Full Sail Makes It 12 Years in a Row for Top Grammy Prize

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Full Sail grads continue to garner success at the music industry's most prestigious awards show.

At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, Full Sail Real World Education, a media production college in Winter Park, marked its 12th straight year with Full Sail graduates working on the Grammy-winning Album of the Year. Full graduates Casey Phariss (Class of ’02) and Jay Spears (Class of ’00) worked on Ray Charles’ final studio album Genius Loves Company, which was recognized as the Album of the Year during February 6th Grammy telecast on CBS.

Overall, 25 Grammy Awards were handed out to projects that included Full Sail graduates as engineers or assistant engineers in production. Some of these top honors included:

•    Song of the Year John Mayer – “Daughters” (Chris Steffen, 2nd Engineer – Class of ’02)

•    Best Country Album Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose (Stuart Sikes, Mixing – Class of ’94)

•    Best R&B Album Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys (Vincent Dilorenzo – Class of ’99)

•    Best Latin Pop Album Marc Anthony – Amar Sin Mentiras (Sebastian Krys, Engineer – Class of ’91)

In addition to graduates with production credits on this year’s Album of the Year, Full Sail alumni have worked on the previous 11 Album of the Year winners. Some of these projects include:

•    Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (1995)

•    Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

•    Norah Jones – Come Away With Me (2002)

•    Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)

“We are continually inspired by the success of our graduates,” says Bill Smith, Program Director of Full Sail’s Recording Arts Degree Program. “We congratulate them and wish them continued success next year and throughout their careers.” This year, 101 Full Sail graduates had credits on Grammy nominated projects, the most of any year in the school’s history.

Full Sail Real World Education is an entertainment media college located in Winter Park, Florida. There are over 4,700 full-time students enrolled in Full Sail degree programs, which include Computer Animation, Digital Media, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Design & Development, Recording Arts, and Show Production & Touring. For more details, call 1.800.226.7625, or visit http://www.fullsail.com.

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