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Sultan + Shepard
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Sultan (left) and Shepard (right)
Background information
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Genres
Years active2002–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitesultanshepard.com
Members
  • Ossama Al Sarraf (Sultan)
  • Ned Shepard

Sultan and Shepard (stylized as Sultan + Shepard) are a Canadian electronic music duo who frequently collaborate in record production, songwriting, and remixing.

Background[edit]

Sultan, born Ossama Al Sarraf, lived in Kuwait, Cyprus, and Egypt, before moving to Montreal in 1996 to study mechanical engineering and business at McGill University. While there, he became immersed in Montreal nightlife and the house scene. A series of gigs DJing led to the release of his first track, "Primal Instinct". Sultan was signed to Chug Records in 2001.[3] In 2004, he starred in the documentary Being Osama which detailed his Christian Palestinian roots.[4]

In 2002, Ned Shepard, also a student at McGill DJing in Montreal, gave Sultan a demo CD of music he had been working on. Sultan called Shepard the following morning and expressed an interest in producing together.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2008, Sultan + Shepard formed Harem Records to release their music. Their singles include "Walls" featuring Quilla,[6] "No Good" with Fedde Le Grand, "In the Air" with Morgan Page and BT,[7] "When We Were Young" with Dillon Francis,[7] and "Make Things Right" featuring Tegan & Sara.[8] In July 2018 they announced their upcoming debut artist album, slated for release in 2019.[9] They co-wrote and co-produced the 2014 David Guetta song "Bad",[10] co-wrote "Drove Me Wild" by Tegan & Sara from their 2013 album Heartthrob,[11] and have collaborated with Tiësto, Junior Sanchez, The Boxer Rebellion, Vassy, and Nadia Ali.[5][8]

They were nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for their remix of "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars.[12] They were nominated for a 2018 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year for their song "Almost Home" featuring Nadia Ali and IRO.[13]

Shepard cites Brian Eno, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, and Sasha & John Digweed among his major inspirations. Sultan cites the same artists as well as Daft Punk and Deep Dish.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN
[14]
FR
[15]
NED
Dutch
40

[16]
US
Dance

[17]
2007 "Together We Rise" Non-album singles
"Itajai Vibes"
"Connected"
(featuring Stereomovies)
2008 "Tomorrow Never Dies"
"One Day"
"Let's Get Physical"
(featuring Zara)
"Jeopardy"
(featuring Kuba Oms)
"Eye Spy"
"Did We"
"A Fine Balance"
"Block Party"
(featuring Benny Blanco)
2009 "Kitsch"
"Crimson Sun"
(featuring Dirty Vegas)
2010 "Pink Panther"
"Deeper Underground"
"Past Dreaming"
(Funkagenda vs Sultan + Ned Shepard)
2011 "Running"
(Fedde Le Grand vs Sultan + Ned Shepard featuring Mitch Crown)
"In the Air"
(Morgan Page, Sultan + Ned Shepard and BT featuring Angela McCluskey)
"Call My Name"
(featuring Nadia Ali)
2012 "Block Party"
"Somebody to Love"
(featuring Dirty Vegas)
"Organ Donor"
"Walls"
(featuring Quilla)
71
"Send Me Your Love"
(Taryn Manning featuring Sultan + Ned Shepard)
1 Freedom City
2013 "Army"
(Sultan + Ned Shepard and NERVO featuring Omarion)
Non-album singles
"Long Way From Home"
(Fedde Le Grand and Sultan + Ned Shepard)
90
"No Good"
(Fedde Le Grand and Sultan + Ned Shepard)
60
2014 "Close to Me"
(Tiësto and Sultan + Ned Shepard featuring Quilla)
A Town Called Paradise
"Deeper Love"
(Junior Sanchez and Sultan + Ned Shepard)[18]
Non-album singles
"Keep Moving"
(Sultan + Ned Shepard vs. The Boxer Rebellion)[19]
"When We Were Young"
(Dillon Francis and Sultan + Ned Shepard featuring The Chain Gang of 1974)
25 Money Sucks, Friends Rule
2015 "Make Things Right"
(featuring Tegan and Sara)
Non-album singles
"Don't Let Me Down"
(featuring Denny White)
"Manila"
(with Futuristic Polar Bears)
"In The Night"
"Chasing (In The Night)"
(featuring Lauren Mason)
"Bwu"
(featuring Felix Leiter)
2016 "Bring Me Back"
(featuring Kreesha Turner)
"Love Me Crazy"
(featuring Gia)
"Samba Sixteen"
2017 "Cashmere Sweater"
(featuring Brezy)
"Damn"
(featuring Red Rosamond)
"Honey Come Back"
"Almost Home"
(featuring Nadia Ali and IRO)
"Bloom"
2018 "Head Over Heels"
"I Got 5 On It"[20]
"Louder"[21]
"High on Emotion"[22]
"Thinking of You"[23]
"Somebody New"
(Vassy featuring Sultan + Ned Shepard)
"Ready"
(with Tritonal featuring Zach Sorgen)[24]
"Where Are You?"
(featuring Andreas Moss)[25]
2019 "American Dream"[26]
"Deeper"[27]
(featuring Carla Monroe)
"We Found Love"[28]
(with Showtek)
"Way We Used 2"[29]
(with Showtek)
"—" denotes an recording that did not chart or was not released.

