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Michael Janas

Michael Janas I came to Belmont in 2002 as the Studio Manager of RCA Studio B, a historic recording facility on Music Row which is operated in partnership by Belmont University and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  As Studio Manager I facilitate and coordinate all activities in the building and I serve as Adjunct Studio Faculty.

My career in the music industry began as a live sound engineer during my undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas.  After receiving my Bachelor of Music Education I began to work as a full-time front-of-house engineer and road manager, touring through the U.S., Canada, and Europe with artists such as Leon Russell, Jason & The Scorchers, and Webb Wilder.

In 1990 I changed my career path and took a position as a demo recording engineer and personal assistant for Paul Kennerley, a songwriter who has written hits for The Judds, Emmylou Harris, and Marty Stuart.  I also began to work at local nightclubs such as The Bluebird and The Exit/In as an occasional front-of-house engineer.  In 1991 I accepted a position as Studio Manager of The Castle Recording Studio in Franklin, TN, eventually becoming Vice President.  During my eleven-year tenure at The Castle I recorded and produced a wide variety of artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jason & The Scorchers, Jonell Mosser, and BR5-49 (who received three Grammy nominations on work I produced).  I also engineered projects for Warner/Chappell Music, Emmylou Harris, Billy Ray Cyrus, Anna Wilson, Webb Wilder, and Brad Paisley.  In addition to these I also engineered many independent artist demos and albums.

I am currently pursuing a M.Ed. degree at Belmont University.