Vance Powell is a four time Grammy award winning producer, engineer and mixer, whose impressive list of credits includes The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Seasick Steve, Black Prairie, Tinariwen, Jeff The Brotherhood, Martina McBride, and Chris Stapleton, among many others.
Powell made his start in live sound, touring with local Missouri bands as a front-of-house engineer. In 2002 John McBride asked him to run Blackbird Studio, then a single room semi-private facility for his wife and country music superstar Martina McBride. With Powell as chief engineer, it grew to become an eight room world class facility. Nashville's Blackbird Studios is now one of the largest and most famous studio complexes in the world, having hosted 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".
Projects outside Blackbird Studios 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. In 2013, he was nominated for the Grammy Award "Album Of The Year" along with Jack White for his work on "Blunderbuss," and again in 2014 for "Lazaretto," nominated for "Best Alternative Music Album" and "Best Rock Song."
Recent projects include work with Tinariwin, Seasick Steve, Leagues, Bobby Bare Jr, Red Fang, Diarrhea Planet, A Thousand Horses, Wolfmother, Arctic Monkeys, The Revivalists and Chris Stapleton.
In 2015, Stapleton's album "Traveller" won three Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) including "Album of The Year", and received Grammy nominations for "Album Of The Year", "Best Country Song" and won "Best Country Album" and "Best Country Solo Performance", as well as recently becoming an RIAA certified Platinum Album. The album was engineered and mixed by Vance. The Revivalists’ single “Wish I Knew You” recently went to #1 at Triple A Radio, also mixed by Vance.
Co-owner of Sputnik Sound, located in the Berry Hill area of Nashville, he recently finished producing, engineering and mixing The Wans' "Run Baby Run" EP. Additionally, Powell produced and mixed the new album Graveyard Whistling (ATO) for alternative country band Old 97's (#1 Americana Album), produced, engineered and mixed Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown's new album The Wayside, and mixed albums for Melissa Ethridge and Robert Randolph & The Family Band. Recently, Powell produced, engineered, and mixed Death by Chocolate's latest release Crooked For You (Deep Dive) out in March, and received a 2017 GRAMMY Album of The Year nomination for his engineering work on Beyonce's Lemonade. Recently, Powell engineered and mixed Chris Stapleton's new record From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/UMG Nashville).
|Chris Stapleton||From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/UMG Nashville)||E, M|
|Beyonce||Lemonade (Parkwood Entertainment)||E|
|Death By Chocolate||Crooked For You (Deep Dive)||P, E, M|
|Pearl Jam||Live At Third Man Records (Third Man)||E, M|
|Robert Randolph & The Family Band||Got Soul (Sony Masterworks)||M|
|Melissa Ethridge||Memphis Rock And Soul (Stax/Concord)||M|
|Old 97's||Graveyard Whistling (ATO)||P, E, M|
|Diarrhea Planet||Turn To Gold (Infinity Cat)||P, E, M|
|The Revivalists||Men Amongst Mountains (Wind-Up)||M|
|Tyler Bryant & The Shakedowns||The Wayside (Vervatos/Republic)||P, E, M|
|Chris Stapleton||Traveller (Mercury)||E, M|
|Elle King||"America's Sweetheart" from Love Stuff (RCA)||M|
|Black Prairie||Fortune (Sugar Hill)||P, E, M|
|Seasick Steve||Hubcap Music (Third Man)||E, M|
|Jack White||Blunderbuss (Third Man)||E, M|
|The Dead Weather||Sea of Cowards (Warner Bros.)||E, M|
|The White Stripes||Under Great White… (Warner Bros.)||M|