Born and raised in Paris (France), U-Nam – born Emmanuel Abiteboul – began playing the guitar at age 12 and quickly discovered the music of artists like George Benson, Stevie Wonder and George Duke. Between 1986 and 1989, he studied at the Paris-based CIM – the first European school for jazz. At age 19 he turned professional, becoming a fixture at Paris studio sessions. His work as a producer earned him several Gold and Multi-Platinum records but in 2005, he made his solo debut. Two years later, he moved to the US and released his sophomore album, ‘Back from the 80s’ which included the #1 hit ‘Street Life’. ‘Street Life’ stayed in the Top Three on the US Billboard Charts for three months and the Top Ten charts for an entire year. U-Nam has played, recorded and worked with several of the top artists in the Smooth Jazz, R&B, and Soul genres. e. g. George Duke, Marcus Miller, Eric Benet, Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub, Oleta Adams, Candy Dulfer, Brian Simpson, Euge Groove, Tom Braxton, Joey Sommerville and many more. And he was also considered for the 2009 Grammy’s in three categories including Best Improvised Solo and Best Pop Instrumental Song.


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