Two VCU Music alums and one former student are nominated for 2012 GRAMMY Awards.
Michael D. Congdon and Dustin Faltz, who obtained their bachelors in music from VCU in 2005 and 2007, respectively, receive their claim to fame from engineering and producing rap artist Chris Brown’s “Deuces,” which is featured on his latest album F.A.M.E, nominated for Best R&B Album of the year.
According to Andrea Almoite, the director of marketing for the Music Department at VCU, Faltz channels his performance talents into a myriad of facets including voice-over artist, stage and screen actor, vocalist and studio musician, just to name a few. Congdon, on the other hand, is the founder of the Artesian Entertainment Group, LLC, “which produces the highest possible quality media projects including nationally broadcast television series, feature films, radio programs and mainstream music for top-level international recording artists such as Chris Brown, P. Diddy, and Juniper Green,” according to Congdon’s website.
Additionally, trombonist and VCU Music student Reginald “Reggie” Pace has recently joined musical forces with indie folk band Bon Iver, which has received several Grammy nominations including: Record of the Year for their album “Holocene,” Song of the Year for the album’s title track; Best New Artist; and Best Alternative Music Album. Pace is currently on a tour with the band that will take him across North America and even to Australia. While he is not featured on the actual album, he aids the band with aspects of their songs that would otherwise be difficult to play live; according to Garcia, this includes “brass, percussion, and beat-boxing.”