Meet the Engineer!
Chief Recording/Mastering Engineer
Will has been the chief audio engineer for National Media Services since 2003. He began his career in 1998 co-producing and engineering audio for radio broadcast. He has since broadened his experiences to include recording and mixing full score music productions, completing detailed audio restorations, executing audio and video reformatting, and performing world class mastering for commercial release albums. He has even designed and configured several facilities during his career including our very own Upper Room Studios.
Will’s greatest attribute for this field is his own musicianship. He studied "Recording Systems Techniques" and received his Bachelor of Music (Music Education) from The Conservatory of Music at Shenandoah University where he perfected his understanding and knowledge of music theory, composition, arrangement, and music education. While attending Shenandoah, Will tutored many instrumentalists, and assisted with local organized ensembles. He minored in piano while his major instrument is the trumpet. He studied both jazz and classical styles of performance. During his studies at Shenandoah he performed with guest artists and composers such as Randy Brecker, Allen Vizzutti, and Alan Baylock, and was honored to perform two master classes for trumpet master Mr. Eugene Blee.
Will's knowledge and experience of recording and mastering is only exceeded by his love of the business. Will has contributed in the production of multiple award winning and nominated projects, as well as many chart topping hits. His work has yielded multiple nominations with the Washington Area Music Association, including a 2010 Best Bluegrass album. He mastered “A Sinner’s Prayer,” written by Brink Brinkman and Paula Breedlove and recorded by Trinity River Band, which won “Best Song of the Year” at the 2015 Strictly Country Spirit Awards. Similarly, he co-produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered “This Christmas” written by Sarah Harris which won the 2015 “Spirit of Christmas Award.” He mastered Grammy nominated Bill Emerson’s Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, "The Touch of Time” as well as Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa’s “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Day” which both made the Roots Music Reports Top 100 Bluegrass albums of 2012. In 2006 he mastered The Bates Family’s “And So It is Written” which yielded three songs on the “Singing News Magazine” charts. In 2012 Will mastered Terry Brown’s “It’s a Cowboy Thang” which was nominated for Album of the Year with the Academy of Western Artists, as well as the Western Music Association. In 2013 Will mastered Terry’s album “Party on the Prairie” which soared to the #1 best album on Roots Music Report’s True Country chart in November 2014. Terry has had three singles hit the Roots Music Report and New Music Weekly charts from the two albums. Recently Will recorded, mixed, mastered, and co-produced the hit album “Heartstrings” by Trinity River Band which has already debuted 6 singles on the Bluegrass Today charts, including “How Blue” which soared to #2 and remained in the top 5 for Five straight weeks. In 2014, Will recorded, mixed and mastered The Bitter Liberals’ album “Again” (their second album recorded at National Media Services) which was nominated by the Washington Area Music Association in four categories, including best recorded contemporary Folk album. In 2016, Bud’s Collective’s self-titled album, recorded, mixed and mastered by Will was nominated for two Wammies, including best recorded Bluegrass album of the year. Will is quickly gaining the reputation as a superb mastering and recording engineer and has clients requesting his services from all over the country. Other artists requesting Will’s services, not listed above include: Circa Blue, Scythian, Joltin’ Jim McCoy, Walter Hensley, Emory Lester, Zallen, Nothin’ Fancy, Robbie Limon, Everpresent, All4Hym, and many, many more!