The Grammy Foundation selected 142 high school students, out of more than 800 applicants, from 117 cities in 30 states, to attend one of three Grammy Camp programs this summer.
Two of the five musicians representing North Carolina are members of the Lake Norman band The Glass Hammers and will attend the Los Angeles camp June 18-27.
The program provides the students with the chance to work with music industry professionals to enhance their abilities, from music production and journalism to individual instruments and vocals. Each student is selected for the track or genre for which they are best-suited.
Mooresville resident Analise Malick, 16, is a sophomore at South Iredell High School and the daughter of Christine and Jay Malick. Malick, lead vocalist for the band, said she has been “singing since I was born” and started vocal lessons at 7, doing opera and classical music.
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When she turned 12, she started doing more contemporary music, met Patrick Dukes and they formed the band, adding her sisters Genevieve Malick, 12, on bass and Isabella Malick, 14, on keyboards. Zach Levi, 18, on drums, completed the band in 2012.
Huntersville resident Patrick Dukes, 15, is a freshman at Lake Norman Charter School and the son of Paula and Buddy Dukes. Dukes said he started playing guitar after being addicted to the video game “Guitar Hero.” When he was 8, his father bought him a real guitar and set him up with lessons, “The rest is history,” said Dukes.
To be selected is an individual honor and each will receive Grammy-worthy instruction to hone skills. Both musicians had been rejected in previous attempts to be selected.
Malick was turned down in 2014. “This past summer I worked really hard on my application and I picked songs that I thought really showcased my voice,” said Malick. She found out she had been selected on her 16th birthday.
“My parents called me downstairs saying ‘Analise we have a present for you,’” she said. When she made it to them, they said, “you got into Grammy Camp.”
“That was probably one of the happiest moments of my life,” said Malick.
Dukes said, “Music is a lot of fun. Just the rush you get when the audience is cheering for you after a song and they all clap is unlike anything else.” Dukes received word of his acceptance in late April. “It was crazy. I was on the way home from a guitar lesson and my mom called. She said she had got some strange call from California saying I got into Grammy Camp,” he said.
Dukes’ father, Buddy Dukes sat in on drums as The Glass Hammers practiced their original song, co-written by Malick and Dukes, “That’s What Living’s For” May 25 at the Malick’s home in Mooresville.
Excited but a little nervous Dukes, who will be on the guitar track, said, “We’re a little bit in the dark about who we will be working with but it’s supposed to be Grammy nominees and award winners.” Dukes added that his goal is to have a career in music.
“We will be working with a lot of professionals in the music industry and meeting teenagers around the country that have the same passion for music as we do,” said Malick, who will be working on vocal performance. She is looking forward to meeting the pros and “others who really want to do something with music in their lives as they get older,” she said.
Each have a list of accomplishments, Malick is a Lamon Records recording artist. Her debut four-song EP “1000 Things” was released in October 2013 and is available on iTunes, Amazon and YouTube. In 2015, Dukes, who also plays guitar in The Dukes & Smith Band, was accepted by The JAM Advanced Music Camp in Nashville and accepted by exception as a 14-year-old into the Berklee School of Music’s “Guitar Sessions” summer program with a scholarship based on video auditions.
The pair will head to the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music on June 18. Their families will join them there June 26 for the “Launch Party” where the musicians will perform at the end of the camp.
The other students selected from North Carolina are: Devon Ponds, of Charlotte, who will be in the electronic music production track and will attend the New York camp. Bennett Lewis, of Greensboro, in electronic music production and Billy Smart, of Wake Forest, also in the guitar track, will join Dukes and Malick in Los Angeles.
Marty Price is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.