Musical maestro AR Rahman has joined forces with rock legend Mick Jagger and other musical heavyweights Joss Stone, Damian Marley and Dave Stewart, to create the ultimate band – a band that truly lives up to its name – SuperHeavy!
SuperHeavy developed from Jagger and Stewart discussing what a band comprising of musicians from different genres would sound like.
Jagger explains, “Dave really wanted to make a record with a different group of musicians, in other words, with different backgrounds of music. Instead of everyone being a rock musician, or basically a blues musician, or some other genre, he wanted to get as many genres together that would fit. I said it sounds like a good idea, I never thought it would actually happen.”
Joss Stone was the first recruit, and the other artists were added soon after. The end result was “SuperHeavy” – a distinctive collaboration which perfectly encapsulates each artist’s unique talent and style. Despite their disparate backgrounds, the group instantly connected and hit the ground running, writing a whopping twenty-two songs in the first six days.
Says Rahman, “The first day I was in a daze thinking, ‘What am I doing? What’s my role?’ and then slowly we started writing with each other, and it was great. It took me way back to my high school days when I was playing in a rock band, but this one was a real one!”
Their songs were so good that their debut video “Miracle Worker” received over half a million hits within 36 hours of release, and is a clear indication of the creative vision of this unique collective of world-class musicians. The song seemlessly infuses the Caribbean inspired reggae beats of Damian Marley, the harmonious soul of Joss Stone, the swagger of Mick Jagger’s vocals, the Indian-influenced production of A.R. Rahman and Dave Stewart’s solid guitar skills!
This diverse and eclectic line up who share eleven Grammy Awards between them, have been recording together in various studios around the world, with the majority of the tracks on the project laid down over three weeks in Los Angeles earlier this year. The album will be unveiled in September and tracks include the first single ‘Miracle Worker’, plus ‘Satyameva Jayanate’, ‘Energy’, ‘Maya,’ and ‘SuperHeavy’ amongst others.
Miracle Worker, the first single is released through Universal Music and available to download now.