|Birth name||Gregory Allen Kurstin|
|Occupations||Producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist|
|Associated acts||Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, The Bird and the Bee, Lily Allen, Tegan & Sara, Sia, The Shins, Ellie Goulding|
In 2009, Kurstin received a Grammy Award nomination for Producer of the Year. That same year he won three Ivor Novello awards for his work with Lily Allen, including Songwriter of the Year for the song "The Fear."
Kurstin was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Awards in the Song of the Year and Record of the Year categories for his work on Kelly Clarkson's multi-platinum single "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)". Kurstin was also involved with P!nk's Grammy-nominated album The Truth About Love and Clarkson's album Stronger, which won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2013.
Early life and education
Kurstin was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. A multi-instrumentalist, he started playing piano at age 5; soon after, he picked up guitar and bass. Kurstin joined his first band at the age of 11, and co-wrote the b-side to classmate Dweezil Zappa’s “My Mother is A Space Cadet” at 12.
In high school, Kurstin focused on jazz piano, and after graduating he moved to New York to study with Jaki Byard, Charles Mingus' pianist, at the The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. After playing with prominent jazz musicians including Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman, and Charles McPherson, Kurstin returned to LA and finished his degree at the California School of the Arts. He continued to perform with Hutcherson, Coleman, and McPherson, among other jazz musicians, in LA.
In Los Angeles, Kurstin continued to perform with Hutcherson, Coleman, and McPherson, among other musicians, and in 1994 teamed with a friend, Tommy Jordan, and recorded a demo under the name Geggy Tah. The tape came to the attention of David Byrne, who signed Jordan and Kurstin to his Luaka Bop label. Geggy Tah had considerable success, including a 1996 hit with the song “Whoever You Are,” but disbanded after releasing three albums.
Over the following years, Kurstin worked as a session player and touring musician for Beck and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among other artists, but eventually decided to focus on his own music. In 2004, Kurstin was introduced to singer Inara George by a mutual friend, Mike Andrews. Then producing George’s solo debut, Andrews hired Kurstin as a pianist for the album. Kurstin and George clicked musically in the studio and together they formed The Bird and the Bee (stylized as "the bird and the bee"). Shortly thereafter, they were signed by Blue Note Records chairman Bruce Lundvall; their first EP, Again and Again and Again and Again was released in 2006. In 2007 an eponymous album was released, followed by Please Clap Your Hands (2007), Rayguns Are Not Just the Future (20088), and Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1, a Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates. Described by Entertainment Weekly as “space-age pop that cunningly combines bossa nova languidity with Beach Boys-style lushness,” the bird and the bee was praised by the media and developed a sizable following in the US and abroad.
Kurstin, who earned his first songwriting credit at 12, signed a publishing deal with EMI (now Sony/ATV) in 2002, and worked “day and night, pumping out songs. After collaborating on tracks with artists including Sia, Peaches, P!nk, and the Flaming Lips, Kurstin was introduced to Lily Allen; her 2006 debut, Alright, Still which credits Kurstin as a producer, composer, engineer, mixer, and musician, entered the US charts at #20 and went on to achieve platinum status. Based in part on his success with Allen, Kurstin’s career as a producer and songwriter flourished. Since then he has worked with Ellie Goulding, Foster The People, Tegan & Sara, The Shins, Pink, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, among others. He has collaborated with Sia since 2003, and has produced and composed music for each of Allen’s three albums. In addition, he and Allen are collaborating on Bridget Jones's Diary, The Musical. Currently in development, the musical will debut in the West End on a date yet to be announced.
|2006||Alright, Still||Lily Allen||Producer, writer, mixer, engineer ("Alfie", "Everything's Just Wonderful", "Not Big")|
|2007||The Bird and the Bee||The Bird and the Bee||Producer, mixer, writer, engineer, musician (entire album)|
|X||Kylie Minogue||Producer, mixer, writer, engineer ("Wow"); producer, mixer, engineer ("No More Rain")|
|2008||Circus||Britney Spears||Producer, writer, engineer ("Rock Me In")|
|2009||It's Not Me, It's You||Lily Allen||Co-wrote and produced entire album; producer, writer, mixer, engineer (“The Fear”, "22" "Who'd Have Known", "I Could Say", "F*ck You")|
|Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future||The Bird and the Bee||Producer, mixer, writer, musician (entire album)|
|2010||Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates||The Bird and the Bee||Producer, mixer, writer, engineer, musician (entire album)|
|Something for Everyone||Devo||Producer, mixer, engineer ("Fresh", "What We Do", "Please Baby Please", "Don't Shoot (I'm a Man)", "Mind Games", "Human Rocket", "Later is Now", "No Place Like Home", "March On")|
|Animal||Kesha||Writer, producer, engineer on "Animal"|
|We Are Born||Sia||Producer (entire album); writer ("The Co-Dependent", "Stop Trying", "Hurting Me Now", "Bring Night", "Never Gonna Leave Me")|
|2011||Stronger||Kelly Clarkson||Producer, writer, engineer ("Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"); producer, engineer ("Dark Side, "Honestly")|
|Torches||Foster the People||Producer, engineer ("Warrant"); producer, mixer, engineer ("Helena Beat", "Miss You", "Waste")|
|Halcyon Days||Ellie Goulding||Producer, writer, engineer ("Burn", "Goodness Gracious")|
|2012||Greatest Hits • Chapter One||Kelly Clarkson||Producer, writer, engineer ("Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"); producer, engineer ("People Like Us")|
|Warrior||Kesha||Writer, producer, engineer on "Love Into the Light"|
|Electra Heart||Marina and the Diamonds||Producer, writer, engineer ("Starring Role", "Living Dead"); producer, engineer ("Power & Control")|
|The Truth About Love||P!nk||Producer, writer, engineer (“How Come You’re Not Here”, "Timebomb"(iTunes version), "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" "How Come You're Not Here”); producer, writer, mixer and engineer ("True Love", "Walk of Shame”); producer, mixer, engineer ("Try")|
|Master of My Make-Believe||Santigold||Producer, writer, engineer ("The Riot's Gone", "God From the Machine", "The Keepers")|
|Port of Morrow||The Shins||Producer (entire album); engineer, producer ("Simple Song" and "It's Only Life")|
|2013||Non-album track||Lily Allen||Producer, "Hard Out Here"|
|Non-album track||Beyoncé||Co-writer (with Sia Furler), producer "Standing on the Sun"|
|Wrapped in Red||Kelly Clarkson||Producer, engineer (entire album); writer, "Underneath the Tree" and "4 Carats"|
|Prism||Katy Perry||Producer, writer, engineer on “Double Rainbow” and “Spritual”|
|Elastic Heart||Sia ft. The Weekend and Diplo||Co-producer, engineer on “Elastic Heart”|
|Heartthrob||Tegan & Sara||Producer, engineer (“Goodbye, Goodbye”, “I’m Not Your Hero”, “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend” “Love They Say”, “Shock To Your System”); producer, mixer, engineer (“Now I’m All Messed Up")|
|2014||Kiss Me Once||Kylie Minogue||Producer; writer, "Sleeping with the Enemy"|
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