Paul Moak

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Paul Moak
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Paul Moak: Audio Producer, Engineer, & Mixer; Songwriter; Multi-instrumentalist
Background information
Birth name Paul Greer Moak, III
Born (1979-07-08) July 8, 1979 (age 35)
Origin Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Genres Rock, Pop, Indie, R&B, Soul, CCM, Country, & more
Instruments Guitar (primary); accordion, b3 organ, banjo, dobro, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, keyboard, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, percussion, piano, steel guitar, vocals, xylophone
Years active 1998-Present
Labels Managed by Melissa Emert-Hutner at Hoseb Management
Website Official Site, Hoseb Management Client Page

Paul Moak is an American GRAMMY-nominated producer,[1] engineer, mixer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Nashville, TN.


Paul Greer Moak, III was born in Jackson, MS on July 8, 1979. He learned music at a young age and began touring and recording with artists soon after, primarily as a session guitarist but performing on other instruments as well.[2]

Over the years, Paul began to transition to the roles of producer, engineer, and mixer.[3] He moved to Nashville, TN in 1998, where he had his first private studio.

In early 2004, Paul opened "The Smoakstack" in Nashville with Will Sayles, a 1,760 square-foot recording facility consisting of three tracking rooms and a control room, as well as a lounge, kitchen, and bathroom. The studio used Pro Tools HD 7, with twenty-four inputs/outputs and API/Neve sidecars. Outboard gear consisted of Telefunken, Altec, Neve, dbx, and Ampex equipment.

In 2009, Paul moved his studio to the former Platinum Labs facility in Nashville, re-opening it under the name, "The Smoakstack".

Paul has produced, engineered, performed on, and written songs that have been featured on TV shows such as One Tree Hill,[4] Private Practice,[5] and Pretty Little Liars.[6]

Some of Paul's credits include Mat Kearney, Third Day, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Martha Wainwright, Monroe/Dabbs, Lovedrug, Jennifer Knapp, Matthew Mayfield, Griffin House, Madi Diaz, and many others.

On October 19, 2010, multi-platinum recording artists Third Day (Provident/Sony) released their tenth studio album, Move, which Paul produced. This album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart, marking Paul’s highest-charting production work to date.[7] As of August 31, 2011, Move had sold more than 250,000 physical copies.

Paul earned his first GRAMMY nomination at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards for his work producing, engineering, and co-mixing Leeland's album, The Great Awakening, which was released on September 20, 2011.[1]

The Smoakstack[edit]

Relocating his studio to the Berry Hill area of Nashville in 2009, Paul re-opened The Smoakstack at the former Platinum Labs facility, a 3,000 square-foot recording facility designed by recording engineer and studio designer Chris Huston (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Todd Rundgren, Patti LaBelle).[8] The control room monitoring was designed and tuned by Carl Tatz using his Phantom Focus System.

The Smoakstack comprises a Live Room (25' x 30' with 20' ceilings), Control Room (22' x 20'), four (4) isolation booths, and a piano room.

The console used is an SSL 4056G+ with Ultimation and Total Recall, with recording capabilities via Pro Tools 8 HD3 40 Input/56 Output, UAD-2 Quad card with all UAD Plug-ins, MCI JH24 16-track machine, Alesis Masterlink, and Tascam CDR.

A complete list of gear available at The Smoakstack can be found here.

Discography (selected)[edit]

Below is a selected discography for Paul Moak. A complete discography is available for download here.

Affiliated studios[edit]




  1. ^ a b Nominees And Winners |
  2. ^ Album credits for Paul Moak as a session musician.. 2002 - Present.
  3. ^ Page for Paul Moak. 2002 - Present.
  4. ^ One Tree Hill Music. Season 7, Episode 5 - "Your Cheatin' Heart". Original Air Date - 10/12/2009.
  5. ^ Private Practice - Music Lounge - Episode 401: "Take Two". Original Air Date - 9/23/2010.
  6. ^ Pretty Little Liars - ABC Family Sound Booth. Episode 121: "Monsters in the End". Original Air Date - 3/14/11.
  7. ^ "Move - Third Day (Album Info)".
  8. ^ Page for Chris Huston. 1966 - Present.

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