Tim & Bob

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Tim & Bob
Background information
Also known as Funktwons
Origin Peoria, Illinois, US
Genres Hip-hop, pop, R&B, techno, electronica, gospel
Occupations Producer, songwriter, Piano, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Electric Guitars, Drums, Trumpet, Flute
Years active 1993–present
Labels Funktwons Inc., Dreamworks Records, Def Jam Records, Pure Entertainment/Capitol Records
Associated acts Michael Jackson, Madonna, Dr. Dre, Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Will Smith, Boyz II Men, TLC, Babyface, Jennifer Lopez, 112, Barry Gibb, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nas, Usher, Tyrese, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie, Jamie Foxx, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sisqó, Bobby Brown, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Treach, Craig Mack, Karen Clark Sheard, Hilary Duff, Deitrick Haddon, Monica, Queen Latifah, Jon B., Tamia, Case, Jagged Edge, Dave Hollister, Bobby Valentino, Brian McKnight, Donell Jones, Fabolous, Joe, Musiq Soulchild, Ron Isley, Brandy, Amerie, Tank, Tamar Braxton, Mýa, Mario Winans, Tony Rich, MC Lyte, LaToya, Slim of 112, Soul For Real, The Game
Members Tim Kelley
Bob Robinson

Tim & Bob (Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson), also known as Funktwons, are Grammy Award-winning songwriting musicians and a Hip-hop/R&B production duo. Tim & Bob have discovered and or worked on some of the biggest artists in the music industry and has helped develop the Atlanta music scene as it is widely known for today. They have won three Grammy Awards amongst twelve nominations and have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide making them one of the most successful producer duo in music history. They are among the most consistent urban producers in the last 18 years, earning a spot on Billboard's top ten list of producers almost every year since 1998.[1]


Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, Tim was raised on R&B through his father's band. His father was a multi instrumentalist so he quickly learned trumpet (his fathers main instrument), piano, guitar, drums and bass at the early age of 10. From elementary through college, Tim played the trumpet and piano in school band while learning how to read music. He was heavily influenced by pop radio as well. Bob's deep roots in the church as an organist and piano player since the early age of 9 and all through college brought a wealth of gospel music to the duo. They met through a mutual friend at the local mall right next to a music store. Tim recalls; We stepped in the music store and Bob started playing the piano, I was blown away with his skills to the point that I didn't even try and play, that's how awesome he was and I considered myself pretty good. Tim offered Bob to come by his basement studio where his mom bought enough equipment to record music. From there on, the duo exchanged chord progressions on keyboards and guitar. Bob explains; Tim had so many albums in his basement, every room was filled with em especially from artists I had never heard of. I had a gospel collection myself so we figured out a way to fuse the two together in a way no one was doing at the time, in one months time we came up with a hundred or so tracks. We were ready to take a plane anywhere to make it. Just after a year of meeting, the duo moved to New Orleans for a year then Chicago and Detroit where they found a small production company that had a studio. While working one day they met one of George Clinton's background singers Paul Hill. Impressed by they're musical skills he told them producer Dallas Austin would eventually start looking for producers because of the tragic death of partner Randy Ran. The trio worked on demos day and night until they felt the material recorded was ready to be heard and drove to Atlanta where they eventually met Dallas Austin.[2].

D.A.R.P. Inc. and Other Label Ventures[edit]


