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Denny Stilwell (center) is the president of Mack Avenue Records, which had three artists of the six who were nominated for Grammy Awards. His connection to Pacific goes back to 1981 when he attended summer band camps, continued as a performance major and later music business major at Pacific, and it continues to this day as a member of the Music Management Advisory Board.

Denny Stilwell (center) is the president of Mack Avenue Records, which had three artists of the six who were nominated for Grammy Awards. His connection to Pacific goes back to 1981 when he attended summer band camps, continued as a performance major and later music business major at Pacific, and it continues to this day as a member of the Music Management Advisory Board.

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Two Pacificans grab a piece of the Grammys

Jan 29, 2018

Pacificans had much to celebrate at the 60th annual Grammy Awards Sunday evening.

Denny Stilwell '88 MUS, the president of indie jazz label Mack Avenue Records, saw three of the six Mack Avenue artists who were nominated walk away with Grammy statuettes, doubling the total number of Grammys the label has won so far. Ray Charles "Charm" McCullough '09 ESB and his song writing and production team The Stereotypes helped to write Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like," which garnered the Song of the Year and Best R&B Song honors. Mars referred to McCullough and the other members of The Stereotypes as "brothers" in his acceptance speech.

"The Grammys are the absolute pinnacle in music in the United States and every young musician dreams of standing on that stage because of music they wrote, performed or produced," said Peter Witte, dean of Pacific's Conservatory of Music. "To actually win is such a wonderful accomplishment. We are so very proud and happy for Denny and Ray."

Stilwell, who first came to Pacific summer high school music camps, has been an important part of the conservatory for years as a member of Pacific's Music Management Advisory Board and a former member of the Alumni Board of Directors.

McCullough graduated from Eberhardt School of Business with a degree in business administration with an arts and entertainment concentration.

Ray Charles “Charm” McCullough II (left)
Ray Charles "Charm" McCullough II (left) is a member of the song writing and producing group The Stereotypes that helped to write the Bruno Mars hit "That's What I Like," which won Song of the Year and Best R&B Song honors.
Photo by Mike Selsky.
 

"We're very excited for Ray because these really are important awards in the industry," said Keith Hatschek, director of Pacific's Music Industry and Music Management programs and the Pac Ave Records adviser. "He's making music that is very popular today, which means our current and future students listen to what he writes and produces. That is something with which they can relate and gives those students a strong sense of what they can also achieve if they work hard."

Stilwell attended Pacific's High School Summer Band Camp for three years, 1981-83, and then attended Pacific as a performance major for two years and then as a music business major, graduating in 1988.

Immediately after graduating, Stilwell interned with Chick Corea Productions. He was then the marketing director at Nova Records (1988-91), label manager at JVC Music (1991-94), proprietor of Unisound Marketing (1994-2004), and managing partner at Artistry Music (2004-2007). In 2007, he became president of Mack Avenue Records.

Stilwell is a longtime member of Pacific's Music Management Advisory Board and was a member of Pacific's Alumni Board of directors seven years and was president of the board (2009-10).

McCullough is a member of the Los Angeles-based production and songwriting team that includes Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus and Jeremy Reeves, with a focus on pop, hip-hop and R&B. The team is up for awards in Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, Song of the Year and Best R&B Song GRAMMYs for their work on Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" album, including songs "That's What I Like" and "Finesse." Billboard Magazine included them about its "Top 10 Songwriters and Producers to Watch" and Variety included them in its 2017 "Hitmakers" feature.

The Stereotypes embraces an "all-inclusive spirt," according to the group's bio, taking inspiration from a "veritable melting pot of both cultural backgrounds and musical histories."

For more information about Mack Avenue Records, visit the music label's website.

For more information about The Stereotypes, visit the group's website.

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