Jeff Bhasker

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Jeff Bhasker
Origin Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • bass
  • drums
  • percussion
Years active 2005–present
Labels GOOD Music

Jeff Bhasker (also known as Billy Kraven and U.G.L.Y.) is an Indian-American record producer, songwriter, keyboardist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. He collaborated with rapper and producer Kanye West on the albums 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Watch the Throne. He has won Grammy Awards for the songs "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, "All of the Lights" by Kanye West, "We Are Young" by Fun., and "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson.[1][2] Bhasker received the 2016 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for co-producing Mark Ronson's album Uptown Special and producing Nate Ruess's album Grand Romantic among other records.

Career[edit]

Bhasker was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in Socorro, New Mexico.[3][4] His mother played the piano and his Indian-born father, Ravi Bhasker, is a medical doctor and currently the town's mayor now for over 24 years. Bhasker was introduced to jazz by his mother and his piano teacher.[5] He played in the jazz band at Socorro High School, where he graduated in 1993, and then studied jazz piano and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.[6][7] He gigged around Boston as a keyboardist and played in a wedding band. After playing with the '70s era R&B band Tavares, Bhasker moved to New York on September 11, 2001. He toured with the jam band Lettuce and began focusing more on songwriting. One of his first productions was with neo soul singer Goapele, on her album Even Closer (2002). Bhasker produced a song on rapper The Game's first album, The Documentary (2005).[8]

Bhasker relocated to Los Angeles, in 2005. He began writing with Bruno Mars, and songwriter and executive Steve Lindsey served as their mentor. He played cover songs in a band with Mars around Los Angeles.[4] Bhasker then began an association with rapper/producer Kanye West.[9] Initially serving as a substitute keyboardist for West's Glow in the Dark Tour, he went on to become West's music director, and co-producer and co-writer on a number of songs.[10] Bhasker collaborated on West's albums 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration album, Watch the Throne, including the songs "Welcome to Heartbreak". "Lift Off", and "Runaway". Bhasker received the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song for West's "All of the Lights", and the Jay-Z/Rihanna/Kanye West song "Run This Town".[11]

Bhasker's collaborations span multiple genres, including writing and production credits on Alicia Keys's 2009 album, The Element of Freedom, including the charting singles "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart" and "Wait Til You See My Smile", and the album tracks, "Love Is Blind", and "Like the Sea". In 2009, Bhasker produced the songs "Free", "Zombie", and "Heaven" for Natalia Kills, and co-wrote and produced, "Nothing Lasts Forever", from her debut album, Perfectionist, under the alias 'Billy Kraven'. He worked on Beyoncé's "I Care", "Rather Die Young" and "Party" from her 2011 album 4 as a writer, musician and producer.

Bhasker worked again with Alicia Keys on her 2012 album, Girl on Fire, on the singles "Girl on Fire", and "Tears Always Win". He has also worked on the hit singles "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink, Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness", and Emeli Sandé's "My Kind of Love". Bhasker served as lead producer and co-writer for the band Fun's 2012 album, Some Nights, for which he received the 2013 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the song "We Are Young". He was additionally nominated for Album of the Year, Record of the Year for "We Are Young", and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.[12]

Bhasker co-wrote and co-produced Mark Ronson's single "Uptown Funk", which earned him a 2016 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Additionally, he received the 2016 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for his achievements in producing that year, including work with Nate Ruess, Elle King, and Mikky Ekko.[13]

Discography[edit]

