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Life and careerEdit

Powell made his start in live sound, touring with local Missouri bands as a front of house engineer. In 1986, he conducted his first professional studio recording session as an engineer at Rick Massey's 'Massey Studio', stepping in for the main engineer who was sick at the time. That same year he became the studio's engineer.[1] In 1990-'93 he took a position at Lou Whitney's Column One Studio in Springfield, MO. as second engineer, recording scores of regional bands and artists. Shortly after, Powell moved to Nashville, TN, accepting a position as a monitor engineer for Tammy Wynette. The position turned into Production Manager/Front of House (FOH) Engineer, which he did until 1997, when he joined global sound reinforcement company, Clair Brothers Audio.[6][7]

In 1998 he started a long relationship with Jars of Clay taking a front of house position that continued through 2002. During that time several recording projects with them emerged, including their full length 2002 release (and 2003 Grammy Award winner) "The Eleventh Hour".[6]

In early 2002 John McBride asked him to help build and run Blackbird Studio, a single room semi-private facility for his wife, country music superstar Martina McBride.[8] The single room semi-private facility soon became an eight room world class facility hosting projects such as Neil Young's “Heart of Gold” motion picture soundtrack and The Dixie Chicks' six time Grammy Award winning “Taking the Long Way”.[6][9] Powell remained the Chief Engineer at Blackbird for seven years.[2]

Projects outside of Blackbird soon beckoned, and Powell began working extensively with Jack White's groups including The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, and The Dead Weather, as well as many of White's production jobs such as Wanda Jackson's "The Party Ain't Over", as well as Jack White and Alicia Keys' production of "Another Way to Die" from the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.[10][5][11]

Powell is the co-owner of Sputnik Sound, a recording and mixing facility he set up in 2006 together with producer/engineer Mitch Dane. Powell met White for the first time in 2006, when he worked on Danger Mouse and Daniel Luppi's Rome album, on which White guested.[10] Recent Sputnik Sound projects include Tinariwin, Seasick Steve, Leagues, Bobby Bare, Jr., Red Fang, De Staat, Diarrhea Planet, A Thousand Horses, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Wolfmother, Arctic Monkeys and Chris Stapleton. Powell is managed by Global Positioning Services management in Santa Monica, CA.[5]

AwardsEdit

Powell has won four Grammy Awards for his work on the albums listed below.[3][5][1][10][12]

In 2015, Chris Stapleton's album "Traveller" won three Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) including "Album of The Year" and "New Artist of The Year". The album also received Grammy nominations for Album Of The Year, Best Country Song, Best Country Album (win), Best Country Solo Performance (win). The album was engineered and mixed by Powell.[13][14][15][12]

Selected discographyEdit

The production, engineering and mixing discography for Vance Powell is as follows.[16][17][18]

