Tim & Bob
Tim & Bob
Tim Kelley (left), Bob Robinson (right)
|Also known as||Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson, Funktwons|
|Origin||Peoria, Illinois, US|
|Genres||Hip-hop, R&B, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Record producers, songwriters|
|Instruments||Piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar, drums (Tim Kelley)|
Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, Hammond B3 (Bob Robinson)
|Labels||DreamWorks, Def Jam, BMG, SoNo Recording Group|
|Associated acts||Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Will Smith, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Jennifer Lopez, 112, Nas, Tyrese, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bobby Brown, Karen Clark Sheard, Hilary Duff, Deitrick Haddon, Monica, Jon B., Tamia, Case, Dave Hollister, Bobby Valentino, Brian McKnight, Donell Jones, Joe, Musiq Soulchild, The Isley Brothers, Tamar Braxton, Mýa, MC Lyte, Willa Ford, Soul for Real, The Game|
Tim & Bob (Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson), also known as Funktwons, are a songwriting and production duo. Tim & Bob have discovered and or worked on some of the biggest artists in the music industry and has helped develop the Atlanta music scene as it is widely known for today. They have won three Grammy Awards amongst twelve nominations and have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide making them one of the most successful producer duos in music history. They are among the most consistent urban producers in the last 18 years, earning a spot on Billboard's top ten list of producers almost every year since 1998.
- 1 Biography
- 2 D.A.R.P. Inc. and Other Label Ventures
- 3 DreamWorks and Capitol Records
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 5.1 American Music Awards
- 5.2 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
- 5.3 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
- 5.4 Broadcast Music Inc. Awards
- 5.5 Dove Awards
- 5.6 Grammy Awards
- 5.7 Juno Awards
- 5.8 MTV Video Music Awards
- 5.9 Music of Black Origin Awards
- 5.10 NAACP Image Awards
- 5.11 Radio Music Awards
- 5.12 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
- 5.13 Soul Train Music Awards
- 6 Equipment Used
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, Tim was raised on R&B through his father's band. His father was a trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist so Tim learned trumpet, piano, guitar, drums and bass at the age of 10. From elementary school through college, Tim played the trumpet and piano in school band.
Bob played in his church as an organist and piano player from the age of 9, so he brought an understanding of gospel music to the duo. Tim met Bob through a mutual friend at the local mall. The two worked together at Tim's house in the basement, recording music on equipment purchased by Tim's mother. They moved to New Orleans for a year then went to Chicago and Detroit where they established a small production company with a studio. They worked with George Clinton's backing vocalist Paul Hill to perfect demo recordings intended for producer Dallas Austin in Atlanta.
D.A.R.P. Inc. and Other Label Ventures
In Atlanta, Tim & Bob met Dallas Austin who signed them to his company D.A.R.P. and stamped them as "Tim & Bob". The duo began working with artists TLC, Boyz II Men, Madonna, 112 (whom they discovered) and Monica ( which they developed). Tim & Bob brought from Detroit their friends Tony Rich and Mario Winans. Tim & Bob won two Grammy Awards, including one in 1995 for Best R&B Album for Boyz II Men's II and one in 1996 for Best R&B Album for TLC's Diamond certified CrazySexyCool. Tim & Bob produced and wrote five songs on the Boyz II Men LP II which eventually became the biggest selling album in history by an R&B group. Upon winning consecutive Best R&B Album Grammy awards, the duo worked on songs for the films Def Jam's How to Be a Player, The Players Club, Poetic Justice, Wild Wild West, and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.
DreamWorks and Capitol Records
Tim & Bob relocated to Los Angeles and signed a publishing deal and a label deal thru executive and rock guitarist Robbie Robertson with the now defunct DreamWorks Records, soon scoring a No. 1 hit with Jon B. ("They Don't Know"), and a top 5 hit for Tamia ("So into You"). Tim & Bob were also instrumental in getting the rock group Papa Roach signed to DreamWorks while inking a production deal with Capitol Records. The duo signed Athena Cage from the group Kut Klose and produced a full album of songs, but the project only produced a single for the movie Save The Last Dance.
In 1999 Tim & Bob produced Sisqó's hit "Thong Song". The single was awarded Song of the Year Hip Hop/Rhythmic at the 2000 Radio Music Awards. It peaked at No. 1 on the New Zealand charts, No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, No. 1 Billboard on Rhythmic top 40 and Rhythmic top 40 Airplay and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.
In 2003 Tim & Bob worked with the Isley Brothers album project Body Kiss, and with Earth, Wind And Fire on the song "Hold Me" which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Vocal by an r&b group. Both projects were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Tim & Bob discovered Bobby Valentino produced his self-titled album which spawned the hit songs "Tell Me" and "Slow Down" in early 2005. The latter song was No. 1 for four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In 2006, Tim & Bob signed a publishing deal with Dimensional Music Publishing and began working on Bobby Valentino's second album Special Occasion, on which they produced six tracks. Subsequent projects include Jennifer Lopez' Platinum certified album Rebirth ("Cherry Pie" and "I, Love"); Brian McKnight's Ten ("Used to Be My Girl", "Unhappy Without You", "Again", "Can't Leave You Alone"); Donell Jones' Journey of a Gemini ("I'm Gonna Be", "Feelin' You", "Can't Wait", "I'm Gonna Be"); Hilary Duff's Dignity ("I Wish"); Nas, Joe, Musiq Soulchild, Ron Isley, Brandy, Tyrese, Amerie, Mýa, Usher, LeToya, Slim of 112, Busta Rhymes, Jamie Foxx ("Life is Good"); The Black Eyed Peas, Bobby Valentino's The Rebirth ("Make You the Only One," "3 Is the New 2," "On The Edge," "You're Not Alone," "Give Me Your Heart," and "Your Smile"); Day 26's Forever in a Day ("Think of Me" and "Reminds Me of You"); and their artists Mahagani and Chico. In 2011, Tim & Bob produced half of Bobby V's project Fly on the Wall and reunited with Boyz II Men to produce four tracks including a remake of "Motown Philly" on their album Twenty.
