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Joel Someillan

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Joel Someillan
Background information
Born (1966-05-10) May 10, 1966 (age 58)
GenresPop, Rock, Jazz, Film and TV
Occupation(s)Music producer, composer
Associated actsGloria Estefan, Chayanne, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada, Carlos Ponce, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks

Joel Someillan (born May 10, 1966) is an American songwriter, engineer and producer.[1] Based in Miami, Florida, Someillan has written, performed on and produced music for a wide variety of Latin artists including Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada and Jennifer Lopez, and composed music for film and TV for companies such as Nickelodeon and Dreamworks.

Early life[edit]

Joel Someillan was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents who fled communism and moved to the United States in 1960. Spurred on by his father, a fan of American jazz, Someillan began playing guitar at age 13 and soon after formed his first band. At Miami Senior High School his interest in music grew as he studied guitar and played in both the school's jazz and marching bands. After studying business at Miami-Dade College and Florida International University, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts attending Berklee College of Music where he majored in Music Production and Engineering, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1993.[2]


Post-college Joel began working engineering and production jobs for a number of Boston area artists, most notably Bobby Lee Rodgers from The Codetalkers.[3] After moving back to the Miami area in the late 90s Someillan joined Emilio Estefan's production group in Miami at the height of that period's "Latin music explosion". It was here that Someillan worked with some of the industry's most notable Latin artists including Chayanne, Carlos Ponce,[4] Daniel Paez,[5] Shakira and Obie Bermudez. His work on Thalía's album Arrasando garnered him his first Latin Grammy for Best Engineered Album in 2001.[6] He won his second Latin Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Album in 2004 for Bermudez' Todo el Año and received a nomination for Album of the Year for Chayanne's Cautivo (2005).[7] A talented music programmer, Someillan collaborated with legendary DJ and remixer Pablo Flores in programming the beats and synthesizers for dance club remixes by Madonna, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony, Will Smith, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and many more.

Through the children's entertainment production company Jollipop, co-founded in 2004 with production partner George Noriega,[8] Someillan has written or co-written and produced hundreds of songs for children's television shows. His work on the Nickelodeon shows Dora The Explorer and Go Diego Go! earned him Emmy and NAACP Image Awards nominations.[9] He co-wrote the music for the live stage show production of Go Diego Go! Live: The Great Jaguar Rescue [10] and the Dreamworks/Livenation production Madagascar Live,[11] and he has contributed his writing and production talents to the Baby Abuelita interactive sing-along and toy series.[12][13] In 2015, Joel founded the Orchard House Music label with business partner Christine de la Huerta with a mission to seek out and help bands and musicians record and distribute their music. The first band they signed in March 2015, SunGhosts, went on to be voted "Miami's Best Band" by readers of The New Times that same year[14] and released their first single, "Polterguy", that summer.[15] SunGhosts released their first, full-length, eponymous album produced by Joel Someillan on the Orchard House Music label on August 23, 2016.

Selected discography[edit]

