Oak Felder

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Oak Felder
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Background information
Birth name Warren Felder
Born 1980 (age 37–38)
Istanbul, Turkey
Genres R&B, hip hop, pop
Occupation(s)
  • Songwriter
  • producer
Years active 2005-present
Associated acts

Warren "Oak" Felder (born 1980)[1] is a Turkish-American songwriter and record producer based in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He is known for his as part of the production duo Pop & Oak, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015.

Early life

Felder was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey.[1][2] After moving to the United States in 2001, he attended Georgia Tech university.[1]

Career

While at Georgia Tech, Felder recorded a demo with the singer/songwriter Sterling Simms, which led to a meeting with L.A. Reid and resulted in Felder writing and producing a track on Chris Brown's first album in 2005.[1]

Around 2009, Felder became production partners with Pop Wansel as the production duo Pop & Oak.[3] Their first big hit was "Your Love", the lead single on Nicki Minaj's 2010 debut studio album Pink Friday.[1][2] Other notable songs they have written and produced include six tracks on Elle Varner's 2012 album Perfectly Imperfect, including the singles "Only Wanna Give It to You" and "I Don't Care";[3] nine songs on Kehlani's debut album SweetSexySavage;[1] and six tracks on Alessia Cara's 2015 debut album Know-It-All, including the singles "Here" and "Scars to Your Beautiful",[4] which both went to number 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 charts.[5]

Felder was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for writing Usher's single "Good Kisser";[6][7] produced two songs on the Alicia Keys album Girl on Fire, which won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album;[8] wrote and produced "Invincible", the lead single from Kelly Clarkson's 2015 album Piece by Piece;[8] wrote and produced "Clumsy", the second single from the 2016 Britney Spears album Glory;[4] and wrote and produced five tracks on Demi Lovato's 2017 album Tell Me You Love Me, including the lead single "Sorry Not Sorry".[1][9] He has also written and produced songs for artists including Trey Songz, Rihanna, Miguel, Kehlani, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Mario and Tamia.[2][4][8] He was named a top producer by BMI in 2012 and 2013,[10][11] and won a 2017 BMI Pop Award for co-writing Alessia Cara's "Here".[12]

Personal life

Felder lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has a studio in Los Angeles, California.[8]

Awards

Year Award Category Work[citation needed] Result
2015 Grammy Award Best R&B Song "Good Kisser" by Usher Nominated
2017 BMI Pop Award Songs "Here" by Alessia Cara Won

