Saturday 11/13/21 7:15pm ET: Feature LP: An Evening With Silk Sonic / Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak (2021)

An Evening with Silk Sonic is the debut studio album by American R&B duo Silk Sonic, composed of recording artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. It was released on November 12, 2021, by Aftermath Entertainment and Atlantic Records. Mars reunited with Christopher Brody Brown, while .Paak reached out to Domitille Degalle and JD Beck to write the album. Silk Sonic recruited American musician Bootsy Collins for narration, and composers such as D’Mile to co-produce the album, which was recorded in 2017 and early 2020 to mid-2021 at Shampoo Press & Curl Studios.

Three singles preceded the album: the lead single “Leave the Door Open” was a commercial success, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart as Mars’s eighth number one song in the United States and Paak’s first. The follow-up, “Skate”, charted moderately, reaching number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The third single, “Smokin Out the Window”, was released on November 5, 2021.

  1. “Silk Sonic Intro” 1:03
  2. “Leave the Door Open” 4:02
  3. “Fly as Me” 3:39
  4. “After Last Night” (with Thundercat and Bootsy Collins) 4:09
  5. “Smokin Out the Window” 3:17
  6. “Put On a Smile” 4:15
  7. “777” 2:45
  8. “Skate” 3:23
  9. “Blast Off” 4:44

Bruno Mars – vocals, guitar (tracks 1, 2, 5-9), percussion (3, 5-9), congas (2, 8), guitar solo (4, 9), sitar (8)
Anderson .Paak – vocals, drums (1-4, 6-9)

Babyface – background vocals (6)
Brody Brown – bass (2, 7)
Natasha Colkett – violin (2, 4-6, 8, 9)
Bootsy Collins – vocals (1, 4-6)
Gared Crawford – violin (2, 6, 8)
D’Mile – background vocals (1, 3, 6-9), bass (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9), piano (1, 2, 4-6, 8), guitar (1, 4), keyboards (1, 9), B3 (3, 7), percussion (3, 6), organ (1), Rhodes (8), programming (9)
Boo Mitchell – horns (1, 3, 5-7)
Blake Espy – violin (2, 4-6, 8, 9)

Ella Feingold – additional guitars (1, 4), guitar effects (2), vibraphone (5)
Glenn Fischbach – cello (2, 4-6, 8, 9)
David Foreman – rhythm guitar (8)
Marc Franklin – trumpet (1, 3, 5-7)
Larry Gold – string arrangements and conducting (2, 4-6, 8, 9)
Steve Heitliner – viola (6, 8)
Chris Jussell – violin (4, 5, 9)
Ron Kerber – flute (4)
Jonathan Kim – viola (2, 4-6, 8, 9)
James King – vocals (1)
Emma Kummrow – violin (2, 4-6, 8, 9)
Luigi Mazzocchi – violin (2, 4-6, 8, 9)
Lannie McMillan – tenor saxophone (3, 5-7)
Krystal Miles – background vocals (3, 4, 9)
Charles Moniz – percussion (4)
Yoshihiko Nakano – viola (2, 4, 5, 9)
Jeremy Reeves – percussion (4)
Alex Resoagli – cabasa (4)
Kirk Smothers – alto saxophone (1, 3, 5-7), baritone saxophone (3, 5, 7)
Homer Steinweiss – drums (5)
Steve Tirpak – string co-arrangements (6)
Thundercat – vocals and bass (4)
Tess Varley – violin (2, 4-6, 8, 9)
Kameron Whalum – trombone (1, 3, 5-7), vocals (1)