They never see him coming. That’s what is often said about Jack D. Elliot, a versatile, passionate, and multi-talented musician who never fails to surprise and amaze. In the time that Jack has been on the scene, his reputation has steadily grown from being the new kid on the block turning out underground dance hits to an exceptionally innovative industry veteran who has packed his discography with artists like Britney Spears, Brandy, Taylor Dayne, Kelly Rowland, Ashley Tisdale, and Lo Fidelity Allstars; advertisers like Progressive Insurance, V8, and Dr. Pepper; and television shows like American Idol, America’s Next Top Model, Access Hollywood, E! News Live, Good Morning America, and the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Blessed with boundless creativity, Jack is not one to be limited to a single avenue of the music industry. You may find him producing for award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, creating original scores for networks like Lifetime and Bravo, building a rapidly-growing television music library, or penning tracks for top television shows and advertisers. With an incredible ear that closely follows the ever-changing current sounds, Jack has his finger on the pulse of today’s music and displays an uncanny knowledge of translating the trends into what the various avenues of the industry need.
Growing up in the theaters of New York City, Jack watched his mother dance at Radio City Music Hall and on Broadway, and listened to his father play trombone for countless Broadway shows and for composers like Phillip Glass. Jack’s determination to succeed spanned back one more powerful generation to his grandfather and namesake, a trombonist who got his gig with the NBC Orchestra by tenaciously waiting in a hallway at the famous network until NBC’s president agreed to hear him play.
A musician who followed his grandfather’s example of “making your own destiny”, Jack was spinning records in major New York nightclubs by age 19, and subsequently ran his own record label, Progressive High, turning out over 50 original records under the watchful eye of Tommy Musto and the late Silvio Tancredi at Northcott Records. A few years later, fate came calling when Jive Records asked Jack to complete a spec remix for one of their new artists. Little did anyone know that Britney Spears would rocket to international superstardom, or that Jack’s remix of “Baby One More Time” would be spun in nightclubs worldwide. Remixes for top recording artists like Backsteet Boys, N’Sync, and Christina Milian followed, including Jack’s #1 Billboard remix for Nick Lachey’s comeback anthem “What’s Left of Me”.
After building his reputation as the go-to remix guy, Jack took things a step further when he gained the opportunity to write and produce “I Want to Be a Millionaire” with Grammy Award-winning superproducer David Foster. “Millionaire”, featuring guest vocals by Regis Philbin, was commissioned by the mega-hit television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and used in ABC’s national ad campaign for the show.
Adding accolades to his resume, Jack had the honor of writing and producing the #3 Billboard dance single of the year in 2004 with the anthem “If I Close My Eyes” for recording artist Reina. The following year, Jack repeated the magic when his next Billboard smash “I’ll Be Your Light” for beloved diva Kristine W soared to #2. Subsequently, Jack took his sound worldwide with Eurovision winner Sertab Erener on her eagerly-awaited first English-language album.
In 2008, Oscar viewers were treated to Jack’s work when his song “Crash”, co-written with Janice Robinson, premiered in ABC’s winter campaign during the Oscar broadcast. With soaring vocals by the legendary Taylor Dayne, “Crash” became a fan favorite. The following year, in 2009, Jack picked up an Out Music Award when his song “Breathe Life” with recording artist Brian Kent garnered Song of the Year honors. Jack and Brian went on to be nominated again the following year for their follow-up hit, “I’ll Find a Way”.
Using his unique abilities as a classically-trained keyboardist and instrumentalist, Jack showed the world that he was more than just a dance producer when renowned songwriter Diane Warren came calling, making Jack a part of her production staff. Providing the landscape for Diane’s unbelievable songs, Jack is privileged to create tracks for artists like Kelly Rowland, Nadine Coyle, and Nina Sky.
Throughout the time that Jack’s songs and productions were being heard on the radio and on dance floors everywhere, he was also quietly building a name in the television music industry. Known for his incredible range of style and his lightning-fast turnaround time, Jack was continually called on to pen tracks for hit shows like Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Navy NCIS, Entertainment Tonight, and E! News Live. As his television star continued to rise, Jack began turning out themes for major networks, and was eventually called on to begin exclusively scoring shows. Jack’s score can be heard as the backdrop to the antics of Project Runway winners Austin Scarlett and Santino Rice in Lifetime’s On the Road With Austin & Santino, and in Bravo’s forthcoming Million Dollar Decorator. As you flip through the channels, you will likely hear Jack’s music in all of your favorite shows like Cake Boss, Jersey Shore, What Not to Wear, and A&E Biography. As Jack continues to write custom cues and scores for a growing list of top programs, he is also building an impressive, cutting-edge music library with his team of talented up-and-coming writers.
His limitless talent, unfailing tenacity, and outgoing personality have made Jack a favorite with industry insiders. His unique ability as a classically-trained musician adds to what differentiates him from other producers and takes him to another level of creativity. Anyone who has worked with Jack will cite his incredible work ethic and his intense love for his craft. With his remarkable adaptability to so many facets of the entertainment industry and so many works in progress, it is easy to see why this incredible talent continuously proves that he has what it takes to stay on top as well as to continue to surprise us by reaching over the bar to new heights. They never see him coming.