October 6, 2016

Downtown Signs Grammy-Winning “Smooth” Songwriter Itaal Shur

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Downtown Music Publishing is thrilled to have signed a worldwide publishing deal with Grammy-winning songwriter Itaal Shur. This new agreement will administer Shur’s existing catalogs as well as all future works, including one of his most notable songs, “Smooth,” which he co-wrote for Santana’s Grammy Award winning album Supernatural.

Co-written by Shur in 1999, Santana’s first chart-topping single “Smooth” featuring Rob Thomas is the most enduring song of the rock era based on chart performance on Billboard’s Hot 100. Endorsed by a period of unrelenting radio ubiquity, the single soared at No. 1 for 12 weeks, and then went on to set the record for the longest top 10 visit by a No. 1 single at 30 consecutive weeks. Billboard considers it to be the second-biggest hit of all time, in any genre. With this impressive record, the classic led Shur to win the Grammy Award for Song of Year.

Shur has written songs for and collaborated with a wide range of artists including: Santana, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Maxwell, Lucy Woodward, Joss Stone, Hassan Hakmoun, The Kronos Quartet, Carleen Anderson and many more. He has also produced records for various artists, including Kronos Quartet, The Scumfrog, Lucy Woodward, Hinda Hicks, Mark Farina, and Lighthouse Family.

Celebrated as an acclaimed songwriter across numerous genres, Shur has also been nominated for the “Best Song of the Year” at the 2004 Latin Grammys for “Mas Y Mas” by Robi Rosa. This same song was re-recorded as a duet between Robi Rosa and Ricky Martin, and was nominated for “Record of the Year” at the 2013 Latin Grammys. Shur’s “Ascension (Don’t ever wonder)” co-written and recorded by Maxwell, remains a modern soul classic to this day.

Shur was one of the founding members of the acid jazz group Groove Collective, and has released three solo albums. In the late 1990s, Shur even released two solo albums under an alias! Known as Big Muff and Milk & Honey, drawing influence from various genres including funk, techno and hip-hop . Under this alias, he released the 1998 hit song “My Funny Valentine.”

Recently, Shur scored the Sundance Award Winning documentary film “ALIVE INSIDE” in 2014 directed by his brother Michael Rossatto-Bennett. Shur has also established his own artist development and production company, and is presently creating music for new film/tv projects as well as writing songs for a number of artists. Downtown is privileged to work with his existing catalogue and looks to the future for new endeavors from this acknowledged songwriter.

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