Freeville native Lonnie Park continues to rack up awards for his work as a music producer.
Park was recognized twice at the 65th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. He won “Best Surround Sound Album” for his work on Divine Tides by Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej. Copeland, a musician and composer, is best known as the drummer and co-founder of the band The Police. Kej is a multi-Grammy award winning composer.
Park also won “Best World Music Album” for his contributions to Sakura by Masa Takumi. Takumi, a Japanese musician and composer, was the centerpiece of an album that featured songs with traditional Asian instruments. Takumi is also the first Japanese artist to win in this category.
Last year, Park garnered “Best New Age Album” honors, also for his work on Divine Tides with Copeland and Kej.
Park has performed a handful of musical acts between Cortland and Tompkins Counties in the past. Park was nominated for a Grammy in 2013. He graduated from Dryden High School in 1986, and has lived in the Dryden and Freeville area for most of his life.