Chuck Ainlay

Multiple Grammy, CMA & ACM Award winning Producer/Engineer, Chuck has recorded and/or 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 entire solo career of Mark Knopfler as well as Peter Frampton, Lionel Richie, James Taylor, Jewel, Bob Seger, Chuck Leavell 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 Co-Chaired 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 ACM award winning “Four The Record” & Grammy, CMA and ACM award winning “Platinum” Pistol Annies “Hell On Heels” & “Annie Up”
  • David Nail “The Sound Of A Million Dreams”, “I’m A Fire” & “Fighter”
  • Lee Ann Womack “The Way I’m Living”
  • George Strait “Cold Beer Conversations” , “The Cowboy Rides Away” & singles for “Straight Out of the Box Part 2”
  • JD & The Straight Shot “Ballyhoo”
  • Additionally – Singles for Peter Frampton, James Taylor, Mo Pitney, Post Monroe, Rachael Turner & Candi Carpenter

5.1 Projects include:

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

See allmusic.com for a more complete list of engineering and producing credits

Awards:

  • 1994 Grammy nominee for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, Rhythm, Country & Blues – Various 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
  • 2009 ACM “Engineer Of The Year”
  • 2011 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
  • 2013 ACM “Engineer Of The Year”
  • 2013 CMA Nominee “Single Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Mamma’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert 2013 CMA Nominee “Album Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
  • 2014 Grammy Nominee “Best Engineer Album, Non-Classical” Producer/Engineer, Annie Up – Pistol Annies 2014 CMA “Single of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Automatic – Miranda Lambert
  • 2014 CMA “Album of the Year” Producer/Engineer, Platinum – Miranda Lambert
  • 2015 Grammy “Best Country Album” Producer/Engineer, Platinum – Miranda Lambert
  • 2015 Grammy Nominee “Best Country Album” Producer/Engineer, The Way I’m Living – Lee Ann Womack 2015 Grammy Nominee “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, The Way I’m Living – Lee Ann Womack 2015 ACM “Engineer Of The Year”
  • 2015 ACM Nominee “Single Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Automatic – Miranda Lambert
  • 2015 ACM “Album Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Platinum – Miranda Lambert
  • 2016 ACM “Vocal Event Of The Year” Producer/Engineer, Platinum – Miranda Lambert
  • 2017 Grammy “Vocal Event Of The Year” Engineer – Pentatonix & Dolly Parton