“First Flight” (Music Video)
Stream Full Album
- 01. Home In the Sky 4:25
- 02. Beyond the Atmosphere (Added to Spotify's Official Playlist) 4:24
- 03. Ocean of Air 4:31
- 04. Gravity (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan) 6:49
- 05. Shadows 3:31
- 06. To Be a Bird 4:18
- 07. Never Touch the Ground 5:03
- 08. Leap of Faith (Added to Spotify's Official Playlist) 3:15
- 09. Pilot 4:19
- 10. First Flight 4:19
- 11. Bird On a Wire (Song for Mo) 4:58
- 12. Dreams (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan) 4:46
- 13. Imagine 9:50
The GROOVE PROJECT was formed in Los Angeles, California as a 14-piece group by GRAMMY® Award nominated Artist & Producer ARUN SHENOY in 2016.
The original lineup released a debut concept jazz-funk album titled A STAGEY BANK AFFAIR. The record was chosen as Album of the Year by Jazziz Magazine’s Critics Pick and dubbed “an explosive, exotic, jazz-funk-rock-barn burner” by noted American journalist and reviewer, Jonathan Widran.
The group has since grown into an international super-band with the lineup shuffled in 2019 by Shenoy into an 8-piece group. Only Shenoy from the original lineup remain on the current roster.
The current lineup is fronted by SHENOY, alongside acclaimed producer MATTHEW SHELL, keyboardist & vocalist LONNIE PARK. The 3 principals along with saxophonist MARCUS MITCHELL and keyboardist DAVID JOUBERT are collectively credited with songwriting.
As part of their international lineup, the airtight rhythm section is locked down by GLENN WELMAN from UK on the drums and HECTOR RUANO from Venezuela on bass. Guitarist SAMITURU from Norway brings his maverick guitar work to the music. The vocalization by PARK adds a unique signature sound to the high energy sound of the group’s music. PARK also serves as the mix engineer for the group.
The band is currently working on a smooth jazz concept album about man’s fascination with flight. Titled “Volume 1: Flights of Fantasy” the album is slated for release on June 25, 2020.
13 singles from the album and two music video have been released to date with additional music videos planned in the coming weeks. 2 tracks “Pilot” and “Shadows” have picked up significant traction on mainstream terrestrial and digital radio in major markets across the US. 2 other tracks “Leap of Faith” and “Beyond the Atmosphere” have been added to Spotify Editorial Playlists.
The idea of a concept album is in part, a posthumous tribute to ROSHNI MOHAPATRA (7 Jan 1980 – 13 Dec 2018) who as an art director, had envisioned concept albums of music as a multi-sensory experience of music, art, animation and physical packaging. She has previously cited Davie Bowie and Pink Floyd as some of her early influences for art direction of musical projects.