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The Groove Project’s new single “Pilot” takes off

Since the release of The Groove Project‘s new single “Pilot“, the buzz for this project has taken off with thousands of plays on Spotify and on YouTube:

New singles from The Groove Project will be released monthly. Stay tuned for more news from this band very soon.

For more info about the band and this release, visit THE GROOVE PROJECT’s official site:

NARKED RECORDS is proud to announce the release of “PILOT”, the first single by THE GROOVE PROJECT

The current lineup of the musical group, fronted by GRAMMY® Awardnominated Artist, Producer and Songwriter ARUN SHENOY and acclaimed producer MATTHEW SHELL, also features pianist LONNIE PARK, saxophonist MARCUS MITCHELL and 4 other instrumentalists.

Working on a concept album about man’s fascination with flight, the inspiration for the debut single, “Pilot” comes from the popular quote by author and speaker Michael Althusser:

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the Pilot.”

On this new record, produced by Matthew Shell & Arun Shenoy, the group has chosen to take a production direction leaning more towards the Smooth Jazz style, with each member of the group bringing a unique perspective to the music to craft a sound that is fresh and groovy, with a healthy dose of sunshine.

“We are very excited with the release of this single and plan to release a new single every month culminating in the release of a full length Smooth Jazz album in the summer of 2020” Shenoy notes, as he muses on the album theme and his dream to take up recreational flying as a hobby very soon.

The single has been released on 07/31 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.

About Arun Shenoy

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.

BLISS”, Shenoyʼs follow up single from his Indian World Fusion project was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Look at in 2013. His second full length record A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR (2016) 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 GROOVE PROJECT in early 2019 into the current 8 man musical group.

About Matthew Shell

MATTHEW SHELL is a versatile music producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Shell based in Rockville, MD. He specializes in the genres of rock, R&B, pop, soul, and jazz.

Shell’s work on the production for Marcus Johnson’s album “Flo: Chill” reached #7 on Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. Later that year he worked as the engineer on O.A.R.’s album “Rain or Shine” that reached #5 on the Independent Albums Chart and also #7 on the US Alternative Albums Chart. In 2011, his work on Grammy Nominee Carolyn Malachi’s “Beautiful Dreamer” was featured on FOX 5 DC Morning News.

In 2012, Shell’s album “Freedom”, his collaboration with Trey Eley was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen at in 2012.

In 2013, Shell collaborated with GRAMMY nominated Arun Shenoy on “Genesis”, a jazz instrumental that became the lead single on the full length album, “Victorious”. Shell engineered the song “It’s A Jungle Out Here” for producer for Philip Lawrence, featured on the “Rio 2” film soundtrack in 2014.

Shell released his next album “Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning” in 2015 with the music on the album conceived by Shell over a period of 15 years. In 2017, Shell released an hour-long jazz opus titled “First Light.” This complex arrangement features 17 key changes and 20 tempo changes. It was created by Shell in a single twelve hour session.

Shell has produced for several other artists including Kenny Wesley, Marcus Johnson, Greg Adams, 8 time GRAMMY nominee Gerald Albright, and GRAMMY winners – Paul Jackson Jr. and Wouter Kellerman, among others.

About Lonnie Park

LONNIE PARK is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Shenoy and Lonnie came together for the first time on Shenoy’s Rumbadoodle (2012) and they have been great friends and collaborators ever since. Lonnie has a resume that includes a wide range of work from folk and children’s, to gospel and progressive rock.

For his work, Park has received multiple awards including Global Peace Song Award, Global Music Award, SAMMY Award, and multiple nominations including songwriting and performance credits Shenoy’s Rumbadoodle which received a GRAMMY®  nomination in 2012, and a 2019 nomination by the United Nations, the SDG Action Award, for his work with GRAMMY®  winner Ricky (which is included in the education system for tens of millions globally).

Park has many TV and movie score credits both in the US and internationally, and multiple Billboard charting appearances. He has toured, produced, and worked with legendary artists from country outlaw Merle Haggard to folk icon Peter Yarrow, and heavy metal greats Cozy Powell and Chris Caffery.

About Marcus Mitchell

MARCUS MITCHELL is an established jazz saxophone based out of Maryland with over 17 CD’s and 1 DVD to his name.

While attending Raleigh North Carolina’s Shaw University in the early 2000s, Mitchell operated 24th Music and also performed all around Raleigh with the N-Tune Band. His name quickly became well known making him one of the most viewed acts in the Triangle area.

Mitchell has worked with many artists such as Mike Phillips, Kim Waters, Marcus Johnson, and Destiny’s Child just to name a few.

On September 5, 2005 Labor Day weekend, he performed at the 3rd Annual Jazz Festival at Cooper’s Field in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sharing the stage with the likes of Paul Taylor, Peter White and the Rippingtons (featuring Russ Freeman). He also headlined at the legendary Blues Alley Jazz Club in Washington, D.C.

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