Qmillion

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Qmillion
Also known as Qmillion Riddim
Genres Soul, R&B, pop, jazz, alternative, dancehall, reggae, hip hop, electronic,
Occupation(s) Record Producer, mix engineer, composer, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar programmer
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Robert Glasper, Beenie Man, E-Dee, Mint Condition, Billy Preston, Wayne Wonder, I-Octane, Kurupt, Ms. Triniti, Jesse Johnson, Seun Kuti, Tweet, Chris Dave
Website qmillion.com

Qmillion (born Keith Lewis, in the US),[citation needed] is a record producer, mix engineer, composer, and writer based in Los Angeles. Qmillion's achievement for recording and mixing recording artist Robert Glasper's critically acclaimed Black Radio album, gained him a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013.[1]

Career[edit]

Qmillion's professional musical career began in Minneapolis where he collaborated with Jesse Johnson as a member of Johnson's band before he wrote and produced songs with Johnson for TaMara and the Seen, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Lynn, and After 7. In 1992 Qmillion moved to Los Angeles, produced and wrote songs for, Brownstone, Shello, Paula Abdul, George Howard, Billy Preston, E-Dee, Ms. Triniti, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder, Kurupt among others.

In 2011, Qmillion carried several credits in "Out the Gate"[2] a feature film loosely based on the life of E-Dee; writing the screenplay and composing the score to the picture. The film was released to theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, as well as Jamaica.[3] Newspaper Atlanta Daily World wrote the movie "appears to be on its way to becoming a classic".[4]

In 2013 Qmillion's achievement for recording and mixing recording artist Robert Glasper's critically acclaimed Black Radio album, gained him a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards.[1]

Songs in film and television[edit]

Amongst the many composed by Qmillion, several were written especially for film. It began with The Five Heartbeats, "Nights Like This", written by Johnson and Qmillion (under the name Keith Lewis). The song, performed by After 7 rose to Top Ten Billboard R&B.[5] Writing songs specific for feature films continued with White Men Can't Jump, Beautiful, The Sweetest Thing, Center Stage 2 all leading to him composing the score to Hurricane in the Rose Garden,[6] and Out the Gate.

A select list of Film and Television shows featuring Qmillion compositions include: America's Got Talent, biography, Blue Bloods, The Bad Girls Club" , Born to Style, Bring it, Challengers, Dish Nation, Dr. Oz Show, The Fabulous Life of, Greek,[7] Happyland, Hey Paula,[8] Kardashians, Leeza Show, LOL Comedy Series",[9] Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, Marrying the Game, New Atlanta, Nick Studio 10, One Tree Hill, The Queen Latifah Show, Vibe, Yo Mama, The Five Heartbeats,[10] The Sweetest Thing,[10] Phat Beach, White Men Can't Jump,[10] Pootie Tang, Center Stage 2,[6] Out the Gate

Discography[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • 1987 TaMara and the Seen (A&M Records) ("Tears":writer)
  • 1989 Cheryl Lynn (Virgin Records) "Whatever it Takes"[11]
  • 1990 Kool Skool (Capitol) (album)[12]
  • 1990 Three Shade Brown (Interscope Records) (album)
  • 1991 After 7 (Virgin Records) "Nights Like This"[13]
  • 1992 Jesse Johnson (White Men Cant Jump:Soundtrack) (EMI Records)[14]
  • 1993 George Howard (GRP/MCA) "Grazin in the Grass"[15]
  • 1994 Shello (Giant/Warner Bros) "West Coast Boogie" and others
  • 1995 Brownstone (MJJ/Sony) "Pass the Lovin"[16]
  • 1997 Billy Preston Minister of Music (PepperCo)
  • 2004 Ms. Triniti Ragga Hop (Toshiba/EMI)"[17]
  • 2005 E-Dee R U Ready EP (Unseen Lab)
  • 2006 Ms. Triniti Do or Dare (EMI Japan)[18]
  • 2006 E-Dee (Unseen Lab) JA 2 LA 2 Di World[19]
  • 2007 Various Artists Unseen Family Compilation Vol 1(Unseen Lab)
  • 2007 Ms. Triniti Naked Truth (Virgin/EMI)
  • 2009 Ms. Triniti Wi Burnin (Unseen Lab)
  • 2010 Ms. Triniti Burnin Burnin (feat Beenie Man) (Unseen Lab)
  • 2009 Ms. Triniti Warrior Princess (Universal)
  • 2011 E-Dee Rightful Place (Unseen Lab[20]
  • 2012 Various Artists "Out the Gate:Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Unseen Lab)
  • 2013 Kurupt Money Bitches Power (mixtape) "Listen"
  • 2014 E-Dee "So Badmind" (Unseen Lab)
  • 2014 Kurupt MoonRocks (mixtape) "Livin 4 2Day"
  • 2015 Jillian Speer "Daggers & Suede" EP

