Local Producer in the Running for a Grammy with Remake of James Brown Classic

Producer, songwriter and Montclair native Jeremy Pholwattana, and Deanna Brown, daughter of soul legend James Brown, want to turn a new generation on to the Godfather of Soul.

Their remake of Brown’s 1976 hit “Get Up Offa That Thang” is on the first-round ballot of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in three categories: Best R&B Performance; Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals; and Record of the Year.

Emery Kelly and the JB JAMP Band (James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils) mix rap into “Get Up Offa That Thang” to give it a contemporary feel.

Kelly, was part of the boy pop group Forever In Your Mind and is an actor on the Emmy-nominated Netflix TV Show “Alexa and Katie.”

The JB JAMP Band was founded by Deanna Brown and aims to educate young people about James Brown, who won three Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Members of the JB JAMP Band range from five to 17 years old.

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