|Birth name||Gregory Allen Kurstin|
|Occupations||Producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist|
|Associated acts||Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, The Bird and the Bee, Lily Allen, Rita Ora, Sia, The Shins|
Kurstin's songwriting and production credits include his work with Kelly Clarkson, P!nk and The Shins. As an instrumentalist and musical director, Kurstin has performed and recorded with more than 100 artists, including Beck, Foster the People and Sia.
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 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 album The Truth About Love and Clarkson's album Stronger, which were both nominated for Pop Vocal of the Year, the latter of which won.
Kurstin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
After high school, Kurstin moved to New York City to study with Charles Mingus' piano player, Jaki Byard, at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, a world renowned jazz conservatory. He played with jazz legends including Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman and Charles McPherson.
After graduating from college, Kurstin moved back to Los Angeles and teamed with singer-songwriter Tommy Jordan, with whom he formed the alternative group Geggy Tah. The duo signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop label and released three albums, including 1996’s Sacred Cow, which spawned a Billboard Top 20 hit single “Whoever You Are.”
Kurstin currently resides in Los Angeles.
Production, Songwriting and Performance
Kurstin, who also performs on most of the albums he produces, has played with Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Flaming Lips, among many others. Additionally, he was the musical director for Gwen Stefani's live and television performances.
The Bird and the Bee
In 2005, Mike Andrews introduced Kurstin to Inara George. Kurstin and George found themselves spending hours in the studio together where they discovered their mutual interest in '60s Tropicalia. They began to explore new sounds and textures while working in the studio. This resulted in their debut EP, Again and Again and Again, released in October 2006. The Bird and the Bee's self-titled LP was released the following year by Blue Note. It spawned a number one hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club chart with a remix of "F*cking Boyfriend"
The pair also released a five-song EP entitled Please Clap Your Hands which featured a cover of the Bee Gees' ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. Their songs “Again & Again” and “Please Clap Your Hands” were featured in the TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. Comedian Eric Wareheim, from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! directed their video for “Polite Dance Song”. On Valentine’s Day 2008, they released their EP, One Too Many Hearts as a gift to their fans.
Bridget Jones' Diary: The Musical
|2013||Wrapped in Red||Kelly Clarkson||Producer, engineer (entire album); writer, "Underneath the Tree" and "4 Carats"|
|2013||Prism||Katy Perry||Producer, writer, engineer on “Double Rainbow” and “Spritiual”|
|2012||Elastic Heart||Sia ft. The Weekend and Diplo||Co-producer, engineer on “Elastic Heart”|
|2012||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")|
|2012||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")|
|2012||Warrior||Kesha||Writer, producer, engineer on "Love Into the Light"|
|2012||Greatest Hits * Chapter One||Kelly Clarkson||Producer, writer, engineer ("Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"); Producer, engineer ("People Like Us")|
|2012||Port of Morrow||The Shins||Producer (entire album); engineer, producer ("Simple Song" "It's Only Life")|
|2012||Master of My Make-Believe||Santigold||Producer, writer, engineer ("The Riot's Gone" "God From the Machine" "The Keepers")|
|2012||Electra Heart||Marina and the Diamonds||Producer, writer, engineer ("Starring Role" "Living Dead"); producer, engineer ("Power & Control")|
|2011||Stronger||Kelly Clarkson||Producer, writer, engineer ("Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"); producer, engineer ("Darkside" "Honestly")|
|2011||Torches||Foster the People||Producer, engineer ("Warrant"); Producer, mixer, engineer ("Helena Beat" "Miss You" "Waste")|
|2011||Halcyon||Ellie Goulding||Producer, writer, engineer ("Burn" "Goodness Gracious")|
|2010||Animal||Kesha||Writer, producer, engineer on "Animal"|
|2010||We Are Born||Sia||Producer (entire album); writer ("The Co-Dependent" "Stop Trying" "Hurting Me Now" "Bring Night" "Never Gonna Leave Me")|
|2010||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")|
|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)|
|2009||It's Not Me, It's You||Lilly Allen||Co-wrote and produced entire album; producer, writer, mixer, engineer (“The Fear” "22" "Who'd Have Known" "I Could Say" "F*ck You")|
|2009||Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future||The Bird and the Bee||Producer, mixer, writer, musician (entire album)|
|2008||Circus||Britney Spears||Producer, writer, engineer ("Rock Me In")|
|2007||X||Kylie Minogue||Producer, mixer, writer, engineer ("Wow"); producer, mixer, engineer ("No More Rain")|
|2007||The Bird and the Bee||The Bird and the Bee||Producer, mixer, writer, engineer, musician (entire album)|
|2006||Alright, Still||Lilly Allen||Producer, writer, mixer, engineer ("Alfie" "Everything's Just Wonderful" "Not Big")|
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- Roberts, Randall. "The LA Weekly on The 2009 Grammy Nominations". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Ivor Novello Award Winners". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Full List of 2013 Grammy Nominees, via MTV.com". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "New School Press Release, 2008". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- Subba-Cultcha/The Bird and The Bee
- Reyes-Kulkami, Saby (2007-11-14). "The Bird and The Bee is lounge music without the kitsch". New York Press. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
- The Bird and The Bee-Polite Dance Song YouTube
- The Bird and The Bee-One Too Many Hearts EP for Valentine’s Day