Louis York is the creation of the multi-GRAMMY-nominated songwriting and production duo Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. After successful careers writing and producing for chart-topping artists like Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus, the seasoned duo decided to create their own label and step behind the mic for the first time in 2015. No longer satisfied working as songwriters for hire, they dubbed their new act “Louis York,” a combination of their hometowns: East St. Louis for Harmony, and New York City for Kelly. Eager to bend the industry’s rules, Kelly and Harmony set out to create an envelope-pushing sound, combining hook-driven pop, throwback R&B, rock and African tribal rhythms. Writing and producing their own tracks, Kelly lends effortless, textured vocals while Harmony plays keyboards, guitars, drums and the vocoder. Their first project, Masterpiece Theatre: Act I, Act II, Act III, is an EP trilogy that includes themes of love, acceptance and social awareness.
Louis York has played in cities all across the country, packing venues and delighting audiences with their creativity, energy and stage presence. Their sound is imbued with a potent, sincere love for music that envelopes the listener, inviting them to be a dreamer, an individual and unapologetically themselves.