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WC alumni win second Grammy

WC alumni win second Grammy

Weatherford College alumni Shaun Martin and Robert Searight, members of the jazz group Snarky Puppy, added another Grammy to their collection Monday night.

The group’s album “Sylva” was awarded Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Snarky Puppy is a New York-based instru-
mental fusion band that was formed in Denton in 2004. Martin plays keyboards and Searight can be found on drums. Both were students in the WC Jazz Band in the late 1990s.

This is the second Grammy for Snarky Puppy, which won its first award in 2014 for Best R&B Performance for “Something,” and the fifth Grammy for Martin who recently released a new album, “7 Summers.”

Martin’s previous Grammy awards were: 2006 Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for his work co-producing Kirk Franklin’s “Hero”; 2008 Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album, “The Fight of My Life;” and 2001 best Gospel Album, “Hello Fear.” He has also performed with a long list of artists, including Chaka Kahn, Erykah Badu and others.

Searight has performed with Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Franklin and others.

WC alumnus Austin Jenkins was nominated for producing Leon’s Bridge’s album, “Coming Home.” The recording was one of five nominees for Best R&B Album.