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Meet Brady Kerr of Norco Music in Riverside County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brady Kerr.

Brady, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a college professor, music producer, recording engineer, graphic designer, Grammy-nominated educator, obsessive creator, and professional daydreamer. I have recorded and produced 20+ albums and collaborated with the likes of Benji Schwimmer (So You Think You Can Dance), David Hernandez (American Idol), Adam Rippon (Olympic Figure Skater), Ryan Sill (The Voice), Starr Andrews (Figure skater), Devon Pinto (Survivor 35), and Miguelito (Guinness Book of World Records youngest person to receive a Latin Grammy).

I am a voting member of The Recording Academy, an Avid Certified Instructor in Pro Tools, and full-time Music Industry Studies faculty at Norco College in Norco, California. I can be found producing and engineering in the Norco College recording studio; as well as teaching courses in Digital Audio Production, Pro Tools, Songwriting, and Performance Techniques for Studio Recording. I am also the director of the Studio Arts Ensemble.

I have been involved with music and theater for nearly 40 years, 21 of which have taken place at Norco College. I am a classically trained pianist and vocalist, and an award-winning composer. I spend most of my time as a recording engineer, music producer, vocal coach, and graphic designer — and have launched my own freelance graphic design business, Meraki Design (www.merakidesign.space), fulfilling a longtime dream of having an online portfolio of my creative works.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have been blessed in countless ways throughout my journey. I never really pictured myself as a college professor, but things have aligned so perfectly in my life that there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. A current struggle has been with the COVID-19 pandemic. I have had to come up with creative ways to keep my students engaged in online learning, as well as allow them a platform to continue to share their talents with the public. My team created a virtual, online concert titled “Quarantined: The Bedroom Sessions” which was live-streamed on Twitch TV. 21 Norco Music artists and alumni participated, with well over 1,000 views during the event. Because of its success, we are having another one titled “Six Feet Apart” on 11.20.20. It has always been my goal to offer my students a platform from which to jump beyond themselves. I’m grateful that even in these trying times, we are still able to make sense of this time apart, together.

Please tell us about Norco Music.
Norco Music (NOMU) is a vibrant educational community of students and instructors dedicated to the advancement of musical artistry. Students have the opportunity to enroll in traditional music theory and performance classes or in music industry studies coursework on the cutting edge of popular music technology. The music curriculum is flexible and innovative, emphasizing musical creativity. Educational pathways allow students to become proficient on an instrument or voice, gain experience as an ensemble member, study the fundamentals of music or become proficient in music technology. Norco Music offers a wide variety of experiences and challenges while giving students individual attention and opportunities for growth. World-class instructors and professionals at Norco College strive to create an atmosphere where students feel included, encouraged and supported. We offer three degrees/certificates in Performance, Audio Production and traditional music.

The Music Industry Studies program has released nine studio albums under the moniker “Norco Music”, all of which have been produced in state-of-the-art facilities on the Norco College campus. I have recording and producing credits for all nine albums: Beneath the Surface (2019), Gemini (2018), Boundless (2017), Collision Course (2017), Compass Heart (2016), Out of the Darkness | Into the Light (2015), Alive (2014), Falling Awake (2013), and Take Me There (2012) — all of which are available on www.norcomusic.com, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and anywhere else you stream music.

What were you like growing up?
I have always been a creative spirit. I have always loved pushing the boundaries of what’s mainstream and readily accessible, to put my own spin on all things creative. I have discovered that I have a certain aesthetic when it comes to graphic design and particular passions that set me apart. I think my attention to detail is one of my greatest strengths. I’ve always been an obsessive creator, and that bleeds into every part of my character.

I started playing the piano when I was nine years old and fell in love. I became professional by age 14, and went on to pursue an AA in Music (Riverside Community College), BA in Music Production (Berklee College of Music), and am currently working on my Master of Music in Music Production (Berklee College of Music).

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