Key To The City
On November 18, 2011, the city of Peoria, Illinois, declared "Tim & Bob Day" and gave the producers a ceremonial key to the city.
Tim & Bob scored music for the film in 2010: Lottery Ticket.
Awards and nominations
American Music Awards
|1996||Boyz ll Men||Favorite Soul/R&B Album||Won|
|Favorite Pop/Rock Album||Nominated|
|TLC||Favorite Soul/R&B Album||Nominated|
|2001||Sisqo||Favorite Soul/R&B Album||Nominated|
|2015||Chris Brown||Favorite Soul/R&B Album||Nominated|
|Pitch Perfect 2||Favorite Soundtrack||Won|
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
|1998||Jon B.||Hot R&B Single of the Year||Won|
|1998||Jon B.||Hot R&B Single Sales||Won|
|2000||Sisqo||R&B/Hip Hop Single of the Year||Won|
|2001||Case||R&B/Hip Hop Single of the Year||Won|
|2005||Bobby V||R&B/Hip Hop Single of the Year||Won|
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
|1995||Boyz ll Men "II"||Favorite CD||Won|
|Favorite R&B CD||Won|
|2001||Joe "My Name Is Joe"||Favorite Male Artist R&B CD||Won|
Broadcast Music Inc. Awards
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of three United States performing rights organizations that holds a series of annual awards shows.
|1993||Get It Up||TLC||Won|
|1994||Vibin||Boyz ll Men||Won|
|1996||Come See Me||112||Won|
|1996||Just Be Good To Me||Deborah Cox||Won|
|1998||They Don't Know||Jon B.||Won|
|1998||So into You||Tamia||Won|
|2001||Take Care of Home||Dave Hollister||Won|
|2005||Slow Down||Bobby V||Won|
|2005||Tell Me||Bobby V||Won|
|2006||Used To Be My Girl||Brian McKnight||Won|
|2007||I'm Gonna Be||Donell Jones||Won|
|1994||II||Best R&B Album||Won|
|1995||"CrazySexyCool"||Best R&B Album||Won|
|1998||"Tamia"||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|2000||"My Name is Joe"||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|2001||"Thong Song"||Best R&B Song||Nominated|
|"Thong Song"||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|"Unleash The Dragon"||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|2002||"Missing You"||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|2003||"Body Kiss"||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|"Hold Me"||Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|2014||"Three Kings"||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|2015||"X"||Best Urban Contemporary Album||Nominated|
|2017||"This Is Acting"||Best Pop Vocal Album||Nominated|
|1996||Deborah Cox||Best R&B/Soul Recording||Won|
|1999||Tamia||Best R&B/Soul Recording||Won|
MTV Video Music Awards
|2000||Thong Song||Best Hip Hop Video||Won|
|Best Dance Video||Nominated|
|Best Viewer's Choice||Nominated|
|2000||Thong Song (Remix Feat. Foxy Brown)||Best Video From A Film||Nominated|
Music of Black Origin Awards
The Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, established in 1995 by Kanya King MBE and Andy Ruffell, are held annually in the UK to recognise artists of any race or nationality performing black music.
|1998||They Don't Know||Jon B.||Nominated|
|R&B Single Sales||Nominated|
|2000||Thong Song||Best Video||Nominated|
NAACP Image Awards
The NAACP Image Awards is an award presented annually by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature.
|2001||Joe/ My Name Is Joe||Outstanding Music Album||Nominated|
|2002||Tyrese/ 2000 Watts||Outstanding Hip Hop Artist||Nominated|
Radio Music Awards
The Radio Music Awards was an annual U.S. award show that honors the year's most successful songs on mainstream radio.
|2000||Thong Song||Hip Hop/ Rhythmic Song of the Year||Won|
Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, first airing in 1995, celebrated top achievements by female performers.
|1996||CrazySexyCool||Best R&B/Soul Album of The Year||Won|
|1998||Destiny's Child||Best R&B/Soul Album of The Year||Won|
Soul Train Music Awards
The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which previously aired in national television syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment.
|1995||ll||Best R&B/Soul Album||Won|
|1997||CrazySexyCool||Best R&B/Soul Album||Won|
|1998||They Don't Know||Best Male Single||Nominated|
|2000||J.E. Heartbreak||Best R&B Album Group, Band or Duo||Won|
|2001||Part lll||Best R&B/Soul Album||Nominated|
|Unleash The Dragon||Favorite Male R&B/Soul Album||Nominated|
|2003||Body Kiss||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|Body Kiss||Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo||Nominated|
|2006||Slow Down||Best R&B Soul Single||Nominated|
|2015||Black Rose||Album Of The Year||Nominated|
|X||Album Of The Year||Nominated|
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- "Tim & Bob". Open Labs. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
- "Tim & Bob SIGN Publishing Deal". Dimensional Music Publishing. June 21, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- "Tim & Bob". myspace music. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
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- "AkaiPro StandaloneChallenge: Tim Kelley". AkaiPro. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
- Tim & Bob on Myspace
- (in French) French group dedicated to Tim & Bob on SoulRnB.com