Michael Knox (record producer)

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Michael Knox
Michael Knox
Background information
Born Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country music
Occupation(s) record producer
Years active 1990s-present
Associated acts Jason Aldean
Website musicknox.com

Michael Knox (born in Nashville, Tennessee[1]) is an American Record Producer.

Knox is most noted for his production work with country superstar Jason Aldean[2] (2011 CMA Award for Album of The Year - Jason Aldean’s MY KINDA PARTY) but with 16 number ones, over 27 Million singles and 12 million albums sold, Knox has many production credits to his name including Thomas Rhett (“It Goes Like This” 3 weeks #1, 50 million + one-week record breaking audience impression) Trace Adkins, Kelly Clarkson (collaboration w/Aldean on “Don’t You Wanna Stay”),[3] Bush Hawg, Ludacris (collaboration w/Aldean on “Dirt Road Anthem”), Luke Bryan & Eric Church (collaboration w/Aldean on "The Only Way I Know" ) Montgomery Gentry,[2] Randy Owen, Rachel Farley, Josh Thompson, Frankie Ballard, Hank Williams Jr., Brother Trouble and Chuck Wicks, among others. He has produced thirteen number one career singles for Jason Aldean so far, including "Big Green Tractor," "She's Country" (2009 MediaBase Most Played Country Song of the Year), “Dirt Road Anthem," "Don't You Wanna Stay", "Tattoos on this Town", “Night Train”, "Burnin' It Down" and the most recent #1 hit "Just Gettin' Started"".[4][5]

Michael Knox co-produced "The Wrong Song" featuring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere with T-Bone Burnett and solo produced "I'm A Girl" featuring Hayden Panettiere, "What If I Was Willing" and “Hurtin’ On Me” Chris Carmack, "Can't Say No To You" a duet with Hayden and Chris Carmack and “It’s On Tonight” Chris Carmack, Chip Esten and Wiil Chase for the ABC hit TV series NASHVILLE.[5]

In addition to his production work, Knox formed the production management company Music Knox with clients Rachel Farley and Michael Tyler.[5]

Knox also serves as Vice President for peermusic Group in Nashville. In 2013 they enjoyed the ASCAP Song of the Year “How Country Feels” Randy Houser, Under the creative leadership of Knox, peermusic has built itself into one of Nashville’s top Independent Publishing Companies.[6]

Additionally, Knox co-produced Trace Adkins’ COWBOY’S BACK IN TOWN which in 2010 debuted at #1 on Billboards Country Album Chart and the Grammy Nominated hit single "Just Fishing". He also produced the track “Thirsty” on Hank Williams Jr. for the GOLD selling COUNTRY STRONG Soundtrack.[7]

Early career[edit]

Few people in Music Row history have turned creativity into chart success as well as Michael Knox. Opening Nashville’s first song plugging company in 1991, HIT PLUGGERS, it gave him the start he needed to move to bigger things. When he was an executive for Warner/Chappell Music (1992 – 2002), Knox was VP responsible for writer and artist development and song placements that left his stamp on more than 150 million records. Along the way, he has proven himself to be one of Nashville's most original business minds and one of its most successful groomers of talent and song placement.[7]

"I don't do things in a traditional way," Knox says. "I want to be the guy who may do the unexpected because it taps into the heart of the creative process." [5]

The result has been a truly impressive level of success. With monster hits as a songplugger by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Reba, Gary Allan, Collin Raye, Tracy Byrd, Lonestar, Clay Walker, and many others—more than 300 cuts in eight years—all reflect his pivotal role in bringing together artist and song.[5]

In 2004 Knox moved to another chapter in his career by producing Jason Aldean’s self -titled Platinum album on Broken Bow Records, including the Top Ten hit single “Hicktown”, Top 5 Single “Amarillo Sky” and the Billboard and R&R Number One (#1) hit single “Why”.[7]

Family[edit]

