Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic is a renowned American super duo comprised of singer-songwriter, record producer and dancer, Bruno Mars and rapper Anderson. Paak. The band was formed in the United States in 2017 and has since made a mark in the R&B and Soul genres.

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It appears the idea was initiated in 2017 when Anderson. Paak performed as the opening act for Mars during the European leg of his 24K Magic World Tour. The two once again worked together in April that year at Abbey Road Studios with Guy Lawrence and Nile Rodgers for Chic’s ninth album, titled It’s About Time. During that period, they also collaborated while on tour, with that piece of work appearing on Paak’s album, Ventura.

On February 26, 2021, Bruno Mars announced that he and Paak had formed the band and created an album. He also announced the imminent release of their debut album, An Evening with Silk Sonic. The duo gained traction with the release of their debut single, Leave the Door Open, which doubles as their debut album’s lead single.

Members of Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic’s two members, Anderson and Bruno already had successful solo music careers before joining forces to form the band.

Bruno Mars

Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known as Bruno Mars, is considered one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with a record of over 130 million album sales worldwide. He became the first music artist in the United States to earn five diamond certifications for his songs. In 2011 and 2013, Mars was honored in Music Week and Billboard magazine as one of the best songwriters. In 2011, he was included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. He has been the recipient of three Brit Awards, 10 Soul Train Awards, nine American Music Awards, 11 Grammy Awards, and 3 Guinness World Records.

Anderson. Paak

Brandon Paak Anderson, better known professionally as Anderson. Paak is a renowned American rapper, singer-songwriter, drummer, and record producer. He broke through in the music scene with his first mixtape, O.B.E Vol.1 (2012), his album Venice (2014), and his 2016 album titled Malibu. 

He earned Grammy Award nominations for Best Urban Contemporary Album with Malibu, Oxnard in 2018, and Ventura in 2019. 

The rapper won his first Grammy during the 61st Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with his song, Bubblin. In 2020, he again won Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance with Ventura and Come Home, respectively.

Achievements of Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic released its debut single titled Leave the Door Open on March 5, 2021. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and the Official New Zealand Music Charts. The track also received a Platinum certification from the RIAA, a Platinum Certification from Music Canada, and a Gold certification from Recorded Music New Zealand.

They debuted on television during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards as they performed their single, together with a tribute to Little Richard of his songs Good Golly, Miss Molly, and Long Tall Sally.

The two performed during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

They earned a nomination and eventually won the award for Best Group during the 2021 BET Awards.

Interesting Facts

At age five, Mars urinated himself while performing Elvis Presley’s 1961 song, Can’t Help Falling in Love, causing his parents to think they were making a mistake involving him in music.

Paak was initially known by the stage moniker Breezy Lovejoy. He released two projects, namely O.B.E and Lovejoy, under this name.

The stylized dot in his stage name, “Anderson. Paak”, constantly reminds him to pay more attention to detail and take his craft seriously.

Before Paak became a music star, he worked on a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, he was also rendered homeless when he was let go by the farm without warning.

Singer-songwriter Bootsy Collins is said to have named the band after listening to their debut album. He is also featured on the album, An Evening with Silk Sonic.

During their performance at the iHeart Music Awards in 2021, Paak teased the audience by asserting that they would play a new song. However, he ended the performance by stating that they would perform it again and again since their single was in the top ten. Leave the Door Open is the first song of Paak’s to top the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.

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