Year Artist Album Label Producer Engineer Mixer
2018 Clutch Book of Bad Decisions Weathermaker Music
 Y
 Y
2015 Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown The Wayside Vervatos/Republic
 Y
 Y
 Y
The Revivalists Men Amongst Mountains Wind-Up
 Y
Chris Stapleton Traveller Mercury
 Y
 Y
JEFF the Brotherhood Wasted on the Dream Infinity Cat
 Y
Elle King "America's Sweetheart" from Love Stuff RCA
 Y
Seasick Steve Sonic Soul Surfer BMG
 Y
 Y
The Whistles & The Bells The Whistles & The Bells +180
 Y
 Y
2014 Tinariwen Emmaar ANTI-
 Y
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes Kid Tiger Deer Head
 Y
 Y
Black Prairie Fortune Sugar Hill
 Y
 Y
 Y
The Dirty Guv'nahs Hearts on Fire Summertown
 Y
Peter Bradley Adams The Mighty Storm I Me Mine
 Y
Bobby Bare, Jr. Undefeated Bloodshot
 Y
 Y
Dirk Powell Walking Through Clay Bloodshot
 Y
 Y
2013 The Almost Fear Inside Our Bones Tooth & Nail
 Y
Insane Clown Posse Forgotten Freshness, Vol. 5 Psycopathic
 Y
 Y
Sturgill Simpson High Top Mountain High Top Mountain
 Y
 Y
De Staat I Con Cool Green Records  Y
Seasick Steve Hubcap Music Third Man
 Y
 Y
Moon Taxi Mountains Beaches Cities BMG
 Y
LeAnn Rimes Spitfire Curb
 Y
Kings of Leon Live At The O2 (DVD) RCA
 Y
Various Artists The Great Gatsby O.S.T. Interscope
 Y
 Y
Caitlin Rose The Stand-In ATO
 Y
Red Fang Whales and Leeches Relapse
 Y
North Mississippi Allstars World Boogie Is Coming Songs of the South
 Y
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Wild Child Carved
 Y
Leagues You Belong Here Bufalatone
 Y
 Y
2012 Jack White Blunderbuss Third Man
 Y
 Y
The Whigs Enjoy the Company New West
 Y
Keb' Mo' Keb Mo/Keep It Simple Sony
 Y
Andrew Osenga Leonard, the Lonely Astronaut 1010 Distribution
 Y
Andrew Peterson Light for the Lost Boy Centricity
 Y
Buddy Guy Live at Legends RCA
 Y
The Kicks Tonight Changes Everything The Kicks
 Y
 Y
Pujol United States of Being Saddle Creek
 Y
2011 Red Fang Murder the Mountains Relapse
 Y
Danger Mouse & Danielle Luppi Rome Rome
 Y
Chris Thile Sleep with One Eye Open Nonesuch
 Y
 Y
Wanda Jackson The Party Ain't Over
 Y
 Y
Bobby Bare, Jr. A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head Thirty Tigers
 Y
Johnny Gimble Celebrating with Friends CMH
 Y
The Kicks Sputnik Sessions The Kicks
 Y
 Y
2010 The Whigs In the Dark ATO/Red
 Y
 Y
Buddy Guy Living Proof Jive
 Y
The Dead Weather Sea of Cowards Warner Bros.
 Y
 Y
John Cowan The Massenburg Sessions Koch
 Y
Karen Elson The Ghost Who Walks XL
 Y
 Y
Andrew Belle The Ladder 101 Distribution
 Y
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights Warner Bros.
 Y
Hillsong Yahweh EMI
 Y
2009 The Dead Weather Horehound Independent
 Y
 Y
Seasick Steve Man from Another Time Rykodisc
 Y
John Rich Son of a Preacher Man Warner Bros.
 Y
Jars of Clay The Long Fall Back to Earth Provident
 Y
The Kicks The Rise of King Richie Independent
 Y
Willie Nelson Willie and the Wheel Bismeaux
 Y
2008 Jessica Simpson Do You Know Epic
 Y
Jewel Perfectly Clear Valory
 Y
Jack White & Alicia Keys "Another Way to Die" from Quantum of Solace O.S.T. Capitol
 Y
 Y
2007 Jars of Clay Christmas Songs Nettwerk
 Y
 Y
The White Stripes Conquest Warner Bros.
 Y
Caedmon's Call Overdressed Ino/Columbia
 Y
2006 Poor Rich Folk Love Is A Bullet Independent
 Y
 Y
Matt Dusk Back in Town Decca
 Y
2005 Big & Rich Comin' to Your City Warner/Reprise
 Y

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Universal Audio Feature
  2. ^ a b Tape Op Interview
  3. ^ a b AllMusic Credits
  4. ^ Discogs Credits
  5. ^ a b c d Vance Powell GPS Client Page
  6. ^ a b c Black Bird Studios: Vance Powell
  7. ^ RSR Feature
  8. ^ Exponential Audio Feature
  9. ^ Izotope Feature
  10. ^ a b c Sound On Sound Inside Track: Jack White
  11. ^ Brite Revolution Interview
  12. ^ a b Chris Stapleton | Grammy Page
  13. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/6753144/cma-awards-2015-recap-chris-stapleton
  14. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/chris-stapleton-new-artist-of-the-year-2015-cma-awards/
  15. ^ http://www.globalpositioningservices.net/chris-stapleton-album-traveller-hits-1-billboard-200-engineered-mixed-vance-powell/
  16. ^ "Vance Powell Credits and Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  17. ^ Vance Powell Official Selected Discography
  18. ^ Vance Powell GPS client page