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Dan Warner, GRAMMY- And Latin GRAMMY-Winning Guitarist, Passes Away
Studio guitarist, producer and songwriter Dan Warner has passed away, the Latin Recording Academy has learned from Warner's family.
Warner won a GRAMMY at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards for Best Latin Pop album for his contributions to Alejandro Sanz's 2009 album, Paraíso Express. Warner has also won four Latin GRAMMYs for his work on Calle 13's 2010 album Entren Los Que Quieran, Amaury Gutierrez's Sesiones Intimas, Diego Torres's Distinto and the aforementioned Paraíso Express.
Based in South Florida, Warner spent his career recording with major music names like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, P!nk, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Chris Cornell, Ziggy Marley, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bolton, Arturo Sandoval and many more. He wrote alongside artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Lil Wayne and Mika. He was also a Recording Academy Florida Chapter Board member and past President and Trustee.
Warner started on the Recording Academy Board as a Governor 2005. He also served as Florida Chapter President from 2010 to 2012, then a Trustee from 2013 to 2017. He also worked on the Planning & Governance, Membership, Awards & Nominations and Advocacy Committees and was heavily involved in the P&E Wing.
"There are no words to describe our sadness. We have lost an extraordinary friend, member, and music maker too soon," President/CEO of the Latin Recording Academy Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. "His music, craft, and legacy will live on through his work, the lives he touched, and the creators he inspired. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughter along with his countless friends during this difficult time."
"Besides being an amazing musician and colleague, he was an amazing human being," shared Recording Academy Florida Chapter Board President Doug Emery and National Trustee Lee Levin. "I am so fortunate to have called him my friend and brother. The world is definitely a better place because Dan Warner was in it, and our loss leaves a gaping hole that will never be filled. My heart is broken right now but I will forever be grateful that I had the time I had with him."