S&S Records has accumulated a catalog of new and classic records from global artist all over. S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous house music legends. The label has released several compilation albums featuring original songs from a large roster of Chicago greats, including the recently released “The Chicago LP”, featuring an all-Chicago, all-Star cast of house music pioneers and Hip Hop stars. S&S records has accumulated a catalog of over 500 records and album projects from artists such as: Syleena Johnson, CeCe Peniston, Ann Nesby, DJ Skip, Paul Johnson, Kym Sims, Chantay Savage, J.M Silk, Jamie Principle & Steve “Silk” Hurley, just to name a few. S&S has also been responsible for major house music events in Chicago that have averaged an attendance of over 4,000 people.
Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas
Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas has gained worldwide acclaim as a dance music producer, remixer, promoter, and DJ. Skip hails from Chicago, where he contributed to the Chicago house music genre that quickly spread to the rest of the world and remains a vibrant sector of the dance music scene on any continent.
Skip’s first record “Traxx My Stylez” was released on Dance Mania Records, and his subsequent Dance Mania releases through his own production company ‘Push Pac Productions’ established him as one of the pioneers of the Ghetto House / Booty House & Chicago Juke movements, all sub-genres of classic Chicago House. Since then Skip has been taking over dance floors with house anthems such as “Raveolutions”, “Take It Off” and “Baby”, with various EP and LP releases under his belt, including Pushpac For Life, Raveolutions, The Inner Me LP, Life Experiences, Pushpac 2G Vol.1 – The Phuture LP, and other Push Pac releases showcasing the talents of fellow producers and DJs such as Paul Johnson, DJ Shark & Fotr, Tim “Bunky” Titsworth, Aaron Ochoa, and DJ Nehpets.
Skip joined forces with four-time GRAMMY® nominee and nationally-syndicated DJ, Steve “Silk” Hurley, to form the premiere dance music label, S&S Records. The label has since become the home to numerous house music legends and has released several compilation albums featuring original songs from a large roster of Chicago greats. Chicago’s Finest: The Chicago LP is a two-disc, two-DVD anthology of Chicago House Music filled with solid dance floor grooves, with new and previously unreleased music from legendary dance music artists as well as interviews of some seldom seen, legendary house producers and DJs, featuring tracks such as “Please Believe” by DJ Skip, “Just A Feelin’” by Hurley & Marshall, “Juke It” by DJ Slugo feat. Fast Eddie, “Magic” by Roy Davis Jr. feat. Terry Dexter, and “Siren Trax” by DJ Pierre, amongst others. Also featured is an exclusive Skip & Hurley remix of “Wouldn’t You Like To Ride [Silk & Skip’s Ride To the House]” feat. Malik Yusuf, Kanye West, and Common.
Skip also co-wrote the electro-house banger “Let Me Sip My Drink” with Robbie Rivera & Fast Eddie, whose Chuckie Remix has been rocking dance floors globally.
Recently, Skip has performed and worked worldwide with the likes of Umek,Kanye West, Common, Jazzy Jeff, Redman, Method Man, Ludacris, Twista, Mase, Lou Bega, Too Short, Justin Timberlake, R Kelly, Fantasia, Mario, Craig David, Artful Dodger, Todd Terry, DJ Tomek, Little Louie Vega, Paul Johnson, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Steve “Silk” Hurley, DJ Sneak, Slugo, Derrick Carter, Mousse T, Cajmere, Biz Markie, Bad Boy Bill, Bob Sinclair, Robert Armani, Funk Master Flex, DJ Clue, Felix Da Housecat, Daft Punk, Icey, DJ Skribble, Roy Davis Jr., DJ Funk, Kenny Ken and Jam Master Jay just to name a few.
Skip is currently DJ’ng across the globe in front of crowds of 60,000+, and has developed an especially strong following globally, having been featured in a number of global magazines and TV shows. Expect follow-up hits from Skip in the house music vein, with some big names in tow.
Steve “Silk” Hurley
Truly a man of all musical seasons, Chicago-based producer / remixer / songwriter /DJ, and now four-time GRAMMY® Nominee Steve “Silk” Hurley has more than proven himselfin his 30-year plus career. Steve he is a musical force to be reckoned with. His GRAMMY®Nominations is just another testament to his longevity as a producer, and yet another confirmation that “Silk” has been here to stay. Having spanned the sometimes-limiting borders of contemporary Black music,moving freely from his Club/House music roots to his R&B/Funk roots, his musical scope as a producer has thus far remained unrivaled.
