Thursday, March 10, 2016
Shames Family Scoring Stage
160 Mass. Avenue
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
With five GRAMMY Awards and a Global Globe nomination, Kuk Harrell has made his mark on modern pop music. The famed music producer, songwriter and vocal producer, has collaborated with industry greats including Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jessie J, Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry.
In 2007, Harrell's composition and production talents on Rihanna’s record- breaking hit “Umbrella,” earned him a GRAMMY Award for "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration". This opened which opened the door for several other nominations and awards, including a 2008 GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary R&B Record for his work with Mary J. Blige on "Growing Pains", a 2010 GRAMMY for Song of the Year for Beyoncé’s "Single Ladies," a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for Best Song in a Motion Picture-Drama for “I See You," the theme song for the James Cameron directed film, "Avatar," a 2011 GRAMMY award for Best Dance Recording for "Only Girl (In the World)”, and a 2014 GRAMMY award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Rihanna’s “Unapologetic”. Harrell has continued his work in the film industry as well, serving as the vocal producer for Sony Pictures’ 2014 feature film “Annie”, working with the actors; including Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale, and working with Jessie J on “Flashlight” for Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 2”. In 2015, Harrell produced the self-titled album for the a capella group Pentatonix, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. This year, Harrell continued his vocal production for Rihanna working on all songs from her new platinum album “ANTI”, and once again collaborated with Jessie J for FOX’s “Grease Live!” special. Harrell has also launched a new partnership with Kobalt Music Group, signing writers, producers and artists through his Suga Wuga Music imprint.