Recording Arts student Orlando Mendez engineered an album that was just nominated for a Latin Grammy in the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. The album includes rock, pop, hip-hop, and salsa, and Mendez also sang on the album.
The album, Reset, by Christian rap and hip-hop artist, Funky, is nominated in the category of Best Christian Album (Spanish Language). The Latin Grammy Awards takes place Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Mendez describes the album as urban with a variety of music styles blended in. The Recording Arts student engineered seven tracks on the album and also did pre-mixes. A singer in his own right, Mendez sings backup on the track, No Te Cambio (“I Would Not Change You”), under his artist name, Quest.
Mendez has worked with Funky (Luis Marrero) since 2005, when he signed with Funky’s label, Funkytown Music. Both are Christian artists from Puerto Rico and both now live in Orlando.
Mendez said Funky’s music is very popular in Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America, specifically in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Mexico.
Mendez now has his own label, Quest Music Studios. Under his artist name, Quest, Mendez has released two CDs, Vision Quest (a solo album in which he wrote, produced and recorded all of the music) and En La Busqueda, his first album. Mendez is holding off on releasing a third album until after he graduates.
Congratulations – and good luck! – to Orlando at this year’s Latin Grammy Awards. Tune in to Univision on Nov. 10 for the complete broadcast from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.