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The Foreign Exchange

Phonte, Nicolay

+FE Music

Record label
Barely Breaking Even

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Raleigh, North Carolina; Utrecht, Netherlands

Vocals, keyboard, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, lead guitar

Associated acts
Yahzarah, Sy Smith, Darien Brockington, Jeanne Jolly

Contemporary R&B, Electronica, Hip hop music, Neo soul

Leave It All Behind, Love in Flying Colors, Tales From The Land Of Milk A, Connected, Authenticity


The foreign exchange daykeeper feat muhsinah

The Foreign Exchange is an R&B/electronica/hip hop duo consisting of the American rapper/singer Phonte and the Dutch record producer Nicolay.


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Musical career

The pair initially made contact via message boards on Okayplayer.com and soon began recording and exchanging music. Soon after, they formed The Foreign Exchange without having ever met each other in person, hence the name. Their album, Connected, was released in 2004 and was a showcase for Nicolay's musical talents as well as an introduction to like-minded Little Brother affiliates who contributed to the album. The album received strong reviews and the single, "Sincere", featuring YahZarah, was released with a music video directed by Joey Boukadakis.

In October 2008, the duo released their second album Leave It All Behind.

In June 2009, the group announced that Zo! is now an official artist on The Foreign Exchange Music imprint and, in November 2009, YahZarah also joined the imprint. Median and Darien Brockington later joined.

In December 2009, the group were nominated for a Grammy Award, for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track "Daykeeper" (feat. Muhsinah) from their Leave It All Behind album.

The group's third album, Authenticity, was released on October 12, 2010. In January 2011, the duo went on tour with Sy Smith and Darien Brockington. In June 2011, the group announced their first live album, Dear Friends: An Evening with the Foreign Exchange, which includes appearances by Sy Smith and Jeanne Jolly.


  • 2004: Connected
  • 2008: Leave It All Behind (#68 US R&B)
  • 2010: Authenticity (#145 US; #23 US R&B)
  • 2011: Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange
  • 2013: Love in Flying Colors (#115 US; #22 US R&B)
  • 2015: Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey
  • Singles

  • 2004: "Sincere" (feat. Yahzarah)
  • 2008: "Daykeeper" (feat. Muhsinah)
  • 2009: "Take Off the Blues"
  • 2009: "House of Cards"
  • 2009: "I Wanna Know"
  • 2010: "Maybe She'll Dream of Me"
  • 2011: "Laughing at Your Plans" (feat. Sy Smith & Jeanne Jolly)
  • 2013: "Call It Home"
  • 2014: "Dreams Are Made For Two" (feat. Carlitta Durand)
  • 2015: "Asking for a Friend"
  • Foreign Exchange Music

    Foreign Exchange Music (often abbreviated as +FE Music) is a record label founded by The Foreign Exchange members Phonte and Nicolay. The label was first started for the release of their second album Leave It All Behind. Originally created for the release of their own music, the label has since issued albums for other acts.

    Current roster

  • The Foreign Exchange
  • Zo!
  • Median
  • Songs

    Take Off the BluesLeave It All Behind · 2008
    DaykeeperLeave It All Behind · 2008
    Maybe She'll Dream of MeAuthenticity · 2010


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