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NMJC Student Accepted at Cre8 in L.A.

5/5/2018 10:25:16 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/HobbsNews/get/NHN-2018-05-05/image.ashx?kind=block&href=NHN%2F2018%2F05%2F05&id=Pc0030200&ext=.jpg&ts=20180505095401[Story by Dorothy Fowler - Hobbs News Sun]

Ashley Martinez sang the Star Spangled Banner in front of 80,000 people at a San Francisco Giants game when she was eight years old, so she’s no stranger to performing, but now she’s about to enter a less familiar part of the music world.

After a year as a music major at New Mexico Junior College, Martinez has been accepted at CRe8, a Los Angeles recording studio and school dedicated to teaching the art and craft of producing commercial music. As a student there, she’ll learn the technical/production end of the music business.

“I’ll be producing and engineering,” she explained. “Producers oversee everything. There are individual pieces to every recording and the producer stitches all those pieces together and then masters it and that becomes the final digital product.”

Martinez said her time at Cre8 will provide not only an opportunity to learn the mechanics of production, but also to work with renowned recording artists.

“Its the most prestigious studio in LA,” Martinez said. “It’s the industry standard and I’ll be in constant contact with mainstream stars.”

In addition to her work as a producer, Martinez hopes to perform.

“I play drums, clarinet, guitar and violin,” Martinez said. “I like pop and Indie, the kind of thing that you’ll hear on most radio stations. I’ve done some commercials. I did high school musical theater. I performed in X-Factor, and I have my own band here in Hobbs. I think all that played a part in my being accepted at Cre8.”

Martinez applied to Cre8 in 2017, one of the 35,000 people who apply each year.

“It takes them a long time to get through those applications and they accept only 11 new students each year. I was the 11th person this year,” she said. “For me, it’s a dream come true.”

Living the dream will begin next Wednesday, when she leaves Hobbs for her trip to Los Angeles.

She will take with her a 4.0 grade point average and the honor of being named NMJC Freshman Music Student of the Year.

“I don’t have a plan B,” Martinez said. “My life and my career are in the hands of God, my best friend. I talk to Him everyday and I know He’s guiding my life.”

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