Reservoir Partners With Oak Felder, Signs Ariana Grande Hitmakers The Orphanage

Billboard Staff | December 07, 2017

Independent music publisher Reservoir has joined with Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Warren "Oak" Felder to sign and develop talent for the New York City-based company. The joint venture's first get is The Orphanage, the songwriting nomme de plume of Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo, who have worked with Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara and others.

Oak's mantle is home to Grammys for his work on Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire and Rihanna's Unapologetic, and he has crafted hits for Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Miguel, Kelly Clarkson and Big Sean, among others. While he'll be helping to attract new artists to join Reservoir, his works (as part of Pop & Oak, his duo with Andrew "Pop" Wansel) are published elsewhere.

The Orphanage co-wrote and produced several tracks off Lovato's latest album, Tell Me You Love Me, including the Hot 100 top-ten hit "Sorry Not Sorry." Their work has appeared with ZZ Ward, Betty Who and Kehlani, and they co-produced Cara's rendition of "How Far I'll Go" off the the Moana soundtrack. They were recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Reservoir svp of creative and A&R Donna Caseine will oversee day-to-day creative for The Orphanage, with additional support from Reservoir’s creative teams in New York and London. "Our shared passion and belief in Trevor & Zaire (The Orphanage) will surely be the beginning of a very new and exciting chapter for us all," commented Caseine.

Added Oak, "Having your own success is rewarding, but there is nothing quite like having success with those you’ve mentored. Trevor and Zaire from The Orphanage have come so far, and this is really just the beginning. It's awesome to have a great team in Reservoir to continue to develop these guys."

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