1991 The Mambo Kings, OS Keyboards, Programmer
1995 Were You There 1967 Composer
1995 Happy Days:100 Rock ‘N’ Roll Hits Composer
1996 Sandy Posey The Best of Sandy Posey Composer
1997 Jose Latour Ocean O Producer, Programmer, Guitar, BG Vocals
1998 Troop Mayday Producer
1998 Latin Mix USA Programmer. Keyboards
1999 Jennifer Lopez Waiting for Tonight Programmer, Keyboards
1999 Menudo Groove With Me Tonight Programmer, Guitar, Keyboards
2000 Jose Latour Tales of the Caribbean Cowboys Producer, Mixer, Guitars, BG Vocals
2000 Jon Secada Stop Programmer, arranger, Guitars
2000 Gloria Estefan No Me Dejas de Querer Programmer, Keyboards
2000 Footsy's Y-100 Wing Ding 2000 Composer
2000 Robin Avery Aurora Arranger, engineer, producer, Guitar
2000 Thalia Arrasando Engineer, Guitar
2000 Gloria Estefan Alma Caribena Programmer, Keyboards
2000 1,2,3, Let's Dance Programmer, Guitar, Keyboards
2001 Elvis Crespo Wow Flash Remixes Programmer, Keyboards
2001 Shalim Shalim Producer, Programmer, arranger, composer
2001 Latin Mix USA. Vol.3 Programmer, Keyboards
2001 Keeping the Dream Alive Programmer, Keyboards
2002 Verano 2002 Composer
2002 Carlos Ponce Ponce Programmer, producer, arranger, Keyboards
2002 Los Rabanes Money Pa'Que Programmer, engineer, Keyboards
2002 Carlos Baute Dame de Eso Producer, Programmer, arranger, engineer, Guitar
2003 Gloria Estefan Wrapped Programmer, Keyboards
2003 Patti Page Today My Way/Honey Come Back Composer
2003 Protagonistas de la Musica, Vol.2 Producer
2003 Latin Radio Mix Programmer, Keyboard
2003 Carlos Ponce La Historia Composer
2003 Jimena Jimena Producer, Programmer, arranger, composer, Guitar, Keyboards
2003 Ainhoa Escencial Natural Producer, Programmer, arranger, composer, Guitar
2003 Shalim Cuarto Sin Puerta Producer, Programmer, arranger, composer, Guitar, Keyboards
2003 Obie Bermudez Confesiones Producer, composer
2003 Chasing Papi OS Producer, Programmer, arranger, engineer, Guitar, Keyboards
2003 Cristian Castro Amar Es Engineer
2004 Obie Bermudez Todo el Año Producer
2004 MSM MSM: Las Miami Programmer, Asst Engineer, composer, Guitar, Keyboards
2004 Bustamante Asi Soy Yo Producer, engineer, arranger, keyboards
2004 2004 Latin Grammy Nominees Producer
2005 Robin Avery The Way You Hold Me Producer, engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal Arranger
2005 Latin Grammy Nominees 2005 Producer, engineer, Mixer
2005 La Banda el Recodo Hay Amor Attributed Artist
2005 Golden Slumbers: A Father’s Love Producer, engineer, Mixer
2005 Thalia El Sexto Sentido Guitar, Keyboards
2005 Dora the Explorer: Dance Fiesta! Producer, Programmer, engineer
2005 Chayanne Cautivo Producer, composer, engineer, Keyboards, Organ, Drum Programmer
2006 Nick Jr.: Winter Wonderland Producer, arranger, engineer, Mixer
2006 Dora's World Adventure Producer, arranger, engineer, Mixer
2006 Diego, Dora and Friends' Animal Jamboree Producer, composer, arranger, engineer, Mixer
2007 Vamos a Bailor – Let's Dance Producer, arranger, engineer, Mixer
2007 Danilo Obsesiones Producer, engineer, composer, Guitar, Keyboards
2007 Jennifer Pena Dicen Que el Tiempo Composer
2008 Dora Party Favorites Arranger, Mixer
2009 Jon Secada Expressions Producer, Guitar
2009 Dora's Christmas Arranger, composer, Mixer
2010 We Did It! Dora's Greatest Hits Composer
2010 The E Family Now and Forever Composer
2011 Natalia Jimenez Natalia Jimenez Composer
2012 Danilo Rosero Acompaname Producer, engineer, Mixer, Guitars, Keyboards
2013 Dora Rocks! Music from the Special and More! Producer, composer
2014 Spectrum of Hope (film) Score composer, sound design, mix
2015 SunGhosts Parhelion EP Producer, Mixer
2016 Attack of the Killer Donuts (film) Score composer, sound design, mix
2016 Anna Lee Me Rebelo Producer, Mixer
2016 SunGhosts SunGhosts (album) Producer, Mixer


  1. "129- Drive My Car – Carmen Peláez & Joel Someillan » the Beatles Complete on Ukulele".
  4. "Ponce". May 4, 2002.
  5. "DANIEL PÁEZ cantante, músico y compositor - INICIO" (PDF).
  6. Latin Grammy Awards of 2001
  7. Latin Grammy Awards of 2005
  10. "Go, Diego, Go Live!: The Great Jaguar Rescue :".
  11. "MADAGASCAR LIVE Visits 70 Cities in 2011".
  14. "SunGhosts Hope to Live up to the Title of Miami's Best Band". July 7, 2015.
  15. "SunGhosts Single Release Party for Polterguy, Coral Gables, FL".

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