About

Grammy and Pensado award winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood started recording in high school, working with several of his friends’ rock n’ roll bands. Even as he attended college he was drawn to music, selling hifi equipment at local shops. The more he learned about the reproduction of music, the more his desire to work in the recording industry grew. He moved to Memphis and began honing his skills as an engineer at Ardent Studios. After spending several years learning the ins and outs of recording and mixing, Brad turned his focus on resurrecting Ardent Mastering, a division which had closed years before. His success was immediate as he learned user and cultivated working relationships with producing and engineering greats such as John Hampton, John Fry, Jim Dickinson, Skidd Mills, and Jim Gaines. “It was a great learning experience, being thrown into sessions with such amazing producers and engineers. These guys had worked with everyone in the book so I had to get it right the first time.”

In 2003, Brad decided it was time to expand the service he offered his clients and the result is Euphonic Masters. His client base followed, allowing him to continue to work with a wide variety of artists including Maroon 5, Lamb of God, Korn, Alison Krauss & Union Station, the Black Eyed Peas, Sara Bareilles, Sick Puppies, Thursday, Saving Abel, the North Mississippi Allstars, Sister Hazel, and many more.

Over the course of his career, Brad has had the opportunity to work on a number of acclaimed projects, and in 2012 he became the first mastering engineer ever awarded the Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non Classical for his work on Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Paper Airplane. In 2014, Brad was also honored to receive the first ever Pensado Award for the category of  ‘Master of Mastering’.

16 Grammy Award Nominated Projects

Luther Dickinson - Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) (2016)
Lamb Of God – 512 (2015)
Mike Farris – Shine For All The People (2014) (winner)
Sara Bareilles – Brave (2013)
Luther Dickinson – Hambone’s Meditations (2012)
Rhett Walker Band – When Mercy Found Me (2012)
Alison Krauss & Union Station – Paper Airplane (2011) (2x winner*)
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger (2011)
Maroon 5 – Misery (2010)
Alvin Youngblood Hart – Down In The Alley (2004)
Big Tent Revival – Big Tent Revival Live (2002)
Smalltown Poets – Third Verse (2001)
North Mississippi Allstars – Shake Hands With Shorty (2001)
Big Tent Revival – Choose Life (2000)
Big Tent Revival – Amplifier (1999)
* – winner of Grammy awards for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical & Best Bluegrass Album

6 Juno Award Nominated Projects

Three Days Grave – Transit of Venus (2014)
Jully Black – Fugitive (2013)
Jully Black – Set It Off (2012)
Jully Black – Black Book (2010)
Jully Black – Revival (2008) (winner)
Jully Black – Seven Day Fool (2008)

3 Latin Grammy Award Nominated Projects

Meteoros – Meteoros (2016)
Beto Cuevas – Transformación (2013) (winner)
Juan Fernando Velasco – Con Toda El Alma (2011)

17 Dove Award Nominated Projects

Thousand Foot Krutch – Oxygen: INHALE (2015)
Rhett Walker Band – Here’s to the Ones (2015)
Steven Curtis Chapman – Deep Roots (2014)
Building 429 – Where I Belong (2013)
House of Heroes – Cold Hard Want (2013)
Rhett Walker Band – When Mercy Found Me (2013)
Rhett Walker Band – Come To The River (2013)
Mike Farris – Shout! Live (2009) (winner)
Todd Agnew – Grace Like Rain (2004)
Justifide – Life Outside The Toybox (2002)
GS Megaphone – Out Of My Mind (2002)
Big Tent Revival – Live (2002)
Smalltown Poets – Third Verse (2000)
Skillet – Live Worship (2000)
All Together Separate – ATS (1999)
Skillet – Hey You I Love Your Soul (1998)
Smalltown Poets – Listen Closely (1998)