J. Kevin Swain


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Emmy and Grammy nominated director J. Kevin Swain is one of the most versatile Producer/Directors in music related content, concert films, and television production. Over his almost twenty (20) years in the entertainment business, Swain has produced projects with some of the biggest names in the industry. Past clients include AEG, Allstate Insurance, LVMH, BET, Centric, YouTube, MTV (NY, Africa & Brazil),LVMH, Nigerian Breweries. Centric, TV-One, Lexus, MySpace, Eagle Rock Productions, Paramount Studios, Bravo, HBO, Oxygen Network, Sony, Interscope Records, Warner Brothers Records, Universal Records, Island-Def Jam, Columbia Records, Aftermath Records, McDonalds, Rush Communications and Pepsi-Cola Company, among others. A few years ago, Swain left MTV after three years as Senior Producer to form his own production company, Nature Boy Productions.

The late Don Cornelius was fittingly profiled in Swain’s production of, “The Hippest Trip In America-Soul Train. “ The Hippest Trip” features Soul music legends Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, the late Teddy Pendegrass, Don Cornelius and many others. He is currently producing the gospel music special ,“The King’s Men” as well as a feature length documentary on Brazilian music and culture. His recent Directing credits include Grammy Award Winning Artists Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, John Legend, and ‘the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’, Mary J. Blige. Swain was one of the directors of the wildly successful series, “Being Bobby Brown” for Bravo.

J. Kevin Swain is credited with effectively handling big productions with creativity and confidence. These attributes have helped his career to flourish and he has garnered an impressive list of awards and production credits, across many genres of music, television, and film. Along the way, he has garnered Grammy and Emmy nominations for his work.

Production/Producer*/Director** Credits

Television/Branded Content:

• The King's Men Tour-Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and Israel Houghton-BET
• Heineken RSA-Wiz Khalifah, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz
• The 2012 New Orleans Jazz Festival**
• “We Are The World 25-Haiti(AEG/Quincy Jones Productions)*
• Rahsaan Patterson Live At The Belasco**
• Verses and Flow-TV One**
• The Hippest Trip In America-Soul Train!*-VH1
• Star Quest-Music Reality Show-Nigerian Breweries**
• Being: Teena Marie**-Centric
• 1st Annual Caribbean Comedy Classic featuring Cedric The Entertainer*
• Heineken Red Star Sounds*- featuring Ludacris, Estelle and Big Boi
• Hennessy Artistry Tour featuring The Roots and Common
• “Being Bobby Brown” Series BRAVO
• My Black Is Beautiful-BET/Proctor and Gamble**(Pilot Episode)
• Mom, Myself and I-BET**(Pilot Episode)
• Almost Married**-BET(Pilot Episode)
• Nelly Live on MySpace**
• NME Awards(MySpace/AEG-TV)-April 2008
• Kiss N Grind featuring Caron Wheeler, Brand New Heavies, Vikter Duplaix and Eric Roberson-Black Music Month for BET J-June 2008**
• "Praise Party at FCBC" featuring Israel & New Breed, Tye Tribbett & GA and Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer for TV One-January 2008**
• Bishop T.D. Jakes-Live from Kenya*
• Platinum House-Dru Hill**(Pilot Episode)
• Soul Train Awards-1988- 2000
• Wynton Marsalis and Friends from New Orleans**
• Grammy Awards(NY/LA)
• Def Comedy Jam-HBO
• Source Awards-1994, 1995*
• "The Redd Foxx Show"
• "Pump It Up"-Fox**
• "Motown on Showtime"-Showtime
• "Partners In Crime"-HBO
• "Jazz Visions"-BET**
• 1994 Caribbean Music Awards*
• The Rolling Stones Live In Rio(AEG/Globo)

MTV Productions:
• MTV Base-John Legend and Leela James-Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa 2005**
• MTV Base 100 Live!**
• Nigeria and Johannesburg, SA 2005
• World AIDS Day-Seattle and Capetown-2002*
• "Carmen Elektra's Hyper Mix"*
• Spring Break, Cancun 2001*
• "Carmen Elektra's Dance Party"
• World AIDS Day, New York 2000*
• MTV Jams with Tyrese 2000*