Michael Knox is the son of Rock N’ Roll Legend Buddy Knox “Party Doll” fame 1957. The first artist in the rock era to ever write and sing his own #1 hit single.[8]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2007 ACM Awards[9] (Producer) Song of the Year – "Amarillo Sky" - Jason Aldean Nominated
2011 ACM Awards (Producer) Album of the Year - "My Kinda Party" - Jason Aldean Nominated
Billboard Music Awards[10] (Producer) Top Country Album – "My Kinda Party" - Jason Aldean Nominated
CMA Awards[11] (Producer) Single of the Year – "Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson Nominated
(Producer) Album of the Year – My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean Won
American Country Awards[12] (Producer) Album of the Year – My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean Won
(Producer) Single of the Year: Male – "My Kinda Party" - Jason Aldean Won
(Producer) Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration – "Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson Won
2012 Grammy Awards[13] (Producer) Best Country Album – "My Kinda Party" - Jason Aldean Nominated
(Producer) Best Country Solo Performance – “Dirt Road Anthem” - Jason Aldean Nominated
(Producer) Best Country Duo/Group Performance – “Don’t You Wanna Stay” - Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson Nominated
(Producer) Best Country Song - Trace Adkins “Just Fishin’” - Jason Aldean Nominated
ACM Awards[14] (Producer) Album of the Year – "My Kinda Party" - Jason Aldean` Nominated
(Producer) Single Record of the Year – "Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson Won
Billboard Music Awards[15] (Producer) Top Country Album – "My Kinda Party" - Jason Aldean Won
(Producer) Top Country Song – "Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean Won
Teen Choice Awards (Producer) Choice Country Song: "Tattoos On This Town" - Jason Aldean Nominated
CMA Awards (Producer) Single of the Year - "Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean Nominated
American Country Awards (Producer) Single of the Year – "Tattoos On This Town" - Jason Aldean Nominated
(Producer) Single by a Male Artist – "Tattoos On This Town" - Jason Aldean Nominated
(Producer) Song of the Year: "Fly Over States" - Jason Aldean Nominated
(Producer) Song of the Year: "Tattoos On This Town" - Jason Aldean Nominated
Touchtunes (Producer) Year End Chart Top Country Song - "Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean
2013 Billboard Music Awards (Producer) Top Country Album- "Night Train" - Jason Aldean Nominated
CMA Awards[16] (Producer) Musical Event of the Year - "The Only Way I Know" - Jason Aldean (with Luke Bryan & Eric Church) Nominated
American Country Awards[17] (Producer) Album of the Year: Night Train - Jason Aldean Nominated
(Producer) Single of the Year - Vocal Collaboration: "The Only Way I Know" - Jason Aldean (with Luke Bryan & Eric Church) Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards[18] (Producer) Best Country Album – "Night Train" - Jason Aldean Nominated
American Country Countdown Awards (Producer) Single of the Year - "Just Gettin' Started" - Jason Aldean Won
(Producer) Song of the Year - "Burnin' It Down" - Jason Aldean Nominated
2015 ACM Awards (Producer) Album of the Year - Old Boots, New Dirt - Jason Aldean Nominated
Billboard Music Awards (Producer) Top Country Album – "Old Boots, New Dirt" - Jason Aldean Won
(Producer) Top Country Song – "Burnin' It Down" - Jason Aldean Won
iHeartRadio Awards (Producer) Country Song of the Year "Burnin' It Down" - Jason Aldean Won
Producer Awards[5]
Top Country Producer Hot 100 Producers
2009 #6
2010 #3
2011 #2 #13
2012 #3 #25
2013 #5 #24
2014 #6
Albums (appearing as solo producer or co-producer)
Top Country Albums Billboard Top 200 Independent Soundtrack
Jason Aldean[5] #6 #37 #2 N/A
Relentless - Jason Aldean #1 #4 #1 N/A
Wide Open - Jason Aldean #2 #4 #1 N/A
Cowboys Back In Town - Trace Adkins #1 #5 N/A N/A
My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean[7] #1 #2 #1 N/A
Way Out There - Josh Thompson #9 #28 N/A N/A
Country Strong (Soundtrack) #2 #6 N/A #1
Rebels On The Run - Montgomery Gentry #9 #28 #6 N/A
Act Of Valor (Soundtrack)[5] #8 #47 #5 #4
Night Train - Jason Aldean[5] #1 #1 #1 N/A
The Music Of Nashville (Season 1 Vol. 1) #3 #14 N/A #1
It Goes Like This (Thomas Rhett)[5] #2 #6 N/A N/A
Alabama & Friends #2 #8 N/A N/A
The Music Of Nashville (Season 2 Vol. 1) #7 #34 N/A #4
Old Boots, New Dirt - Jason Aldean[5] #1 #1 #1 N/A

#1 Singles[edit]

  • Jason Aldean - "Why"
  • Jason Aldean - "She's Country"
  • Jason Aldean - "Big Green Tractor"
  • Jason Aldean - "The Truth"
  • Jason Aldean - "My Kinda Party"
  • Jason Aldean - "Don't You Wanna Stay"
  • Jason Aldean - “Dirt Road Anthem”
  • Jason Aldean - ”Tattoo’s On This Town”
  • Jason Aldean - "Fly Over States"
  • Jason Aldean - "Take A Little Ride"
  • Jason Aldean - "The Only Way I Know"
  • Jason Aldean - "Night Train"
  • Thomas Rhett - "It Goes Like This"
  • Jason Aldean – “When She Says Baby”
  • Jason Aldean - "Burnin' It Down"
  • Jason Aldean - "Just Gettin' Started"[5]

Top 5 Singles[edit]

  • Jason Aldean -"Amarillo Sky"
  • Jason Aldean - "Johnny Cash"
  • Jason Aldean - “Laugh Until We Cried"
  • Jason Aldean - "Crazy Town"
  • Trace Adkins - “Just Fishin’"[7]

Top 10 Singles[edit]

  • Jason Aldean - “Hick Town”
  • Montgomery Gentry – “Where I Come From”
  • Jason Aldean - "1994"[5]

Top 15 Singles[edit]

  • Jason Aldean - "Relentless"
  • Josh Thompson - "Beer On The Table"
  • Josh Thompson - "Way Out Here"
  • Trace Adkins - "This Ain't No Love Song"[5]

Producer Credits[edit]

Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Josh Thompson, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Bush Hawg, Ludacris, Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Chip Esten, Hank Williams Jr., Chuck Wicks, Frankie Ballard, Miranda Lambert, Randy Owen, Charlie Daniels, Rachel Farley, Brantley Gilbert, Lost Trailers, Crossin Dixon, Lila McCann, the Road Hammers, Danni Leigh, JD Myers and the late great Buddy Knox.[7]

Boards and Memberships[edit]

CMA Board of Directors (current Director at Large), ACM Board of Directors (current), Grammy Special Committees (current), Leadership Music Class of 2001, Grammy, CMA, ACM.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ http://www.rama-info.com/home/bio2.html
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  14. ^ "2012 ACM Awards Nominees Announced". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
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  16. ^ "Jason Nominated for 3 CMA Awards!". Jason Aldean. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  17. ^ "CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS!". Jason Aldean. Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
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