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Vance Powell

A native of Joplin, MO, Vance spent his youth foolishly chasing the dream of “Rock and Roll”, touring with local bands as FOH engineer before taking his first studio position in 1986. In 1990-'93 he took a position at Lou Whitney's Column One Studio in Springfield Mo. as second engineer, recording scores of regional bands and artists.

A position as monitor engineer with Tammy Wynette in ’92 moved Vance to Nashville. That soon turned into Production Manager/FOH Engineer, which he did until 1997, when he joined global sound reinforcement company, Clair Brother’s Audio. In 1998 he started a long relationship with Jars of Clay taking a FOH position that continued through 2002. During that time several recording projects with them emerged, including their full length 2002 release (and 2003 Grammy Award winner) "the eleventh hour".

In early 2002 John McBride asked him to help build and run Blackbird Studio, a single room semi-private facility for his wife, country music superstar Martina McBride. One room became two, two then became five, and not long after it became an eight room world class facility hosting 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”.

During the last seven years at Blackbird as Chief Engineer, Vance has engineered numerous projects, including three songs for Keb’ Mo’s Grammy winning “Keep it Simple”, Jars Of Clay’s “Good Monsters”, Buddy Guy’s “Skin Deep”, Jack White and Alicia Keys’ “Another Way To Die” for motion picture “The Quantum of Solace” and the 2009 Grammy winner for “Best Engineered album, non-classical”, The Raconteurs “Consoler of the Lonely” (Mix).
The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely
Jars of Clay - The Eleventh Hour
The Dead Weather
Secret Machines - The Road Leads Where It
Buddy Guy - Skin Deep