2023 SINGLE OF THE YEAR I Preston Pablo and Banx & Ranx | | The JUNO Awards

Preston Pablo

Preston Pablo channels a fresh perspective on R&B and pop through live instrumentation and eloquent songwriting. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer made his solo debut in high school with the single “OMO.” Right out of the gate, it eclipsed 648K Spotify streams. He continued to gain traction with a series of releases. Tapped for the compilation Bangers Only, Vol. 1, he linked up with fawlin and Chill Only for “Circles” [3.3 million Spotify streams] and SauceOnly and Zeegs for “When We Were Kids,” which racked up over 6 million Spotify streams. His single “One Sided” amassed 1.4 million Spotify streams as he joined forces with pablø for “She Tried It,” “Control,” and “Ideas.” On the heels of

“Chargie,” Banger of the Day predicted, “we are expecting Preston to have another big year.” Along the way, Preston signed to Universal Music Canada as he honed what he describes as a “modern vintage” style. After racking up nearly 20 million streams independently, he draws a big sound out of smalltown roots on singles such as “Don’t Break (My Soul)” and more to come.

Banx & Ranx

Channeling the strength of their creative union, Banx & Ranx have surged to the forefront of popular music both behind-the-scenes as producers and in the spotlight as artists. Tallyingover 2 billion streams worldwide and over 1 billionYouTube views, the Latin GRAMMY®Award-nominated Montréal duo—Zacharie “Soké” Raymond and Yannick “KNY Factory” Rastogi—attribute their success to their collaborative style in the studio and their talent for infusing their signature ECM (Electronic Caribbean Music)sound.

From the moment they became an artistic duo in2014, their chemistry ignited the career-changing experiences of producing, co-writing and collaborating with international megastars such as Dua Lipa, Blackpink,J Balvin, Ty Dolla $ign,Sia, David Guetta, Shenseea, Ellie Goulding, Sean Paul, Diplo,Major Lazer, Gorillaz and many more established artists. Multifaceted globally successful producers, songwriters and artists, Banx & Ranx have partnered with Universal Music Canada for the next chapter of their careers with the joint focus of nourishing and amplifying Canadian talent.