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John Merchant

Chair, Department of Recording Industry
Murfreesboro, TN

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John Merchant earned a degree in Music Engineering from the University of Miami. While still in school, he began working as an intern at Middle Ear Studios on South Beach, owned by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, where he advanced from assistant to chief engineer. In 2004, he opened his own studio in Miami, RedDoor, to produce both new and established acts.

Over the course of his career, John has had the opportunity to work with an amazing collection of musicians, songwriters, producers & engineers. His credits include Barbra Streisand, Allison Kraus, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion and Lenny Kravitz, as well as producers Arif Mardin, Dave Cobb, Russ Titelman, David Foster, Phil Ramone, and many others.

In 2007, John produced a top-selling DVD on mixing techniques for Multiplatinum Productions and in 2008 was nominated for a Grammy as producer for the artist Mika.

Having completed his Masters Degree in Recording Arts & Technologies at MTSU, he is now Chair of the Recording Industry Department.
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