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Ethan Willoughy
Background information
Born Evansville, Wisconsin, USA
Date 12 December 1976
Died 20 February 2007
Occupation Music engineer, producer
Associated acts Justin Timberlake
Christina Aguilera

Ethan Willoughby (born Evansville, Wisconsin USA, 12 December 1976 - died 20 February 2007) was a music engineer, producer, whose work included additional engineering on Duran Duran's "Nite-Runner".


Ethan attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, earning his degree in engineering and production education. After graduating in 1999, Ethan began his career in music training as an assistant under his mentor, famed mix engineer, Dave Pensado, at The Enterprise Studio in North Hollywood, CA (USA). While assisting Dave, Ethan worked on projects for Pink, Christina Aguilera, Brian McKnight, Jessica Simpson, Mya, Lionel Richie and Destiny’s Child as well as embarking on his first collaboration with Justin Timberlake on Timberlake’s debut album.

After two and a half years working under Dave Pensado, Ethan made his transition to lead engineer quickly establishing himself as a true talent in the music industry. working on Bob Marley’s Africa Unite, which lead to his close relationship with the Black Eyed Peas and subsequent work on their projects. 

Other work included album credits with the Rolling Stones, Busta Rhymes, the Game, Fergie, Sergio Mendes, Macy Gray, John Legend, Kelis, Common, Justin Timberlake.


Most recently, Ethan realised his life-long dream of being nominated for a Grammy before the age of 30, when he was recognised with the 2007 Album of the Year Grammy nomination for his engineering efforts on Justin Timberlake’s multi-platinum . Justin shared his sadness over the death of his Ethan by saying “I am deeply saddened by this loss... Ethan Willoughby was not only an amazing talent in the studio but, also an amazing person. We will all miss his presence and his love for music. We love you dearly. A true gift to our industry. A loyal friend to me. See you in the next one, my man.”