Kuya Productions

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Kuya is a multi-platinum award-winning Canadian hip hop, R&B and pop production duo from Toronto, Ontario, consisting of Samuel T. Gerongco and Robert T. Gerongco.

Early life[edit]

Samuel T. Gerongco and Robert T. Gerongco were born in Toronto, Ontario. They are the sons of Felipe and Godofreda Gerongco, and brothers of America Patman.

Sammy's first big break as an actor/singer and dancer was in the original Canadian production of the Broadway musical Miss Saigon [1] at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, which then lead to a five-year run on Broadway in New York City. It was there that Sammy met Johann Camat (originally from Montreal) after both being cast in the production. Shortly after that, the group Kuya was formed as soon as Sammy's younger brother Bobby joined after completing his program in music production. After beginning to develop their unique style and recording with producers in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto, Kuya quickly caught the attention of internationally recognized producers (Wyclef Jean, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland), and record label executives within the North American Music Industry

It was in New York that the brothers put their work as a group on hold to begin developing their craft as songwriters and producers.

Career[edit]

In 2004, Kuya produced on two U.S. Top 10 albums including the No.1 Grammy nominated Album Suit (album) for hip hop artist Nelly, as well as Mase's Welcome Back (Mase album) album. Both would do extremely well with Nelly reaching 3 million in sales worldwide (3x platinum) and Mase hitting gold (500 000 units).Jon Platt from EMI Music Publishing signed them on in 2005.

Kuya Production's official releases include Jesse McCartney, Kandi Burruss, Big Time Rush, Jordin Sparks, Girlicious, and Slim (singer) of 112 among others. The year 2009 was devoted to the development and recording of their new R&B artist, JRDN. The next year was known as a breakout year for JRDN, achieving everything they set out to do; this included a top ten single, a number one hit on the Much Music charts, along with two Juno Award nominations.[2] JRDN's second single Like Magic (produced by Kuya) achieved a SOCAN award for the most played song on Urban Radio across the nation.[3]

In 2011, Kuya was a part of Cover Me Canada, a Canadian reality television show which aired on CBC Television. Kuya came on as producers to work with the Cover Me Canada contestants.[4]

2012-Present[edit]

In January 2012, Vancouver-native Terence (Tee) Lam (born October 27, 1987) joined Kuya as a producer and sound engineer.

2013 includes the release of JRDN's second studio album, as well as single releases for pop artist Karina Es.[5] 2015 Kuya wrote and produced for Canadian R&B singer Alessia Cara's debut album Know-It-All including her hit single Here which went #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other songs they wrote for her debut album "Seventeen", "Overdose", "Stars" and "Outlaws" Alessia Cara's first time recording in a studio was with Kuya Productions and Sebastian Kole.

In 2016, Kuya produced on the song F.U. on the #1 Selling album Glory Days (Little Mix album) for girl group Little Mix. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart; it later became their first album to yield more than two top ten singles when the fourth single, "Power", reached number six on the UK Singles Chart. In January 2018 the album was certified triple platinum in the UK for shipments of 900,000 units.[2]

Kuya has recently worked with a diverse range of international artists including Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Delta Goodrem, Marco McKinnis, Katie Kim and CNCO.

Discography[edit]

Year Single Artist Label Work
2019 Wonderland Christina Aguilera RCA Songwriter/Producer
2019 With You Meghan Trainor Kaskade EPIC Songwriter
2019 That's Okay D.O[disambiguation needed] SM Entertainment Songwriter/Arranger
2019 Learn Marco Mckinnis Republic Songwriter/Producer
2019 Thinkin Bout You Katie Axis Songwriter/Producer
2019 Monologue Taemin S.M. Entertainment Songwriter/Producer
2018 Saviour Daisy Gray Velvet Tree/Faction/Kobalt Music Group Songwriter/Producer
2018 Dinner Suho S.M. Entertainment Songwriter/Producer
2017 Stay EXO S.M. Entertainment Songwriter/Producer
2016 "F.U." (Little Mix song) Little Mix Syco/Columbia Songwriter/Producer
2015 "Here" (Alessia Cara song) Alessia Cara EP/Def Jam Songwriter
2015 Seventeen Alessia Cara EP/Def Jam Songwriter/Producer
2015 Outlaws Alessia Cara EP/Def Jam Songwriter
2015 Stars Alessia Cara EP/Def Jam Songwriter/Producer
2015 Overdose Alessia Cara EP/Def Jam Songwriter
2014 So Bad Camron Nicki Minaj Killa Ent Producer
2013 Under Ahsan EP/Interscope Producer
2013 Can't Choose feat Kardinal Offishall JRDN Kuya/Fontana North Producer
2012 Top It All JRDN Kuya/Fontana North Producer
2011 Like Magic JRDN Kuya/Fontana North Producer
2011 100 Howie Dorough Howie Do It Music Inc/Fontana North Writer/Producer
2011 Life of the Party Aleesia A-Lista Music Inc/EMI Producer
2011 Bye Bye my Friend Meisa Kuroki Sony Music Writer/Producer
2010 U can Have it All JRDN Kuya/Fontana North Writer/Producer
2010 Count on You Big Time Rush Sony Music Writer
2009 I Just Know Kandi Burruss Kandi Koated Ent/Asylum Producer
2009 Why Sean Garrett Interscope Records Producer
2009 Find Love Akon UpFront Records/Konvict Producer
2008 Rock You Jesse McCartney Hollywood Records Producer
2008 Blow Nicole Scherzinger Interscope Records Producer
2008 There Kreesha Turner Virgin Records Producer
2008 I Apologize Slim Virgin Records Producer
2007 Ovaload Cory Lee Universal Records Producer
2007 Lovers Holiday Cory Lee Universal Records Producer
2005 Far Away Ginuwine Sony Urban Music Producer
2004 In My Life Nelly feat Mase Fo Reel Ent/Universal Records Producer
2004 Together Keshia Chante SONY/BMG Producer
2004 Wastin' My Time Mase Fo Reel Ent/Universal Records Producer
2002 Shook Shawn Desman SONY/BMG Producer
2002 Get Ready Shawn Desman SONY/BMG Producer

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