Full Sail Graduate Hits #3 on Billboard Charts

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Full Sail Recording Arts graduate, Andrew Coleman, successfully engineered the album "In My Mind" from top producer, Pharrell Williams, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts in July 2006.

Full Sail Recording Arts graduate, Andrew Coleman, successfully engineered the album "In My Mind" from top producer, Pharrell Williams, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts in July 2006.

Coleman graduated from Full Sail in 1994 and has been working with the record production duo, The Neptunes, since 1997. When The Neptunes purchased Master Sound Studios, where Coleman was an engineer, Coleman stayed on in his position. It did not take long for his hard work to pay off, and in 2004, Coleman served on Justin Timberlake’s Grammy-winning album, "Justified."

Coleman’s success did not stop there. He has also partnered with mainstream artists such as Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey, and many others. His work has not only made it to #3 on the Billboard charts, but Coleman has also received three Grammy nominations in 2006 -- one each for his work on the Mariah Carey album, “The Emancipation of Mimi,” and on Gwen Stefani’s album, “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.” In addition, he has received one as Recording Engineer for the hit Stefani song, “Hollaback Girl,” a track from the same album.

“It is amazing to see how much Coleman has accomplished since his graduation here at Full Sail. We are all very proud of his achievements, and his success proves that if you work hard enough, you can truly reach your dreams,” says Recording Arts Program Director Bill Smith.

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. With over 23,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar and Grammy-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. world tour six out of the last six years. Full Sail's 91-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from all 50 states and 37 countries worldwide. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Development, Recording Arts, and Show Production & Touring.

Students experience a “real world” education, with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day, and a 24-hour round-the-clock schedule which earned Full Sail the “Most Innovative Program” Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Full Sail has also been named one of the top three entertainment media colleges by Shift Magazine alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 1) and New York University (No. 2); Electronic Gaming Monthly named Full Sail one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world; Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Full Sail one of the “Best Music Programs” in the country, in addition to one of the “Best Music Business Departments” in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide, and UNleashed Magazine has named Full Sail one of the Best Film Programs in the country.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.com.

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