IU alumna brings home Grammy award for her role on Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 16, 2016)-- It's one of the most prestigious awards in the music industry, but it's not just Taylor Swift's win.

IU graduate Laura Sisk is riding high on her success after bringing home a Grammy.

Her former professors at the IU Jacobs School of Music say her successful career is inspiring other students.

Laura is now among a small group music engineers to win a Grammy award. She brought home the statuette for her role on Taylor Swift's "1989" album, which won album of the year.

"It was pretty thrilling and well deserved. She's a tremendously hard working, focused person. She was when she was here," said IU music & recording arts professor Mark Hood.

The IU Jacobs School of Music is an intense hands on program where the students spend countless hours working with recording artist. Experience Laura took to Los Angeles right after she graduated in 2010. Creating a full circle moment for her professors who noticed her talent and drive right away.

"She's been in LA which is the toughest market and she's also a woman in a industry dominated by men. So she's had to work twice as hard and really focus and she's earned every bit of it," said Hood.

Laura said music has always been a part of her life. She grew up in the San Francisco area and played piano and oboe, and started making recordings in high school when she and her friends needed audition tapes for statewide honor bands and orchestras. She was the recording engineer for the "1989" album.  She worked on three songs.

Adding engineers to the award is a recent change.

"Grammys are now awarded to engineers in addition to the artist and producers so it's really wonderful opportunity for her because engineers get very few awards," said IU recording arts professor Conrad Strauss.

Graduates from this program are working in the big leagues all around the world. But Sisk's gold statuette is shining light on the program that lead to her big break.

"Laura joins this particular crew. Of course she has the distinction of having gotten the Grammy which is not something many engineers have the chance to do. So we think it's a wonderful opportunity to publicize our program and show what we can do," said Strauss.

As a professional engineer,Laura has worked with artists including Shakira and Pink. Laura has come back to IU to talk with students and even mentors them during conferences in Los Angeles.