Produccion

One of the most sought-after music producers, engineers, arrangers, and remixers in the entertainment industry, eight-time Grammy Award and five-time Latin Grammy Award winner Humberto Gatica is in demand not only for his pristine technical ability and faultless ear, but also for the passion he brings to every single project he undertakes. His peerless artistry blends the sonic and the creative into an inspiring package that has led some of the best-selling and most beloved artists in the world — including Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and Mariah Carey — as well as legendary producers David Foster and Quincy Jones — to want to work with him. Over the course of his nearly four-decade career, the Chilean-born Gatica has had a hand in many landmark, multi-platinum albums and singles including Chicago’s 17, Tina Turner’s Private Dancer, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, USA For Africa’s “We Are The World,” Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Josh Groban’s Noel, and Michael Buble’s recent No. 1 Crazy Love.

It’s a reputation Gatica built from scratch after emigrating to America at the age of 17. He turned his passion for music and his desire to bring out the best in an artist — whether it be an emerging fresh face or an established veteran talent — into a versatile career that finds him producing, engineering, arranging, and remixing some of the most memorable recordings in music history.

Humberto Gatica was born in the central Chilean city of Rancagua, 54 miles south of Santiago. His father, a civil engineer, passed away when Humberto was nine and he went to live with his grandmother in a house filled with music. His grandparents owned a small cantina where people would come to be entertained. In the ’50s, Gatica’s uncle, Lucho, became a world-famous romantic balladeer who enjoyed a string of Spanish-language hits including a version of Consuelo Velazquez’s “Bésame Mucho.” Signed to EMI, Lucho moved to Mexico in 1957 and continued to make records (now age 82, he has released more than 90 to date). Inspired by the style and quality of these recordings, Humberto taught himself to play acoustic guitar by ear at age 15. Whenever one of his uncle’s albums arrived in the mail, Humberto would pore over it, sparking in him what he describes as a passion for things to sound right.

A few years after his grandmother died, Gatica decided to seek his fortune in America. After a three-day journey, he arrived in Los Angeles with 20 dollars in his pocket. He took a series of jobs — parking cars, operating a forklift in a warehouse — and within a year had earned enough to send for his mother and younger brother, all three of whom lived together in Gatica’s one-room apartment in West Hollywood. In 1973, Uncle Lucho came to Los Angeles and introduced him to his friend Val Valentin, a well-respected sound engineer who had worked with producer Norman Granz on a series of recordings for the Verve jazz label in the ’50s and was then the head engineer at the MGM recording studio. Gatica describes walking into MGM as an instant love affair with the studio. Valentin eventually brought him on as an assistant (Gatica’s first assignment was to make himself invisible during a recording session with Sammy Davis Jr. run by legendary producer Don Costa). Another task was to fetch soda for “Duke,” whom Gatica would later learn was none other than Duke Ellington, for a session that also included Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, and Joe Pass.

Hooked, Gatica soaked up the creative atmosphere of the studio like a sponge. When MGM was sold in 1976, he became a free agent and went on to engineer hit recordings by Alice Cooper, Hues Corporation, Average White Band, and Hall & Oates. In 1978, Gatica was introduced to a young keyboardist and aspiring producer from Canada named David Foster, who had become an in-demand session player. When Foster was hired to produce Chicago’s 1982 album 16, he brought Gatica with him. Gatica’s engineering work on its follow-up, Chicago’s 17, earned him his first-ever Grammy Award in 1984. He thanked Val Valentin during his acceptance speech.  

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"Humberto knows what he's doing. Sonically, he's connected with the planet
and has studied his craft enough to be cognizant of what's going on. In
film, a director of photography has the same role that a sound engineer has in
music. The job requires accurately capturing and enhancing the moment — and
Humberto is simply a pro." — Quincy Jones

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The remainder of the ’80s found Gatica working on some of the best-selling albums of the decade, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bad (which earned him his second Grammy Award) with Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down, Julio Iglesias’ 1100 Bel Air Place, the soundtrack to the film Footloose, Tina Turner’s Private Dancer, Barbra Streisand’s Till I Loved You, and the 1985 famine relief charity single “We Are The World.” (Gatica would later go on to co-produce the 2010 version “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti” with Jones).

