle Cry," which received the historic honor of being an official theme song for the Obama campaign, as well as being included on the official Obama Campaign CD. The Heavyweights also wrote and produced Wayne Brady’s critically-acclaimed debut album “A Long Time Coming,” which resulted in a 2009 GRAMMY- nomination for Brady’s vocal performance on the Sam Cooke classic, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” In 2015 the Heavyweights work resulted in their second GRAMMY-nominated vocal for Hidden Beach Recordings Artist, Angie Fisher, for the song "I.R.S."
Jack, who serves as a board member of Songwriters of North America (SONA), is committed to fighting for creators’ rights. He continues to consistently write great songs and put his stamp on great talent.