The only thing better than shuffling through your fave’s back catalog? The promise of what’s still to come. And thanks to Harmony Samuels, there’s plenty to look forward to in the very near future from some our most beloved pop acts.
The GRAMMY-nominated, England-bred songwriter/producer has worked with plenty of powerhouse acts in the past — from Jennifer Lopez to Ne-Yo to Brandy to Fantasia (among many others) — and is responsible for crafting smashes like Ariana Grande‘s Top 10 2013 hit “The Way” and Ciara‘s emotional Jackie ballad, “I Bet.”
With the significant movement away from physical sales and the latest shift from downloads to streaming, this conversation breaks down the differences in streaming platforms and provides a road map for artists and labels to capitalize on the new digital frontier.
If you’re a huge fan ofFifthHarmony, Ariana Grande, Nathan Sykes, you’re in for a treat! We had the wonderful opportunity to chat withHarmony Samuelsabout his work with some of today’s biggest music stars. The producer even shared some secrets about who inspired some of Nathan’s songs *ahemariana* on his upcoming solo album! Click on the post to learn more about Harmony’s upcoming projects!
Seriously you guys, everything Harmony works on musically instantly becomes a hit. Remember how BIG “The Way” by Ariana was? We STILL jam out to that song to this day. Well, the 35-year-old producer was responsible — aside from Ariana’s amazing voice, of course — for the petite singer’s rise to fame.
These days, Harmony is busy working with Fifth Harmony and Nathan Sykes on their musical endeavors and he still finds time to give back to the music community. How, you ask? Harmony is involved in a project called #MentorFridays where he personally mentors those interested in becoming producers, singers, songwriters, etc. It’s amazing, really!
Check out our interview with the superstar producer below!
Ciara’s “I Bet” struck an instant chord with fans when it dropped in late January, but Jermaine Dupri was less impressed. The hitmaker called it a “rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad’” in an interview with the AP, saying: “I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people… It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Harmony Samuels, the producer of CiCi’s platinum-selling hit, initially kept quiet about Jermaine’s comments, but addressed the situation when I spoke to him in early July. (Full interview to come shortly). “I was miffed because I was like, ‘What?’ But at the same time you know what it is? Music is a cycle,” he explained. “Things repeat but they are still completely different.”
“That’s why I never responded,” the Brit continued. “Everybody was like, ‘Harmony, what do you think?’ I said zip.” Not that there’s any bad blood. “I love Jermaine Dupri. He’s in my top ten of producers,” Harmony reveals. “So when he said it, I said ‘I can understand why you feel that way. But it’s not true, so have a good day. I love you.’ And the following week, Usher was in the studio and I was kinda like, ‘There you go.’ He didn’t say shit.”
At the age of four, Harmony Samuels was teaching himself how to play the piano and bass. At 12 years old, Samuels was already playing musical director at his hometown church. And with a name like Harmony, it wouldn’t make much sense if the English music producer was in any business other than music.
Today Samuels has worked with heavy hitting pop stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Chris Brown, Maroon 5 and Kelly Rowland.
Our own Xavier Brinkman sat down with Harmony Samuels to talk about what it takes to make a smash hit, specifically Ariana Grande’s “The Way.” And just so you know, it only took Samuels six minutes to make “The Way,” and it has sold over 3 million copies in the United States.
“I just wanted that feeling of being at house parties where they’re playing old R&B records,” Samuels said.
“What happened to this stuff? I was having the best time of my life [listening to it.] So I said, ‘I’m going to recreate it my way.’”
Samuels captured the essence of that old R&B vibe so well in Grande’s single “The Way” that most records out today are trying to emulate what he did for Grande.
And just how did Ariana convince hip-hop artist Mac Miller to co-star on the track? Samuels told us that Ariana said she was baking cookies at her home with Miller when she asked him.
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