Jerry Wonda Duplessis
Owner, Platinum Sound Recording Studios/Wonda Music
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis is a Haitian Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum music producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and musically adept producers to emerge from the hip-hop era of the early 1990s, earning 3 Grammy Awards, over 16 Grammy nominations, a publishing catalog of 300+ titles, and 300+ million single and album copies sold. He has written, produced, performed and directed for artists such as The Fugees, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Shakira, Carlos Santana, Melissa Etheridge and Justin Bieber among many others. He has scored and produced songs for films and documentaries such as the Golden-Globe nominated “Million Voices” for Hotel Rwanda, and currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Grammy Producers & Engineers wing.
In addition to his work in music, Duplessis has developed a large portfolio of business ventures and investments, including founding one of New York City’s most iconic and long-standing music recording studios, Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and his own production company, Wonda Music. An avid philanthropist, he has also founded organizations such as the One World Project, WeThePlanet and the nonprofit Yéle Haiti, which provides assistance to Haiti in education, health, environment and community development. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Newark Symphony Hall and is currently working in conjunction with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on “The Other Side of Newark,” a music program that provides educational and collaborative opportunities for underprivileged youth throughout the city.