Full Sail’s Hall of Fame ceremony is an annual event that honors the career achievements of a select group of Full Sail alumni. As we get closer to the 4th Annual Hall of Fame celebrations in mid-February, we’re going to showcase each of the grads chosen to be inducted this year. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 15, capping off a week of school-wide Hall of Fame-related events, so stay tuned to the blog to learn more about these exceptional grads and get info on the events that will be taking place during the Hall of Fame celebrations.
It had to be The Hit Factory for Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica. Working at the legendary Miami recording studio was her dream, and she made them well aware of that fact while attending our Recording Arts program – calling the studio manger every couple months to check in.
Persistence can do some amazing things, and Marcella landed an interview after graduation, was hired as a general assistant at the facility, and took her first steps into what would become an enormously successful career as a freelance recording and mix engineer.
Today Marcella’s credit list reads like a compilation of the past decade of pop hits, and includes projects for such artists as Missy Elliot, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Timbaland, Christina Aguilera, Wyclef Jean, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, and many more.
Her studio work hasn’t just produced great club anthems and heart-tugging ballads either, its also been recognized with numerous industry accolades. Among Marcella’s professional honors are two prestigious ASCAP awards for her work and chart topping hits with pop vocalists Pink and Keri Hilson.
She has also expanded her role in the industry by partnering with record producer Danja to launch the independent music label N.A.R.S. Records, home to artists like Kevin Cossom and Luke James. Now as both an engineer and a label head, it’s inspiring to see her continue to be driven by that same determination she had as a student.
“I remember thinking ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do,’ but I was able to go to Full Sail and pursue this career and really make something [happen],” Marcella says. “I’m proud of myself because I stood by me, I stood by everything that I believed in, and that was going for something that I loved to do. There’s no prouder moment for me.”