They initially got their start at a famous recording studio in Detroit called Sound Suite, and from there moved to Atlanta, where they met super producer Dallas Austin. Blown away by their talent, Dallas quickly signed them to his company D.A.R.P. and stamped them as "Tim & Bob". Upon signing with Austin's publishing company, the duo began working with artists TLC, Boyz II Men, Madonna, 112 (whom they discovered) and Monica ( which they developed).[3] While living in Detroit Tim & Bob met a host of talent and kept a tight friendship with two talented producer/artists in particular, Tony Rich and Mario Winans. Bob recalls; We would always hang out in each other's studio everyday. We made a brotherly code that whoever made it big first, would pull everyone else in. We just happened to step out the camp first and everything flourished from there. The guys owned up to the promise. Soon after signing with Dallas they gave Rich a call and put him on speaker phone with Dallas and later that week Pebbles (L.A.Reid's then wife). Tim requested Tony to sing one of his songs and just like that Tony was on the next plane to Atlanta where he would eventually become a staff writer at La Face as well as an artist. He would go on to win a grammy in 1997 for "Best R&B Album" entitled "Words". Winans was to follow. In Atlanta for a gospel conference, Mario's career began with a phone call to the duo. Tim recalls; We were in a session and Mario called us and let us know he was in town. We stopped our session to pick him up and crashed Dallas session so he could meet and hear Mario's tracks. After three snippets of his joints Dallas told the duo to work with him on his overall sound and he would sign him to the D.A.R.P family. Winans drove back to Detroit and packed his truck up and drove back. We had a room for him in our then studio/house and he lived with us for a while until he scooped up a couple of projects that came thru D.A.R.P.. I remember letting him borrow my whole break beat collection, he would stay downstairs and work for days without rest until his drums were serious. Dallas and I were very impressed with how fast he picked up on R&B music because during that time he was producing gospel music, the genre didn't allow you to go to many places musically and creatively back in the early to mid 90's that secular music could obviously but because of Mario and other trailblazers in gospel music, heavy beat driven tracks are excepted which allows us to come back to our roots when called upon. We're very proud of our boys accomplishments. While bringing in more talent to their camp from the midwest and discovering talent along the way, Tim & Bob continued to sharpen their signature sound and production style while developing a gifted and talented 12-year-old Monica which during that time Austin was considering signing her to his Rowdy label. The duo stopped all projects they were scheduled to work on to concentrate on her debut. 15 demos later 5 of them got polished and eventually landed on Monica's first full length cd entitled Miss Thang. The Rowdy imprint's first project went on to become the most successful one selling 3 million copies. Later on that year the duo hooked up with good friend Darryl Simmons who discovered a young talented female group Destiny's Child. He informed the guys that he envisioned doing most of the ballads leaving them to handle the uptempos for the first project that was scheduled to come out on his production deal with Elektra records, but after recording 10 songs for the group, creative differences came between Simmons and Elektra and eventually left the group without a label home. A call to Randy Jackson, an up-and-coming a&r executive at Columbia records at the time, led to a showcase for the label. Impressed by their performance and especially a then 13-year-old lead singer Beyoncé, Columbia records signed the group. Tim explains; During the process of recording with the girls, Beyonce's voice changed and Columbia was so eager to put the record out that out of the 10 songs we recorded we only had time to do her vocals over on one because our schedule was crazy at the time as well, we were bummed for a while because we worked very hard to help develop Beyonce into a studio rat, she would ask about every button on the mixing board at 13 years old, we knew she was gonna be a beast so we wanted more songs on the album, but we were blessed to have one that made it and she killed it. The self tiled album "Destiny's Child would eventually go on to sell a million copies. Hard work initially helped the duo establish themselves in the music industry as "A" list super producers in just a short period. During this time the two would also garner two Grammy Awards, including one in 1995 for Best R&B Album for Boyz II Men's II and one in 1996 for Best R&B Album for TLC's Diamond certified CrazySexyCool. Tim & Bob would become part of history with producing and writing five songs on the Boyz II Men lp II which eventually became the biggest selling album in history by an R&B group and TLC's CrazySexyCool becoming the biggest selling album by a female R&B group as well. Upon winning consecutive Best R&B Album Grammy's, the duo would continue to produce, simultaneously working on soundtracks, including Def Jam's How to Be a Player, The Players Club, Poetic Justice, Wild Wild West, and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.[3]

They were subsequently brought in by legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to work on some of their projects. Since the early 90's, Tim & Bob has been dubbed the next Jam and Lewis and credits the legendary hitmakers for recognizing their potential and helping them define their production style,

DreamWorks and Capitol records[edit]


Upon becoming a household name in the music industry, the team knew it was time to move out on their own. Soon after departing Dallas Austin, they relocated to Los Angeles and signed a publishing deal and a label deal thru executive and famous guitarist Robbie Robertson with the now defunct DreamWorks Records, instantly scoring a #1 hit with Jon B. ("They Don't Know"), and a top 5 smash for Tamia ("So into You"). Tim & Bob were also very instrumental in getting the rock group Papa Roach signed to DreamWorks[3] while inking a production deal with Capitol Records. The duo signed Athena Cage from the group Kut Klose and produced the entire lp, but because of a shake up of executives and change of direction at the label the project only produced a single for the movie "Save The Last Dance.

Thong Song[edit]

In 1999 Tim & Bob would produce Sisqó's worldwide #1 hit "Thong Song" from his debut LP Unleash the Dragon, which went on to become one of the biggest songs of the year as well as one of Def Jam's most successful hits. The single helped push sales of Unleash the Dragon to 6× Platinum and garnered a number of awards, including Song of the Year Hip Hop/Rhythmic at the 2000 Radio Music Awards. It would peak at #1 on the New Zealand charts, #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, #1 Billboard on Rhythmic top 40 and Rhythmic top 40 Airplay and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.

