9 MTSU alumni honored Sunday night


Maria Elisa Ayerbe, who engineered fellow Colombian Paula Arenas’ album ‘Mis Amores’, heads a list of at least nine former Middle Tennessee State University students nominated for this year’s Grammys. Awards.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Ayerbe, who has worked for more than a decade in recording, mixing, music production and audio production, is nominated in the Best Latin Pop Album category.

Ayerbe’s producing, engineering and songwriting credits on “Mis Amores” earned him a quadruple nomination for the 2021 Latin Grammys.

MTSU officials and current students were scheduled to join Ayerbe and other successful alumni in a Blue Raider celebration on Sunday — hours before the music industry‘s prime-time showcase.

“Not only as a former student, but also as a Colombian, who emigrated to the United States just to take this program,

“(It’s an honor to have) the ability to carry the MTSU name everywhere I go and people can recognize it,” said Amores, who graduated from MTSU in 2015 with a master’s degree in arts and technology. ‘registration.

“The name (of the university) comes to you with distinction and honor and it comes back to you. It’s great.

An active member of the Recording Academy, Ayerbe serves as governor of the board of trustees and president of the producers and engineers wing for the organization’s Florida chapter. She was included in the 2019 class of Latin Recording Academy’s Leading Ladies of Entertainment and has worked on projects with multiple Grammy winners.

She has also taught audio production courses at Colombian and American universities, including MTSU. This week, she met with MTSU students in Las Vegas.

“Maria’s incredible work and the many accolades she has earned speaks volumes about the enormous impact she is having on the music industry,” said Beverly Keel, Dean of the College of Media and Entertainment. of MTSU, at the MTSU Alumni Association Reception at Capable Baker Brewing. “We are proud to add our voices to the choir singing his praises.”

Keel thinks graduates like Ayerbe encourage current students to dream bigger and work harder.

Students like Sam Long, a senior who specializes in writing commercial songs.

“As a songwriter, one of the most important things for me, besides craft, is building relationships with other writers and people in the industry – something we don’t have. been able to do for the past few years,” said Long, a Fairview native. “This trip gave us the opportunity to make those connections.”

Eight other MTSU alumni in this year’s class of nominees include:

Tony’s Castle

Tony Castle, winner of several Grammy Awards, graduated from the recording industry in 1995, has already entered the circle of winners twice for the engineering of Willie Nelson projects. Castle is back among the nominees for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Albums with “That’s Life,” Nelson’s second tribute collection to the music of Frank Sinatra. Castle is also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album for Blues Traveler’s latest release, “Traveler’s Blues.”

Billy Hickey

Billy Hickey, a 2006 recording industry production and technology alumnus who was nominated for three Grammys for his work on Ariana Grande’s 2019 release, “thank u, next.” Hickey returns to the list of Grammy nominees for Best Pop Vocal Album this year for his work on Grande’s “Positions.”

F. Reid Shippen

F. Reid Shippen, a 1994 recording industry graduate, won his fifth career Grammy for crafting Gloria Gaynor’s Best Roots Gospel Album of 2019. The current and now dual Academy recording engineer Country Musician of the Year returns to the circle of Grammy nominees with country star Mickey Guyton; his 2021 release, “Remember Her Name,” is nominated for Best Country Album.

Jason A. Hall and Jimmy Mansfield

Current Best Country Album Grammy winners for their work on Miranda Lambert’s “Wildcard,” 2000 recording industry alumnus Jason A. Hall and 2014 audio production graduate Jimmy Mansfield, are nominated in the same category – again this year – for having designed the “Skeletons” of the Osborne brothers. .”

wayne haun

Wayne Haun, producer/songwriter, multiple award winner and 2000 MTSU School of Music alumnus, is a repeat Grammy nominee who often has multiple projects competing in the same award categories. Haun is again in the category of top roots gospel albums of this year with longtime collaborators Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and their latest album, “Keeping On”.

Ceylon Wise and Ashley Brooks Wise

Graduates Ceylon Wise and Ashley Brooks Wise (2003) created an educational YouTube channel with their young sons and are part of the compilation nominated for Best Children’s Music Album, “All One Tribe”. The project features 24 family music artists, collectively known as “1 Tribe Collective”, who aim to educate, encourage and inspire black children. Ceylon Wise graduated in Audio Production and Ashley Wise’s degree from the School of Music is in Music Performance.

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