In 1990, Gatica began what would become a fruitful relationship with Canadian songbird Celine Dion, whose debut English-language album Unison was Gatica’s first of many recordings with her, including 1993’s Colour of My Love, 1996’s Falling Into You (which earned Gatica his third Grammy Award) and her epic 1998 single “My Heart Will Go On” (which landed him his fourth). The ’90s also found Gatica working with Luis Miguel, Gloria Estefan, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, Chaka Khan, Neil Diamond, Kenny G, Johnny Mathis, Cher, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, and his first of many albums with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.  

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“One of Hum’s greatest strengths as a producer is his ability to bring out the best in the people around him. He inspires with an infectious personality, an immense musical talent, and love for what he is doing. He creates a vibe like no one else.
An incredible engineer and world-class musician, he has a sixth sense and always finds a way to get what is needed to turn something good into something great. He just feels it. I trust him implicitly. He has been a mentor and loyal friend. He also happens to have a couple of the best ears in the business.” — Michael Bublé

“Humberto and I have recorded together since the beginning of my career and it is always an incredible experience. I completely trust my music and my voice in his hands.” — Josh Groban

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In 1998, David Foster signed a remarkable 17-year-old classically trained pop singer named Josh Groban to his new Reprise Records imprint 143. With their long working relationship established, Foster asked Gatica to engineer and mix Groban’s 2001 self-titled debut. Subsequently, Gatica has been a part of each of Groban’s multi-platinum albums including the 2007 Christmas blockbuster Noel, which was the best-selling album of that year. Gatica also forged a strong artistic connection with another of Foster’s 143 signees, Canadian pop crooner Michael Bublé, and has worked with him on several albums including his two chart-toppers 2007’s Call Me Irresponsible and 2009’s Crazy Love.

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"What I love most about Humberto is the passion and excitement he brings to
a project." — Diane Warren

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But to Gatica, you are only as good as your last project. Not content to rest on his previous achievements, Gatica is dedicating himself to his production work and will unveil a host of exciting projects in 2010. These include the debut from Due Voci, a male/female vocal duo who will release an album of multi-platinum songwriter Diane Warren’s greatest hits, including “Unbreak My Heart” and “Because You Loved Me,” memorably re-arranged by Gatica. He has also produced upcoming albums by 21-year-old pop crossover singer Griffith Frank, Italian teenage classical pop vocal group Il Trio, and a Cuban music project called Havana Jazz Club, as well as Josh Groban’s new studio album and a Christmas collection with Michael Bublé.

Also slated for 2010 are two projects very close to Gatica’s heart. The first is Voces Unidas Por Chile, a group of Latin America’s biggest stars — Shakira, Beto Cuevas, Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Juan Luis Guerra, Laura Pausini, and Maná’s Fher Olvera, as well as Michael Bublé — whom Gatica has assembled to record the charity single “Gracias A La Vida.” Proceeds from its sale will go to the reconstruction efforts in Gatica’s native Chile after the massive earthquake that rocked the country in February. Gatica’s other labor of love is producing a set of Spanish-language romantic classics, including “Bésame Mucho” and “Historia de un Amor,” sung by his adored Uncle Lucho in duet with such top-notch vocalists as Julio Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel, Juanes, and many others. These are passion projects that are truly in keeping with Humberto Gatica’s enduring compassionate and creative spirit.

