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El Pasoans behind Khalid's album join him in Grammy nominations

Alfredo Gonzalez and Orlando Gomez at Beacon Hill Recording Studio. They were nominated along for a Grammy along with Khalid. (KFOX14/CBS4){ }

The nominations are out and three El Pasoans are up for Grammys.

It's well known that Americas High School graduate Khalid has put the Borderland on the national spotlight with his success after releasing his debut single “Location” last summer.

Khalid has five Grammy nominations.

But now two other El Pasoans are joining Khalid in the success.

Alfredo Gonzalez is the song writer and producer for “Location.” He was nominated for best R&B song. It’s his first Grammy nomination.

Khalid’s album “American Teen” has a lot of El Paso influence. Gonzalez says the album reflects the love the production team and Khalid have for the Sun City.

“It’s not an artist who just happened to come here. But it’s an artist that lived in El Paso and the team behind it, a lot of us are from El Paso. A lot of the record was done here,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez wasn’t expecting to be nominated.

“I think I was in shock the first 10, 15 minutes, then it slowly started sinking in,” he said.

Gonzalez said the nomination isn’t just about the song, it’s a reflection of his career and the years of hard work in the Borderland.

“I used to work in L.A. When I moved here, the question was, ‘Why are you doing this in El Paso,’” Gonzalez said.

Valentino Ramirez from Northeast El Paso says it’s a reasonable question.

“Because you rarely hear anyone from El Paso really blow up,” Ramirez said.

But then there’s Orlando Gomez. He is the engineer for the “American Teen” album and helped create six songs on it.

He’s also nominated for a Grammy and couldn’t be happier.

“Just proud of what we’ve done together,” Gomez said.

And the recording magic happens at Beacon Hill Recording Studio – also in El Paso.

The studio is home to several Borderland stars.

“We have Khalid. We have Vander. Elia Esparza too. And it’s definitely possible to achieve your goals and dreams. You just have to believe in yourself and work for it,” Gomez said

Even though Khalid came to El Paso as a result of his military upbringing, people respect his love and gratitude for the city.

“This is what he calls his hometown. I think it’s really cool that he is able to really put El Paso on the map,” said Natalia Vaughn of west El Paso.

The Grammys air on our sister station CBS4 on Jan. 28.

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