Vincent Degiorgio – a brief history
Born in Brampton Ontario, Canada, to parents from Malta
His father loves music and is a huge record collector.
The first record Vincent received was ‘Shake’ by Sam Cooke
The record he bought for himself was ‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie
Worked at Canada’s legendary ‘Sam The Record Man’ when he was 15 years old.
Started to work as a club DJ when he was 16 and retired 17 years later.
Between 1978 to 1980, he wrote disco columns of for RPM Magazine and later, for
“The Record”, another Canadian publication
He started to write and produce songs for the artists after his first job for a record label, with
In 1982, he founded Hi NRG record label ‘Power Records’. ‘Boulevard Records’ and ‘Chateau Records’ soon followed.
He produced a succession of hits in the dance world, with hits for legendary dance artists like Tapps and Eria Fachin. Eria has a # 1 dance single, and a top 50 Billboard pop single with Vincent’s production of “Savin’ Myself”
In 1990, he formed Chapter 2 Productions Inc. His first client was BMG Canada in Toronto as a consultant in their newly formed dance music division.
After six successful years, in 1996, he worked in both New York and Toronto with working for BMG and RCA Records.
In 1999, he became an International A&R Vice President at RCA.
He signed and was the A&R representative for N’SYNC
Between 1997 to 2001, he served on the NARAS dance music category committee for the Grammy Awards
Moved to LA to concentrate on his own company in 2002, moving on to Vancouver in 2004.
He returned home to Toronto in 2008.
Between 2009 to 2014, he was the chair (director) for the dance music category for the Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammys). He was also on the board of the SAC (Songwriters Association of Canada) and began to producing the SAC writing camps called “Songworks”
He is on the advisory board member of MROC (neighbouring rights), the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
In 2016, he became the chair of the CMPA (Canadian Music Publishers Association)
He has also served as a co-chair of Canadian Music Week
His career and hit songs as a songwriter
In 1981, he wrote his first song “Heartquake”. It was never released.
1983, ‘My Forbidden Lover’ by Tapps – a legendary dance song. The band is still touring !
1988, ‘Savin’ Myself’ by Eria Fachin – Vincent’s production of the song was a Billboard chart hit
1998, ‘You’re A Sperstar’ by Love Inc. – platinum in Canada, and a hit in South Africa, Brazil, Holland and Spain.
1998, ‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ by N’SYNC – has been re-recorded seven times incl. Pentatonix
In 2001, his first International cut in Japan wa ‘PRECIOUS’ by Tomomi Kahara
In 2003, He started to go around the world for co-writing sessions with local songwriters from Scandinavia, Central Europe, Australia and the Asia Pacific. He also published many songs that were recorded and released around the world.
Returning to writing in 2010, ‘Deleted Scenes from Cutting Room Floor’ by Caro Emerald spent 27th consecutive weeks at number one and became the longest running number-one album in the Netherlands, beating Michael Jackson's Thriller, which held the top spot for 26 weeks in 1983.
The album later returned to #1, spending a total of 30 non-consecutive weeks on top of the Dutch Albums Chart. From this album ‘A Night Like This’ was chosen BUMA Best Song 2010.
In 2013, the album ‘Shocking Miss Emerald’ by Caro Emerald became his first UK # 1.
He has co-written the entire original repertoire for Ms. Emerald.
To date, his songs are sung in 14 different languages and sold in the tens of millions.