Spending his childhood as a devout radio listener & worshipping musical giants from The Jackson 5 to Parliament, he developed not only a love of music, but also a keen senseof melody. Initially developing a strong reputation early on in his career as one of Chicago’shottest DJ’s, “Silk” was known for his signature mixing skills and diverse mixing style. It wasthrough exercising this creative expression that he eventually released his first single entitled “Music Is The Key”, which soared to the #9 position on the BillboardDance Chart, establishing him as one of the pioneers of “House Music” and validating him as a producer. He quickly intensified his credentials as a producer and artist when his group, J.M. Silk, premiered on theRCA Records label and astonished the industry with a string of #1 dance hits, including “Jack Your Body”,which was #1 on the U.K. National Chart for 2 weeks, a feat which at that time, was accomplished only by the Beetles.
Since then, Hurley’s productions and remixes have catapulted him to the forefrontas one of the hottest talents today. In fact, his ability to musically embellish a song andtake it to new dimensions has earned him the well-deserved title as one of the worlds top remixers. This is evident in some of his most prized works, including:Michael Jackson’s” Jam” and “Remember The Time”, Prince’s “Gett Off”, Crystal Waters’ “Makin’Happy”, Yolanda Adams’ “Open My Heart”, and Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make LoveYou”, as well as songs by Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mint Condition, Sounds Of Blackness, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Bob Marley,Brandy, R. Kelly, Kelly Rowland and many others.
“Silk’s” passion for music does not end, however, with remixes. His freestyle creativity expands to that of a notably outstanding songwriter / producer, penning most of his chart-topping hits. Hurley has had a pivotal hand in the success of many artists with his writing & production on such projects as CeCe Peniston’s “We Got a Love Thang”(Top 20 Pop, Top 10 U.K. National Chart) “Keep On Walkin’ & “I’m Not OverYou”(Gold & Top 10 R&B), Kym Sims’ “Too Blind To See It” (Gold, Top 10 U.K.National Chart), Ann Nesby’s “Can I Get A Witness” (Top 10 U.K. National Chart) & “Hold On”, Chantay Savage’s “Betch’all Never Find” (Top 10 R&B),Tene Williams’ “Give Him A Love He Can Feel” (Top 10 R&B), and Tanya Blount’s “I’m Gonna Make you Mine” (Top 40 R&B Chart). His highly acclaimed production ofChantay Savage’s “I Will Survive” (Gold, #2 Billboard R&B Chart) was one of the biggest records of the mid 90’s. Steve also wrote and produced songs for Ann Nesby on her 1st and on Rahsaan Patterson’s 2nd and 3rd albums.
Silk has appeared on the Oprah Show several times as a member of Oprah’s “Dream Team” for the Pop Star Challenge Contest, and also produced the entire “Oprah’s Pop Star Challenge” album, on Epic/Sony Records, which was released and launched on the Oprah Show.
Silk also added yet another dimension to his creative repertoire by producing 2 songs for the movie and soundtrack, “To Wong Foo”, on which he was afforded the honor of working with one of his idols, Chaka Khan. The song, “Free Yourself”, which became the feature track from the movie, was the result of this truly awe-inspiring collaboration. Steve also co-wrote & produced a song for Donnell Jones entitled “I’ll Go” for the “Love & Basketball” movie soundtrack.
Silk also heads his record label, Silk Entertainment. The label has attained international success with several of its releases. The debut release entitled “The Word is Love” by Voices of Life featuring Sharon Pass, was an international hit, (#15 Italian National Chart, #25 U.K. National Chart) selling over 2 million copies. Upcoming releases include The Voices of Life Compilation (featuring Ann Nesby,MeLi’sa Morgan, Chance, CeCe Peniston, Gordon Chambers, Sharon Pass, Bob Marley, and gospel sensation Vernessa Mitchell, among others) and several of Silk’s DJ Mix CD’s. Silk also finished 2 terms as President of the Chicago Chapter ofNARAS (The GRAMMY® Organization).
Staying loyal to his passion as a DJ, “Silk ” occasionally takes time out of his hectic production schedule to showcase his talents on the turntables. Silk appeared at BET’s Soundstage, on BET’s “Planet Groove” TV Show as a guest DJ, and at several other venues worldwide. His “OLD SKOOL / NEW SKOOL REMIX” can still be heard every Tuesday and Thursday on the Nationally Syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show”, which is broadcast on 128 stations in the U.S.
Steve “Silk” Hurley has managed to parlay his love of music into a career as a producer and remixer, and in the process, has garnered more than a few impressive accolades. He received ASCAP Writer’s Awards for“Keep on Walkin”, “Too Blind To See It” and “I’m Not Over You”. Further, Billboard Magazine recognized him as one of the top producers , which was an honor he shared with L.A. & Babyface, R. Kelly, Teddy Riley and Jam & Lewis. “Silk” has also received the British Charity Awards-U.K. “Remixer of The Year” Award and the Winter Music Conference “Remixer of The Year” Award among others. Without a doubt, however, the most prestigious honor ever bestowed upon him has been his 4GRAMMY® Nominations in 5 years (Remixer Of The Year Category / Best Remixed Recording ). Hurley notes, “To be honored by my peers with four Nominations is the pinnacle of the dream.”
S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.
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