Rob has been called a “quiet giant” and “one of the best kept secrets in the music industry.”
You’ve heard his stellar musical arrangements on the powerful horn section hook of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” from Graceland; on Steely Dan’s “Babylon Sisters” and “Time Out of Mind” from Gaucho; on Donald Fagen’s “Ruby Baby” (a Grammy-nominated arrangement) from The Nightfly; on Madonna’s “Crazy for You”–her second #1 single in the U.S.; on Aretha Franklin’s thrilling orchestral reading of “Nessun Dorma” (another Grammy nomination;) on Rihanna’s “Unfaithful;” and many, many other hit recordings.
Grammy-winning songwriter John Bettis notes of Rob’s arrangement on Madonna’s “Crazy for You:” “We owe a big debt of gratitude to Rob Mounsey. He really made a hit record out of the song.”
Rob’s clients have included Aaron Neville, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, Usher, James Taylor, Chromeo, Elton John, Gloria Estefan, George Michael, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé, Mary J. Blige and Heather Headley.
Most recently, Rob contributed the arrangements for James Taylor’s new #1 album, Before This World, arranged and conducted Eddy Mitchell’s upcoming release for Universal France, and created arrangements for The Cincinnati Pops’ American Originals event, feat. the music of Stephen Foster, and I’m Every Woman, a celebration of the great divas of soul, R&B, jazz, opera and classical music. He also created symphonic arrangements of songs for the wonderful Rosanne Cash from her new Grammy-winning album.
Rob produced and arranged Tony and Grammy-winning vocalist Billy Porter’s 2014 release Billy’s Back On Broadway, Jackie Evancho’s Heavenly Christmas album, and produced and arranged Idina Menzel’s version of “When You Wish Upon A Star” for a Disney Super Bowl commercial. For five years Rob accompanied Ms. Menzel as her MD and pianist when she was live on tour with Pops orchestras worldwide.
He also served as the Musical Director and Arranger for PBS’ “Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at the White House,” arranging all the music for Diana Krall, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Rumer and Stevie Wonder.
Previously, Rob arranged the all-star release, We Love Disney, featuring Melody Gardot, Nikki Yanofsky, Gregory Porter, China Moses, Laika, Raphael Gualazzi and Stacey Kent.