Mariah Careys keyboard player and co songwriter, amazing artist in his own right, Lionel Cole has lifelong involvement with the music industry is characterized by innovation,passion, and diversity.
After performing in a world tour with the international cast of UP WITH PEOPLE, Lionel moved to Chicago.
After moving to Los Angeles, Lionel worked as a staff composer/music editor with award winning producer, Steve Tyrell, on several television projects including NBC’s CALIFORNIA DREAMS and the BRADY BUNCH MOVIE.. Lionel moved on to film composing for the highly acclaimed ONCE UPON A TIME…WHEN WE WERE COLORED.
Later Lionel and Malcolm Jamal Warner partnered to form the jazz/funk band, Miles Long.The Miles Long album, THE MANY FACETS OF SUPERMAN featured En Vogue’s Cindy Heron and soul icon, Teena Marie.
Lionel enjoyed his many roles on this project as lead singer, pianist, and producer. In addition he did a turn as a featured vocalist in John Powell’s score for THE BOURNE IDENTITY, a two year stint as band leader on the television series MALCOM & EDDIE and had a blast playing piano with Ivan Neville and his ensemble. He was featured as part of Robert Downey Jr.s band on the Oprah show, the Tonight Show, Ellen, and Good Morning America.Lionels work with singer Mariah Carey, included piano playing on her #1 single, “Never Too Far Hero” and co-writing three songs notably the heartfelt hit “Through the Rain” from her multi-platinum album CHARMBRACELET.
One of Lionels proudest moments was arranging the Star Spangled Banner for Mariah and the Boston Pops at the 2002 Superbowl following 9/11.Lionel also was featured keyboarding and background singing for Mariah’s worldwide tour which played to sold-out audiences of people drawn to music they can feel.
2010 brought a world tour with 1980s icon Rickie Lee Jones as her singer and multi-instrumentalist. This also landed Lionel in Sydney, Australia where he is currently a radio dj, artist manager/producer and entertainment consultant for venues and events.
You can still catch Lionel working with his father in the family business fromPoland to Manhattan spreading the virtues of the Great American Songbook and its heirs.
Born to a name synonymous with breaking down a variety of barriers, Lionel has carried on the family tradition and made inroads of his own. Uncle Nat obliterated the color line, cousin Natalie defines pop longevity, and Grammy-nominated father Freddy proves one is never too old to be an overnight success.
Lionel has always figured it’s the music that does the work. It’s the music that changes hearts, opens minds and makes us feel. Lionel Cole believes in music that moves the listener to feel. He does whatever is conceivable to that end. For him that’s what music is about. This is what Lionel is about.
Composer / Producer / Arranger – Television and Film
Superbowl XXXVI – Arranger: the Star Spangled Banner Featuring Mariah Carey
Lincs – Score Composer/Music Supervisor/Title Song: Lincs Theme
Showtime Network – Debbie Allen, Director
California Dreams – Featured underscore for various episodes/Song: Get Funky
NBC – Peter Engle, Producer
The Television Hall of Fame – Featured underscore.
ABC – Douglas Ross, Producer
Malcolm & Eddie – Featured underscore for various episodes/Song: Love Me
UPN – Jeff Franklin/David Duclan, Producers
Restaurant – Song: Nothing but a Love Thing
York entertainment – Eric Bross, Director
Grace Under Fire – Featured underscore
NBC – Franco Barrio, Producer
The Brady Bunch Movie – Song: I Am Your Monster
Paramount – Betty Thomas, Director
When We Were Colored – Lead Score Composer/Title Song: Maybe Tomorrow
United Image/B.E.T.- Tim Reid.