Offering up a variety of marketing services to both major label and independent artists, Giant Step’s 20 years in the industry has earned it a reputation for introducing quality music from established and up-and-coming artists from around the globe. The last year has been no exception as multiple Grammy nominations were received for projects Giant Step championed.
"Once again, Giant Step is proud to have worked with so many great artists that are nominated for Grammy awards this year," states Maurice Bernstein, CEO/President of Giant Step. “Representing a diverse group of genres including Pop, R&B, Rap, Jazz, Latin and World, we are honored to play a role in increasing awareness of these talented acts.”
Complete list of Giant Step clients receiving Grammy nominations:
Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Chasing Pirates Norah Jones Track from: The Fall [Blue Note Records]
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals Babyfather Sade Track from: Soldier Of Love [Epic]
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Holding You Down (Going In Circles) Jazmine Sullivan [J Records]
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Second Chance El DeBarge [Geffen]
Finding My Way Back Jaheim Track from: Another Round [Atlantic]
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals Shine John Legend & The Roots Track from: Wake Up! [G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records]
You've Got A Friend Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin [Island/Def Jam Recordings]
Soldier Of Love Sade Track from: Soldier Of Love [Epic/Sony Music]
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Hang On In There John Legend & The Roots Track from: Wake Up! [G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records]
Best Urban/Alternative Performance Tightrope Janelle Monáe & Big Boi Track from: The ArchAndroid [Bad Boy/Wondaland/Atlantic]
Best R&B Song Shine John Stephens, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots) Track from: Wake Up! [G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records; Publisher: John Legend Publishing]
Second Chance E. Debarge & Mischke, songwriters (El DeBarge) [Geffen; Publishers: myElmusic, mischemusic/Universal Music]
Finding My Way Back Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Curt Chambers, Carvin "Ransum" Haggins, Jaheim Hoagland & Miquel Jontel, songwriters (Jaheim) Track from: Another Round [Atlantic; Publishers: Tetragrammation Music/Universal Music, Nivrac Tyke Publishing, Miquel Jontel Publishing, Curt Chambers Publishing, Jasane Dramma Publishing]
Best R&B Album Wake Up! John Legend & The Roots [G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records]
Another Round Jaheim [Atlantic]
Best Contemporary R&B Album The ArchAndroid Janelle Monáe [Bad Boy/Wondaland/Atlantic]
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Wake Up! Everybody John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common [G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia Records/Home School Records]
Best Rap Album How I Got Over The Roots [Def Jam Recordings]
Best Jazz Vocal Album Water Gregory Porter [Motéma Music]
Best Latin Pop Album Alex Cuba Alex Cuba [Caracol Records]
Best Contemporary World Music Album ÕŸÖ Angelique Kidjo [Razor & Tie Entertainment]
Profreshnill is proud to bring some new swag for the clubs with his biggest single to date "Danger! Ft. Dollah D & Phillie Tha Kyd". The single comes from his latest album "New King On Tha Bloc" released Nov. 20th, 2010, which is one of the hardest hitting albums out of Canada this year..
Igniting December with a straight up banger aptly titled THE FAN, Nefew join forces with Virginia super-producer Nottz on this cut from their impending Green Lantern project Man vs Many which will be available in the New Year. With Nottz manning the boards and offering his lyrical skills to this highly charged Hip-Hop anthem, Nefew continue to prove that they are in this for the long haul.
THE FAN embodies the values and beliefs of true Hip-Hop fans while delivering prolific wordplay from both Polemikk and Nottz. The hard beat created from one of the most prominent producers on the urban music scene today encapsulates the essence of Hip-Hop creating a track that continues to solidify Nefew's presence on the music scene.
"Working with Nottz has been one of the key moments in our young career. Not only is he incredibly talented, but he's one of the very few remaining producers out there who are able to capture that authentic Hip-Hop sound and still manages to keep his music modern and up to date. This is exactly why he's so relevant to the game. And for us to be able to work with him was more than a privilege." - Polemikk
Up third in the line of singles from the freshly released Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, is "This Is It." With the track, emcee yU, also known for his work with Diamond District, and producer SlimKat78 manage to again show off the strength and diversity of the MMG roster, while allowing yU to give fans a taste of his own upcoming full-length, The Earn, which will be released on Mello Music Group this coming April.
The song, featuring chopped up vocal and piano samples over a pulsating beat, comes as the result of the strong relationship that yU and Slimkat have built over time. "Slimkat and I have been putting music together for about 10 years now, and we've been striving to get to the point where we could put stuff out at will," yU explains. The lyrics clearly convey this dream, especially in lines like "I'm working as hard as a job/ Using my art as a guide/ Progress in mind," a statement that could just as well act as the pair's credo.
The Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, is available now.