Kevin Rudolf burst on to the national scene in 2008 with his rock/hip-hop anthem, “Let it Rock,” featuring Lil Wayne. Rudolf not only wrote and sang the song, but produced it as well. The song sold over 4 million copies and has over a million plays on radio.
Born in New York City, Kevin Winston Rudolf first picked up a guitar at age 14, and after playing in some local rock bands, decided to go it alone, teaching himself how to produce and write his own songs. His first record deal was with Madonna’s label, Maverick. The album he delivered won critical acclaim, but did not meet with much public fanfare. Soon, Rudolf was applying his considerable guitar skills to session playing, working along side producer extraordinaire Timbaland, on such artists as Justin Timberlake, The Black-Eyed Peas and Nelly Furtado.
Rudolf continued writing and producing his own material, catching the attention of Cash Money Records’ Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams. He became the first white rock artist on the predominantly African American label. Rudolf’s first album In The City, mixed hip hop and rock, as well as dance elements, and contained the enormous hit, “Let it Rock.” Another platinum single, “I Made It,” introduced the second album To the Sky.
Along with his successful solo career, Rudolf has continued to write and produce for other major artists including Selena Gomez, FloRida, Cobra Starship, Leona Lewis, Lifehouse and many more. Most recently, he co-wrote Keith Urban’s #1 country song, “Little Bit of Everything”, and is currently putting the finishing touches on a few songs on Gavin Degraw’s upcoming album.
“Here’s to Us” is the latest single for Rudolf, in anticipation of his upcoming album. And for its video, Rudolf has added yet another job title to his resume, that of director. Perez Hilton told his readers “we seriously got goosebumps watching this video.” Many critics have praised the recent release, and noted that it signaled a departure from Rudolf’s usual blend of hard rock and hip hop. However, having explored so many styles over the course of his career, Rudolf sees it quite differently.
“I’m not thinking, ‘Is it hip hop? Is it rock?’ I’m thinking, ‘Is it true to me?’ Whatever I gotta do to get at that truth, I’ll do.”