VELLY

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VELLY

Maurice “Velly” Conaway, is a versatile, songwriter, music producer, and composer from Baltimore, MD. Velly comes from a musical family, with both parents being gospel signers and musicians. He himself is adept in nine instruments. Velly credits his musicial upbringing as central to his development as a producer/songwriter. He would play gigs as a high schooler in his father’s gospel group the “Conaway Brothers”. Velly shares an affinity for jazz, having studied improvisational jazz under Count Basie’s Frank Foster when he was in college. He cites milestones in his career thus far are playing his part in jam sessions with musical legends Slide Hampton, Kim Waters, and Victor Wooten. Velly has worked with such notable R&B /Hip Hop artist Busta Rhymes, Mya, Twista and Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo. He has worked on TV projects for the Lifetime and Oxygen network. He is the newest talent signed to Timbaland’s Bluestone music publishing joint venture with ole. Velly was nominated for a gospel Stellar Award for production on gospel artist Flame and scored the indie film “Incomplete”. Velly shares that “the innovative, colorful ingredients that make up jazz are very applicable to today’s music. The chords and harmonies find their origins in jazz”. He states that one musical legend he would love to work with is Stevie Wonder.