What do Stranger Things, Ariana Grande and the Grammys have in common?
It’s been quite a year for our alumni. Hannah Lux Davis (Film 2006) broke YouTube’s record for most views in 24 hours with Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next video. Andres Borda (Recording Arts 2011) won a Latin Grammy for engineering Carlos Vives’ album Vives. And Jordan Wilby (Recording Arts 2002) won another Primetime Emmy for his work on Netflix’s 1980s throwback series, Stranger Things.
At this year’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards, which takes place on Sunday, February 10, we’ll be rooting for our talented alumni who have credits on Grammy-nominated albums. Join us in celebrating their successes!
And The Nominees Are…
Hannah Lux Davis
Ariana Grande’s album, Sweetener, was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. Hannah Lux Davis (Film 2006) directed the video single Breathin from the album.
As a special note, Hannah’s latest collaboration with Ariana Grande, the music video Thank U, Next, was released last month and received 55.4 Million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours! This set a YouTube record! This is a huge accomplishment for director and LAFS alumna, Hannah Lux Davis.
Jaycen Joshua (LARS 2003) was the mixer for Camila Cabello’s Camila, which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. Included on the album, was the single Havana, which also received a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Jaycen also mixed Toni Braxton’s Sex and Cigarettes, which was nominated for Best R&B Album. Over the past 15 years, Jaycen has had astonishing success, mixing over 100 RIAA Gold and Platinum albums for artists including Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa, Michael Jackson and many, many more!
Andrés Borda Zabala
Recording Arts (2011) alumnus Andrés Borda Zabala picked up a Latin Grammy in Las Vegas a few months ago for engineering Carlos Vives’ album Vives (Best Tropical Latin Album). Vives was nominated for Best Latin Pop Album as well.
The soundtrack for Stanger Things was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack, and Jordan Wilby (LARS 2002) was the Sound Effects Editor for every episode of the production. Earlier in the year, he received a Primetime Emmy for his work.
Marco Sonzini (LARS 2009) has an engineering credit on Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer album, which is nominated for Album of the Year.
His experience in the studio includes recording and mixing sessions for, among others, Alejandra Guzmán, Kevin Bacon, John Mayer, Draco Rosa, Romina Power, Alessandra Amoroso, Joe Bastianich and Disney.