That Grape Juice Interviews Bryan Michael Cox

In continuing to our quest to delve beyond the spectacle of te industry, we sat down with hitmaker Bryan Michael Cox here in London recently. The candid interview saw us chat it up with the renown songwriter/producer about his storied career, songwriting process, Kelly Rowland‘s new found solo success, Beyonce‘s ‘4’ and more!

As ever, we ask the questions others won’t. Questions Cox answers readily and willingly.

An insightful watch, we must say!



  1. July 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    BeyStan says:

    That was an extremely good and insightful interview.
    He was spot on about his outlook on the music industry.
    With ppl selling singles but cant sell albums.
    While people are selling mad albums but no hit, Beyonce as of recently being one.
    What he said about Kelly got me a bit emotional because ive been rooting for her from the beginning and to see everything come thru up to thos point is amazing. She really deserves it.
    Interesting what he said about B2K…never knew they didnt go platinum in the states…and yes they were HUGE in the early 2000.

    I loved the questions. Please continue to ask questions others dont ask. I want to see a Beyonce’ and Kelly interview

  2. July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) says:

    Why did you cut some of the questions off???At some point, I didn’t know what he was saying because he was answering a question that I hadn’t heard. And did he call Justin Bieber an ARTIST with cohesive bodies of work??? *faints

  3. July 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm
    Davy says:

    It would have been nice if you had asked if he had worked with any U.K artists, is there any he would like to work from, and what he thought about U.K artists, which ones and why….. apart from Leona Lewis who he had mentioned.

  4. July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    Sheesh says:

    That was a very good interview….i really enjoyed it.

  5. July 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    nice_gurl says:

    That was a real nice interview. He has a lot of knowledge about the music industry and it’s great that you could sit down and talk with him. He seems passionate about what he does, and most of the songs he produces I really love, like Usher’s Burn and now Motivation, as well as all the other great songs.

    Keep up the great work TGJ. Maybe u could interview The Dream or Jermaine Dupri if that is possible. Love hearing what people that have experience in the music industry have to say about certain things.

  6. July 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm
    Laurie says:

    I agree with 90% of the things he said except for Bieber lool Bieber is just the hot thing of the moment he’ll disapear as quickly as he appeared !!!

  7. July 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm
    Jonathan Gardner says:

    “Sexual Chocolateness”



    What a great interview, very interesting and insightful. Agreed with everything he said!

  8. July 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    Jonathan Gardner says:

    As much as I love Kelly’s new music, I do think “Commander” was a MASSIVE missed opportunity in the US….surely from it being a worldwide hit they could have done something with it in the US…even the Urban remix ¬__¬

  9. July 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm
    Myrl22 says:

    That was a fantasic interview. before anyone could say flop or hit about thier favs and those they dont favor, they need to listen to veterans like this dude and get the facts right.

    like Beyonce ‘4’. 1st single RTW didnt even make the top 20 on billboard hot 100. If she say that is her best album yet, than she isnt as talented as i thought she was. Beyonce is a brand n will sell regardless of what she put out, that doesnt mean what she put out is good. but thats my opinion.

    Im soooo happy its finally Kelly Rowland time. Long overdue. Cant wait for her album ‘HERE I AM’

    Anyway great info. love it

  10. July 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    Robier says:

    Nice. Informative and truthful

  11. July 8, 2011 at 12:39 am
    lost1wons says:

    I agree with what he said about Kelly, but after listening to the samples now available at Amazon of “here i am”, it’s an utter dissappointment, there is not one record like “Motivation”, and alot of people are saying it’s too Keri Hilson-ish, I agree, and then she has that other single coming out that is a knockoff Nicole Sherzinger “right there” song….. Why couldn’t Kelly do more songs like the breakdown part I heard in her BET performance of “Motivation” -i kinda felt a Lil Mo/Janet/Mary J Blige vibe going on, and that’s not present on “HERE I AM”

  12. July 8, 2011 at 2:56 am
    KIM says:

    you said it buddy . You don’t need a big hit to sell your body of art.
    Thank you.
    It’s about the album not the hit single.

  13. July 9, 2011 at 4:35 am
    B0SS says:

    He’s right about a lot of things he spoke on.

    But just KNOW Lil Wayne was NOT needed on Motivation. Kelly carried that song all on her own… which she’s only done once in her entire career.

    Go Bey Goooooo

    Go Kelly!!!!

  14. July 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm
    Leo says:

    That’s my dude right there. Very insightful. Great interview as usual!

  15. July 10, 2011 at 2:18 am
    Butch says:

    I can appreciate what he’s trying to say, but today’s writer’s and composers, are NOT as good as they use to be, singers are now forced to work with multiple song writer’s and composers in order to even an album out.
    Example: Brandy – The Full Moon CD, the best single was Full Moon, by music city, but Darkchild *(Rodney Jerkins)* produced the cd. If he had produced the entire CD, it would’ve had the same sound on every record.

    Whitney Houston – I Look To You CD there was not really one song that stood out, but was the best CD for 2009-10 hands down, R. Kelly wrote great music for that CD, Danja, Claude Kelly, Diane Warren and Johnta Austin, did a magnificent job writing and Harvey Mason, Jr did a wonderful job composing and arranging.

    Today’s writer’s need to slow down a bit, think about what it is your trying to say, the message that’s being conveyed to all from ages 1-100 because u never know who’s listening.
    Today’s artist for the *Y* generation is just trying so desperately to make a name for itself, they will do anything, and I do mean anything. Unfortunately, some people are buying it.
    I hope music comes back to its roots eventually, because I very seldom hear a good song these days.
    The younger generation gets to sing along to S**, KILLING, and SMOKING DOPE songs…how long will it last?

  16. July 10, 2011 at 9:35 am
    MuzikJunkie says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. I agreed with a lot of what he said. What he said about Kelly was sooo true, Kelly has the ability to do dance/pop records but it’s like when she does them as a solo artist people don’t know how to accept it. I love Kelly’s music, but I like R&B Kelly way better than Pop Kelly. I would LOVE for him to get in the studio with Beyonce, now that would be a great record right there, I really hope they get to work together soon! And thatgrapejuice I really love how you guys switch it up and give us quality interviews and a very insightful watch!

  17. July 11, 2011 at 1:06 am
    TheC.A.TSeries says:

    I like him…

    ok, real talk… lol

    i really like what he had to say about kelly rowland ~and judging by the comments so far, thats the part people were paying the most attention too~

    its been time, for kelly rowland to get her shine
    and its sad that people are just now seeing her talent

    and i am stoked that the album is finally coming out!!!!
    ~as a matter of fact, i personally think she should push the album up, but thats just me, lol~

    i listened to the album samples, and i do somewhat agree, that those samples might have been released alittle too soon, being that the cd, doesnt come out until the end of the month, but at the same time, she needs all the buzz she can get right now, and it definitely working
    which is what she wanted

    i listened to the samples about three times, and each times i listened, each song, grew and grew on me…

    definately loving the SAMPLES

    but im personally holding my judgement on the ALBUM

  18. July 11, 2011 at 1:08 am
    TheC.A.TSeries says:

    until it comes out


  19. July 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm
    Mizz Dallas says:

    @Butch I like Full Moon too but I wouldn’t call that her BEST album I think people slept on Afrodisac record (sp)

    Anywhoo! I respect BMC as producer and songwriter, he is part of Ocean’s 7!!!!

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