Discography

Writing and producing credits

Year Artist Album Song Credit
2005 Chris Brown Chris Brown "Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me)" Writer, producer
2007 Che'Nelle Things Happen for a Reason "Hurry Up" Writer, producer
"Lookin'" Writer, producer
Mario Go "Kryptonite" (feat. Rich Boy) Writer, producer
"Why" Writer, producer
Jennifer Lopez Brave "Mile In These Shoes" Producer
J. Holiday Back of My Lac' "Betcha Never Had" Writer, producer
2008 Chris Brown Exclusive: The Forever Edition "Superhuman" (feat. Keri Hilson) Writer, producer
Sterling Simms Yours, Mine & The Truth "Single" Writer, producer
"Jump Off" (feat. Sean P) Writer, producer
"Sex In the City" Writer, producer
Prima J Prima J "Chilosa" Writer, producer
Lloyd Lessons in Love "I Can Change Your Life" Writer, producer
Karina Pasian First Love "90's Baby" Writer
2009 Ginuwine A Man's Thoughts "Show Off" Writer, producer
"Open the Door" Writer, producer
"Orchestra" Writer, producer
Ashley Tisdale Guilty Pleasure "Hot Mess" Writer, producer
"Hair" Writer, producer
2010 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday "Your Love" Writer, producer
"Save Me" Writer, producer
Trey Songz Passion, Pain & Pleasure "Unusual" (feat. Drake) Writer, producer
Fantasia Back to Me "Collard Greens & Cornbread" Writer
Toni Braxton Pulse "Hands Tied" Writer
2011 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers "Top Floor" Writer, producer
Jessie J Who You Are "Rainbow" Writer, producer
"I Need This" Writer, producer
2012 Elle Varner Perfectly Imperfect "Only Wanna Give It to You" (feat. J. Cole) Writer, producer
"Sound Proof Room" Writer, producer
"I Don't Care" Writer, producer
"Not Tonight" Writer, producer
"Leaf" Writer, producer
"So Fly" Writer, producer
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded "Right By My Side" (feat. Chris Brown) Writer, producer
"Fire Burns" Writer, producer
Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream "Use Me" Writer, producer
"Where's the Fun in Forever" Writer, producer
Alicia Keys Girl on Fire "Fire We Make" (feat. Maxwell) Writer, producer
"Limitedless" Writer, producer
Rihanna Unapologetic "Numb" (feat. Eminem) Writer, producer
Chris Brown Fortune "Bassline" Writer, producer
2013 K. Michelle Rebellious Soul "V.S.O.P." Writer, producer
Mayer Hawthorne Where Does This Door Go "Allie Jones" Writer, producer
"Her Favorite Song" Writer, producer
"Crime" (feat. Kendrick Lamar) Writer, producer
"Corsican Rose" Writer, producer
2014 Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint "The Crying Game" (feat. Jessie Ware) Writer
Usher "Good Kisser" Writer, producer
K. Michelle Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? "Going Under" Producer
"Something About the Night" Producer
"Drake Would Love Me" Producer
Azealia Banks Broke With Expensive Taste "Chasing Time" Writer
Ariana Grande My Everything "Break Your Heart Right Back" (feat. Childish Gambino) Writer, producer
Jessie J Sweet Talker "Seal Me With a Kiss" (feat. De La Soul) Writer, producer
Mary J. Blige Think Like a Man Too (OST) "Wonderful" Writer, producer
2015 Alessia Cara Know-It-All "Seventeen" Writer, producer
"Here" Writer, producer
"Outlaws" Writer, producer
"I'm Yours" Writer, producer
"Overdose" Writer, producer
"Scars to Your Beautiful" Writer, producer
Miguel Wildheart "Deal" Writer, producer
"What's Normal Anyway" Writer, producer
"Leaves" Writer, producer
Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece "Invincible" Writer, producer
Monica Code Red "Alone In Your Heart" Writer, producer
Jason Derulo Everything Is 4 "Trade Hearts" (feat. Julia Michaels) Writer, producer
Tamia Love Life "Love Falls Over Me" Writer, producer
"Sandwich and a Soda" Writer, producer
2016 Britney Spears Glory "Clumsy" Writer, producer
Jordan Fisher Jordan Fisher "Counterfeit" Writer, producer
K. Michelle More Issues Than Vogue "Sleep Like a Baby" Writer, producer
Bea Miller "Yes Girl" Producer
2017 Kehlani SweetSexySavage "Distraction" Writer, producer
"Piece of Mind" Writer, producer
"Not Used to It" Writer, producer
"Everything Is Yours" Writer, producer
"Advice" Writer, producer
"Escape" Writer, producer
"In My Feelings" Writer, producer
"Hold Me By the Heart" Writer, producer
"Thank You" Writer, producer
Demi Lovato Tell Me You Love Me "Sorry Not Sorry" Writer, producer
"Sexy Dirty Love" Writer, producer
"Daddy Issues" Writer, producer
"Only Forever" Writer, producer
"Games" Writer, producer
ZZ Ward "The Deep" (feat. Joey Purp) Writer
The Storm "Ghost" Writer, producer
"Let It Burn" Writer, producer
"Hold On" Writer, producer
Bea Miller Chapter One: Blue "Burning Bridges" Writer
Chapter Two: Red "Warmer" Writer
Chapter Three: Yellow "To the Grave" Writer
Snakehips with Anne-Marie feat. Joey Bada$$ "Either Way" Writer, producer
2018 The Presets Hi Viz "Out of Your Mind" (feat. Alison Wonderland) Writer
Calum Scott Only Human "Stop Myself (Only Human)" Writer, producer
Alessia Cara Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" Producer
TBA "Growing Pains" Writer, producer

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dale Kawashima, "Interview with Oak Felder, Hit Writer/Producer for Alessia Cara, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj And Other Artists," Songwriter Universe, September 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c DeVon Hyman, "Pop and Oak – Get Familiar With the Production Duo," Parle, April 29, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Producer Duo Pop and Oak Talk Sparkle, Elle Varner and Alicia Keys," Singersroom, February 1, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Nolan Feeney, "Britney Spears' 'Glory': Inside the making of her ninth album," Entertainment Weekly, August 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Gary Trust, "Alessia Cara Scores Second Pop Songs No. 1 With 'Scars to Your Beautiful'," Billboard, January 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Warren 'Oak' Felder," grammy.com. Accessed October 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Grammys 2015: Complete list of nominees," Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d Gail Mitchell, "Producer Oak Felder Talks Kelly Clarkson, Khalid and More: 'I Love That I Can Fly Under the Radar'," Billboard, May 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Nolan Feeney, "Demi Lovato: Fans will know 'exactly what I'm talking about' on my new album," Entertainment Weekly, September 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Mariah Carey, Drake, Lil Wayne, EMI Music Publishing & More Honored at BMI Urban Awards," BMI, September 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "Just In: Pop Wansel & Oak Felder Recognized At BMI Awards As Top Producers In 2013," uwishunu.com, August 23, 2013.
  12. ^ "Barry Manilow Honored as BMI Icon at 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards," BMI, May 10, 2017.

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