Neal Fox is an award-winning composer and filmmaker with an extensive history in the music business. Signed as an artist to Polydor, RCA and Columbia Records, he had two charted singles and a Top Ten Dance Club Hit. Billboard called him, “a rueful Randy Newman eccentric…equally at home in blues, rock, pop and jazz motifs,” and Music Connection said he has “the ability to conjure virtually any style of recording in the pop music realm.”
A former partner in Patterson, Walz & Fox Music Productions, Fox wrote and produced music for hundreds of commercials. He has also written for film, i.e., the Killer Tomato movies, and TV (from CBS to VH-1), receiving Clio, Addy and Telly awards for his work.
In the early 90s, he co-created a series of multi-cultural children’s books with his wife, Naomi. She wrote the stories; he illustrated the books and composed the scores, and actor Robert Guillaume did the narration. Marketed under the Confetti Company name, the books inspired HBO’s Happy Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.
Since 1994 Fox has self-released several CDs on his label, Wire Duck Records. Among them is the highly praised, Now It’s Personal, which aired on AAA radio.
In 2004, he performed his one-man multimedia show, Pigeonholes, at the world-famous Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. He got standing ovations and raves from the audience. Pigeonholes covered subjects such as war, human rights and antidepressants. It even took a stab at the record labels with their niche mentality which put artists’ creations second to the bottom-line. In fact, one reviewer said “Pigeonholes” was the best song ever written about the music business.
Over the past few years Fox has won awards for his music videos and short films, which have screened in a number of festivals. Most of them can be seen on his YouTube channel. The very popular, F**k the Fed, uses humor and animation to expose the Federal Reserve System for what it really is—neither federal nor a reserve—and is posted all over the internet. The controversial Deliberate Dumbing Down of America (over 230,000 views) delivers a potent message on education using an endearing fictional character.
And in the multimedia collaboration, EXPOSED the Art Project, Fox won first prize for a digitally enhanced photograph, “Life Sucks.” It was featured in Through the Eyes of Love, an exhibit honoring World AIDS Day.
Known for his social commentary and satire Fox has been an MC and performed live at events such as LibertyFest NYC and the Save America Convention. He also attends protest rallies, and fights causes by doing important “little things” like writing his congressmen—because he knows that if he doesn’t take action nothing will ever change.
As an activist-artist, Fox created a series of pieces collectively titled, Conspiracy, which is now available on his new site, The Art Offensive. Expanding on the theme, Conspiracy will be made into a multimedia show with live performance, videos and art.
On the flip side of the serious songwriter is the one who has long been known for beautiful heartwarming ballads. Fox’s song, “If I Only Had You,” is about the child he never had. “Alone With My Dreams Tonight” tells of a man’s foolish mistake that cost him the love of his life. And, “You”—a song dedicated to his wife—is the perfect tribute to a Valentine, a spouse, or bride-to-be.
With “Maybe This Time (There Will be Peace on Earth)” Fox has created a song destined to become a new classic for Christmas. If you’ve every been away from home on the holidays you can identify with this one. Share it with loved ones and those who are far away.