MI SUCCESS STORY: ANDERSON PAAK
Before Anderson .Paak became the multi-Grammy winning artist/producer/songwriter that he is today, he was a drum student at Musicians Institute. He first began his career as Breezy Lovejoy, and eventually formed the Free Nationals, which included two fellow MI students, Jose Rios and Ron Avant.
While he was a drum teacher’s assistant at MI, Paak and the Free Nationals formed various cover bands, until he began to focus on his own project.
After many years of releasing music and becoming known in the business, it began to pay off. By 2015 he was working alongside Dr. Dre on the Compton album and by the next year in 2016, he released his acclaimed Malibu album and was signed to Dre’s Aftermath that same month. That album Malibu went on to be nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards, along with a nomination for .Paak for Best New Artist.
Paak went on to release various acclaimed albums, including Oxnard, Ventura, and perhaps his biggest yet, a collaboration album with Bruno Mars, An Evening With Silk Sonic, which earned him multiple Grammy Award nominations.