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Soulshock & Karlin

Soulshock & Karlin is a duo of Danish record producers and songwriters, Carsten Schack and Kenneth Karlin. They have produced a large number of successful songs, including Monica's "Before You Walk out of My Life", Whitney Houston's "Heartbreak Hotel", JoJo's "Leave (Get Out)", and Fantasia's "Truth Is".[1][2] In a reference to a famous commercial, Arena Magazine called the team, "Probably the best R&B producers in the world" (March, 2001).

Soulshock & Karlin have written and produced hits for many artists such as Brandy, Usher, Monica, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Craig David and Sting in "Rise and Fall", and the late 2Pac in "Do For Love," "Heaven Got A Ghetto," and "Baby Don't Cry." Their remix credits include Usher's "U Got It Bad," and "Brokenhearted" by Brandy and Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men.


Soulshock began his career as a hip-hop club DJ, spinning records in his bedroom. His big break came in 1989 when he took third place in the prestigious DMC Mixing Championships in London. The contest victory led to a DJ position on the European Tour for Queen Latifah, Jungle Brothers and Chill Rob G. That gig, in turn, gave Soulshock the opportunity to remix songs for Mc Lyte, Queen Latifah among others. With his remixes playing on KIIS-FM, Soulshock came out to New York to study under DJ Red Alert. But as Soulshock recalls, 'I went back to Denmark, because it was so tough being in New York and I was making no money at all." Fortunately for Soulshock, EMI/Medley had offered him and former partner, Cutfather, a label deal in Denmark. In 1990, he opened Soul Power Productions and Records. Moving toward more of an R&B vibe, Soulshock needed a great keyboard player, and found one in Karlin.

A fan of Jazz greats such as Bob James and Stanley Clarke, Karlin was an integral part of Denmark's jazz scene before joining with Soulshock producing Patti Labelle's "Allright Now." A musician in the traditional sense of the word, Karlin says, "I think our different backgrounds are what make our tracks interesting." While the future overseas looked bright, Soulshock & Karlin felt that the brand of R&B/hip-hop they specialized in was being overshadowed in Europe by dance and house music. The duo made the move to Los Angeles and, after months of struggling, finally had a break through with Ce Ce Peniston. Their single "I'm In The Mood" came out and made some noise. With the ball rolling, Soulshock & Karlin scored their first big hit with Monica's #1 R&B single "Before You Walk Out of My Life," which they wrote and produced. Hits with artists such as Toni Braxton, Brandy, Brownstone, Silk, and 2Pac followed.

In 1999, Soulshock & Karlin enjoyed another #1 single with Whitney Houston's "Heartbreak Hotel" which received two Grammy nominations: Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Vocalist. Soulshock & Karlin recently produced new tracks for Craig David & Sting "Rise and Fall," Blue Cantrell "Don't Wanna Say Goodbye," Monica "Breaks My Heart," "I Wrote This Song," "Hurt the Most" and the first single from American Pop Idol Justin Guarini "Sorry."

Soulshock & Karlin produced and wrote their first #1 top 40 hit Leave (Get Out) performed by JoJo, and the #1 R&B song Truth Is performed by American Idol winner Fantasia (which also received a Grammy nomination for best R&B album) and tracks for rap star Nelly. Soulshock and Karlin have recently collaborated with Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, and Samantha Jade.

Soulshock and Karlin have more recently produced songs for the debut solo albums of Cheryl Cole and 2008 X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, 3 Words and Overcome respectively.

Singles discography

Year Single Artist Peak chart position
US R&B US 100 UK[3]
1991 "Wanna Dance!" * Yasmin
"Love Rears Its Ugly Head" (Remix) * Living Colour 12
1992 "Fly Girl" * Queen Latifah 16 67
"Casualties of War" (Remix) * Eric B & Rakim
"All Right Now" Patti LaBelle 30
"All Day All Night" (Remix) Stephanie Mills 20
1993 "Demolition Man" (Remix) Sting 21
"For What It's Worth" (Remix) Oui 3 23
"Show Me" Ultra Nate 67
1994 "I'm In the Mood" CeCe Peniston 7 32 16
"Hit By Love" 47 90 33
"I Belong to You" (Remix) Toni Braxton
1995 "Before You Walk out of My Life" Monica 1 7 22
"Me Against the World" 2Pac
"Brokenhearted" (Soul Power Groove Mix) Brandy (feat. Wanya Morris) 2 9
"Hooked On You" Silk 12 54
"Come On" (Remix) Barry White 12 87
1996 "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (Remix) Madonna 78
1997 "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" 2Pac 14 67 21
"I Love Me Some Him" Toni Braxton 9 19
1998 "Heartbreak Hotel" Whitney Houston (feat. Faith Evans and Kelly Price) 1 2 25
Summertime '98 (Remix) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
"Do For Love" 2Pac 10 21 12
1999 "You Don't Know" 702 50
"It's All About You (Not About Me)" Tracie Spencer 6 18 65
"Still In My Heart" 36 88
"Give You What you Want" Chico DeBarge 1 71
2000 "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" 2Pac 36 72
"Tell Me How You Feel" Joy Enriquez
"My Getaway" T-Boz 79 44
"I Can't Do that" Stephen Simmonds
2001 "Shining Through" Fredro Starr (feat. Jill Scott)
"U Got It Bad" (Soulpower Remix) Usher 1 1 5
"Can Heaven Wait" Luther Vandross 63
2003 "Rise & Fall" Craig David (feat. Sting) 2
"I Give, You Take" Maria
"Sorry" Justin Guarini
2004 "Truth Is" Fantasia 2 21
"Leave (Get Out)" JoJo 12 2
"Thank You" * Jamelia 2
"DJ" 9
"Walk On By" Seal
2006 "Where Did You Go" Ashley Parker Angel
"So Done" Jeannie Ortega
"Something About You" * Jamelia 9
2007 "Turn Around" Samantha Jade
2008 "Sandcastle Disco" Solange
"If She Knew" Lemar 14
2009 "Breathe Slow" Alesha Dixon 3
"Getchu On The Run" Bruno Mars (feat. Philip Lawrence)
2010 "One Shot" JLS 6
"If I Knew Then" Backstreet Boys
"" denotes releases that did not chart
"*" denotes Soulshock only.


  1. Soulshock & Karlin Biography. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  2. Who the fuck do you think you are, Carsten Soulshock?. (December 27, 2006). Retrieved on 2007-08-13.

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