Matthew Kenneth Gray, a Full Sail University Digital Cinematography Student, and Aspiring Lyricist applied to be mentored through their program in Grammy U last semester. He was paired with none other than Wanz (Michael Wansley), who you probably know from his work on the highly acclaimed “Thrift Shop” by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis.
Matt and Wanz met weekly via Zoom and discussed the Music Business and Songwriting but what they connected with at first was the history Wanz has with Seattle’s Grunge Music Scene. Immediately there was a bond because Matt had related to him as he, back in the early nineties, was an Intern for the Epic Records Media Relations team who championed the Publicity campaigns for such artists as Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and more. After the initial conversations of those days, they went to work on a new song called “The Best Is Not Behind Me,” a song Matt describes as Universal, Inspirational with an Urban yet Christian feel.”
Wanz added a strong beat and hard rock guitar feel and the inspirational-focused lyrics just meshed together well with Wanz’s vocals which reach high to the sky to a place beyond our world. You can check it out via these links below.
The last couple of years have been interesting for sure. I would love to hear from everyone how business has been and how you have been coping with it all, and I would love to hear what you have been working on and your plans for 2022! We could all use some exciting and fun stories in our life right now.
After the Rust shooting incident that killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, I became angry at the business; it took me back to when Sarah Jones got killed on Midnight Rider. Both deaths could have been prevented, and it is just so sad.
I didn’t work on Rust, and I didn’t know Halyna, but we are all family in this industry, and this hit us all hard. I have worked with a couple of people that worked on Rust, and it is just a heartbreaking story all around. After this incident, It didn’t feel right to post krewbook stories, and frankly, I was very sad. I talked to many of my friends in the industry, and everyone felt the same I did. Sad, lost, angry, and just heartbroken for Halyna and her family.
I love my industry family, and I know I need to get back to creating, and we could all use the work, so let’s come together and support each other. Let’s share what we worked on the last year or what we are working on now.
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Jan Husar is an award winning documentary film producer and photographer, visual journalist and humanitarian. He is the creator of the first world leading independent Visual Journalism Funding Platform Emphas.is.
He directed Ivan which won Best International Film on Modern Slavery.
Every day is Earth Day to Jan who’s trademark is also on conservation.
His clients include Al Jazeera, History, The Guardian, NBC Universal, CNN, Getty Images, Amnesty International, Mother Jones, Story Hunter, TRT World, SOPA Images, SNOB Magazine, Microsoft Media, Yahoo ITV News, Transterra Media, Caritas International, Zinc Network, Lonely Leap Production, Punched in the head Production, Global Citizen, and CGTN Beijing.