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STEVE “SILK” HURLEY
Steve “Silk” Hurley is a producer, songwriter, DJ, and 4-Time GRAMMY® Nominated Remixer. He began his career as a DJ, artist, producer, and pioneer of Chicago’s “House Music”. After creating several No. 1 hits with RCA, London, and Atlantic Records as a recording artist, Silk shifted his focus to songwriting, producing and remixing. He has since worked with hundreds of various artists including Prince, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, CeCe Peniston, R. Kelly, and Mary J. Blige. While maintaining a successful production career in which he has sold several million records, Silk has still remained true to his DJ roots. He is an international DJ, and has been featured since 1994 on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which has over 8 million listeners. Hurley has managed to build a reputation as “The Mashup King” with his mixshow segment called “The Old Skool New Skool Remix”, which is featured 5 times weekly.
As a member the “Dream Team” for Oprah Winfrey’s “Pop Star Challenge Contest”, Silk produced the music tracks for the 8 contestants’ performances, as well as Oprah’s Pop Star Challenge 2004 Cast Album on Epic/Sony Records. He is currently in the studio recording the album project for his 19 year-old daughter, singer-songwriter B. Laurén, whose first single hits the streets in the first quarter of 2010.
Silk’s new company S&S Records was formed in 2005 with fellow international DJ Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. They recently released “The Chicago LP”, a double DVD/double CD featuring an All-Chicago, All-Star cast of House Music Pioneers and Hip Hop stars. More details are available at www.snschicago.com and future projects include Platinum Hip-House artist Fast Eddie’s new CD. S&S has also been responsible for major House Music events in Chicago that have averaged an attendance of 4,000 people.
In addition all of these accomplishments, Silk has always given back by moderating and /or speaking at countless panels and at schools across the country. He has also served the GRAMMY® Organization, NARAS, for years. He was the Chicago Chapter President from 2004-2005, National Trustee from 2000-2004, and was an instructor for the GRAMMY CAMP® in 2006.