John Titta started his life in music as a musician, songwriter and music teacher. He began his publishing career with Screen Gems/EMI Music as Professional Manager, signing such acts as Surface and The Smithereens. He worked with legendary songwriters Carole King and Lou Reed, and had songs covered by Tina Turner, Grover Washington Jr., Alice Cooper, Joan Jett and Dave Edmunds.
He then moved to PolyGram Music Publishing as Vice President of A & R, signing artists Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Pearl Jam, Brian McKnight, k.d. lang, Billy Ray Cyrus and songwriter Jimmy Webb. He was also responsible for individual hit songs including “Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams and “The Folks That Live On The Hill” by Tony Bennett. Titta was credited for his A&R work on the compilation album “Two Rooms, A Tribute To Elton John and Bernie Taupin” and multiple movie soundtracks, such as “Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory,” “Days Of Thunder,” “Scream”, “Bruce Almighty”, “Varsity Blues” and more.
From 1993 - 2006, Titta served as Senior Vice President / General Manager of Warner Chappell Music, Inc. in New York, where he signed such acts as Trey Songz, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott, Kid Rock, Collective Soul, India.Arie, Gavin DeGraw, Cassandra Wilson, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Uncle Kracker, Shaggy, Simple Plan, Duane Eddy and Bruce Hornsby. . He also scored success with individual hits such as the Grammy Award-winning “Smooth” by Santana, “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake, “Lean Back” by Terror Squad,” “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez, “One Of Us” by Joan Osborne, “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis, “Pon De Replay” by Rihanna and many more, including songs recorded by Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Patty Loveless and Marc Anthony.
In 2006, Titta struck out on his own to become President and CEO of his independent company, MPCA Music Publishing and Recordings, that featured the catalog of Blues legend Robert Johnson and songs by Sammy Cahn and Jack Wolf, among others, with songs recorded by Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Aretha Franklin and more.
He has performed on albums by Ringo Starr and Gizelle D’Cole and has played with Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers, Duane Eddy, Richie Sambora and Omi.
Always an avid supporter of songwriters and their rights, Titta moved to ASCAP in 2013, where he is currently EVP of Membership.
Other accomplishments include his work with Bon Jovi keybordist David Bryan on the Tony Award winning musical Memphis, and Producer and A&R work on albums by Dionne Warwick, Todd Rundgren, Melinda Doolittle, Smash Mouth and Donny & Marie Osmond.