Seattle-raised music legend Quincy Jones will soon lend his voice to Sea-Tac Airport.
Jones will be voicing airport announcements and contributing overhead music to the airport, as the latest addition to Sea-Tac s Airport City of Music program. The year-old program lets local musicians volunteer to add their tunes to the airport s playlist, and tape overhead welcome, security, and informational announcements for travelers.
Seattle's rich musical history -- from Clark Terry and Ernestine Anderson, to Bumps Blackwell, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Heart and Nirvana, to name a few -- is rooted in the city's cultural diversity. It is where my wonderful musical journey began and I can't imagine a better place to have honed my craft, Jones said. In doing these voice over announcements, I hope that everyone traveling through the airport will be encouraged to experience the great music, musicians and cultural vibrancy that the city of Seattle embodies.
Thirty-two local artists have contributed to the program during its first year, including Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jerry Cantrell and Fly Moon Royalty.
Jones grew up in Seattle. He attended Garfield High School where he met young Ray Charles and began his music career. He's won a total of 27 Grammy Awards and will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this year.
You can listen to a sample of Jones announcements on the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative page.