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Grant High students get up close meeting with big-time producer

A sold out Sleep Train arena audience will be treated tonight to a performance from recording artists Natasha Bedingfield and Brian Kennedy, as the Sacramento Kings kick off the NBA season.

The on-court performance will offer fans a world-class sound and light show.

Tuesday, a dozen and a half students from Grant High School’s marching band got a more intimate experience when they met with and jammed with Kennedy, who has produced some of the biggest R&B artists working including Bedingfield, Rihanna, Ciara and Chris Brown.

The meet-and-greet started slowly, but once Kennedy warmed up the keyboard, the room lit up.

By having access to instruments I was able to learn how to produce, learn how to write (music). A lot of these kids don’t have a music program.

Brian Kennedy, Grammy-winning music producer

The Grammy winning producer said he wants to give more of his time toward helping young people get started in music through the foundation he’s creating.

“By having access to instruments I was able to learn how to produce, learn how to write (music). A lot of these kids don’t have a music program,” Kennedy said.

The visit from Kennedy was a great fit with Grant High, said music director Garrett Perkins. The school has a video production curriculum and is building a music production program.

Perkins said the students will take a lot from the visit.

“It makes them understand,” Perkins said, “if they want to do something it is possible.”

Grammy-winning music producer Brian Kennedy meets with Grant high school students before his opening night performance at Sleep Train Arena for the Sacramento Kings season opener.

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