Bengaluru: Grammy Winner Ricky Kej has contributed to South African Musician Wouter Kellerman's latest album 'Love Language', which has been nominated in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category.
Kej has composed, produced and mixed 'Aishwarya', the opening song of Kellerman's latest album 'Love Language'
'Aishwarya' is an epic undertaking of a global scale where he recorded the string section and percussion in India, Bass in Nashville, choir in Chicago, Wouter Kellerman's flute in South Africa, Los Angeles and India, mixed and mastered it in Los Angeles, Ricky said.
"In a time when most music is digitally created, Aishwarya was created with the participation of over 150 live musicians from all over the world," he said.
On being part of this years Grammy, he said, "I am extremely thrilled and excited for having my song Aishwarya as part of Wouter Kellermans Grammy nominated album Love Language.
"Aishwarya is inherently a very Indian piece and yet has an international appeal. So happy it is receiving so much praise, appreciation and recognition. I wish Wouter the very best for the win and I look forward to walking the Grammy red carpet for the second year in a row," Ricky added.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on February 15 next year.
The video is about Aishwarya, a girl living in an Indian village, who goes against all odds to gain empowerment and freedom through education.
"Out of 115 million children in the world who do not go to school, most of them are girls. Through my music and this video I would like to bring more attention to this current scenario and hopefully make a difference," Ricky added.
The music video is directed by acclaimed director Sairam and shot in Bagalkot, Karnataka and has artistes and technicians from all over India.
Ricky in February this year became the youngest Indian to win a Grammy for his New Age Album 'Winds of Samsara'.
His latest album 'Shanti Samsara ? World Music for Environmental Consciousness' had a prestigious launch on November 30 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Fran?ois Hollande at United Nations COP21 in Paris.