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NARKED RECORDS is proud to announce the release of “OCEAN OF AIR”, (11/10) the fourth single by THE GROOVE PROJECT
The current 8 man lineup of the musical group, fronted by GRAMMY® Award nominated Musician & Producer ARUN SHENOY and acclaimed producer MATTHEW SHELL, also includes pianist LONNIE PARK, and saxophonist MARCUS MITCHELL.
Working on a Smooth Jazz / Contemporary Jazz concept album about man’s fascination with flight, the inspiration for the debut single, “PILOT” (07/31) came from the popular quote by author and speaker Michael Althusser – “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the Pilot.” Following suit, the inspiration for the second single “FIRST FLIGHT” (08/30) came from the quote by Leonardo da Vinci – “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” This third single titled “TO BE A BIRD” has been inspired by the quote by Neil Armstrong – “Gliders, sailplanes, they are wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird.”
The inspiration for this fourth single “OCEAN OF AIR” (11/10) comes from the quote by Welch Pogue –
The covert art is of the Cliffs of Dover in England, Shenoy’s tribute to Eric Johnson for his song by the same name, that won the GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1990, and a big part of his musical journey.
With the launch of a new single every month culminating in a full-length album in the summer of 2020, producers Matthew Shell & Arun Shenoy, have chosen to take a production direction leaning more towards the Smooth Jazz / Contemporary Jazz styles, with each member of the group bringing a unique perspective to the music.
The single has been released on 11/10 in digital format with the distribution handled by DashGo. Radio promotion is being handled by Neal Sapper at New World N Jazz Marketing and Publicity and Marketing by Beth Hilton at The B Company
ARUN SHENOY burst onto the international stage out of relative obscurity with a GRAMMY® Award nomination at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards for his debut Flamenco world fusion production titled RUMBADOODLE in 2012.
Shenoyʼs follow up single “BLISS”, 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 with his new 14 man musical group, THE GROOVE PROJECT 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, Shenoy introduced his intimate singer-songwriter work. He shuffled the GROOVE PROJECT in early 2019 into the current 8 man musical group.
MATTHEW SHELL is a music producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist from Rockville, MD. He specializes in rock, R&B, pop, soul, and jazz. Shell has produced for the likes of Kenny Wesley, Marcus Johnson, Greg Adams, GRAMMY® nominee Gerald Albright, GRAMMY® Nominee Carolyn Malachi, and GRAMMY® winners – Paul Jackson Jr. and Wouter Kellerman.
Shell appeared on Marcus Johnson’s Flo: Chill reaching #7 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. He worked on O.A.R.’s Rain or Shine that hit #5 on the Independent Albums Chart and #7 on the US Alternative Albums Chart. Shell engineered for producer for Philip Lawrence on It’s A Jungle Out Here, featured on the Rio 2 soundtrack (2014).
In 2012, Shell’s album FREEDOM, his collaboration with Trey Eley was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen at GRAMMY.com in 2012. He collaborated with Arun Shenoy on the jazz single “Genesis”, the lead track from his next solo album VICTORIOUS in 2013. His subsequent solo releases include SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP: THE DEEPER MEANING in 2015 and FIRST LIGHT in 2017.