After fifteen Saturdays spent in a studio, surrounded by bad Chinese food and good times, Louis York was born. The musical creation of Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Ledisi) and Chuck Harmony (Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Chrisette Michelle, Rihanna, Fantasia), their first album is not one genre. Or influence. Or thought. Or message. It’s an exploration of it all. When stepping behind the mic for the first time in their careers, the Grammy nominated songwriter and producer decided to throw out every rule the business had told them to follow. It doesn’t matter how long, how many transitions or how many genres. Kelly and Harmony found themselves searching for one thing, and one thing alone – GREAT music.
Music they’re proud to introduce to the world. Music they believe does their rhythmic predecessors proud. And the two have tapped into their eclectic backgrounds and respective New York and St. Louis upbringings to do just that. Every vocal you hear is straight from Claude’s pipes. And every sound a product of Harmony’s hands. Their music truly comes from their hearts, written for the love of music and nothing else.
CLAUDE KELLY ’02: Claude Kelly was born and raised in the heart of New York City where he was exposed to music at an early age. As a child, he found his way into the church kitchen during service and managed to turn pots, pans and a ladle into a makeshift drumset. From there he was hooked. He went on to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, receiving a degree in music business and management. He parlayed his knowledge of the business and love for music into a successful career, which was jumpstarted when he found himself in the studio with Akon and Whitney Houston. From there he’s written hit singles for Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Jesse J, Bruno Mars and countless others. Today, for the first time, he's standing behind the mic as the vocal element of Louis York. He and Chuck Harmony, the other half of Louis York, also founded the music collective, Weirdo Workshop, in 2014