Roxanne Seeman

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Roxanne Seeman is an international songwriter with recordings by Billie Hughes, Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jacksons, The Sisters of Mercy, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, The Stanley Clarke Band, Sarah Brightman, Shaun Colvin, Chet Baker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alejandra Guzman, Richard Cocciante, Super Vocal, and China’s #1 Pop Icon Jacky Cheung, among others.

She has written main-title, end-credit, on-camera, feature and source songs for Film/TV including Stuart Little 2, Spike Lee’s Get On The Bus, Bruce Weber’s Academy-nominated Chet Baker documentary Let’s Get Lost, The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story, and foreign box office hits in France, Mainland China and Hong Kong.  Roxanne is a two-time Emmy nominee.  She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, the Television Academy and the Recording Academy.

Roxanne Seeman is a co-producer of the 2018 Broadway productions To Kill A Mockingbird play by Aaron Sorkin starring Jeff Daniels, and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan starring Elaine May.

She is a native New Yorker and graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, with a BA in Oriental Studies, Chinese Arts & Language.  Roxanne studied jazz piano with Tony Aless (Woody Herman, Charlie Parker) and Nathan Davis, Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

In 1982, soon after the doors to China opened for American visitors, Roxanne spent three weeks travelling through Mainland China.  Upon returning, Roxanne met Billie Hughes and their partnership set in motion a 17-year career of recording, producing and songwriting for film, television and records.  Their first record, “Walking On The Chinese Wall” by Philip Bailey produced by Phil Collins, was inspired by her experience walking on the Great Wall of China.

In 1991, “Welcome To The Edge” by Billie Hughes, co-written and produced by Roxanne, was featured in the FujiTV Japan primetime drama Mou Daremo Aisenai, sparking sales of 520,000 singles.  “Welcome To The Edge” was awarded #1 International Single of the Year in Japan in 1992 at the NHK Grand Prix Awards where Billie Hughes performed “Welcome To The Edge” on the national telecast.

In August 2004, FujiTV released Mou Daremo Aisenai with Billie Hughes “Welcome To The Edge” and Ai To Lu Namae Nomo To Ni with Billie Hughes “Dreamlove” on DVD.  October 8, 2019 Japanese television station TVK in the Greater Tokyo area began rebroadcasting all 12 episodes of Mou Daremo Aisenai.

Roxanne’s activity in the Chinese market expanded in 2010 with the release of five hit songs written for Jacky Cheung’s multi-platinum “Private Corner” album, followed by numerous Chinese artist recordings.  In 2017, Roxanne Seeman was the first American songwriter invited to participate in the Taiwanese PRO MUST-sponsored Pan-Asian International songwriting camp, with 70 songwriters held at the Grand Hotel Taipei.  March 2020 saw the performance of her song “Qui Con Me/Ni De Se Cai” by Super Vocal on Hunan TV’s “Singer 2020”.  Forty million viewers tuned in, in 24 hours.  March 27th, Super Vocal released “Ni De Se Cai (Your Colors)” worldwide, as the lead single from their upcoming album.

Roxanne has written songs for winners of international productions of The Voice, as well as English lyrics for contemporary standards in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish, including Alejandro Sanz’ 2002 “Quisiera Ser” Grammy duet performance with Destiny’s Child.  With composer Kennard Ramsey, Roxanne co-wrote a feature song for Jambalaya, The Musical currently in production.

Roxanne Seeman has been an independent publisher and owner of master recordings since 1979.  She is a member of ASCAP, NMPA, SCL, Harry Fox Agency, SESAC, BMI, SACEM (1997 – 2012), CMRRA, AIMP, CCC, SONA, SoundExchange and the P&E Wing of the Recording Academy.  In 2005, following the launch of the iTunes Music Store, Roxanne was offered an indie label deal with Apple.  Roxanne has participated in many international conferences including MIDEM Cannes, Hong Kong, Miami and in 2015, the CEEMPC hosted by UniversalTaxim in Istanbul.  Her pleasure is mentoring students and curious minds, many from China, wanting to learn about creating music and protecting the intellectual property they create.