Recording as Gitty, multi-talented artist Jeff Gitelman has had his name in the liner notes of many of the biggest projects this decade, including J Cole’s ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’, ‘Surf’, by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, A$AP Ferg’s ‘Always Strive And Prosper’, and Logic’s ‘The Incredible True Story’. Most recently he’s collaborated with Camila Cabello on ‘After All These Years’, from her debut self-titled album.
Gitty isn’t just a behind the scenes guru: he’s a star in his own right, a comfortable performer, and a singer with a beautiful voice. Born in Chisinau, Moldova, Gitty moved to the US at the age of nine, and strengthened his knowledge of English by devouring pop and hip-hop records. He even rescued his first guitar from the garbage, and from there, he went to Berklee, then later to the backing bands for the likes of Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys.
Gitty’s new single, ‘Karaoke’ has all the same warmth, immediacy, and sophistication that his listeners will remember from those records he’s worked on. Working on the single are Baltimore R&B vocalist Rose Gold, who steams up the chorus, and the Caribbean-American emcee Trinidad James, who swaggers through the second verse.
The video for ‘Karaoke’ sees Gitty following Rose Gold through the streets of Los Angeles’ Chinatown, and he sings in front of the ornate arch of the Far East Plaza. The action really starts however when he opens the door of the karaoke bar. Gitty, Rose, and Trinidad all take their turns at the spotlight, along with some locals. The whole song and clip is a celebration of love, rhythm, and music that goes beyond borders or genres.