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2020 Ivor Novello winner Troy Miller named as Diana Ross’ producer for her upcoming studio releases.
On 2nd September 2020 the ‘PRS for Music Most Performed Work’ Ivor Novello award was won by Troy Miller for Calvin Harris’ release ‘Giant’, alongside songwriters Rag‘n’Bone Man, Adam Wiles and Jamie Hartman. Troy has since been named as producer for a multitude of upcoming studio releases from Motown legend Diana Ross. Staying true to his habits, Troy will also be heavily featured as a musician on the tracks, playing drum, guitar, bass and keyboard lines while also arranging and conducting the orchestral elements.
*read more about ‘Giant’ and watch the music video HERE
Troy Miller is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and conductor who began his career touring as a drummer for Roy Ayers in 2003. In 2006 Troy was invited to join Amy Winehouse’s band, becoming an integral member for the next five years.
Subsequently, Troy toured and performed with the likes Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Laura Mvula, Macy Gray, George Benson and Mark Ronson, while writing and producing albums for Gregory Porter, Emeli Sande, Rebecca Ferguson, Jamie Cullum and Laura Mvula, who’s album ‘The Dreaming Room’ won the Ivor Novello award for Album of the Year in 2017.
This news comes in the same week that BBC Radio 2 select Troy’s most recent completed project as their album of the week – Gregory Porter’s 6th studio album ‘All Rise’, release on 28th August 2020.
It was while working with Gregory Porter in LA that Diana Ross approached Troy, meeting up for a face-to-face at the East West Studios. Troy said “Diana said she’d heard good things about me. She asked the engineer to leave the studio and we talked for two hours about life, music and everything in between. Eventually she said ‘do you wanna produce some songs for me?’ How could I refuse?!”
Since then recording has not been easy, but steady progress has been made remotely, with Troy in the UK and Diana in LA. This twist of fate that has affected our industry at large has forced its own creative hand, as Diana Ross had to search her own home for a microphone on which to record, eventually uncovering a Telefunken 251 which she’d owned for over 40 years!
When asked about the style and genre of the tracks, Troy said, “One of the first things Diana said to me was not to reference any of her previous records – a challenge considering her music is so well known. She was more concerned with the message, being positive, uplifting and having a sense of ‘togetherness’. I like to go deep into the music and everything I do tends to have a soulfulness to it, and when you add a legend into the mix it gets really exciting”.
Troy Miller is co-managed by Conchord Management and LME Worldwide. the companies are London based and represent a select number of artists, producers, events, and brands worldwide.
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