The English singer, producer, musician and DJ Mark Ronson was born in London in 1975, but at the age of eight moved to New York. It was in the Big Apple where Ronson first started working in the music world, working as a DJ for some of the city’s top nightclubs, playing funk, R&B and rock. But he soon made the switch from DJ to producer, working with Nikki Costa.
In 2003, Ronson released his debut album Here Comes the Fuzz featuring Sean Paul, Mos Def and Jack White. While well received by critics, initial sales were not so promising, and he was dropped by record label Elektra Records two weeks after its release. This was not enough to stop Ronson though, who went on to set up his own record label, Allido Records, and work with a host music’s top names, including Macy Gray, Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen.
Working alongside Amy Winehouse producing much of her hit album Back to Black, Ronson secured many accolades, such as being nominated at the 2008 Grammys for Record of the Year, and winning the prize for Best Pop Vocal Album. He also secured the Producer of the Award, NonClassical at the same awards ceremony, cementing his career in producing.
In the same year, Ronson secured his first Brit Award, receiving the Best Male Solo Artist award over favourite Mika. At the awards ceremony, he performed a medley of songs with guests Adele, Daniel Merriweather and Amy Winehouse.
Ronson’s third studio album, Record Collection, led to the formation of his band Business Intl. The album’s first two singles – Bang Bang Bang featuring QTip and The bike Song – were released in 2010, shortly before the album, which saw the first tracks featuring Ronson’s vocals.
However, despite his long career in the music business, it wasn’t until the end of 2014 that he gained the most notoriety, with the release of single Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars. It sat at the top spot of the US Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks straight, and retained the number one position in the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks. The single further topped the charts in other countries across the world.
Ronson’s hit song was rewarded with British Single of the Year at the 2015 BRIT Awards. The popular track is the first single from Ronson’s Uptown Special, released in January 2015.