Kenya Autie is a producer, a songwriter, a studio owner, the head of the record label El Cerrito Records, a leader in the music community, and an advocate for women rights and diversity. She is a two-time GRAMMY® Award Winning and a Multi-Latin GRAMMY® Award Winning Producer. Kenya Autie is an active member of the music community in the San Francisco Bay Area working with local artists and with many artists across the United States and globally. Kenya has been a producer in more than 40 albums across different genres, including: Children’s, Classical, Traditional Cuban Music, Tango, Flamenco, Rock, Latin Rock, Jazz, Instrumental, and Spoken Word. Kenya runs a recording studio and record label that she co-owns with her also multi-GRAMMY winning husband, Oscar Autie where they records, mixes and/or masters between 15 and 20 projects every year. Kenya Autie collaborates with other recording studios in different parts of the United States and in the world and works with a team of professional composers, arrangers, and musicians.
Currently, Kenya Autie serves on the Recording Academy's San Francisco Chapter Board of Governors, where she has volunteered in the areas of membership, advocacy, and mentorship. She hosted several San Francisco Chapter Latin Music mixers, was a panelist in a Women 101 San Francisco Chapter mixer, hosted a studio tour of her studio in the Producers & Engineering Win, and has been the district Captain for Advocacy Day in district 11 in California for six consecutive years. Additionally, Kenya Autie has been a GRAMMY-U mentor for several semesters, and she has been a mentor for incoming San Francisco Chapter board members. When the Pandemic started, Kenya Autie together with other two co-writers and producers, created and produced a song “All in This Together” and a video to accompany the song. All income received for this video/song was donated to the Recording Academy MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, a benefit for musicians. This song served to raise awareness for the organization and the MusiCares program, which has donated millions of dollars to musicians in need.
Every year, Kenya Autie helps produce the graduation songs for the Latina Center in Richmond, where young Latina women get trained to become strong leaders in our community. Kenya Autie is a member of the Women in Music, Women in Entertainment, and the Asociación Iberoamericana de Productoras e Ingenieras de Audio.
Kenya Autie studied guitar at the Guillermo Tomas Conservatory in Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba, and was the first woman to play electric guitar in a rock band in Havana, Cuba when the government lift the ban on rock music in the 90's. Kenya is known for her enthusiasm, hard work, and passion for helping others.
Winner of two GRAMMY Awards as a producer:
1) Best New Age, Ambient or Chant Album (2023) - Mystic Mirror by White Sun
2) Best Children’s Music Album (2022) - A Colorful World by Falu
Winner of six Latin GRAMMY Awards as a producer:
1) Best Folk Album (2022) - Ancestros Sinfónicos by X Alfonso, Síntesis y Eme Alfonso
2) Best Tango Album (2022) - Horario Salgán Piano Transcriptions by Pablo Estigarribia
3) Best Tropical Traditional Album (2021) - CHA CHA CHA: Homenaje a lo tradicional by Alain Perez, Issac Delgado, and Orchesta Aragón
4) Best Children's Album (2020) - Canta y Juega by Tina Kids
5) Best Flamenco Album (2020) - Flamenco sin fronteras by Antonio Rey
6) Best Tango Album (2018) Vigor Tanguero by Pedro Giraudo
Participated in the following GRAMMY-winning Albums:
1) “Balance” by Gustavo Casenave – GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Album (2019)
2) “American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom” by John Daversa – GRAMMY winner for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2018)
3) “Stars And Stripes Forever” by John Daversa – GRAMMY winner for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella (2018)
4) “Don’t Fence Me In” by John Daversa – GRAMMY winner for Best Improvised Solo (2018)
5) “Three Revolutions” by Arturo O'Farrill & Chucho Valdéz - GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Composition (2017)
6) “Spoken At Midnight” by Ted Nash Big Band - Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Composition (2016)
7) “Presidential Suite: Eight Variations of Freedom” by Ted Nash Big Band – GRAMMY winner for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (2016)
8) “Los Animales” by Mister G - Latin GRAMMY winner for Best Children's Album (2015)
Participated in the following GRAMMY Nominated projects:
1) “Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso” by Aymee Nuviola –nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Tropical Latin Album (2022)
2) “Festejo” by Yamandu Costa - nominated for a Latin GRAMMY in the Best Instrumental Album category (2020)
3) “Paseo Lunar” by The Lucky Band - nominated for a Latin GRAMMY in the Best Children’s Album category (2020)
One Nomination in the HMMA Awards as a songwriter:
1) Song You Can't Stop the Music, Brooks Maguire, Joe Beck, and Cindy Paulos, and Kenya Autie (2020)
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Distribution. URLs to some of the most recent work.
Genre information for the Latin GRAMMY
Professional Website: https://www.elcerritorecords.com/about
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We are partners in life and at work and have worked together for 20 years. We are grateful to have one another and to be able to work together on what we are passionate about.
We get inspired by the people who love us and who share our passion for music.