Exclusive: Harmony Samuels Talks About Working with Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony and Chris Brown
At the age of four, Harmony Samuels was teaching himself how to play the piano and bass. At 12 years old, Samuels was already playing musical director at his hometown church. And with a name like Harmony, it wouldn’t make much sense if the English music producer was in any business other than music.
Today Samuels has worked with heavy hitting pop stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Chris Brown, Maroon 5 and Kelly Rowland.
Our own Xavier Brinkman sat down with Harmony Samuels to talk about what it takes to make a smash hit, specifically Ariana Grande’s “The Way.” And just so you know, it only took Samuels six minutes to make “The Way,” and it has sold over 3 million copies in the United States.
“I just wanted that feeling of being at house parties where they’re playing old R&B records,” Samuels said.
“What happened to this stuff? I was having the best time of my life [listening to it.] So I said, ‘I’m going to recreate it my way.'”
Samuels captured the essence of that old R&B vibe so well in Grande’s single “The Way” that most records out today are trying to emulate what he did for Grande.
And just how did Ariana convince hip-hop artist Mac Miller to co-star on the track? Samuels told us that Ariana said she was baking cookies at her home with Miller when she asked him.
Hmm… it sounds like Ariana is more of a cookie person than a doughnut person. 🍪>🍩
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