Santana "Smooth" Co-Writer Itaal Shur Ready For "Osmosis"

A Grammy Award nomination for Song Of The Year appears to be only the beginning for songwriter Itaal Shur.

Shur, who partnered with Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas to write the music for Santana's number one hit "Smooth," recently scored a deal to write the title track for the upcoming Warner Brothers animated film "Osmosis Jones." Slated for release later this year, the film will star Chris Rock, Laurence Fishburne, William Shatner, and (pending negotiations) Brandy.

In addition, Anita Baker, Gina G, and Universal artist Matt Goss (who's featured on the "Stuart Little" soundtrack) are among the artists for whom Shur has recently completed new songs, and the songwriter is in ongoing discussions leaning toward more big names and major upcoming projects in the future, including penning tracks for Ricky Martin.

A founding member of Groove Collective (with whom he recorded two albums), Shur is also known as the co-writer and producer of Maxwell's R&B hit "Ascension (Don't Ever

Wonder)."

"Smooth," the first single from Santana's double platinum "comeback" album "Supernatural," has had significant success this year, receiving massive airplay and marking the longest running number one single on the "Billboard" Hot 100 charts for 1999 at twelve consecutive weeks. The song is up against the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," TLC's "Unpretty," and Shania Twain's "You've Got A Way" for the Song Of The Year Grammy.