as Mix Engineer[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Past Winners Search". www.grammy.com. 
  2. ^ "New York Times – Out the Gate". www.nytimes.com. 
  3. ^ "Out the Gate Makes Jamaican Debut". Jamaica-gleaner.com. April 28, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Atlanta Daily World". www.atlantadailyworld.com. 
  5. ^ "Billboard – After 7 Chart History". www.billboard.com. 
  6. ^ a b "imdb – Qmillion". www.imdb.com. 
  7. ^ "imdb – Keith Lewis". www.imbd.com. 
  8. ^ "imdb – Keith Lewis". www.imdb.com. 
  9. ^ "imdb". www.imbd.com. 
  10. ^ a b c "imbd – Keith Lewis". www.imdb.com. 
  11. ^ "AllMusic – Cheryl Lynn". www.allmusic.com. 
  12. ^ "AllMusic – Kool Skool". www.allmusic.com. 
  13. ^ "AllMusic – After 7l". www.allmusic.com. 
  14. ^ "AllMusic – White Men Can't Jump". www.allmusic.com. 
  15. ^ "AllMusic – George Howard". AllMusic.com. 
  16. ^ "allmusic – Brownstone – From the Bottom Up". wwwallmusic.com. 
  17. ^ "allmusic- Ms. Triniti – Ragga Hop". www.allmusic.com. 
  18. ^ "allmusic – Ms. Triniti – Do or Dare". www.allmusic.com. 
  19. ^ "allmusic – E-Dee – JA 2 LA". www.allmusic.com. 
  20. ^ "allmusic- E-Dee – Rightful Place". www.allmusic.com. 
  21. ^ "Discogs.com – Billy Preston". www.discogs.com. 
  22. ^ "Allmusic – Review of Double Booked". www.allmusic.com. 
  23. ^ "AllMusic – Kenneth Whalum, 'To Those Who Believe". www.allmusic.com. 
  24. ^ "Allmusic – Review of Black Radio". www.allmusic.com. 
  25. ^ "the making of robert glaspers black radio recovered (the remix ep)". www.lifeandtimes.com. 
  26. ^ "Allmusic – Review of Black Radio 2". www.allmusic.com. 
  27. ^ "All Music – Review of A Long Way to the Beginning". www.allmusic.com. 
  28. ^ "AllMusic – Gold". www.allmusic.com. 
  29. ^ "Exclusive: Robert Glasper's Next Experiment Is a Return to Jazz". www.billboard.com. 
  30. ^ "All Music - Daggers & Suede Credits". www.allmusic.com. 
  31. ^ "All Music - Charlene Credits". www.allmusic.com. 
  32. ^ "All Music - The Second Credits". www.allmusic.com. 
  33. ^ "All Music - ArtScience Credits". www.allmusic.com. 
  34. ^ "Sony - Seun Kuti - Son Of Afrobeat Legend Fela Kuti Releases New EP - Struggle Sounds". www.sony.com. 
  35. ^ "Past Winners Search". www.grammy.com. 

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