ARUN SHENOY is a GRAMMY® Award nominated Musician & Producer. A resident and citizen of Singapore, for the self proclaimed prodigal son of rock and roll, his versatile production style spans a wide range of musical styles that include productions released under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He is the bandleader of the American jazz supergroup The Groove Project. He founded record label Narked Records in 2013.
Looking back at Shenoy’s music over the years, acclaimed American music critic Jonathan Widran has noted that Shenoy’s discography may sound a bit scattered, but it’s reflective of a brilliant, multi-faceted creative mind, pushed relentlessly by a restless spirit. He has noted Shenoy’s work as some of the most compelling, heartfelt and life affirming music he has heard.
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 critic, 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 5 singles to date – “PILOT“, “FIRST FLIGHT“, “TO BE A BIRD“, “OCEAN OF AIR” and “NEVER TOUCH THE GROUND“, from their new concept album Jazz Project based on man’s fascination with flight.
Shenoy is single at this time and known to be reclusive. He was married for 12 years (2006-2018) to art director ROSHNI MOHAPATRA, who has been a integral part of his productions. She passed away on Dec 13, 2018 at the age of 38. 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.
Shenoy was most recently 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)