 
 
Produccion

1958:  Newport Years, Oscar Peterson (Mastering Engineer)

1974:  Elis & Tom, Antonio Carlos Jobin & Elis Regina (Engineer)
1978: From the Inside, Alice Cooper (Engineer)

1981: Ella Abraca Jobim, Ella Fitzgerald (Engineer)
1982: Chicago 16, Chicago (Engineer, Mixing)
1982: Janet Jackson, Janet Jackson (Mixing)
1982: Thriller, Michael Jackson (Engineer)
1983: Can’t Slow Down, Lionel Richie (Engineer, Mixing)
1984: 1100 Bel Air Place, Julio Iglesias (Engineer, Mixing)
1984: Chicago 17, Chicago (Engineer, Mixing)
1984: Footloose Original Soundtrack (Remixing, Mixing)
1984: Private Dancer, Tina Turner (Remixing)
1984: What About Me?, Kenny Rogers (Engineer, Mixing)
1985: The Broadway Album, Barbra Streisand (Engineer, Remixing)
1985: The Color Purple Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Engineer)
1985: Eaten Alive, Diana Ross (Mixing)
1985: Encontros e Despedidas, Milton Nascimento (Mixing)
1986: Very Best of Michael McDonald, Michael McDonald (Remixing)
1987: Bad, Michael Jackson (Drums, Engineer)
1987: Richard Marx, Richard Marx (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)

1990: Go West Young Man, Michael W. Smith (Mixing)
1990: Unison, Celine Dion (Engineer, Mixing)
1992: Myriam Hernandez, Myriam Hernandez (Mixing)
1993: Aries, Luis Miguel (Mixing)
1993: Back to Broadway, Barbra Streisand (Engineer, Mixing)
1993: Colour of My Love, Celine Dion (Engineer)
1993: My World, Ray Charles (Mixing)
1993: Send Me A Lover, Taylor Dayne (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
1993: Touch of Music in the Night, Michael Crawford (Engineer)
1994: Crazy, Julio Iglesias (Engineer, Mixing)
1994: Miracles: The Holiday Album, Kenny G (Engineer)
1995: Carretera, Julio Iglesias (Engineer)
1995: Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus: Greatest Hits, Roxette (Mixing)
1995: The French Album, Celine Dion (Mixing)
1995: Invisible, La Ley (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
1996: Day, Babyface (Engineer, String Engineer)
1996: Dove C’e Musica, Eros Ramazzotti (Mixing)
1996: Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan Vol. 1, Chaka Khan (Producer)
1996: Falling Into You, Celine Dion (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
1996: The Mirror Has Two Faces, Marvin Hamlisch (Engineer)
1996: Moment, Kenny G (Engineer)
1996: Star Bright, Vanessa Williams (Engineer, Mixing)
1996: Tango, Julio Iglesias (Engineer, String Engineer)
1997: Higher Ground, Barbra Streisand (Engineer, Mixing)
1997: Innamorato, Riccardo Cocciante (Mixing, Recording Technician)
1997: Let’s Talk About Love, Celine Dion (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
1997: Still Waters, Bee Gees (Engineer)
1998: Bathhouse Betty, Bette Midler (Engineer)
1998: Because You Loved Me: Songs of Diane Warren, Johnny Mathis (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
1998: Believe, Cher (Mixing)
1998: Body of Work, Paul Anka (Producer)
1998: The Boy is Mine, Monica (Engineer)
1998: Greatest Hits, Steve Perry (Engineer)
1998: Jade, Corey Hart (Mixing)
1998: Love Will Always Win, Faith Hill (Mixing)
1998: My Love Is Your Love, Whitney Houston (Engineer)
1998: R., R Kelly (Engineer)
1998: Vuelve, Ricky Martin (Mixing)
1999: 25th Anniversary Edition, KC & The Sunshine Band (Mixing)
1999: Inolvidable, Vol. 2: Enamorado de Ti, Jose L. Rodriguez & Los Panchos (Mixing)
1999: Rainbow, Mariah Carey (Mixing)
1999: Sogno, Andrea Bocelli (Engineer, Mixing)