Production discography[edit]

Remixes[edit]

All remixes listed have been released on the respective song's official remix EP unless noted otherwise.

Year Song Artist Album Notes
2007 "Timelapse" Jiva
2008 "Fever" Julie Dennis
"Pressure" Dirty Vegas
"Deliver Me" Paul Harris and Cevin Fisher
"Crash and Burn" Nadia Ali
"Asteroidz" DBN
"Wellness Park" Daniel Portman
2009 "Invisible Man" Stephan Luke Ned Shepard solo
"Noisehead" Bsno
"Leave Me Alone" Cedric Gervais
"The Take" Paul Harris, Obernik
"You Can Be the One" Late Night Alumni Ultra Electro 3
"This Is Our Night" Sander Kleinenberg
"The Rose of Jericho" BT
"Love Story" Nadia Ali
"I Like That" Richard Vission
"Golden" Second Sun
"Dust in Gravity" Delerium
"Addicted" Serge Devant
2010 "Island Breeze" Pashka
"One Hot Pleasure" Erika Jayne
"Outcome" Cevin Fisher, Paul Harris
"I Want You" Dean Coleman
"Hey Sexy Lady" i SQUARE
"Give It All Away" DJ Rap
"Fire in Your New Shoes" Kaskade Club Life: Volume One Las Vegas
"Fight for You" Morgan Page
"Century" Tiësto Kaleidoscope: Remixed
2011 "Astana" Funkagenda
"Something for the Weekend" (featuring Luciana) Dave Aude
"Meiri" Thomas Sagstad
"The Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga Born This Way: The Remix
"Drunk Text" Manufactured Superstars
"Call Your Girlfriend" Robyn
"Army of Love" Kerli
"A Million Stars" BT
2012 "Time" Paris & Simo
"Beautiful People at 5am" Benny Benassi
"Send Me Your Love" Taryn Manning
"American Flash" Dean Cohen
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" Madonna
"Disobey" Kate Havnevik
"Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" Nelly Furtado
2013 "Locked Out of Heaven" Bruno Mars Nominated for Grammy[30]
"Closer" Tegan and Sara
2015 "Lay It All on Me" Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran
2016 "Give It Up" Jack Wins
"Is It Love" 3LAU
2017 "All Or Nothing" Lost Frequencies
2018 "Gangster Tripping" Fatboy Slim
"I Know You" Craig David
"Mood" Felix Cartal

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b "Travel Profile: Sultan + Shepard". suncityparadise.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
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  7. ^ a b Murray, Gordon (5 December 2014). "David Guetta Dances to No. 1 Again". Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b Lopez, Ashleyan (18 March 2015). "Sultan + Shepard release new song 'Make Things Right' featuring Tegan & Sara". AXS. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  9. ^ Stone, Katie (27 July 2018). "SULTAN + SHEPARD TEASE DEBUT ARTIST ALBUM WITH NEW SINGLE "LOUDER"". EDM.com. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  10. ^ "VASSY Releases Stunning Track "Somebody New" featuring Sultan + Shepard. Out on Armada Music". Ravermag.com. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  11. ^ "MAKE THINGS RIGHT". Teganandsara.com. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Grammy Nominations". Variety. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  13. ^ Turner, Christopher (26 March 2018). "Here's the Complete List of 2018 Juno Award Winners". Complex. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
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  18. ^ "Dance/EDM Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014.
  19. ^ "Sultan + Ned Shepard vs. The Boxer Rebellion - Keep Moving (Available July 14)". Protocol Recordings. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014.
  20. ^ "I Got 5 on It - Single by Sultan + Shepard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Louder - Single by Sultan + Shepard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  22. ^ "High on Emotion - Single by Sultan + Shepard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  23. ^ "Thinking of You - Single by Sultan + Shepard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  24. ^ "Ready (feat. Zach Sorgen) - Single by Tritonal & Sultan + Shepard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  25. ^ "Where Are You? (feat. Andreas Moss) - Single by Sultan + Shepard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  26. ^ "American Dream - Single by Sultan + Shepard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
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  28. ^ Narozniak, Rachel (April 25, 2019). "Sultan + Shepard link with Showtek for the dance floor destined 'We Found Love'". Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  29. ^ Stickles, Nisha (June 14, 2019). "Showtek and Sultan + Shepard Reunite for 'Way We Used 2'". EDM.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
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