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Butterflykisses" 2001 Goapele Closer Producer - -
"Thing's Don't Exist" - Adam Smirnoff
"Salvation" - -
"The Documentary" 2005 The Game The Documentary Co-writer/Producer Jaceyon Taylor, Jeffrey Reed Jeff Reed
"First Love" Goapele Change It All Goapele Mohlabane Goapele
"4AM" Goapele Mohlabane Goapele
"Battle of the Heart" Goapele Mohlabane, Taz Arnold, Om'Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn Sa-Ra Creative Partners
"Love Lockdown" 2008 Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak Co-writer/Co-producer Kanye West, Jenny-Bea Englishman, Malik Jones, LeNeah Menzies Kanye West
"Long Distance" Brandy Human Co-writer Peter Hernandez, Phillip Lawrence, Rodney Jerkins -
"Say You Will" Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak Kanye West, Dexter Mills, Jay Jenkins -
"Welcome to Heartbreak"
(featuring Kid Cudi)
Co-writer/Co-producer Kanye West, Patrick Reynolds, Scott Mescudi Kanye West, Plain Pat
"Amazing"
(featuring Young Jeezy)
Kanye West, Malik Jones, Dexter Mills, Jay Jenkins Kanye West
"Paranoid"
(featuring Mr Hudson)
Kanye West, Patrick Reynolds, Scott Mescudi, Dexter Mills Kanye West, Plain Pat
"RoboCop" Co-writer Kanye West, Jenny-Bea Englishman, Malik Jones, Dexter Mills, Scott Mescudi, Anthony Williams, Faheem Najm, Jay Jenkins, Patrick Doyle -
"See You in My Nightmares"
(featuring Lil Wayne)
Kanye West, Ernest Wilson, Dwayne Carter -
"Coldest Winter" Co-producer - Kanye West, No I.D.
"Run This Town"
(featuring Rihanna & Kanye West)
2009 Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 Co-writer Shawn Carter, Kanye West, Ernest Wilson, Robyn Fenty, Athanasios Alatas -
"Hate"
(featuring Kanye West)
Shawn Carter, Kanye West -
"My World"
(featuring Billy Cravens)
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The
End of Day
Featured artist/Co-writer/Producer Scott Mescudi, Patrick Reynolds, Claude Puterflam, Christian Padovan, Gerard Kawczynski Plain Pat
"Fly Here Now" Leona Lewis Echo Co-writer/Producer Leona Lewis -
"Try Sleeping With a Broken
Heart
"
Alicia Keys The Element of Freedom Alicia Cook, Patrick Reynolds -
"Fever" Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment Stefani Germanotta, Robert Fusari -
"Love Is Blind" Alicia Keys The Element of Freedom Alicia Cook Alicia Keys
"Wait Til You See My Smile" Alicia Cook, Kasseem Dean Alicia Keys
"Like the Sea" Alicia Cook Alicia Keys
"Meiplé"
(with Jay-Z)
Robin Thicke Sex Therapy: The Session Co-producer - Robin Thicke, Pro Jay
"Elevatos"
(with Kid Cudi)
Co-writer/Producer Robin Thicke, Scott Mescudi Robin Thicke
"Rollacoasta"
(with Estelle)
Robin Thicke, Estelle Swaray Robin Thicke
"City on Fire" Mary J. Blige Stronger with Each Tear Mary J. Blige, Patrick Reynolds Plain Pat
"Find Your Love" 2010 Drake Thank Me Later Co-writer/Co-producer Aubrey Graham, Kanye West, Ernest Wilson, Patrick Reynolds Kanye West, No I.D.
"Show Me a Good Time" Aubrey Graham, Kanye West, Ernest Wilson Kanye West, No I.D.
"Power" Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted
Fantasy
Co-writer/Additional producer Kanye West, Larry Griffin Jr., Michael Dean, Andwele Gardner, Kenneth Lewis, Francois Bernhaim, Jean-Pierre Lang, Boris Bergman, Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Gregory Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield S1, Kanye West, Mike Dean, Andrew Dawson
"Bang"
(featuring CX)
Jasbir Jassi Jassi - Back with a Bang Producer - -
"Kalaria" - Adam Deitch
"Mela"
(featuring CX)
- -
"Baliye" - -
"Talking to the Moon" Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans Co-writer/Co-producer Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Albert Winkler The Smeezingtons
"Runaway"
(featuring Pusha T)
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted
Fantasy
Kanye West, Emile Haynie, Terrence Thornton, Michael Dean, Malik Jones, Jonathan Branch Kanye West, Emile Haynie, Mike Dean
"Monster"
(featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross,
Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
Co-writer Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Patrick Reynolds, Michael Dean, William Roberts II, Onika Maraj, Justin Vernon -
"Mr. Rager" Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II: The
Legend of Mr. Rager
Producer - Emile Haynie
"Dark Fantasy" Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted
Fantasy
Co-writer/Additional producer Kanye West, Robert Diggs, Ernest Wilson, Michael Dean, Malik Jones, Jonathan Anderson, Michael Oldfield RZA, Kanye West, No I.D., Mike Dean
"All of the Lights (Interlude)" Co-writer Kanye West, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter -
