Chuck Ainlay

Multiple Grammy & ACM Award winning Producer/Engineer, Chuck has recorded and mixed well over three hundred albums, including work with legendary & current hit country music artists such as; George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Dixie Chicks. Chuck has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with mainstream pop artists such as Dire Straits and nearly the entirety of Mark Knopfler’s solo career, Peter Frampton, Lionel Richie, Chuck Levell and Sheryl Crow which has earned him widespread international acclaim. His work in 5.1 mixing has resulted in ground-breaking projects such as the 25th anniversary remix of Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive and the Grammy award winning 20th anniversary remix of the Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms.

He has served several terms as a Governor on the Nashville Chapter NARAS board, Chaired the Nashville P&E Wing and is the current Co-Chair of the NARAS P&E Wing National Steering committee.

Producer credits include Mark Knopfler’s solo albums “Privateering”, “Get Lucky”, “Kill To Get Crimson”, “Shangri La”, “The Ragpicker’s Dream”, “Sailing to Philadelphia”, “Golden Heart”, “All The Road Running” Duets album with Emmylou Harris and movie scores for “Wag the Dog” and “Metroland”, Elvis Presley “Christmas Duets”, Miranda Lambert “Four The Record” & “Platinum”, David Nail “The Sound Of A Million Dreams” & “I’m A Fire”, Pistol Annies “Hell On Heels” & “Annie Up”, Lee Ann Wormack “The Way I’m Living” & George Strait “The Cowboy Rides Away”

5.1 Projects include Dire Straits 20th anniversary remix of “Brother in Arms” & “Alchemy”, Peter Frampton’s “Live in Detroit”, the 25th anniversary remix of “Comes Alive” & “Comes Alive 35”, Mark Knopfler’s “Shangri La” & “Sailing to Philadelphia”, Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads Festival: 2007”, George Strait’s farewell concert “The Cowboy Rides Away as well as 5.1 albums by Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, George Strait, The Mavericks, Olivia Newton-John, Pacific Coast Highway & Everclear.

1983 – Present Independent Recording Engineer

1999-2012 Co-owner of BackStage Studio at Sound Stage

1994 Grammy nominee for Best Engineered Recording Non-Classical (Rhythm, Country & Blues)

1996 Nashville Music Association “Engineer of the Year”

1997 Nashville Music Association “Engineer of the Year”

1998 Music Row Magazine “Engineer of the Year” –

1999 TEC Award Nominee for “Engineer of the Year”

2000 TEC Award Nominee for “Engineer of the Year”

2005 Grammy “Best Surround Sound Album” Producer/Engineer Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

2006 Tec Award “Best Surround Sound Album” Producer/Engineer Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

2006 Grammy “Best Pop Instrumental Album” Engineer, Finger Prints – Peter Frampton

2008 ACM “Engineer Of The Year”

2008 Grammy “Best Country Album” Engineer, Troubadour – George Strait

2010 ACM “Engineer Of The Year”

2011 ACM “Album Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Four The Record – Miranda Lambert

2012 ACM “Single Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Over You – Miranda Lambert

2012 ACM “Engineer Of The Year”

2012 CMA Nominee “Album Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Four The Record – Miranda Lambert

2013 CMA Nominee “Single Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Mamma’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert

2014 Grammy Nominee “Best Engineer Non Classical Album” Producer/Engineer, Annie Up – Pistol Annies

2014 CMA Nominee “Album of the Year” Producer/Engineer, Platinum – Miranda Lambert

2014 CMA Nominee “Single of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Automatic – Miranda Lambert