Oak Felder

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Warren "Oak" Felder
Birth nameWarren Felder
Born (1980-11-09) November 9, 1980 (age 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
GenresR&B, hip hop, pop
Occupation(s)
  • Songwriter
  • producer
Years active2005-present
Associated acts

Warren "Oak" Felder (born November 9, 1980)[1] is a Turkish-American songwriter and record producer based in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He is known for his work as part of the production duo Pop & Oak, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Felder was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey.[1][2] He studied poetry jam and artificial intelligence at Istanbul Technical University,[3] and then moved to the United States in 2001 to attend Georgia Tech.[1][4] His nickname comes from his Turkish name, Okay.[5]

Career[edit]

While at Georgia Tech, Felder recorded a demo with the singer/songwriter Sterling Simms, which led to a meeting with L.A. Reid and resulted in Felder writing and producing a track on a Mariah Carey album in 2005.[1]

Around 2009, Felder became production partners with Pop Wansel as the production duo Pop & Oak.[6] Their first big hit was "Your Love", the lead single on Nicki Minaj's 2010 debut studio album Pink Friday.[1][2] Other notable songs they have written and produced include six tracks on Elle Varner's 2012 album Perfectly Imperfect, including the singles "Only Wanna Give It to You" and "I Don't Care";[6] nine songs on Kehlani's debut album SweetSexySavage;[1] and six tracks on Alessia Cara's 2015 debut album Know-It-All, including the singles "Here" and "Scars to Your Beautiful",[7] which both went to number 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 charts.[8]

Felder was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for writing Usher's single "Good Kisser";[9][10] produced two songs on the Alicia Keys album Girl on Fire, which won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album;[11] wrote and produced "Invincible", the lead single from Kelly Clarkson's 2015 album Piece by Piece;[11] wrote and produced "Clumsy", the second single from the 2016 Britney Spears album Glory;[7] and wrote and produced five tracks on Demi Lovato's 2017 album Tell Me You Love Me, including the lead single "Sorry Not Sorry",[1][12] winning a 2019 BMI Pop Award for the single.[13] He has also written and produced songs for artists including Trey Songz, Rihanna, Miguel, Kehlani, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Mario, Tamia, ZZ Ward, and Sabrina Carpenter.[2][7][11][5][14] He was named as a top producer by BMI in 2012 and 2013,[15][16] and won a 2017 BMI Pop Award for co-writing Alessia Cara's "Here",[17] and a 2018 BMI Pop Award for co-writing her single "Scars to Your Beautiful".[18] He also wrote and produced three tracks on Lizzo's 2019 major label debut Cuz I Love You,[19] wrote and produced the top 40 single "Who Do You Love" by The Chainsmokers featuring 5 Seconds of Summer, and is working on new music with Kehlani, Demi Lovato, and Alessia Cara in 2019.[20]

Felder is published by Kobalt for the world, and managed by Lucas Keller and Peter Coquillard at Milk & Honey.[21] He is on the board of directors of the Music Licensing Collective, which works to increase the royalty money from streaming companies to songwriters.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Felder is married and lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has a studio in Los Angeles, California.[11]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Grammy Award Best R&B Song "Good Kisser" by Usher Nominated[9]
2017 BMI Pop Award Songs "Here" by Alessia Cara Won[17]
2018 BMI Pop Award Songs "Scars to Your Beautiful" by Alessia Cara Won[18]
2018 BMI Pop Award Songs "Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato Won[13]

Discography[edit]

Writing and producing credits[edit]

