Steve Russell a member of the Chart Topping RnB group Troop has written and produced many of the stars we know today including working with the likes of Chris Brown, LA and Face, B2K, David Archuleta, Omarion, Aretha Franklin, Mario, Tyrese and dozens more as well as writing the music for hit films such as Dreamgirls, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek. This Grammy award winning writer, producer, artist and vocal arranger is now writing and producing a duet with Chinese Star Ayi Jihu that will be part of her forthcoming album ‘The Rebirth’.
Steve Russell is one of the most in demand writers and producers out there but he is now taking time to focus his own solo career as Steven Harts as he drops his new single Shelter which is part of his new album So Random
Troop are also on the comeback with their new album Troop The Return expected soon.
We spoke briefly to Steve in Pasadena, California and asked him about the collaboration
‘Im excited to be working with Ayi Jihu she is a beautiful and talented young artist that has a lot going for her. In my career I have always looked to work with as many different types of artists and projects as I can, trying to keep on the edge of what is current, what is happening and what is about to happen. Working on this track with Ayi Jihu has been a pleasure.’
In a written statement to GlobalNewsInk Ayi Jihu wrote:
Once again I feel extremely blessed. Working with someone like Steve Russell is just fantastic for me. He has done it all worked with so many of the greats, worked on so many hits its just a dream really. I love his music and he really understands the RnB I love. In fact we both love the same thing. Real RnB. I have to thank my team for bringing us together and making this happen there must be something about the name Steve that brings magic into my world. The song we are working on I love it so much, It is just such a cool song. I won’t say too much and spoil it for anyone as I am still working on it with Steve Russell as we speak. Real RnB fans will love it, thats all I can say. I am just trying to do my best on it. We are going to be working on other things together too and we have spoken about performing live also. So much to look forward to. I am just very honoured and happy and working hard on this album ‘The Rebirth’ I am doing this album for me, my way with songs and people I really love. Every song on it is special to me and I truly hope the public feel this passion when they hear the songs. It is not easy to find the right producer or songs when you are working on a project like this. I have worked with several and it just did not work out for me with some of them because not everyone wants to work with you, some just want to turn you into what they feel you should be. It’s great that someone like Steve Russell gets me and understands what I am trying to do. I feel it has a lot to do with his experience of working with so many different types of artist, voices and styles. He has such a good understanding of people. He is just a really great guy.
GlobalNewsink have not been given the title of the song but we have been told it is earmarked to be a single from the Ayi Jihu album due for release late this year. Ayi Jihu is collaborating with several artists, producers and writers from around the world on her ‘Rebirth Album’. We will keep you up to date on all developments here at Global News. Before that Ayi Jihu will be hoping for success with a major release in Germany on June 27th 2014.
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