Itaal Shur is a composer, producer and musician. He is most know for writing the song “Smooth” with Rob Thomas for Santana which received the Grammy award for “Best Song of the Year” in 1999 and went on to help sell over 25 million copies. In addition he was nominated for the “Best Song of the Year” at the Latin Grammys for the song “Mas Y Mas” by Robi Rosa in 2004. 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. The Album “VIDA” won “Album of the Year.” Itaal wrote “Ascension (Don’t ever wonder)” with Maxwell and it remains a modern soul classic to this day.
He has written songs and collaborated with and for Jewel, Santana, Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Lucy Woodward, Hassan Hakmoun, The Kronos Quartet, Carleen Anderson and more. He was a founding member of the Groove Collective and Giant Step innovating the acid jazz nu soul revival and has put out various solo projects under different names such as Milk and Honey and Big Muff.
Itaal Shur’s solo album is a result of a journey inward to uncover the music he put on hold while he was busy working with other artists as a songwriter and producer. Recorded in New York City and Rio de Janeiro during the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010 it shows his range of emotion as a composer and links the different elements of his style together into a eclectic but cohesive whole. Featuring musicians from New York and Rio de Janeiro “Beyond Tomorrow” is an album that Itaal waited a long time to make but finally found the time to express his own voice.
Recently Itaal scored the documentary film “ALIVE INSIDE” directed by his brother Michael Rossatto-Bennett which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He is presently creating music for new film/tv projects as well as writing songs for a number of artists.