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NARKED RECORDS is proud to announce the release of “GRAVITY”, (03/31) the 10th single by THE GROOVE PROJECT joined by special guest, Armenian pianist, VAHAGN STEPHANYAN.

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.

VAHAGN STEPANYAN is an Armenian classically trained keyboard player, songwriter, composer, arranger, and producer specializing in jazz, R&B, funk, fusion, pop, gospel and film score. Throughout his career he has collaborated and performed with a wide variety of artists including some Grammy winners and industry notables. Vahagn owns and operates a professional recording studio in Armenia.

Working on a Smooth Jazz / Contemporary Jazz concept album about man’s fascination with flight, the inspiration for this single “DREAMS” comes from the quote by Anon. –

“When fears are grounded, dreams take flight.”×

The idea of this concept album is in part, a posthumous tribute to Roshni Mohapatra (7 Jan 1980 – 13 Dec 2018) who had envisioned Shenoy’s previous project as a multi-sensory experience of music, art, animation and physical packaging. She has previously cited Davie Bowie and Pink Floyd as some of her early influences for art direction of musical projects.

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 03/31 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.

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.

About Matthew Shell

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.

About Marcus Mitchell

MARCUS MITCHELLis a jazz saxophone based out of Maryland with seventeen albums and a DVD to his name. Mitchell has worked with many artists such as Mike Phillips, Kim Waters, Marcus Johnson, and Destiny's Child. While attending Shaw University, Mitchell operated 24th Music and performed in the Raleigh North Carolina region with the N-Tune Band.

He was a headliner at the legendary Blues Alley Jazz Club in Washington, D.C. and he performed at Jazz Festival in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, sharing the stage with Paul Taylor, Peter White and the Rippingtons (featuring Russ Freeman).

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 GRAMMY® nominated RUMBADOODLE in 2012. Park has many TV, movie score, and Billboard charting appearances. He has toured, produced, and worked with legendary artists from country outlaw Merle Haggard to folk icon Peter Yarrow, and rock greats Cozy Powell and Chris Caffery

Awards include Global Peace Song Award, Global Music Award, SAMMY Awards, and multiple nominations including a 2019 nomination by the United Nations, the SDG Action Award with GRAMMY® winner Ricky Kej.