|Birth name||Priese Prince Lamont Board|
September 11, 1982 |
Columbus, Ohio, United States
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B, pop, rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer, recording artist|
|Instruments||Keyboardist, trumpet player|
|Years active||1997 – present|
|Labels||Beets & Produce, A&M, Interscope, will.i.am Music Group|
Priese Prince Lamont Board (born September 11, 1982) better known as Printz Board, is a Grammy Award-winning American musician, Recording artist, producer, and songwriter who has worked with The Black Eyed Peas, DJ Mustard, CeeLo Green, Keyshia Cole, Mark Ronson, Selena Gomez, Fergie, John Legend, and many more.
From the age of 10, Printz picked up the trumpet, “because I knew I’ll be able to sling that on my back and then make it do what it do,” he recalls. He is from Columbus and at the age of 12 moved to Los Angeles. As a trumpeter, he explored the parameters of jazz and music that instigated his journey from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where music legends like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Eagles and P-Funk stoked his imagination with genre-defying artistry. Relocating to San Diego State College, he had to decide between a career in music or soccer and added classical greats to his eclectic mix of musical influences. After migrating to Los Angeles he met a band that needed a keyboard player. Over time this band evolved into the group Black Eyed Peas. Printz has been an essential part of this hit-making machine. He was the co-writer of songs like "Where is the Love", "Don’t Phunk with My Heart" and "Meet Me Halfway". Besides his co-writing for the Black Eyed Peas, he is the musical director commanding the band's live stadium shows. In the fall of 2013, Printz stepped forward to launch his solo project, kicking things off with packed LA and NYC secret shows at the Roxy and S.O.B.’s respectively. He brought on a surprise guest – Natasha Bedingfield - for a special duet of "Mountains". In the span of several months, Printz released an EP Pre-Games, singles "#1" (debut at No.11 in the UK Urban Charts) and Hey You (which was prominently placed in a national Pizza Hut commercial) performed at SXSW, opened for CeeLo Green and Lionel Richie, and received features/premieres on MTV Buzzworthy, USA Today, MetroLyrics, and Singersroom. The inspiration to start his solo career came with the Black Eyed Peas taking a break in 2011. As the artists each took their own separate paths, Printz took the one that he had been thinking of taking for a while.
Awards and Nominations
Printz Board has won several Grammy awards and nominations for his work with the Black Eyed Peas.
"Don't Phunk with my Heart" was nominated for Best Rap Song, but instead won Best Rap/Song Collaboration.
"Where Is the Love?" was nominated twice; Record of the Year and Best Rap/Song Collaboration.
Printz Board wrote and/or produced six songs on the deluxe edition of Black Eyed Peas Grammy nominated album "The E.N.D." (2009) including, "Missing You" and "Out Of My Head" (co-producer and writer along with frontman will.i.am). He is writer of "Rockin' to the Beat," "One Tribe," "Where Ya Wanna Go" and "Don't Phunk Around." In addition to Album of the Year, "The E.N.D." was also nominated for The Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Board has worked on the albums The Dutchess (2006) by Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, 100 Miles from Memphis (2010) by Sheryl Crow, Bashtown (2011) by Baby Bash, and Keyshia Cole's single "She" from the album Point of No Return (2014) produced by DJ Mustard. In 2007 Board and his fellow music group Bucky Jonson released the album The Band Behind The Front on the BBE label. He was responsible for producing Candy Dulfer’s album titled Crazy (2011). Out of the twelve tracks on this album Board produced a total of 7. Printz produced the album Six60 (Deluxe) from New Zealand’s Six60 (2015). He produced and songwrote for the albums earlier released single "Special" that 2014 went #1 in New Zealand in its first week.
As a songwriter, producer artist, and musician, he has collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Dr. Dre, Fergie, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry. Board spent six months in New Zealand to work for Kim Dotcom and his Album Good Times which was published 2013.
In 2001, Board founded the production company Beets & Produce, Inc., publishing through Atlas Music Publishing.
In 2013, Board launched his solo career releasing the debut single "#1" and "Hey You" through Atlas Music Publishing. "Hey You" was prominently used in a national Pizza Hut commercial. In the same year Printz Board was one of the top finalists in Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star contest.
In 2014, Board released the single "Mountains", premiering at usatoday.com, the latest track off his Pre-Games EP.
In The News
The San Jose Mercury News writes: Songwriter and record producer Printz Board, musical director of the Black Eyed Peas, did his magic. "It is so cool to work with these young people, to hear a young guitarist or one of these girl singers who are so amazing but still too young to even know it," said Board, who turns 30 on Tuesday and has worked with the Lennon Bus since the late 1990s. "I have three kids of my own; I love kids, and I try and do anything I can to further their education."
"The song [ "Mountains" ] was inspired by the close bond he shares with his mother. "My mom was quite young when she had me so we grew up sort of like brother and sister, under the same roof with my grandparents," he says. "When she finally got out of school, it was a struggle, but she was always of the mind-set like, 'You just keep trucking, you keep moving forward,' and she always instilled that in me."
- "Printz Board Discography". Discogs. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- "OK! Next Big Deal: Meet Printz Board, Musical Director Of Black Eyed Peas Turned Solo Artist". OK! Magazine. May 6, 2013. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- "Printz Board Bio - Printz Board Career". MTV Artists. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- Calloway, Valonda (Jul 18, 2014). "Musician Printz Board & The Board Memberz". Mobile News Alabama News and Weather. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- "TGMA The Gobo Music Agency". TGMA The Gobo Music Agency. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
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- "Daytime Printz Board Performs". WFLA News Channel 8. Jul 14, 2014. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- Tight, Spud Too (Feb 3, 2010). "Printz Board interview". The Producer's Corner with Spud Too Tight. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- Golic, Jasmin. "Bucky Jonson The Band Behind The Front". ug rap (in German). Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- "Candy Dulfer on stage with Black Eyed Peas’ Printz Board on Aruba". aruba-daily.com. Feb 18, 2015. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- "SIX60 Announce Sophomore Album Released February 2015". Scoop News. Dec 19, 2014. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- "«Es ist schwierig, ein Album herauszubringen» - News". 20 Minuten (in German). Dec 15, 2014. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- "ATLAS MUSIC PUBLISHING SIGNS GRAMMY AWARD WINNER PRINTZ BOARD". Atlas Music Publishing. May 9, 2014. Retrieved Feb 18, 2015.
- Atlas Music Publishing. "Printz Board". atlasmusicgroup.com. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- Printz Boards's Blog May 25 2013; as of Feb. 17 2015
- Ryan, Patrick (April 29, 2014). "Song premiere: Printz Board's 'Mountains'". USA Today. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- May, Patrick (September 8, 2012). "Young Peninsula musicians take a ride on the John Lennon Bus". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
- Printz Board at AllMusic
- Printz Board discography at MusicBrainz
- Printz Board at the Internet Movie Database
- Printz Board Interview: ‘Pre-Games’ EP, Working With Black Eyed Peas + More, Mandi Salerno for PopCrush, July 25 2014