Los Angeles, CA. (Top40 Charts/ North Hudson Music) - After topping the UK charts for four weeks in 2008 at No 1, "American Boy," recorded by newcomer Estelle
and buoyed by a guest appearance from Kanye West, became one of this summer's signature songs Stateside. Two Grammy nominations: "Song of the Year" and "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" confirm the song's irrepressible appeal.
Estelle is the inaugural artist released by Homeschool Records, the label created by Grammy-winning artist and songwriter John Legend distributed through Atlantic Records. Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am produced the project.
Additionally, three of the Los Angeles-based songwriter/producers - Keith Harris, Caleb Speir & Joshua Lopez - who co-wrote and collaborated on the song "American Boy" are Grammy Nominees with "Song of the Year". The trio are represented by well known entertainment lawyer, Helen Yu of Yu Leseberg. Their music publishing interests are represented by North Hudson Music, LLC.
Writer/producer Keith Harris, an accomplished keyboardist, drummer and multi-instrumentalist who performs with the Black Eyed Peas and Fergie, has worked with a range of artists from Michael Jackson (two remixes on Thriller 25), to Chris Brown (a co-write and keyboards on the track "Picture Perfect,") plus newcomer Chrisette Michele, Mary J Blige and Busta Rhymes. Caleb Speir is a songwriter, producer and bass player who tours and records with Macy Gray and has also worked with Nikka Costa, Justin Timberlake, will.i.am and JC Chasez. The third songwriter, Joshua Lopez, who has also played with Gray, Timberlake, Nikka Costa, Chasez and will.i.am, has contributed to a wide range of projects with artists including Everlast, Ben Taylor, Mark Ronson and Eminem.
North Hudson Music LLC provides complete publishing administration services for copyright owners with catalogs that are currently generating substantial income. The company currently represent a diverse roster of clients with songs recorded by artists including Roy Ayers, Backstreet Boys, Eric Benet, Black Eyed Peas, Dream, Fleetwood Mac, Tasha Holiday, Junior Mafia, Justin Timberlake, Master P, MC Lyte, Mount Sims, NSYNC, Nivea, Ozomatli, Pussycat Dolls with P. Diddy, Britney Spears, Armand Van Helden, Warren G., Chuck E. Weiss, Youngstown, Christina Milian, Busta Rhymes, Tupac, Mario, Spanish Fly, Little Rod, Santana, Ricky Martin, Teairra Mari, Chingy, Teedra Moses, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ginuwine, Mount Sims, Bravehearts, and JC Chasez, plus soundtracks for 8 Mile, Scary Movie, Bullworth, Bootycall, Love and Basketball.
The 51st annual Grammy Awards will air live from The Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009.