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Bill Hare is a cut above the rest in the world of a cappella recording. He has produced 53 Best of College A Cappella tracks since last year, earned more than 100 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards nominations and wins, including the only award ever given in engineering, and now has a Grammy Award to add to his list for working on Christopher Tin's album "Calling All Dawns," which clinched a win for "Best Classical Crossover Album" against well-known artists Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and Jeff Beck during the 53rd annual Grammy Awards Feb. 13. Hare's rise to fame was also featured in the 2008 book "Pitch Perfect" by author Mickey Rapkin, which received a green light this month as a movie for 2012.

The 47-year-old audio engineer and producer looks back on how he treaded the path as the original pioneer of a cappella recording during an interview last week at his studio Bill Hare Productions where he resides with his wife Jennie and daughters Laura, 11, and Katy, 9, since moving to the Milpitas hills in 1990.

"It's a great ride," Jennie says. "If life's supposed to be an adventure ... we get to enjoy the beauty of music."

Following the a cappella path

Growing up in a musically-inclined family, Hare has played a range of instruments including drums, guitar, bass and keyboard.

He emerged in the professional world of music while studying an electric bass concentration in jazz performance for a degree in music at San Jose State University
when he was hired to Astral Sounds Recording as a bass player.

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