James Fauntleroy Revels in His ‘First Grammy Nomination as an Artist’

The nod for excellent progressive R&B album is for his and Terrace Martin’s first joint collaboration, “Nova.”

James Fauntleroy

James Fauntleroy

Nick Davis

James Fauntleroy says he realized of his and Terrace Martin’s nomination for their first joint collaboration, Nova, when he awoke to 38 text messages on Friday (Nov. 10).

“I used to worry firstly, , that it used to be one thing rank,” says Fauntleroy about seeing the flurry of messages relating to the mission landing a berth in the correct progressive R&B album category. “Then I started studying them and purchased large enraged. Resulting from even though I’ve been nominated loads of times as a songwriter and won, here is my first Grammy nomination as an artist.”

If reality be told, Fauntleroy’s Grammy stats consist of four wins and 6 nominations. Comprising the wins tally: song of the 300 and sixty five days and excellent R&B song for the Bruno Mars rupture “That’s What I Delight in” plus album of the 300 and sixty five days for Mars’ 24K Magic at the sixtieth Grammy Awards and excellent R&B song for Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Delight in Lady” at the 56th ceremony. Fauntleroy’s estimable checklist of writing credit entails collaborations with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Stevie Marvel, among others. Fauntleroy is also a member of the songwriter/producer/musician collective 1500 or Nothin’ and a co-founding father of the 1500 Sound Academy for aspiring younger potential .

Musician/producer and BMG artist Martin is a 5-time Grammy nominee who coincidentally used to be nominated in the correct progressive R&B album category for the sixty fifth and sixty fourth ceremonies for his solo album Drones and Dinner Occasion: Dessert, respectively. Dinner Occasion is the title of the supergroup featuring Martin and fellow musicians Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper and Ninth Marvel. Martin’s assorted Grammy nods: excellent R&B album for his Velvet Portraits and consecutive album of the 300 and sixty five days nods for his contributions to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and acceptable kid, m.A.A.d metropolis.

Launched in August 2023, Nova is Martin and Fauntleroy’s hybrid contrivance shut on the Brazilian song vogue identified as bossa nova. The six-be aware mission is the third in a six-album series being helmed by Martin. And for Fauntleroy — whose friendship and ingenious relationship with Martin dates support years (“Terrace and I essentially have identified each and each assorted my entire grownup lifestyles; he’s literally surely one of many first of us I ever labored with”) — it used to be undoubtedly a labor of admire.

“Terrace and I had been talking perpetually about what we have been going to reach collectively,” says Fauntleroy. “Everybody that knows me knows I right admire bossa nova, and I judge he knew that that used to be a smooth approach to receive me to essentially reach this. And he used to be fully right. I loved having the different to position my scamper on bossa nova due to I hear to hardcore Brazilian jazz your entire time. So I’m undoubtedly accustomed to the melodies they [artists] esteem to exercise and the loads of dynamics of their phrasing. But it used to be large relaxing to reach it in my arrangement. I’m undoubtedly gay with the arrangement in which it turned out.”

James Fauntleroy, NOVA

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