James Richard Steinman (born November 1, 1947) is an American composer, lyricist, and Grammy Award-winning record producer responsible for many hit songs. He has also worked as an arranger, pianist and singer. His work has included songs in the adult contemporary, rock and roll, dance, pop, musical theater and film score genres. Beginning his career in musical theater, Steinman’s most notable work in the area includes lyrics for Whistle Down the Wind and music for Tanz der Vampire.
His work includes such albums as Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and producing albums for Bonnie Tyler. His most successful chart singles include Bonnie Tyler’s "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Air Supply’s "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", Meat Loaf’s "I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)", the Sisters of Mercy’s "This Corrosion" and "More", Barry Manilow’s "Read ’Em and Weep" (originally released by Meat Loaf), Celine Dion’s cover of "It’s All Coming Back to Me Now" (originally released by Steinman’s project Pandora’s Box, and later by Meat Loaf and Marion Raven) and Boyzone’s "No Matter What". The album Bad for Good was released in his own name in 1981.