Jeff Franzel is a multi-talented songwriter and composer with over 35 years’ experience in the music business. He began his career as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups, including big band legend Les Brown and The Hues Corporation. During that time he accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Tormé.
Jeff has been a Yamaha artist since 2011, and has recorded 3 albums Mood of the Moment, When You Know and Blues Themes Requests in front of a live audience at the Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal on a Yamaha CFX Piano.
Jeff graduated CalArts in 1972 and lived in LA until 1981. When Jeff moved to New York he was a jingle session player while freelancing in the NYC area. He was in the BMI Musical Theater workshop with Lehman Engel for 3 years and began his songwriting career in 1985.
Jeff's first ever recorded song was Taylor Dayne's "Don't Rush Me" which was a #2 pop hit. Jeff had a top 10 AC hit "You've Got A Way" with Kathy Troccoli and a #1 Contemporary Christian Dove Nominee "Love Was Never Meant To Die". Jeff had hits with The Temptations , Phyllis Hyman, "NSYNC , Shawn Colvin, Clay Aiken, Josh Groban , Placido Domingo, Pope John Paul 11 and Rhys Lewis. Jeff has had over 20 top 10 singles and 275 recordings worldwide.
A number of Jeff's songs have been featured in Runaway Bride, Serendipity, Deja Vu, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Saturday Night Live, Dawson's Creek and Touched by an Angel.
Currently Jeff has releases with Rhys Lewis, Dennis van Aarssen, Luca Schreiner and recently scored Hurt By Paradise and the Rehearsal along with Dalal Bruchmann.
Jeff has been mentoring songwriters for The Songwriting Academy and has annually been mentoring the TSA Songwriting Retreat held in Malaga, Spain since 2017.