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Ashford & Simpson

Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, started their life and songwriting partnerships in the mid-1960s, writing for songs such as “California Soul for The 5th Dimension, “Cry Like A Baby” for Aretha Franklin and “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and “I Don’t Need No Doctor” for Ray Charles. Their work with Charles brought them to the attention of Motown chief Berry Gordy.

After joining Motown staff in 1966, Ashford & Simpson wrote all but one of the late-1960s Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell singles, including hits such as the original version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Your Precious Love”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”, and “You’re All I Need to Get By”.

Ashford & Simpson wrote and produced almost all the songs on three critically acclaimed albums for Diana Ross, including Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Surrender, Remember Me and The Boss.

This astounding songwriting couple have also written hits Didn’t You Know You’d Have to Cry Sometime and Taste of Bitter Love for Gladys Knight & The Pips, Who’s Gonna Take the Blame for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, I Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You for Syreeta Wright, Destination: Anywhere for The Marvelettes, Tear It On Down for Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Shoe, Shoe Shine for The Dynamic Superiors, I Wouldn’t Change the Man He Is for Blinky Williams, Is It Still Good to You for Teddy Pendergrass,  , and Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman, Clouds, keep it Comin and Ain’t Nothin’ But a Maybe. In 1994, Ashford & Simpson wrote and recorded the number 1 hit “Solid.” Their songs have and been recorded by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Method Man, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston and The Temptations.

  • Valerie Simpson
    We stand on our songs and we stand on the songs that we wrote for other people. That gives us a higher platform.
    Valerie Simpson
  • Nikolas Ashford
    We call 'Ain't No Mountain' the golden egg that landed us at Motown.
    Nikolas Ashford
  • Valerie Simpson
    There is a formula that allows you to write a decent song. But a song like 'You're All I Need to Get By,' it just writes itself.
    Valerie Simpson
  • Vedrine White of Earth, Wind and Fire
    The thing is they were married and working together, that was what was special about them. Everybody admired that.
    Vedrine White of Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Valerie Simpson
    Sometimes you want a Part Two in your life.
    Valerie Simpson
  • Valerie Simpson
    Motown was the mecca. It was every writer's dream to work there.
    Valerie Simpson
  • Nikolas Ashford
    I needed real help in New York, and I had no friends. I looked up at those buildings, I couldn't see the sky or nothing, and I said, 'Well, there ain't no mountain high enough,' and I just started - the words just fell out of my mouth, really.
    Nikolas Ashford

MEET THE CAST

  • Craig Titus
    Craig Titus Piano | Keyboards | Guitars | Percussion | Backing Vocals A native of Toronto Canada, Craig is an accomplished musician, film & television composer, music editor, producer, programmer and entertainment industry educator with over 30 years of experience. In addition to his extraordinary abilities as a mutli-instrumentalist he is a sought after composer and music editor with over twenty years’ experience in the film and television industry. Craig has worked on numerous award-winning projects for clients including CBC, BBC, TVa, MTV, Discovery, Endemol, Buena Vista, YTV, PBS, Resolution, Disney, Twenty-Twenty, CBS, Paramount and Alliance Atlantis. Some of his many credits include Regeneration, Mythic Warriors, Mysterious Island, Striking Poses, Knock Off, The Cellar, Street Noise, She Pays the Rent, Tiger Claws, Silent Movie, The Undertaker’s Wedding, Crisis, Operation Golden Phoenix, Talons of the Eagle and TC 2000. As both a live and studio musician his talents have taken him […]
  • Davor Jordanovski
    Davor Jordanovski Piano | Keyboards | Guitar | Bass | Harp | Accordion | Backing Vocals While still a student at the University of Music Arts (Saints Kiril & Metodij University, Skopje) in his native Macedonia, Davor was already the featured keyboard player with Macedonian National TV’s Big Band Orchestra, composing, arranging, and producing for some of the biggest and best known musical acts in the country. Davor’s beginnings were traditional: classical music, and later pop and jazz; until he broadened his experience and branched out into film, mood, jazz fusion, ambient, dance, groove, symphonic, contemporary jazz and R&B. In his 25 year-long career, Davor can safely say “he has done it all.” His performance and production credits include: Shania Twain, MTV Top 5 – World Chart Express’ single titled Red Rain – performed by Dani. Grand Prix (Best Song) at: Inter-Fest 1995, Inter-Fest 1996, Mak-Fest 1999, Mak-Fest 2001, Mak-Fest […]
  • Debbie Wilson
    Debbie Wilson Choreographer Debbie Wilson is an independent artist who has worked in Canada since 1980. She began her professional career at the age of 12 with the Cincinnati Ballet Company, where she became a soloist performer and rehearsal assistant. She was the rehearsal mistress/dancer for The American Dance Machine, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Howard Richard & Dancers, and Ballet Jörgen. She also worked for the Judith Marcuse Repertory Dance Company, the Randy Glynn Dance Project and many independent choreographers across Canada and the United States. As a choreographer, she created a repertoire of critically acclaimed productions including Aphrodite Unveiled, Raphael is whispering, and Homo Office Sapiensis, which in 2002 received a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding New Choreography. Through her international collaborative works like Planetarium (with Macedonia) and Diary of an Exile (with Trinidad and Tobago) she has introduced exceptional foreign artists in dance, music, and art […]