Song Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
"Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me)" 2005 Chris Brown Chris Brown checkY checkY
"Hurry Up" 2007 Che'Nelle Things Happen for a Reason checkY checkY
"Lookin'" checkY checkY
"Kryptonite"
(featuring Rich Boy)
Mario Go checkY checkY
"Why" checkY checkY
"Mile In These Shoes" Jennifer Lopez Brave checkY
"Betcha Never Had" J. Holiday Back of My Lac' checkY checkY
"Superhuman"
(featuring Keri Hilson)
2008 Chris Brown Exclusive: The Forever Edition checkY checkY
"Single" Sterling Simms Yours, Mine & The Truth checkY checkY
"Jump Off"
(featuring Sean P)
checkY checkY
"Sex In the City" checkY checkY
"Chilosa" Prima J Prima J checkY checkY
"I Can Change Your Life" Lloyd Lessons in Love checkY checkY
"90's Baby" Karina Pasian First Love checkY
"Show Off" 2009 Ginuwine A Man's Thoughts checkY checkY
"Open the Door" checkY checkY
"Orchestra" checkY checkY
"Hot Mess" Ashley Tisdale Guilty Pleasure checkY checkY
"Hair" checkY checkY
"Robot Love" Allison Iraheta Just Like You checkY checkY
"Your Love" 2010 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday checkY checkY
"Save Me" checkY checkY
"Unusual"
(featuring Drake)
Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure checkY checkY
"Collard Greens & Cornbread" Fantasia Back to Me checkY
"Hands Tied" Toni Braxton Pulse checkY
"Top Floor" 2011 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers checkY checkY
"Marvin & Chardonnay"
(featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
Big Sean Finally Famous checkY checkY
"Rainbow" Jessie J Who You Are checkY checkY
"I Need This" checkY checkY
"Only Wanna Give It to You"
(featuring J. Cole)
2012 Elle Varner Perfectly Imperfect checkY checkY
"Sound Proof Room" checkY checkY
"I Don't Care" checkY checkY
"Not Tonight" checkY checkY
"Leaf" checkY checkY
"So Fly" checkY checkY
"Right By My Side"
(featuring Chris Brown)
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded checkY checkY
"Fire Burns" checkY checkY
"Use Me" Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream checkY checkY
"Where's the Fun in Forever" checkY checkY
"Fire We Make"
(featuring Maxwell)
Alicia Keys Girl on Fire checkY checkY
"Limitedless" checkY checkY
"Numb"
(featuring Eminem)
Rihanna Unapologetic checkY checkY
"Bassline" Chris Brown Fortune checkY checkY
"Wanted" 2013 Tiwa Savage Once Upon a Time checkY
"Written All Over Your Face" checkY
"Without My Heart" checkY
"V.S.O.P." K. Michelle Rebellious Soul checkY checkY
"Allie Jones" Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go checkY checkY
"Her Favorite Song" checkY checkY
"Crime"
(featuring Kendrick Lamar)
checkY checkY
"Corsican Rose" checkY checkY
"The Crying Game"
(featuring Jessie Ware)
2014 Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint checkY
"Good Kisser" Usher Hard II Love (Japanese edition) checkY checkY
"Going Under" K. Michelle Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? checkY
"Something About the Night" checkY
"Drake Would Love Me" checkY
"Chasing Time" Azealia Banks Broke With Expensive Taste checkY
"Break Your Heart Right Back"
(featuring Childish Gambino)
Ariana Grande My Everything checkY checkY
"Seal Me With a Kiss"
(featuring De La Soul)
Jessie J Sweet Talker checkY checkY
"Wonderful" Mary J. Blige Think Like a Man Too (OST) checkY checkY
"Seventeen" 2015 Alessia Cara Know-It-All checkY checkY
"Here" checkY checkY
"Outlaws" checkY checkY
"I'm Yours" checkY checkY
"Overdose" checkY checkY
"Scars to Your Beautiful" checkY checkY
"Deal" Miguel Wildheart checkY checkY
"What's Normal Anyway" checkY checkY
"Leaves" checkY checkY
"Invincible" Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece checkY checkY
"Alone In Your Heart" Monica Code Red checkY checkY
"Trade Hearts"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
Jason Derulo Everything Is 4 checkY checkY
"Love Falls Over Me" Tamia Love Life checkY checkY
"Sandwich and a Soda" checkY checkY
"Clumsy" 2016 Britney Spears Glory checkY checkY
"Counterfeit" Jordan Fisher Jordan Fisher checkY checkY
"Sleep Like a Baby" K. Michelle More Issues Than Vogue checkY checkY
"Yes Girl" Bea Miller Non-album single checkY checkY
"How Far I'll Go" Alessia Cara Moana OST checkY
"Distraction" 2017 Kehlani SweetSexySavage checkY checkY
"Piece of Mind" checkY checkY
"Not Used to It" checkY checkY
"Everything Is Yours" checkY checkY
"Advice" checkY checkY
"Escape" checkY checkY
"In My Feelings" checkY checkY
"Hold Me By the Heart" checkY checkY
"Thank You" checkY checkY
"Sorry Not Sorry" Demi Lovato Tell Me You Love Me checkY checkY
"Sexy Dirty Love" checkY checkY
"Daddy Issues" checkY checkY
"Only Forever" checkY checkY
"Games" checkY checkY
"The Deep"
(featuring Joey Purp)
ZZ Ward Non-album single checkY
"Ghost" The Storm checkY checkY
"Let It Burn" checkY checkY
"Hold On" checkY checkY
"Burning Bridges" Bea Miller Chapter One: Blue checkY checkY
"Warmer" Chapter Two: Red checkY checkY
"To the Grave" Chapter Three: Yellow checkY checkY
"Either Way"
(featuring Joey Bada$$)
Snakehips with Anne-Marie Non-album single checkY checkY
"Out of Your Mind"
(featuring Alison Wonderland)
2018 The Presets Hi Viz checkY
"I Don't Lack Imagination" E^ST Life Ain't Always Roses checkY checkY
"Stop Myself (Only Human)" Calum Scott Only Human checkY checkY
"I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" Alessia Cara Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin checkY
"Growing Pains" The Pains of Growing checkY checkY
"7 Days" checkY checkY
"Trust My Lonely" checkY checkY
"All We Know" checkY checkY
"Easier Said" checkY checkY
"Sue Me" Sabrina Carpenter Singular: Act I checkY checkY
"Coming to My Senses" Alina Baraz The Color of You checkY
"I Don't Even Know Why Though" checkY checkY
"Who Do You Love"
(featuring 5 Seconds of Summer)
2019 The Chainsmokers World War Joy checkY checkY
"Like A Girl" Lizzo Cuz I Love You checkY checkY
"Soulmate" checkY checkY
"Better In Color" checkY checkY
"FML" Mabel High Expectations checkY checkY
"Just a Boy" Olivia O'Brien Was It Even Real? checkY checkY
"Pushing 20" Sabrina Carpenter Singular: Act II checkY checkY
"Take Off All Your Cool" checkY checkY
"Sunday" Jessica Mauboy Hilda checkY checkY
"Birthday" 2020 Anne-Marie TBA checkY checkY
"I Love Me" Demi Lovato checkY checkY
"Ting Ting Ting"
(with Oliver Heldens)
Itzy It'z Me checkY checkY
"Change Your Life"
(featuring Jhené Aiko)
Kehlani It Was Good Until It Wasn't checkY checkY
"This Is What They Say" Carly Rae Jepsen Dedicated Side B checkY checkY
"Ooh Laa" John Legend Bigger Love checkY checkY
"Actions" checkY checkY
"Favorite Place" checkY
"Blossom" Azealia Banks Fantasea II: The Second Wave checkY

