Dec. 16, 2010By Tim Simard Observer staff
Former Williston resident Morgan Page, now an internationally recognized musician and producer, has earned a Grammy award nomination. Page is up for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical and hopes his second trip to the music awards show will prove a charm.
This is actually the first Grammy nomination specifically aimed at Page; in 2009, a remixed version of his song “The Longest Road” was nominated with the remix producer DeadMau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”) earning the credit. This time, Page finds himself nominated as a re-mixer.
“I keep waiting for (the Grammys) to call me up and say they’ve made a mistake,” Page joked this week from his home in Los Angeles.
Page remixed singer Nadia Ali’s song “Fantasy.” He said he created the mix, from a song off Ali’s 2009 album “Embers,” as a favor to Ali earlier this year. Ali gained international acclaim in 2001 for the song “Rapture,” which she performed while a member of the group iiO.
Page, a friend of Ali’s, said his favor turned into one of his favorite mixes of the year. But he expressed surprise that his remix would gain a Grammy notice. Unlike some other songs nominated in the category, Ali’s is not considered mainstream, Page said. For instance, music by Madonna and Sergio Mendes is nominated alongside Page’s work.
“That’s really rare to see that,” Page said. “Nadia’s (song) was sort of a sleeper hit.”
While Page awaits the 53rd annual Grammy Awards evening on Feb. 13, he continues to tour and prepare for a new album, due out in 2011. The new recording will contain songs he co-wrote with a diverse group of artists, including Canadian musicians Tegan and Sara. Page’s last album, “Believe,” was released in February.
For more information about the nomination, visit www.morgan-page.com.