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Noted Session Guitarist Dan Warner Dies

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HOLLYWOOD, FL (Celebrityaccess) — Grammy-winning studio guitarist, producer and songwriter Dan Warner, who recorded hits with artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Barry Gibb, has died.

There are no words to describe our sadness. We have lost an extraordinary friend, member, and music maker too soon,” President/CEO of the Latin Recording Academy Gabriel Abaroa Jr. said in a statement. “His music, craft, and legacy will live on through his work, the lives he touched, and the creators he inspired. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughter along with his countless friends during this difficult time.”

A native of South Florida, Warner attended the University of Miami School of Music under Randall Dollahon and launched a career as a studio and launched his professional career in the early 1980s.

He toured and performed with many Latin artists, including a six-year stint with Julio Iglesias, as well as Celia Cruz, Jon Secada, Soraya, and Alexander Pires, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Nelly Furtado and others.

Warner won a Grammy in 2011 for his role on Alejandro Sanz’s album Paraíso Express and also has four Latin Grammys to his name for his work on Calle 13’s 2010 album Entren Los Que Quieran, Amaury Gutierrez’s Sesiones Intimas, Diego Torres’s Distinto and Paraíso Express.

Warner also recorded with many non Latin artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, P!nk, Ziggy Marley, Michael Bolton, Kelly Clarkson, Lil Wayne and others.

His other credits include film soundtracks “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “Bounce” and “Striptease” as well as many national and international jingles.

Warner served on the Recording Academy Board as a Governor, starting in 2005 and he also served as Florida Chapter President from 2010 to 2012, then a Trustee from 2013 to 2017.

Warner was survived by his wife Kim and a daughter.

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