"All of the Lights" Co-writer/Co-producer Kanye West, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter Kanye West
"Lost in the World"
(featuring Bon Iver)
Kanye West, Manu Dibango, Justin Vernon, Gilbert Scott-Heron Kanye West
"Eyez Closed"
(featuring Kanye West & John
Legend
)
2011 Snoop Dogg Doggumentary Producer - Kanye West, Mike Dean
"Free"
(featuring Will.i.am)
Natalia Kills Perfectionist Co-writer/Producer Natalia Kerry Fisher, Scott Mescudi, Ernest Wilson No I.D.
"Zombie" Natalia Kerry-Fisher -
"Heaven" Natalia Kerry-Fisher -
"Nothing Lasts Forever"
(featuring Billy Kraven)
Featured artist/Co-writer/Producer Natalia Kerry-Fisher -
"I Care" Beyoncé 4 Co-writer/Producer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Charles Hugo Beyoncé
"Party"
(featuring Andre 3000)
Co-writer/Co-producer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Kanye West, Andre Benjamin, Dexter Mills, Douglas Fresh, Richard Walters Beyoncé, Kanye West
"Rather Die Young" Co-writer/Producer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Lucas Steele Beyoncé, Luke Steele
"Lift Off"
(with Kanye West featuring
Beyoncé)
Jay-Z Watch the Throne Shawn Carter, Kanye West, Michael Dean, Pharrell Williams, Peter Hernandez, Henry Samuel Kanye West, Mike Dean, Q-Tip, Pharrell Williams, Don Jazzy
"That's My Bitch"
(with Kanye West)
Co-writer/Co-producer Shawn Carter, Kanye West, Kamaal Fareed, Justin Vernon, James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Ronald Lenhoff, Jeremiah Jordan Kanye West, Q-Tip
"The Joy"
(with Kanye West featuring
Curtis Mayfield)
Additional producer - Peter Rock, Kanye West, Lex Luger, Mike Dean
"We Are Young"
(featuring Janelle Monae)
Fun Some Nights Co-writer/Producer Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff, Tommy D
"Some Nights (Intro)" 2012 Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff, Tommy D
"Some Nights" Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff
"Carry On" Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff, Tommy D
"It Gets Better" Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff
"Why Am I the One" Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff, Tommy D
"All Alone" Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff
"All Alright" Co-writer/Co-producer Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, Emile Haynie, Jake Dutton Jack Antonoff, Emile Haynie, Jake One
"One Foot" Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, Emile Haynie Jack Antonoff, Emile Haynie
"Stars" Co-writer/Producer Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff Jack Antonoff, Tommy D
"Out on the Town" Co-writer Nathaniel Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff, Emile Haynie -
"Diet Mountain Dew" Lana Del Rey Born to Die Co-producer - Emile Haynie, Mike Daly
"National Anthem" Additional producer - Emile Haynie, The Nexus
"Carmen" - Emile Haynie, Justin Parker
"Girl on Fire"
(solo / featuring Nicki Minaj)
Alicia Keys Girl on Fire Co-writer/Producer Alicia Cook, Salaam Remi, Onika Maraj, William Squier Alicia Keys, Salaam Remi
"Just Give Me a Reason"
(featuring Nate Ruess)
Pink The Truth About Love Alicia Moore, Nathaniel Ruess -
"Locked Out of Heaven" Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox Producer - The Smeezingtons, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson
"Doom and Gloom" The Rolling Stones GRRR! - Don Was, The Glimmer Twins, Emile Haynie
"Holy Ground" Taylor Swift Red - -
"The Lucky One" - -
"Tears Always Win" Alicia Keys Girl on Fire Co-writer/Producer Alicia Cook, Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence Alicia Keys
"Young Girls" Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Emile Haynie, Morris Davis The Smeezingtons, Emile Haynie
"Gorilla" Producer - The Smeezingtons, Emile Haynie, Mark Ronson
"Moonshine" Co-writer/Producer Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Andrew Wyatt, Mark Ronson The Smeezingtons, Mark Ronson
"Let Us Move On"
(featuring Kendrick Lamar)
2013 Dido Girl Who Got Away Co-writer Dido Armstrong, Rowland Armstrong, Kendrick Duckworth, Patrick Reynolds -
"Can't Stop" OneRepublic Native Co-writer/Producer Ryan Tedder, Tyler Johnson Tyler Johnson, Ryan Tedder, Emile Haynie
"Headlights"
(featuring Nate Ruess)
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Marshall Mathers III, Nathaniel Ruess, Emile Haynie, Luis Resto Emile Haynie, Eminem
"Photograph" 2014 Ed Sheeran X Producer - Emile Haynie
"Trouble Chancer" La Roux Trouble in Paradise Co-writer Eleanor Jackson, Ian Sherwin, Grace Jones -
"Uptown Funk"
(featuring Bruno Mars)