2000: Love Songs, Deniece Williams (Engineer, Mixing)
2000: Seul, Garou (Engineer, Mixing)
2000: Uno, La Ley (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2001: Greatest Hits: HIStory, Vol. 1, Michael Jackson (Engineer)
2001: Invincible, Michael Jackson (Engineer, Mixing)
2001: Josh Groban, Josh Groban (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2001: Loves Makes the World, Carole King (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2001: MTV Unplugged, Alejandro Sanz (Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2001: Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones, Quincy Jones (Engineer)
2001: Taberna del Buda, Café Quijano (Arranger, Producer, Engineer)
2001: Yo por Ti, Olga Tañón (Producer, Mixing)
2002: Mended, Marc Anthony (String Engineer)
2002: Moulin Rouge Original Soundtrack (Mixing)
2002: A New Day Has Come, Celine Dion (Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2002: Paradise, Kenny G (Engineer, Mixing)
2002: Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church, Charlotte Church (Engineer)
2002: Quizás, Enrique Iglesias (Mixing)
2002: Sobrevivir, Olga Tañón (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2002: Twisted Angel, LeAnn Rimes (Engineer)
2003: The Best of Me, David Foster (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2003: Closer, Josh Groban (Engineer, Mixing)
2003: Let It Snow, Michael Bublé (Engineer, Mixing)
2003: Libertad, La Ley (Arranger, Producer, Engineer)
2004: Come Fly With Me, Michael Bublé (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2004: En La Luna, Reyli (Mixing)
2004: Live At The Greek, Josh Groban (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2004: Renee Olstead, Renee Olstead (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2005: #1’s, Destiny’s Child (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2005: Ancora, Il Divo (Vocal Engineer)
2005: Caught In The Act, Michael Bublé (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2005: Home, Michael Bublé (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2005: It’s Time, Michael Bublé (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2006: Amor, Andrea Bocelli (Arranger, Producer, Engineer)
2006: Awake, Josh Groban (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2006: Duets: An American Classic, Tony Bennett (Vocal Mixing)
2006: Under the Desert Sky, Andrea Bocelli (Producer, Mixing)
2006: Vittorio, Vittorio Grigolo (Mixing)
2007: Best of Andrea Bocceli: Vivere, Andrea Bocelli (Producer, Engineer)
2007: Christmas Wish, Olivia Newton-John (Engineer)
2007: D’Elles, Celine Dion (Engineer, Mixing)
2007: Noel, Josh Groban (Engineer, Mixing)
2007: Taking Chances, Celine Dion (Engineer)
2008: Brasileiro, Antonio Carlos Jobim (Technician)
2008: David Cavazos, David Cavazos (Producer, Mixing)
2008: Rhythm and Romance, Kenny G (Engineer, Mixing)
2008: Vivere: Live in Tuscany, Andrea Bocelli (Producer, Engineer, Mixing)
2009: Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden, Michael Bublé (Producer, Mixing)
2009: Patrizio, Patrizio Buanne (Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Rhythm Arrangements)

Source: Allmusic.com

Produccion

Grammy Awards

1984: Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical: Chicago 17 (Chicago)
1987: Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical: Bad (Michael Jackson)
1996: Album of the Year, Falling Into You (Celine Dion)
1998: Record of the Year, “My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from Titanic)” (Celine Dion)
2000: Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance, Uno (La Ley)
2007: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Call Me Irresponsible (Michael Bublé)
2009: Best Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden, (Michael Bublé)
2010: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Call Me Crazy (Michael Bublé)

Latin Grammy Awards

2002: Best Merengue Album, Yo Por Ti (Olga Tañón)
2002: Best Rock Album by A Duo or Group With Vocal, MTV Unplugged (La Ley)
2002: Album of the Year, MTV Unplugged (Alejandro Sanz)
2002: Record of the Year, “Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte” (Alejandro Sanz)
2004: Best Rock Album by A Duo or Group With Vocal, Libertad (La Ley)

Source: Grammy.com

 
 
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