It is with a great pleasure to announce that the great multiple Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, record producer and composer and a true legend in the music industry Mr. Walter Afanassieff has agreed to compose the theme song as well as other music for the Motion Picture Cyrus. Following is a brief summary of his accomplishments:
Walter Afanasieff formally nicknamed as Baby Love in the 1980s, is a Brazilian American multiple Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, record producer and composer of Russian descent. Afanasieff’s first major production was the title track of the James Bond movie License to Kill, sung by Gladys Knight and co-written by Afanasieff and Walden. One of Afanasieff’s biggest hits as a producer was the smash hit "My Heart Will Go On", the theme tunes to the 1997 film Titanic, sung by Celine Dion. The song became the world’s best-selling single of 1998. Afanasieff produced and arranged other successful motion picture soundtracks, including Disney's Beauty and the Beast (the Celine Dion/Peabo Bryson title-track duet), Aladdin ("A Whole New World") and The Hunchback of Notre Dame ("Someday"). Afanasieff was also the producer and arranger for "Go the Distance", the Oscar-nominated Michael Bolton song from the animated film Hercules. He is best known for his long association with Mariah Carey, for whom he was co-producer and co-writer for several years, beginning in 1990. He won the 1999 Grammy Award in the Record of the Year category for producing "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, and the 2000 Grammy Award for Non-Classical Producer of the Year. Aside from Carey and Dion, Afanasieff has also written and produced music for many other recording artists as well, such as Richard Marx, Whitney Houston, Thalía, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, George Benson, Destiny's Child, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, Toni Braxton, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Leona Lewis and Idina Menzel. Afanasieff spent a significant part of his career creating music with Mariah Carey: 1988-1998. He had a role in some of Carey’s most successful songs, including "Hero", which he co-produced, co-wrote, and on which he played all of the music tracks. "Hero" was released as the second single from Carey’s album Music Box and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 25, 1993. It remained at the top of the chart for four weeks. "Hero" has become one of Carey’s signature songs, and Carey closes many of her concerts with it. Carey and Afanasieff also wrote "One Sweet Day", a duet between Carey and Boyz II Men, which holds the record for the longest run at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (16 weeks total). The song was nominated for the 1996 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and received the ASCAP Song of the Year Award for 1996. In 1994, He released the Christmas song "All I Want for Christmas Is You". He and Mariah Carey produced and composed the song by Columbia Records with worldwide sale of over 14 million copies.