Grammy Award-winning Producer Needlz Takes Home 2011 ASCAP Pop Award Nominated for Five Billboard Awards for “Just the Way You Are” Honors English EP Coming via Needlz’ Dry Rain Entertainment
Atlanta, GA — Last night in Los Angeles, producer Khari “Needlz” Cain was honored at the official 28th Annual ASCAP Pop Awards ceremony for his work on Bruno Mars’ Grammy Award-winning smash “Just the Way You Are”. The 2011 Pop Awards recognized songwriters and producers of the most performed songs in the ASCAP repertory for 2010, and also honored the career achievements of rockers Rod Stewart and Band of Horses amongst others.
In just under a decade, Needlz has made a significant mark on music history. After producing Hip Hop hits for the likes of Ludacris, 50 Cent and Drake, Needlz hit the Pop music scene in a major way with Bruno Mars, and has every intention of continuing his path to crossover success.
“I think it’s awesome that after doing urban music for so long, I’ve been able to have such a big mainstream record,” Needlz explains. “I find myself listening to a variety of music these days, and eventually I want to get in to dance and electronic music. I’m just looking for the right artist to break in with.”
Needlz has been developing talent over the years, and recently linked with Hip Hop lyricist Honors English for a new EP. The project will debut this Summer, and Needlz feels confident that it is some of his best work to date. The singles “Flying High” featuring Lupe Fiasco and TL Cross and “Crazay” are currently available for fans to download.
Needlz is also anticipating the 2011 Billboard Awards taking place in May, as Bruno Mars is nominated in 11 categories, five of which reflect on Needlz’ work on the song itself: Hot 100 Song, Digital Song, Radio Song, Streaming Song and Pop Song. The young musician is truly thankful for the accolades coming his way, and is appreciating each opportunity with open arms.
“Both winning a Grammy and receiving the ASCAP Pop Award are major,” Needlz says. “Overall though, just being relevant after so many years a big accomplishment to me. So many people come and go, and I just had the best year of my career thus far, so I’m definitely blessed. I’m all about the music these days – I’m really all for making an impact, it’s about more than money to me.”