I've never been afraid to express my gratitude towards those individuals that have helped and affected me in a positive way throughout my life. This is especially true when it comes to my music. With that said, I've always struggled with feeling comfortable about sharing my accomplishments that I'm proud of. I'm uncomfortable because I feel like I'm just doing my job, and it might come off as bragging. Furthermore, I have a tendency to downplay the things I've accomplished because I think that by doing so, I'm showing more humility.
But there really is a difference between being proud of your successes and bragging. I choose to be proud.
Last week, The Production Music Association (PMA) held the "Mark Awards" -- an awards ceremony dedicated to honoring excellence in the production music community. As a member of the Warner/Chappell Production Music family, I was thrilled to hear we were presented with 5 Mark Awards:
Best Use in Theatrical Film Trailer Interstellar – Warner/Chappell Production Music (Full Tilt) Composers: Kaveh Cohen & Michael David Nielsen
Best Hip Hop Track Against The World – Warner/Chappell Production Music Composers: Daniel Delaney & Chris B. Harris
Best Jazz Track The Long Road That is Short – MidCoast Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music Composer: Paul Silbergleit
Best Non-Categorical Track A Classical Drama – 9 Lives Music, Warner/Chappell Production Music Composer: Christopher White
Best Folk Track
Starting to Grow – Sound Pol, Composer: Paweł Górniak
Wait a minute...that's my name mentioned in the "Best Hip Hop Track" category! It's been such a blessing to be able to work with the Warner/Chappell Production Music team, Groove Addicts, Dan Delaney, and everyone else involved. The winning song "Against The World" was featured in the Official Call of Duty®: Black Ops III – Descent Multiplayer Trailer:
I haven't told many people about winning the award, but now seems like the perfect time. I feel honored to have such an incredible team surrounding me, and this validates all of our hard work. I even found out I had a different song nominated in an entirely different category -- Say what?!?
Winning this award motivates me to strive for even more! I want to work harder and challenge myself in new and creative ways. This is what I love to do. I'm going to continue doing it, and I'm going to continue sharing it.