Larry Cox Music Biography
Larry Cox in the 1970s, began his music career as solo acoustic act and singer-songwriter performing weeknights in folk clubs - while serving weekends as lead singer of the Minneapolis-based, blues-rock group "Cox's Army.” Warmer climates and pursuit of his love of song-writing brought him to Phoenix where he performed in a number of rock bands. There, Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University and wrote concert reviews of Glen Campbell, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt and “The Jackson Five” for The Arizona Republic newspaper.
Cox moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to pursue his music career. One major source of growth was the American Song Festival– an international songwriting competition in which Cox garnered nearly 70 awards over five years. Cox met Orange County-based composer Brian Curtin at a recording studio opening and the duo joined forces to write four songs in three weekends. Two songs, "From the Back of Your Mind," and "You Dream in Color," were instantly signed by Jobete Music of Motown Records fame, and the first song was recorded by a prominent Japanese artist on Casa Blanca Records. Cox next teamed with former Isaac Hayes’ music director and Bee Gees’ lead trumpeter, producer Bill Purse. The team wrote “Guys Like You Give Love a Bad Name,” and “Stop and Think, “recorded by Stacy Lattisaw on Cotillion/Atlantic Records, Donna Washington on Capitol Records and the Ritchie Family on RCA Records.
Cox quickly garnered a reputation as a fast, prolific and versatile writer, penning songs in R&B-pop, hard- and pop-rock, country, jazz and gospel. Cox’s songs became identifiable by their unusual and visually strong titles; poignant, soulful and sexy lyrics and - powerful hooks. Next, Cox collaborated with MCA Records R&B-pop artist, "Klique," and with band member Isaac Suthers, penned “Another Day, Another Night.”
That song became the “B” side of a remake of the Jackie Wilson classic “A Woman, A Lover, A Friend,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts. Working as an independent writer and producer, Cox free-lanced and produced song demos for publishing houses such as Island Music, Jobete/Motown, Michael O'Connor Music, Dale Kawashima Music, Lion’s Share/Kenny Rogers Productions and Lorimar, collaborating with industry stalwarts Robert Palmer, Don Was, Jim Goodwin of "The Call," and others.
A collaboration with TV-film composer Eddie Arkin, sparked the writing of "Don't Start Somethin'," which was initiated by an ASCAP Pro Writers’ pitch for an appropriate song for Vanessa Williamsto perform in her co-starring guest appearance in the NBC-TV pilot of "Partners in Crime," (with co-stars Lynda Carter and Loni Anderson). Williams’ understated but confident performance of “Don’t Start Somethin’,” resulted in widespread industry interest, resuscitating her acting career and launching her recording artistry.
Cox/Arkin collaborated again on the playful "Expose Yourself," featured in the HBO-TV film "Hardbodies II." Cox/Bill Purse scored again with "Stop and Think” singles by "Fire on Blonde" on Atlantic Records and Michele Goulet on Island Records. Both renditions of "Stop and Think" were an instant hit at radio and in East and West Coast dance clubs. The songs also attacked the TV airwaves, airing on "Miami Vice," "Two on the Town," "All My Children," "Entertainment Tonight,” "General Hospital" and “All My Children.”
Cox/Curtin scored again with “Love A.P.B.” and “Inside Information,” in the full-length feature film, “Suds II.” Cox/Curtin later wrote and produced three 60-second radio spots for GTE, “The Cool Zone,” airing on KTWV-FM; “Summer All Year Long,” airing on KLYT-FM, KFWB-AM and KRTH-FM; and the “Toll Wars,” airing on KNX-AM and KFWB-AM radio. These commercials became the highest-rated radio spots in the company’s history, mightily boosting GTE’s brand, prior to that company's merging with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon. Cox/Goodwin later wrote and produced another set of highly rated GTE radio spots, which aired on Los Angeles Spanish-language stations.
Currently, Cox is CEO and Founder of Cox International, a Nashville-based music production-publishing and talent management company. Cox and his A&R staff - and team of industry scouts – are looking for talented young solo artists and bands to manage, produce and shop for recording deals in alt-rock, contemporary R&B-pop and country-Crossover pop. Visit the contact section to fill out a submission form for Artist Management or Production Services Inquiry.