Sultan + Shepard Release New Single featuring Carla Monroe ‘Deeper’
Sultan + Shepard have established themselves as one of dance music’s leading partnerships since their formation in 2002. Comprised of Ned Shepard and Ossama Al Sarraf, the Montreal duo have managed to churn out new music on a consistent basis without sacrificing quality or holding back from experimenting with their sound. Nominated for a Grammy for their remix of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven,” the pair have only continued their momentum, collaborating with artists such as Dillion Francis on “When We Were Young,” Tegan & Sara for “Make Things Right” and “Bring Me Back” with Kreesha Turner, as well as crafting official remixes for Ed Sheeran and Rudimental’s “Lay It All On Me” and Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars.”
Grammy nominees and frequent Beatport charters, Sultan + Shepard have collaborated with a range of top-tier artists, such as Tiësto, David Guetta, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Coldplay to name a few. As Canada’s well-known dance music force and one of the biggest duos in the industry, they effortlessly bridge the gap between dance music and pop, which landed them the Canadian songwriters SOCAN Music Award for International Song Of The Year in 2013 for ‘Bad’, the multi-platinum single they co-wrote alongside David Guetta, Showtek and VASSY. Moreover, they spent six weeks atop the U.S. Mediabase Airplay chart and racked up a JUNO award nomination and over 23 million streams on Spotify with ‘Almost Home’ (with Nadia Ali).
As respected as their production discography is their rigorous touring schedule, seeing the duo performing main stage at global festivals including Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival and Mysteryland, in addition to their Las Vegas residencies at The Light and Omnia. Always able to combine top quality song writing with an innate understanding for great grooves, Sultan + Shepard continue to push the envelope and evolve their sound heading into the future.
“We’ve always been a fan of singers who can bring emotion and soul to dance music. When we had the opportunity to work with Carla Monroe, we jumped at the chance. She’s emerged in the last few years as a real voice that embodies everything we love about house music these days so it’s fair to say we’re really excited about this record. Our love for house music runs pretty deep and we just hope to be able to make something that can inspire other people the way house music has inspired us over the years.” – Sultan + Shepard
“I first wrote the melody for deeper about 2 years ago, while I was driving in my car on the way to the 9-5 job I had at the time. I wrote the lyrics to it on my way home! I remember laying down the vocals as soon as I got home, then forgetting about it for around a year. I happened to be going through some demos and this one resurfaced, so decided to send it to my manager. The demo was then picked up by Sultan + Shepard who gave the song a great fresh, fun-loving feel. As a writer, I always start with melody first and sometimes subconsciously, find myself making sounds that sound like words! This is what gave me the inspiration for the word “deeper”, which I then worked a concept around. The song is about having a deeper connection with someone as opposed to just being attracted to them on a physical level.” – Carla Monroe