Fishman Artist // William AckermanUniversally recognized as the preeminent pioneer in the new age music movement, and the founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman's career spans more than three decades of remarkable vision, single-minded determination, fervent business savvy, and "a thorough love of the mystery of making music." The glory years at Windham Hill with Ackerman at the helm launched the recording careers of an abundant list of acoustic instrumentalists including George Winston, Michael Hedges, Liz Story and Alex deGrassi among others. The primary influence Windham Hill cast on contemporary music over the last three decades of the 20th century emanated from folk roots, the acoustic guitar, and the piano. This legacy remains with Ackerman in a uniquely prolific and peerless career.
The walls of his Imaginary Road Studios outside of Brattleboro, Vermont are lined with gold, platinum, and multi-platinum records representing the millions of albums sold when Windham Hill Records rose to prominence. Also in the studio is the Grammy Will won in 2005 for his own CD, RETURNING.
Recent awards for his productions include;
ZMR MUSIC AWARDS 2010
Best New Artist/Heidi Breyer/Another Place and Time
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album/Devin Rice and Erin Aas/Arival
Best Instrumental Album-Piano/Heidi Breyer/Another Place and Time
ZMR MUSIC AWARDS 2009
Album of the Year/Fiona Joy Hawkins/Blue Dream
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album/Fiona Joy Hawkins/Blue Dream
Best Instrumental Album-Piano/Fiona Joy Hawkins/Blue Dream
Best Holiday Album/Stanton Lanier/December Peace
NAR AWARDS 2007
Album of the Year/Jeff Oster/True
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album/Jeff Oster/True
Best Instrumental Album-Piano/Karen Marie Garrett/It's About the Rose
Best Instrumental Album-Acoustic/Frank Smith/Gardens of Hope
Will's productions have charted in the # 1 position more than a dozen times in the last few years and the top 3 ratings of all time are all his productions.