Concert Films/DVD Titles:
• “Up In Smoke Tour” Dre –Snoop - Eminem- Ice Cube*
• “The Show” – Notorious B.I.G. – Puffy – Run DMC, The Wu Tang Clan, Tha Dogg Pound*
• Alicia Keys Live at the Hollywood Bowl**
• Tupac Live from the House of Blues**
• "You So Crazy"-Martin Lawrence*
• "The Show"-Feature Film*
• Chuck Brown-DVD**
• Up in Smoke Tour-DVD** (largest selling Hip Hop-based DVD to date
• Anger Management Tour-DVD*
• Mary J. Blige Live in LA**
• Mary J. Blige Live at the House of Blues**

Music Videos
• Tupac Shakur – “California Love” - “How Do You Want It” - “ To Live and Die in L.A.” - “ I Ain’t Mad At Cha” – “Hit’em up”
• Lalah Hathaway – “ Let Go”
• Erykah Badu – “Tyrone”
• Outkast – “ Skew it on the Barbie”
• Eazy- E : “We Want Eazy”

Gospel Artists:
• Fred Hammond & Commissioned**
• Daryl Coley*
• Kirk Franklin*
• Ricky Grundy*
• Jackie McCullough**
• Bishop T.D. Jakes*

Hip Hop Artists:
• Nelly**
• Tupac Shakur**
• Notorious B.I.G./P. Diddy*
• Ja Rule**
• Eve*
• Lil' Kim*
• Dr. Dre* (& Co-Directed)
• Eninem* (& Co-Directed)
• Jay-Z**
• Wyclef Jean f/Claudette of City High*
• Outkast**
• Snoop Dogg*
• Busta Rhymes*
• Public Enemy*
• Missy Elliott*
• Nate Dogg**
• Ice Cube* (& Co-Directed)
• Run DMC*
• The Roots**
• Noriega*
• Cam'ron*
• Clipse*
• Truth Hurts*
• Ludacris*
• Bone, Thugs & Harmony**
• The Dogg Pound**
• Method Man*
• Luke*
• Xzibit*
• DJ Quik*
• MC Solaar*
• Guru* (Gangstarr)
• Poor Righteous Teachers*
• The Intelligent Hoodlum*

Rock Artists
• Jane’s Addiction**
• David Bowie*
• Linkin Park*
• Tantric*
• American Hi-Fi*
• Green Day*
• Incubus**
• Counting Crows*
• Papa Roach*

R&B/Jazz Artists:
• Wynton Marsalis**
• Lalah Hathaway**
• Sergio Mendes**
• Stevie Wonder*
• Brand New Heavies**
• Milton Nasciamento**
• Alicia Keys**
• John Legend**
• 112*
• 3LW*
• Erykah Badu**
• Tyrese*
• Mya*
• Mary J. Blige**
• Faith Evans*
• K-Ci & JoJo (Jodeci)**
• New Edition*
• Keith Washington*
• Gwen Guthrie*
• Musiq**
• Tank*
• Wayne Brady**
• Christina Milian**

Pop Artists:
• Black Eyed Peas**
• Pink*
• Dave Matthews*
• Stella Soleil*
• 98 Degrees*
• Michelle Branch*
• Jessica Simpson*
• Mandy Moore*
• The Corrs*
• Sheryl Crow*

• France, Nigeria, U.K., Kenya, Hungary, The Netherlands, Ghana, Mexico, Italy, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Cuba, Brazil, Sweden, Kuwait, Wales, Scotland,South Africa
Awards & Recognitions:
• Emmy Nomination 2011 -“ Soult Train: The Hippest Trip in America”

• Cine Golden Eagle Award – Best Documentary 2010 “ Soult Train: The Hippest Trip in America”
* Grammy Nomination Best Long Form Video, !992 Public Enemy The Enemy Strikes Live!
• Croisette Nomination for Best Concert Film 1992
• Communication Excellence for Black Audiences (CEBA) Award for Best Music Video 1990, Stevie Wonder


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