Tim, Babyface, Bob


In 2001, Tim & Bob produced Case's "Missing You", off his gold-selling album Open Letter and Dave Hollister's "Take Care of Home".[3]

2003 was a special year for the duo. While working with Ronald Isley and the Isley Brothers, Ron told the duo that he spoke with one of Earth, Wind And Fire front men Philip Bailey and was told to tell the guys they're big fans of their work and would love to work with them. Instantly Tim & Bob responded to the honor and grabbed a studio room right next to the Isley Brothers session and worked on both simultaneously. Subsequently the results were dubbing two Grammy nods for both, Best R&B Album Isley Brothers Body Kiss and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the song Tim & Bob wrote and produced entitled "Hold Me" from the LP The Promise. It was Earth, Wind And Fire's first Grammy nomination in 10 years which made it that more special for the guys. Tim stated:


Tim & Bob would strike again in early 2005 producing Bobby Valentino's Asian R&B influenced, "Slow Down" (#1 for four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and "Tell Me" from Valentino's Platinum certified debut album, Disturbing tha Peace Presents Bobby Valentino. In 2006, Tim & Bob signed a new publishing deal with Dimensional Music Publishing and began working on Bobby Valentino's second album Special Occasion, from which they produced six tracks.[4] Their most recent projects include Jennifer Lopez' Platinum certified album Rebirth ("Cherry Pie" and "I, Love"); Brian McKnight's Ten ("Used to Be My Girl", "Unhappy Without You", "Again", "Can't Leave You Alone"); Donell Jones' Journey of a Gemini ("I'm Gonna Be", "Feelin' You", "Can't Wait", "I'm Gonna Be"); Hilary Duff's Dignity ("I Wish"); Nas, Joe, Musiq Soulchild, Ron Isley, Brandy, Tyrese, Amerie, Mýa, Usher, LaToya, Slim of 112, Busta Rhymes, Jamie Foxx ("Life is Good");[5] The Black Eyed Peas, Bobby Valentino's The Rebirth ("Make You the Only One," "3 Is the New 2," “On The Edge," “You're Not Alone," “Give Me Your Heart," and "Your Smile"); Day 26's Forever in a Day ("Think of Me" and "Reminds Me of You"); and their artists Mahagani and Chico.[3] The duo is currently hard at work on Slim's (former 112 frontman) project slated for a 2010 summer release as well as working on a TV reality series called Producers Diary, which showcases a producer's life, starting with themselves for the first 13 episodes.[1] In 2009. In 2011, Tim & Bob produced half of Bobby V's latest project "Fly on the Wall and reunited with Boyz II Men and produced four new tracks including reproducing "'Motown Philly on the new double cd entitled Twenty. On November 18, 2011, Tim and Bob received the "Key to the City" to their hometown Peoria, IL. and had the day declared honorary "Tim and Bob Day".

Tim & Bob continue to produce hits for the music industry's most accomplished artists. When asked why they think they have been so successful, Bob stated,

Lottery Ticket (film)[edit]

On the set of Bobby V's video "Slow Down", director Erik White and the duo became friends and even more so a creative force together instantly. White became a fan of the musical direction Tim and Bob had set for Bobby V's platinum debut so much that he directed the next single, titled "Tell Me", featuring Lil Wayne as well. While on location for the video in Miami, Erik informed them that his future move would be directing films and insisted that they give his movies musical life. They talked about forming a company to do everything in house. Five years later, White kept his word by giving the duo a shot at scoring his directing debut into the film world with the movie Lottery Ticket. Instantly Tim and Bob went to work on one scene at a time eventually impressing another key person and one of the producers of the film Matt Alverez. The continuous work led to the duo's first movie score credit. When asked the difference between producing an artist as opposed to doing film scoring Tim replied: "the difference is like night and day, when we're producing an artist we're always battling for the first single in a single driven industry while walking a fine line between being as creative as we can without sacrificing our awareness of radio friendly records. While scoring a film, the musician side of us can really come to the forefront because everything we've learned about music thru out the years can be showcased without any boundaries and it allows more space to experiment with sounds, crafting and molding musical images while capturing moments of different emotions by landscaping thru creativity, there's nothing like it if your musicality is itching for a scratch, nothing like it."


Awards and nominations[edit]

Tim and Bob awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
American Music Awards
1 4
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
5 0
Blockbuster Ent Awards
2 0
BMI Awards
13 0
Dove Awards
0 1
Grammy Awards
3 11
Juno Awards
2 0
MTV Video Music Awards
1 3
MOBO Awards
0 3
NAACP Image Awards
0 2
Radio Music Awards
1 0
Lady of Soul Awards
2 0
Soul Train Awards
3 6
Awards won 36
Nominations 30

American Music Awards[edit]

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973.

