Music technology instructor Chris Badami produced, engineered, and mixed a record that's in the running in three categories.
By Stephen Wilson
Pittsburgh-based pop-punk band Eternal Boy, regulars on the Warped Tour, who released a new album in 2021 called Bad Days Are Over, is being considered for Grammy nominations in three categories: Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song.
The person behind that album is Lafayette’s music technology instructor, Chris Badami, who teaches here by day and runs Portrait Recording Studios by night.
For over 25 years, Badami has been performing with, producing, and engineering musicians. He has four gold records, several top 10 hits on various Billboard charts, and is a 10-time Grammy contender, having worked on projects for Madonna, The Early November, Janina Gavankar, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Badami has worked on four Eternal Boy albums, and the band credits him with “push[ing] us to try different things we never did before.”
Consideration nominees are submitted by academy voting members. From there, nominations go to the Grammy committees of each chapter where the nomination was submitted for the decision on who is accepted as an official consideration nominee.
If Eternal Boy lands in Grammy voters’ top five, the band’s music will be announced at Grammy nominations on Nov. 23.
“It’s extra special for this band because they are on an independent record label and work incredibly hard,” says Badami. “Just being able to get to this point as an indie label band is a huge honor.”
The Grammy Awards will be held on Jan. 31.