The 2021 Grammy Awards have been a happy hunting ground for Australian artists, with Mike Waters taking out a gilded gramophone.
The Melbourne singer and songwriter has a songwriting credit on ‘U Move, I Move’ feat. (Jhene Aiko) from John Legend’s Bigger Love, which won for Best R&B Album on the U.S. music industry’s big night.
It’s just reward for Waters, a humble achiever who has been quietly building his reputation as a songwriter and as a recording artist, with a string of well-received releases in the past six-plus years.
I’m so grateful for this! Thank you to all of my fellow artists in the @RecordingAcad! Thank you to all of my collaborators, especially my big brother and exec producer @RaphaelSaadiq! Thank you to everyone who listened! Love you all! https://t.co/RtaNUzJ901— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 14, 2021
Waters has amassed more than 836,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and the different cuts of his collaboration with KSHMR have blasted past 46 million combined plays.
His 2020 single ‘I’m Doing Fine’ (including 2,200-plus plays on radio) has enjoyed more than 2 million global streams, and its follow-up ‘Wrinkles’ has raced to 1.1 million listens (5,700-plus spins on radio).
Also, Waters was feature vocalist on Illy’s ARIA Award-nominated, No. 1 album Two Degrees; has co-written tracks with Don Diablo (also feature vocalist), America’s Got Talent champion Grace VanderWaal, Mitch James, and several other leading international artists including Demi Lovato and Louis Tomlinson.
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All told, the songs Waters has contributed to have achieved around half-a-billion streams across all platforms.
Stream Mike Waters’ ‘I’m Doing Fine’:
Waters is managed by Unified Music Group (Aidan McLaren and Joe Miles), he’s published by WAU/Mushroom for ANZ (unrestricted/Kobalt for the rest of world) and he recently struck a recording deal with Sony Music for ANZ.
Anyone who wants to check out a freshly-minted Grammy winner can do just that when Waters delivers an intimate show at Melbourne’s Howler this Friday night where he will perform his own songs and he has written for others, and discuss the song-writing process.
With his Grammy title, Waters joins an elite group of Australian winners which includes Gotye, The Bee Gees, Olivia Newton-John, Flume and Keith Urban.
The 2021 Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles, Sunday March 14.
Stream ‘U Move, I Move’ below: