St. Michael Son-in-Law Hopes Everyone Sees Red at Grammy Awards

Music producer John Rausch, husband of STMA graduate Julie Hedlund, could strike gold Sunday night if Taylor Swift's "Red" wins big.

You'll have to forgive John Raush these days. Things are a bit hectic in his world. 

After all, it's not often that all your success stories meet at center stage for one weekend. 

The 2007 Monticello High School graduate and husband of St. Michael-Albertville grad Julie Hedlund is hoping to come home from the 2014 Grammy Awards with one of those little golden gramophones for his work on Taylor Swift's multi-platinum album, "Red." If Swift earns the award for Album of the Year, which she just might, Rausch will join his fellow producer and mentor, the Twin Cities' own Dan Wilson, on stage late Sunday night. 

That's not why John got into music, his mother, Catherine, told the Morrison County Record (Little Falls) earlier this month. John has been "into" music since his formidable years, playing with a band during his high school years and even touring with the Christian affiliated "Go Ministries." 

He met Wilson during his time at the Institute for Production and Recording (IPR) in Minneapolis. He was looped into project with the former Semisonic leader, accomplished songwriter and multi-Grammy winner in 2009, when Wilson needed a producer for a live production. John was one of IPR's best students, got the chance and struck up a relationship with Wilson that took him to Los Angeles when Wilson closed his famed Minneapolis studio and moved to California, just weeks before John and Julie were set to tie the knot. 

Wilson was peaking. He played the piano on Adele's No. 1 hit "Someone Like You" and won a Grammy in 2012. Swift sought him out for "Red," which came out in early 2013 (on radio) and put country music's hottest crossover artist back on top of the world for much of the spring. 

"Things are so crazy right now," Rausch said via e-mail early this week. "It's amazing."

We've agreed to catch up after the awards, which will be an incredible experience for a young man who grew up in Wright County, no matter how it turns out. 

The nominees for Album of the Year include: 
Sara Bareilles, "The Blessed Unrest"
Kendrick Lamar, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City" 
Taylor Swift, "Red"
Ryan Lewis and Macklemore, "The Heist"
Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories"

If You Watch: 
What: The 56th annual Grammy Awards
Where: CBS (WCCO)
Time: 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26
Huckle January 24, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Perhaps he was formidable, but I'm guessing the word you were looking for was formative.


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