Quincy Jones com­pli­ments Yuna

Malaysian singer got the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­view leg­endary pro­ducer.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Show­biz - By KEN­NETH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my Yuna and Jones talked about all things mu­sic in a re­cent in­ter­view. — YouTube

MALAYSIAN singer-song­writer Yuna has gar­nered many fans, and one of them seems to be the leg­endary Quincy Jones.

In a Face­book post up­loaded on July 8, the 84-year-old mu­sic pro­ducer wrote: “I’ve spent my ca­reer reach­ing back­wards and look­ing for­ward ... pay­ing trib­ute to the teach­ers and vi­sion­ar­ies who came be­fore me while mak­ing some­thing new that might in­spire an­other gen­er­a­tion of cre­ators.”

Jones has over six decades worth of ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Some of his most no­table works in­clude pro­duc­ing Michael Jack­son’s wildly suc­cess­ful al­bums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad.

Jones con­tin­ues in his post: “Yuna em­bod­ies that com­mit­ment with her own for­ward-reach­ing sound, while pay­ing re­spect to her in­flu­ences, and I ab­so­lutely love that about her.”

Jones col­lab­o­rated with au­dio elec­tron­ics com­pany JBL and re­leased a spe­cial edi­tion line of head­phones re­cently. As part of its pro­mo­tion, ris­ing stars from a va­ri­ety of gen­res were in­vited to have a con­ver­sa­tion with Jones.

“At the launch of my JBL E55BT Quincy Edi­tion Head­phones, we had a beau­ti­ful time chat­ting about some of our favourite young mu­si­cians that keep us ex­cited for the fu­ture! Keep on keepin’ on gurl!” he ended the post.

In the minute-long in­ter­view, Yuna asked Jones: “Who in to­day’s cre­ative class gives you hope for the fu­ture in mu­sic?”

Jones re­sponded: “I’ll start off with Ken­drick La­mar and Bruno Mars. I like Com­mon, I like Lu­dacris, I like Esper­anza Spald­ing, Lit­tle Joey Alexan­der, you know he’s from In­done­sia. He’s fright­en­ing. He’s 13 years old. He plays like Her­bie Han­cock.”

“It’s beau­ti­ful to see these young ones tak­ing mu­sic back where it be­longs and they are all in­cred­i­ble.”

Yuna later took to In­sta­gram and gushed about the ex­pe­ri­ence. “The best mu­si­cian in this life­time! I can’t even be­lieve I get to do this! I was honoured to speak with @Quin­cyDJones about the con­tem­po­rary artistes who in­spire him.”

Last week­end, the 30-year-old Malaysian singer per­formed at the Los An­ge­les Soul Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Her most re­cent work is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Toki­mon­sta on Don’t Call Me.

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