Naughty Boy Biography
Naughty Boy Biography
Shahid Khan (born 1 January 1985), known by his stage name Naughty Boy, is a British songwriter, record producer, musician and rapper. After dropping out of a Business and Marketing Degree at London Guildhall University, Khan pursued a career as a record producer, obtaining a grant from The Princes Trust and funding equipment through winning £44,000 on Channel 4 day-time game show Deal or No Deal. The finances allowed Khan to upscale production from the garden shed in his parents’ home in Watford, Hertfordshire to a studio in Ealing, West London.
Soon after Khan signed a three-year publishing deal with Sony ATV as well as a recording contract to release one album under Virgin Records (EMI Records). Khan launched himself as a record producer under the moniker “Naughty Boy” and now runs a production company called Naughty Boy Recordings. Most notably, Naughty Boy has produced two top-ten records for UK rappers Chipmunk (“Diamond Rings”) and Wiley (“Never Be Your Woman”). Coincidently, both top-ten hits featured guest vocals from singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Naughty Boy and Sandé would form a strong writing and production partnership leading to Sandé landing her own record deal with Virgin and EMI.
Sandé went on to be named the Critics Choice for the 2012 BRIT Awards, and release her debut album Our Version of Events (2012), a record which was mostly produced and co-written with Naughty Boy. Khan would spend 2011 and 2012 working on records for the likes of Leona Lewis, JLS, Cheryl Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Alesha Dixon and Tinie Tempah amongst others. Naughty Boy is also working on his own debut album, due in 2013 titled Hotel Cabana. “Wonder” the first single from the collection features lead vocals from Sandé. The second single from the album, “La La La” features singer Sam Smith. The track was released in May 2013 and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, ending the four week run at the top of ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.
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