Year Recipient Award Result
1996 Boyz ll Men Favorite Soul/R&B Album Won
Favorite Pop/Rock Album Nominated
TLC Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated
2001 Sisqo Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards[edit]

The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards are sponsored by Billboard magazine and is held annually in December.

Year Recipient Award Result
1998 Jon B. Hot R&B Single of the Year Won
1998 Jon B. Hot R&B Single Sales Won
2000 Sisqo R&B/Hip Hop Single of the Year Won
2001 Case R&B/Hip Hop Single of the Year Won
2005 Bobby V R&B/Hip Hop Single of the Year Won

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1995 Boyz ll Men "II" Favorite CD Won
Favorite R&B CD Won
2001 Joe "My Name Is Joe" Favorite Male Artist R&B CD Won

Broadcast Music Inc. Awards[edit]

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of three United States performing rights organizations that holds a series of annual awards shows.

Year Recipient Award Result
1993 Get It Up TLC Won
1994 Vibin Boyz ll Men Won
1996 Come See Me 112 Won
1996 Just Be Good To Me Deborah Cox Won
1998 They Don't Know Jon B. Won
1998 So into You Tamia Won
2000 Thong Song Sisqo Won
2001 Take Care of Home Dave Hollister Won
2002 Missing You Case Won
2003 Into You Fabolous Won
2005 Slow Down Bobby V Won
2005 Tell Me Bobby V Won
2006 Used To Be My Girl Brian McKnight Won
2007 I'm Gonna Be Donell Jones Won

Dove Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Revealed Deitrick Haddon Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.

Year Recipient Award Result
1994 II Best R&B Album Won
1995 "CrazySexyCool" Best R&B Album Won
1998 "Tamia" Best R&B Album Nominated
2000 "My Name is Joe" Best R&B Album Nominated
2001 "Thong Song" Best R&B Song Nominated
"Thong Song" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
"Unleash The Dragon" Best R&B Album Nominated
2002 "Missing You" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2003 "Body Kiss" Best R&B Album Nominated
"Hold Me[disambiguation needed]" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2014 "Three Kings" Best R&B Album Nominated

Juno Awards[edit]

The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Year Recipient Award Result
1996 Deborah Cox Best R&B/Soul Recording Won
1999 Tamia Best R&B/Soul Recording Won

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV.

Year Recipient Award Result
2000 Thong Song Best Hip Hop Video Won
Best Dance Video Nominated
Best Viewer's Choice Nominated
2000 Thong Song (Remix Feat. Foxy Brown) Best Video From A Film Nominated

Music of Black Origin Awards[edit]

The Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, established in 1995 by Kanya King MBE and Andy Ruffell, are held annually in the UK to recognise artists of any race or nationality performing black music.

Year Recipient Award Result
1998 They Don't Know Jon B. Nominated
R&B Single Sales Nominated
2000 Thong Song Best Video Nominated

NAACP Image Awards[edit]

The NAACP Image Awards is an award presented annually by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature.

Year Recipient Award Result
2001 Joe/ My Name Is Joe Outstanding Music Album Nominated
2002 Tyrese/ 2000 Watts Outstanding Hip Hop Artist Nominated

Radio Music Awards[edit]

The Radio Music Awards was an annual U.S. award show that honors the year's most successful songs on mainstream radio.

Year Recipient Award Result
2000 Thong Song Hip Hop/ Rhythmic Song of the Year Won

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards[edit]

The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, first airing in 1995, celebrated top achievements by female performers.

Year Recipient Award Result
1996 CrazySexyCool Best R&B/Soul Album of The Year Won
1998 Destiny's Child Best R&B/Soul Album of The Year Won

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which previously aired in national television syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment.

Year Recipient Award Result
1995 ll Best R&B/Soul Album Won
1997 CrazySexyCool Best R&B/Soul Album Won
1998 They Don't Know Best Male Single Nominated
2000 J.E. Heartbreak Best R&B Album Group, Band or Duo Won
2001 Part lll Best R&B/Soul Album Nominated
Unleash The Dragon Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album Nominated
2003 Body Kiss Best R&B Album Nominated
Body Kiss Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo Nominated
2006 Slow Down Best R&B Soul Single Nominated

Equipment Used[edit]

  • NeKo LX (Gen3)[3]


  1. ^ a b "Tim & Bob". About TIM AND BOB. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Tim and Bob". BMI Music World. August 31, 2000. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tim & Bob". Open Labs. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Tim & Bob SIGN Publishing Deal". Dimensional Music Publishing. June 21, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Tim & Bob". myspace music. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 

External links[edit]

Tim & Bob on Myspace

Tim & Bob on Twitter

(French) French group dedicated to Tim & Bob on SoulRnB.com

Tim and Bob Interview with sixshot.com