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The Drop: Claudia Brant


On November 29, 2018, the GRAMMY Museum was thrilled to welcome Latin singer-songwriter, Claudia Brant, with producers Cheche Alara and Moogie Canazio, for an intimate conversation moderated by Steve Hochman on her prolific songwriting career and the making of her 2019 GRAMMY Award-winning album SINCERA, which won best Latin Pop Album.

Since moving to California in 1998, native Argentinian Claudia Brant has established an average of 40 cuts per year in different genres and languages including Spanish, Portuguese, and English. She has been nominated for 7 Latin GRAMMYs as a songwriter, artist, and producer, and she won a Latin GRAMMY for Song of the Year in 2009. Claudia was named ‘Latina Songwriter of the Year’ by SESAC for three consecutive years (2007-2009) as well as ASCAP ‘Latina Songwriter of the Year’ in 2012 and 2015. Billboard named Claudia’s song “No Me Doy Por Vencido,” recorded by Luis Fonsi, Song of the Decade after holding the #1 spot on the Latin Charts for a record 19 consecutive weeks. She has collaborated with the biggest names in the industry from Bruno Mars and Dianne Warren, to David Foster, Julia Michaels and many more, while the list of artists that have recorded her songs includes Camila Cabello, Carlos Santana, Jessie Reyez, John Legend, Luis Fonsi, Natalia Jimenez, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and numerous others.


Cheche Alara is a composer/arranger, producer, music director, conductor and virtuoso keyboardist—a skillset expansive enough to make him “one-stop shopping” for creators. Among those who’ve availed themselves of Alara’s various abilities are Barbra Streisand, Natalia Lafourcade, Christina Aguilera, Mike Patton, Lady Gaga, Alejandro Sanz and Colbie Caillat. He’s been brought in to produce Natalia Lafourcade’s Latin GRAMMY winning “Musas” Vol. 1 & 2, Thalia’s “Habítame Siempre” and Il Volo’s “Grande Amore”; to serve as Musical Director at the GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony, the Latin GRAMMYs, and galas for Caetano Veloso and Placido Domingo; to lead Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane orchestra, penning arrangements and playing keys; and to score projects like The Titan Games for NBC, Death by Magic for Netflix and To Tell the Truth for ABC. Barbra Streisand invited him on tour as keyboardist, and then tasked him to arrange and record the opening and closing sequences for the production of the tour’s 2017 Netflix special.


Moogie’s first professional recording industry job in LA was at Kendun Recorders, in Burbank California, in 1980 where he worked as an assistant engineer for a number of the top producers/engineers like Bruce Swedien, John Stronach, Kent Duncan, etc. He soon became the staff engineer at Kendun Recorder, a position very much in demand by anyone in the LA music scene, since Kendun Recorders was the top studio on the West Coast. Now a record producer and recording engineer with many years of experience Moogie Canazio has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, like Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Dianna Ross, Tom Jobim, Sergio Mendes, João Gilberto, Luis Miguel, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia, Dionne Warwick, Ivan Lins, Luiz Miguel, Melody Gardot and many, many others. Moogie has over 18 GRAMMY nominations, 2 Emmy nominations, has won 7 GRAMMYs and Latin GRAMMYs as well as several of the top industry awards.