Paul Moak: Audio Producer, Engineer, & Mixer; Songwriter; Multi-instrumentalist
|Birth name||Paul Greer Moak, III|
|Born||July 8, 1979|
|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|
|Labels||Managed by Melissa Emert-Hutner at Hoseb Management|
|Website||Official Site, Hoseb Management Client Page|
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.
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.
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. 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.
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). The control room monitoring was designed and tuned by Carl Tatz using his Phantom Focus System.
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.
- House of Heroes - "Cold Hard Want" (Gotee Records)
- Jennifer Knapp - Letting Go (Greylin Records)
- Lovedrug - Wild Blood (Independent)
- Mat Kearney - Nothing Left To Lose (Sony)
- Seabird - Rocks Into Rivers (EMI CMG); The Silent Night EP (EMI CMG)
- Third Day - Move (Provident/Sony)
- Relient K - Collapsible Lung (Mono VS Stereo)
- The Smoakstack (Nashville, TN): 2009–Present (Owner)
- Ocean Way Studios (Nashville, TN)
- Abbey Road (London, UK)
- Blackbird Studios (Nashville, TN)
- The Hit Factory (New York, NY)
- Nominees And Winners | GRAMMY.com
- Discogs.com. Album credits for Paul Moak as a session musician.. 2002 - Present.
- AlbumCredits.com. AlbumCredits.com Page for Paul Moak. 2002 - Present.
- One Tree Hill Music. Season 7, Episode 5 - "Your Cheatin' Heart". Original Air Date - 10/12/2009.
- Private Practice - Music Lounge - ABC.com. Episode 401: "Take Two". Original Air Date - 9/23/2010.
- Pretty Little Liars - ABC Family Sound Booth. Episode 121: "Monsters in the End". Original Air Date - 3/14/11.
- Billboard.com. "Move - Third Day (Album Info)".
- AlbumCredits.com. AlbumCredits.com Page for Chris Huston. 1966 - Present.