Jeff Villanueva has established himself as one of the most sought after engineers in the music industry. Jeff’s rise to engineering pre-eminence is a testament to his strong work ethic, raw ability and high energy levels. In his brief musical career he has contributed his work to many multi-platinum albums with some of the music biggest artist such as Beyonce, Lionel Ritchie, Mary J Blige, Jay Z, Carlos Santana, Mariah Carey, Wyclef, Jennifer Lopez, Diddy, Rihanna, Usher, TLC, Justin Timberlake, Celine Deon, Justin Beiber, Lauryn Hill, Chris Brown, Kayne West and much more. Bringing his total albums sales to over 106 million worldwide.
Jeff was introduced to music at an early age when he began playing the trumpet. Not knowing later that his passion for playing and sharing music with others would help him develop his listening skills. While in high school Jeff was selected by his Musical director to attend a seminar put on by VH1 and The Grammy Foundation called “Keeping Grammys In The Schools” .The seminar focused on and discussed different careers in the music business that take place behind the scenes. This was Jeff’s first introduction to recording engineering.
Upon graduating high school In 1997 Jeff hesitated no time and enrolled at Full Sail University one of the most recognized schools in the world for Recording Arts. Jeff graduated with his associate of arts degree in Recording arts and Sciences from Full Sail University in the fall of 1998. After graduating, Jeff landed himself an internship at Crawford communications a leading Audio Post production facility for Television and Film based out of Atlanta, GA.
After completing his Internship at Crawford Communications, Jeff returned to Orlando, FL where he interned at Transcontinental Studios, famed for their development of acts such as Back Street Boys, N Sync, Britney Spears, and many more. Jeff began to quickly move up the ranks and was recognized by In house Vocal Coach/Producer. With much success working on many of the Transcontinental releases to developing unsigned talent for major record labels led Jeff to Co Own and manage Next Level Recording Studios based out of Orlando, FL.
In 2002 Jeff became the right hand man to super producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. It started with a chance meeting at an ASCAP event in Orlando, where Jeff introduced himself to Rodney as his new Engineer. In the following years Jeff’s strong work ethic helped him earn many achievements from chart topping songs and multi platinum sales awards to becoming a four-time Grammy award winning Engineer.
Today Jeff is working out of Def Jam/We The Best Studios with Super Producer Duo “The Runners” in Miami, FL. Jeff has been working with The Runners since March of 2007.
Jeff’s attention to detail and unique sound is continuing to position him as one of the industry elite go to guys.