Liam Trumbly was given the opportunity of a lifetime with the Grammy Recording Academy and accepted into the Grammy U mentorship program. Trumbly is 21 years old and works as the Executive Engineer and Producer for a recording studio in Colorado Springs called KRM Studios where he helps turn music into magic and his talents will only progress once he graduates from Grammy U in June 2023.
Grammy U is a program to help connect college students with some of the industry’s brightest and most talented minds as well as the tools and opportunities necessary to start a career in music. Throughout each semester, students will get hands-on with all facets of the industry including business, technology, and creative processes.
Trumbly was paired with Keith Sykes, an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer with more than 100 songs recorded by notable musicians. One of his best-known contributions was co-writing “Volcano”, the title track of Jimmy Buffett’s 1979 album.
“The goal for me is to become a more polished artist and producer. I think that I have all the tools necessary to go far, and with Keith’s guidance, I can utilize those tools to make an impact on the music industry,” Trumbly said.
Aside from working as a producer, Trumbly describes himself as a chameleon as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, writer, singer, and audio engineer. Trumbly’s native instrument is the saxophone but also plays piano and the guitar. When he’s writing, Trumbly enjoys all genres but feels a pull toward the pop and singer-songwriter genres.
“Additionally, I have a love for writing film scores and cinematic music, so I have a couple of projects that highlight those skills,” Trumbly said.
As far as life after Grammy U, Trumbly’s next goal is to create a brand and relocate to a city like New York or Los Angeles.
“Whether it’s for myself or one of my artists, I want to start gearing toward making a mark on the music industry. Whatever that looks like,” he said. “I was looking for a chance to elevate my career and I got lucky, and I’m extremely grateful to be selected for this program.”
Trumbly hopes others can feel inspired to shoot their shot for whatever dream they might have.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Just walk away and prove them wrong,” he said.
Trumbly believes that when push comes to shove, people either live life to be safe and secure or live life to be happy. Sometimes you get lucky and have both.