José Valentino

Performer | Professor | Composer | Producer | Scholar | Minister

Reflection on our 2nd Latin GRAMMY® Nomination...Praise God!

My Thought of the Day: 

Regardless of what storms may come your way, stay bold and strong, pull through the burden, the storm will pass and the sunshine will soon appear. Pursue the dream and share it with those who encourage your dream to come to pass. Stay humble, Be grateful, and Always love!

Our second nomination, 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY® nominated album for Best Instrumental Album is Bruno Miranda's "Mosaico", an album I engineered, co-composed music, and participated as a multi-instrumentalist. We are still mind-blown by the news and are grateful to share the music with you. Imagine this: It all began when three brothers (Bruno MirandaJesse Pitts, and José Valentino) said, "Let's make a project that truly represents friendship and acceptance of one another as unique entities who come together for the homologous purpose of celebrating God's greatness and wonder through the power of music." We came, we saw, we realized, we applied action, and we applied Faith, Hope, and Love into this musical project. These are the same ingredients for our first nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album last year, José Valentino and The Latin Jazz Ensemble's "I Make You Want To Move."

Hence, I encourage anyone and everyone to pursue their vision. Dream with a plan, a purpose, and a destination. As a music business and music production professor at Lee University, I teach this manifesto to my students, and better yet, I get to demonstrate it to them in real-world contexts. They know that this accomplishment is the product of hard work, vision, passion, love, discipline, and dedication towards a dream. That being said, there is so much potential in each of the Lee University students I encounter. My Prayer: God, help lead me to maximize and blossom students' potential to become powerful and effective agents of the Gospel, using music as the medium for expressing your wonder and glory. Amen. 

God bless you all! Shine on! Las Vegas, here we come!

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