The First Surround Sound Grammy Goes To Genius Loves Company

Genius Loves Company by Ray Charles and a host of guest artists won 8 Grammys including the first ever award for Best Surround Sound Album At tonight’s Grammy Awards ceremony. The win came in a category that also included 4 other well made Surround Sound albums including Avalon by Roxy Music, Mahler: Symphony No. 4 by Michael Tilson Thomas Conducting San Francisco Symphony, Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt and Raise Your Spirit Higher by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The Award Winning Production Team
The Best Surround Sound Album award is presented to the album’s Surround Remix Engineer, Surround Producer, and Surround Mastering Engineer. In the case of Genius Loves Company, the 5.1 SACD Surround Sound mix was done by a team that included:

  • Al Schmitt – Surround Mix Engineer
  • John Burk, Phil Ramone & Herbert Waltl – Surround Mix Producers
  • Robert Hadley & Doug Sax – Surround Mix Mastering

    7 More Grammys for Genius Loves Company
    In addition to the Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album, Genius Loves Company also won Grammys in these categories:

  • Record of The Year – Here We Go Again by Ray Charles & Norah Jones
  • Album of The Year – Genius Loves Company
  • Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals – Here We Go Again by Ray Charles & Norah Jones
  • Best Pop Vocal Album – Genius Loves Company
  • Best Gospel Performance – Heaven Help Us All by Ray Charles & Gladys Knight
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) – Over The Rainbow by Victor Vanacore, arranger (Ray Charles & Johnny Mathis)
  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Genius Loves Company