Mark Ronson Uptown Special Co-writer/Producer Mark Ronson, Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence, Devon Gallaspy, Nicholaus Williams, Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson, Charles Wilson, Rudolph Taylor, Robert Wilson Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
"Uptown's First Finale"
(featuring Stevie Wonder &
Andrew Wyatt)
2015 Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie
"Summer Breaking"
(featuring Kevin Parker)
Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon, Kevin Parker Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie
"Feel Right"
(featuring Mystikal)
Producer - Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Boys Noize
"I Can't Lose"
(featuring Keyone Star)
Co-writer/Producer Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie, DJ Zinc, TEED
"Daffodils"
(featuring Kevin Parker)
Producer - Mark Ronson, James Ford, Riton
"Crack in the Pearl"
(featuring Andrew Wyatt)
Co-writer/Producer Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie
"In Case of Fire"
(featuring Jeff Bhasker)
Featured artist/Co-writer/Producer Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon, Nicholas Movshon, Alexander Greenwald, Rufus Wainright Mark Ronson
"Leaving Los Feliz"
(featuring Kevin Parker)
Co-writer/Producer Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon, Kevin Parker, Emile Haynie, Christopher Vataliro Mark Ronson
"Heavy and Rolling"
(featuring Andrew Wyatt)
Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon, Andrew Wyatt Mark Ronson, Emile Haynie
"Crack in the Pearl Pt. II"
(featuring Stevie Wonder &
Jeff Bhasker)
Featured artist/Co-writer/Producer Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon Mark Ronson
"Burning House" Cam Untamed Co-writer/Co-producer Camaron Ochs, Tyler Johnson Tyler Johnson, Hamilton Ulmer
"Runaway Train" Camaron Ochs, Anders Mouridsen Tyler Johnson, Douglas Showalter, Anders Mouridsen
"Kiss It Better" 2016 Rihanna Anti Co-writer/Producer Robyn Fenty, Jonathan Glass, Natalia Kerry-Fisher John Glass, Kuk Harrell
"Gone Tomorrow (Here
Today)"
Keith Urban Ripcord Keith Urban, Tyler Johnson Keith Urban, Tyler Johnson
"Calling All My Lovelies" Bruno Mars 24K Magic Peter Hernendez, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Emile Haynie Shampoo Press & Curl, Emile Haynie
"Too Good to Say Goodbye" Co-writer Peter Hernendez, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, Kenneth Edmonds -
"Sign of the Times" 2017 Harry Styles Harry Styles Co-writer/Producer Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Meet Me in the Hallway" Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Carolina" Harry Styles, Thomas Hull, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Kid Harpoon, Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Two Ghosts" Producer - Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Sweet Creature" Additional producer - Kid Harpoon, Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Only Angel" Co-writer/Producer Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Kiwi" Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Ever Since New York" Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Woman" Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"From the Dining Table" Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alexander Salibian, Tyler Johnson Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
"Pendulum" Katy Perry Witness Katheryn Hudson, Sarah Hudson Illangelo, Mailbox
"Told You So" Miguel War & Leisure Miguel Pimental, Nathan Perez Miguel, Happy Perez
"Deep End" 2018 Lykke Li So Sad So Sexy Li Zachrisson, Ilsey Juber, Tyler Williams, Stephen Kozmeniuk, James Ryan Ho T-Minus, Malay
"Two Nights"
(featuring Aminé)
Li Zachrisson, Ilsey Juber, Jonathan Coffer, James Ryan Ho, Adam Daniel Malay, Jonny Coffer, Skrillex
"Jaguars in the Air" Li Zachrisson, Ilsey Juber, Tyler Williams, James Ryan Ho T-Minus, Malay
"So Sad So Sexy" Li Zachrisson, Andrew Wyatt, Emile Haynie, Ilsey Juber, James Ryan Ho Emile Haynie, Malay

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 "Run This Town" Best Rap Song Won
2012 "All of the Lights" Song of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Song Won
2013 "We Are Young" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Won
Some Nights Album of the Year Nominated
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Nominated
2014 "Locked Out of Heaven" Record of the Year Nominated
"Just Give Me a Reason" Song of the Year Nominated
Red Album of the Year Nominated
2015 x Album of the Year Nominated
2016 "Uptown Funk" (as Producer) Record of the Year Won
Himself Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won

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