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dale Kawashima, "Interview with Oak Felder, Hit Writer/Producer for Alessia Cara, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj And Other Artists," Songwriter Universe, September 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c DeVon Hyman, "Pop and Oak – Get Familiar With the Production Duo," Parle, April 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "GRAMMY-Nominated Oak Felder Gets and Gives Advice". BMI.com. July 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Producers: A Q&A with Oak Felder". American Songwriter. June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "How 'Oak' Felder Quietly Became One of R&B's Most Important Producers". Rolling Stone. October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Producer Duo Pop and Oak Talk Sparkle, Elle Varner and Alicia Keys," Singersroom, February 1, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c Nolan Feeney, "Britney Spears' 'Glory': Inside the making of her ninth album," Entertainment Weekly, August 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Gary Trust, "Alessia Cara Scores Second Pop Songs No. 1 With 'Scars to Your Beautiful'," Billboard, January 23, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Warren 'Oak' Felder," grammy.com. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Grammys 2015: Complete list of nominees," Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d Gail Mitchell, "Producer Oak Felder Talks Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and More: 'I Love That I Can Fly Under the Radar'," Billboard, May 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Nolan Feeney, "Demi Lovato: Fans will know 'exactly what I'm talking about' on my new album," Entertainment Weekly, September 12, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Sting, Imagine Dragons and Martin Bandier Honored at BMI's 67th Annual Pop Awards". BMI.com. May 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "Sabrina Carpenter New Single "Pushing 20"". 360 Magazine. March 8, 2019.
  15. ^ "Mariah Carey, Drake, Lil Wayne, EMI Music Publishing & More Honored at BMI Urban Awards," BMI, September 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "Just In: Pop Wansel & Oak Felder Recognized At BMI Awards As Top Producers In 2013," uwishunu.com, August 23, 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Barry Manilow Honored as BMI Icon at 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards," BMI, May 10, 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Mark Ronson Receives the BMI Champion Award at the 66th BMI Pop Awards". BMI.com. May 8, 2018.
  19. ^ "REVIEW: Lizzo showcases vocal prowess on debut album". Daily Trojan. April 21, 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Producer Oak Felder Talks Lizzo, Demi Lovato and Need for More Female Producers: 'Music Can't Be One-Dimensional'". Billboard.com. September 13, 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Reservoir inks JV with Grammy-winning songwriter Warren 'Oak' Felder". Music Business Worldwide. 2017-12-05. Retrieved 2019-06-08.

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