ARUN SHENOY is a GRAMMY® Award nominated Artist, Music Producer and Songwriter. A resident and citizen of Singapore, his versatile production style spans genres as wide as rock and funk, to jazz and world music; and more recently singer-songwriter. Arun writes and produces music released as solo productions under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He is the founder of publishing firm Arun Shenoy Music Publishing (BMI) and record label Narked Records
MUSIC CAREER SUMMARY
ARUN SHENOY exploded onto the international stage out of relative obscurity with a GRAMMY® Award nomination at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.for his debut world fusion production titled RUMBADOODLE in 2012. “Bliss”, Shenoyʼs follow up single from his Indian World Fusion project was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Look at GRAMMY.com in 2013.
His second full length record A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR released in 2016 as a collaboration with THE GROOVE PROJECT, a musical supergroup he founded that included Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Jim “Kimo” West (Weird Al Yankovic) and Ed Roth (Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats). The record was chosen as Album of the Year by Jazziz Magazine’s Critics Pick and dubbed “an explosive, exotic, jazz-funk-rock-barn burner” by noted American journalist and reviewer, Jonathan Widran.
Shenoy released an EP in 2018 titled THE UNPLUGGED SONGWRITER SESSIONS in collaboration with THE MAVERICK EXPRESS, a rolling roster of musicians comprised largely of Shenoy’s long term collaborators. On this album, for the first time, Shenoy introduces a more intimate singer-songwriter facet of his art, a dramatic shift from the large scale contemporary jazz and world productions he is best known for internationally.
He shuffled the THE GROOVE PROJECT in early 2019 into an 8 man musical group prominently featuring acclaimed producer MATTHEW SHELL, pianist LONNIE PARK and saxophonist MARCUS MITCHELL. The group has released 2 singles to date, “PILOT” and “FIRST FLIGHT” from their new concept album Jazz Project based on man’s fascination with flight. The third single titled “TO BE A BIRD” is scheduled for release on 10/10.
Shenoy is single at this time and known to be reclusive. From a public life awash in sunshine, he has however revealed an embattled private life – struggles with anxiety and depression for the past couple of years, the tragic passing of his best friend and ex-wife Roshni Mohapatra in 2018, and ongoing litigation. Shenoy and Mohapatra have previously been featured in the best dressed list at the GRAMMY® Award red carpet arrivals in Los Angeles in 2014 by Zen Magazine ;and Shenoy again in 2015 by Le Guide Noir.
He was conferred the Outstanding Computing Alumni Award by the School of Computing at NUS in 2018 and is also a Distinguished Alumni of MIT, Manipal.
OTHER SIDE PROJECTS
Soul’d, a Jazz Funk trio formed by Shenoy made significant inroads into US mainstream radio in major markets through the release of an eponymous debut single in 2014. In the same year, Shenoy has also collaborated with American producer Matthew Shell on a single titled “Genesis” and has later served as the executive producer on Shell’s latest release in 2017, FIRST LIGHT. He has also released 2 Alternative Rock. singles titled “Make Up Your Mind or Leave In Behind” and “Illusion” in collaboration with Sridhar in 2014, and an American Roots single titled “If I Knew” with American singer-songwriter Elizabeth Butler in 2017. in July 2019,he has produced the single “Child’s Play” the debut of artist Sai Phaye.
INFO BOXLOCATION: Singapore | California STYLE: Rock, World Fusion, Smooth Jazz, Funk, Singer/ SongwriterPUBLISHER: Arun Shenoy Music Publishing (BMI) LABEL: Narked RecordsPR: The B Company (Los Angeles)