James Fauntleroy says he realized of his and Terrace Martin’s nomination for his or her first joint collaboration, Nova, when he awoke to 38 textual content messages on Friday (Nov. 10).
“I used to be frightened at first, you already know, that it was one thing dangerous,” says Fauntleroy about seeing the flurry of messages concerning the challenge touchdown a berth in one of the best progressive R&B album class. “Then I began studying them and received tremendous excited. As a result of though I’ve been nominated a number of instances as a songwriter and gained, that is my first Grammy nomination as an artist.”
Actually, Fauntleroy’s Grammy stats embody 4 wins and 6 nominations. Comprising the wins tally: music of the yr and finest R&B music for the Bruno Mars smash “That’s What I Like” plus album of the yr for Mars’ 24K Magic on the sixtieth Grammy Awards and finest R&B music for Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Woman” on the 56th ceremony. Fauntleroy’s estimable checklist of writing credit consists of collaborations with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Stevie Surprise, amongst others. Fauntleroy can be a member of the songwriter/producer/musician collective 1500 or Nothin’ and a co-founder of the 1500 Sound Academy for aspiring younger expertise .
Musician/producer and BMG artist Martin is a five-time Grammy nominee who coincidentally was nominated in one of the best progressive R&B album class for the sixty fifth and sixty fourth ceremonies for his solo album Drones and Dinner Get together: Dessert, respectively. Dinner Get together is the identify of the supergroup that includes Martin and fellow musicians Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and ninth Surprise. Martin’s different Grammy nods: finest R&B album for his Velvet Portraits and consecutive album of the yr nods for his contributions to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and good child, m.A.A.d metropolis.
Launched in August 2023, Nova is Martin and Fauntleroy’s hybrid tackle the Brazilian music model referred to as bossa nova. The six-track challenge is the third in a six-album sequence being helmed by Martin. And for Fauntleroy — whose friendship and artistic relationship with Martin dates again years (“Terrace and I’ve identified one another my complete grownup life; he’s actually one of many first folks I ever labored with”) — it was positively a labor of affection.
“Terrace and I had been speaking eternally about what we had been going to do collectively,” says Fauntleroy. “All people that is aware of me is aware of I simply love bossa nova, and I feel he knew that that was a clean solution to get me to actually do that. And he was completely proper. I beloved having the chance to place my spin on bossa nova as a result of I take heed to hardcore Brazilian jazz on a regular basis. So I’m actually aware of the melodies they [artists] like to make use of and the totally different dynamics of their phrasing. However it was tremendous enjoyable to do it in my means. I’m actually proud of the way in which it turned out.”