Posts Tagged ‘Louis York’

Exclusive: Louis York Perform Acoustic Set for ThisisRnB Sessions

Often times, reaching a certain level of mainstream success in the music industry means you will encounter many individuals who have motives that are primarily business driven. These situations can lead those with power to persuade an artist to attempt to recreate a past success or follow certain trends, in effect constraining their creativity and artistry.

Grammy Award winning collaborators Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony experienced such issues often in their storied careers, which included working with everyone from Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson to Rihanna and Bruno Mars, and collectively selling over 25 million records.

In 2014, after becoming fed up with constant requests to create “hit singles,” Claude and Chuck decided to experiment together creating the most authentic, truthful songs that just came naturally. The result inspired them to take the risk of stepping out of the studio and into the spotlight as a new duo — Louis York.

Named after their respective hometowns (New York & St. Louis), the duo released their first EP, Masterpiece Theater: Act 1, led by the single “Clair Huxtable,” in 2015.

After a successful introduction, Kelly and Harmony took their project even further by forming an independent company called Weirdo Workshop, where they would work with other artists who were looking for creative freedom. In the fall of 2016, Louis York returned with their sophomore EP, Masterpiece Theater: Act II, led by the single “Don’t Play.”

As strong supporters of Claude and Chuck’s work separately and together, we were excited to catch up with them earlier this month for a special ThisisRnB Sessions performance in Brooklyn.

During the raw, acoustic set, Louis York showcased their authentic artistry and outstanding song writing talents, performing their songs “Hipsters,” “Things I Should’ve Said,” and “Good Drinks, Dumb Jokes.”

Check out the full performance below!

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Video: Louis York – Hipsters

Let Louis York tell you what cool is, or don’t, they will be alright either way.

The alternative duo–made up of Grammy winning singer/songwriter Claude Kelly and producer/instrumentalist Chuck Harmony–return today with a festive music video for the song “Hipsters,” off their 2016 EP Masterpiece Theater: Act II.

In creating “Hipsters,” the guys were very deliberate about the theme of the single, which addresses individuality, bullying, and self-acceptance.

“As a self-proclaimed ‘weirdo,’ we wanted to create a song that the fans could relate to as well as address a topic as serious as bullying,” states Kelly. “As artists, I think it’s also part of our responsibility to educate the public.”

Check out the new video below, and stay tuned next week for the release of our exclusive acoustic session with Louis York, which includes stripped down renditions of “Hipsters,” “Things I Should’ve Said,” and “Good Drinks, Dumb Jokes.”

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Listen: Louis York Premiere New Single “Don’t Play”


Hitmaking duo Louis York — made up of singer/songwriter Claude Kelly and producer Chuck Harmony — are getting serious on their brand new single “Don’t Play.”

After captivating listeners in 2015 with their debut project Masterpiece Theater – Act 1, led by the female ode “Claire Huxtable,” the duo are making their surprise comeback.

Always looking to push the envelope with their own music, Louis York step into the dance world with the rhythmic new single, which gives us Chicago House vibes. Over a pulsating beat, Kelly sings to an ex-lover who has come back into his life at the perfect time for an intimate reunion.

“I wasn’t looking for trouble, but here you are anyway / It’s a welcomed distraction / Cuz my mind could use a holiday,” he sings.

“Don’t Play” is the first single off their forthcoming EP Masterpiece Theater – Act II, which is due out November 18.

Take a listen below.

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Exclusive: Louis York Announce New Music, Praise Toni Braxton


Live from the red carpet of the 2016 BMI R&B/Hip Hop Awards on Sept. 1, ThisisRnB’s Ni’Kesia Pannell caught up with duo Louis York–made up of singer/songwriter Claude Kelly and producer Chuck Harmony.

During their chat the duo revealed that they have new music on the way (due out Sept. 23), and it’s “bigger and badder” than their previous releases, such as the critically acclaimed single “Clair Huxtable.”

Claude and Chuck also talked about the other artists they are writing and producing for, including K. Michelle, Ella Henderson, and James Blunt. They also gave major praise to the honoree of the night, Toni Braxton, who received the BMI President’s Award.

