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3 Doors Down, Staind, Plain White T’s and Black Tide Producer Johnny K Thrilled By Producer of the Year Grammy Nomination


For His Recent Work With 3 Doors Down, Staind, Plain White T’s and Black Tide

Producer Thrilled by Accolades

Los Angeles, CA (December 22, 2008) – Producer of hit musical groups including 3Doors Down, Staind, Plain White T’s, Disturbed, Finger Eleven and Black Tide, Johnny K. has been nominated as Producer of the Year at the upcoming 51st Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony to be held in Los Angeles.

Chicago’s own Johnny K., (his actual name is Johnny Karkazis) is nominated in Grammy Category 93 for Producer Of  The Year, Non-Classical, which is A Producer’s Award for recordings released during the Eligibility Year October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008. Johnny K’.s body of work for the award includes: Johnny Karkazis (Johnny K – Producer) (Artists names appear in parentheses.) –Big Bad World (Plain White T’s – Hollywood Records) (A); The Illusion Of Progress (Staind – Atlantic) (A); Light From Above (Black Tide – Interscope) (A) and 3 Doors Down (3 Doors Down – Universal) (A).Regarding the nomination, Johnny K. noted, “I am so excited to be nominated by my peers for the most prestigious award a record producer can receive. I’m honored to be in such great company with my fellow nominees.â€?

BK Entertainment Group founder and President Bennett Kaufman added, “Johnny K. is one of the most gifted and passionate producers I have the pleasure to have worked with. His genuine care for the Artist’s and their individuality, shines through in each record he makes. His track record of producing multiple records for Artist’s speaks volumes.â€?Best known for his production with Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Finger Eleven, and Plain White T’s, Johnny has also worked with many other great bands such as , Simple Plan, Avenged Sevenfold, Drowning Pool and Kill Hannah. Records produced by Johnny K have sold in excess of ten million copies in the US alone which includes 7 Gold and 4 Platinum awards. Johnny also owns Groovemaster Studios in Chicago where he has produced many of his hit records. Groovemaster offers world class studios featuring SSL and Vintage Neve consoles. The studio boasts state-of-the-art recording spaces an extensive microphone collection, instruments, amps, and outstanding outboard gear ( ).

Johnny K. is represented by the LA based entertainment concern, The BK Entertainment Group. Headed by music industry veteran Bennett Kaufman, BKEG specializes in managing the careers of Record Producers, Mixers, Songwriters, and Recording Engineers. BKEG also operates a Music Licensing Division for the TV, Film, and Advertising communities and consults various entertainment based companies.

GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 17 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Jan. 14, 2009, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast. The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 8, 2009, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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