“She’s the truth,” said Claude. “One of my favorites, personally, and just in the business, she’s one of the best.”

Check out the interview clip below.

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Lyric Video: Louis York – Nerds


R&B’s buzzing duo, Louis York, is back at it again.

If you’re a regular to our site, then you know that Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony have been creating some incredible music together as of late, and we’re always here for something new when it drops. From their debut single “Claire Huxtable” to the follow-up “Good Drinks, Dumb Jokes,” Louis York has quickly become an incomparable duo in the genre.

Now taking matters into a more serious direction, the veterans have released a new lyric video for their track “Nerds.” Beginning with clips of slain teenager Michael Brown, the lyric video then shows images of protest throughout the country. Cooing out, “If Martin was alive now, would he be proud?” the pair ask the same of Malcom (X), Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye.

Take a look below:

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Listen: Louis York Release Debut EP ‘Masterpiece Theater (Act 1)’

Louis York Act 1

If you’re a regular here, you should be somewhat familiar with who Louis York is, however if you are not, the burgeoning duo consists of hitmakers Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. Together they have worked with a veritable who’s who of pop and R&B music over the past decade or so. Now stepping out from behind the boards with a sound and style all of their own, they have finally released their first EP, Masterpiece Theater (Act I), via their independent imprint Weirdo Workshop.

The music that became the project and formation of the group was built primarily out of varying frustrations they shared with industry standards and categorizing. When asked how their own music differs from the material they produce for other artists, Claude says it’s “even more potent.”

“Masterpiece Theater Act 1 is different from anything you’ve heard from us before because it’s the first time people will truly be hearing our music from our point of view,” Kelly tells Billboard. “People have gotten pieces of us through the lenses of amazing artists like Rihanna, Bruno and Miley. This time around we’re serving you the sound of the weirdos behind your favorites.”

In regards to the unique name for the EP, Harmony shared that the name didn’t even exist until the last day of recording the project.

“We had no idea what this should be called until the last day of recording,” says Chuck. “After listening back and experiencing the music’s dramatic twists and turns, the only thing that came to mind was ‘theater.’ Excellence is always our goal, so Masterpiece Theater reflects that feeling.”

You can stream Masterpiece Theater (Act 1) in full below, and if you are feeling it pick it up on iTunes now.

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List: The Best of August – Top 12 Records


As our last full month of summer came to a close, we now have to start saying goodbye to the hot days, short shorts, weekend day parties, and trips to the beach on a consistent basis. While this was something we’re definitely not looking forward to doing entirely, the good thing about the month of August is that it gave us some dope tunes to enjoy summer to just a little bit longer.

Whether it was the smooth sounds of Robin Thicke, or the positive tunes of Timbaland and V. Bozeman reminding us to just “Smile,” August brought us some of the best ways to segue into closing out the hottest season of the year.

So now that you know what you’re getting, dive right into our “Best of August – Top 12 Records” list below!

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Listen: Louis York Premiere New Single “Good Drinks, Dumb Jokes”


Louis York – the duo made up of singer/songwriter Claude Kelly and producer/musician Chuck Harmony – are prepping for the release of their debut EP ‘Masterpiece Theater – Act 1,’ and today they give us another taste of the project with the premiere of their new single “Good Drinks, Dumb Jokes.”

If you were lucky enough to catch them perform the record at their NYC showcase, you will already know the anthemic power it has, but the recorded version is progressively more artful than the title may presume. Following a similar design to their breakout single “Clair Huxtable,” the record showcases juxtaposition at its best. Opening with a subtle bluesy track, Claude professes his inspired reasons for making music, but at 2 minutes the production segues into a dark and sinister feeling, trap-like synth, and the howl of a wolf kicks off his description of their perfect evening.

“‘Good Drinks Dumb Jokes’ is exactly what a Louis York house party sounds and feels like,” says vocalist Claude Kelly. “That means wild jokes, crazy debates, feel-good tunes and one or two ‘party enhancers’ : ). I’d give you a funny story about a particularly inspiring evening, but there were too many good drinks (and dumb jokes) that night to remember the exact process. Life imitating art, I guess.”

Take a listen below, and if you haven’t checked it out yet watch their performance of new song “Sorbet” here.

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