Brent Maher

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Brent Maher is a producer, engineer, and songwriter currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. He has produced and engineered six Grammy-winning records and received awards from the CMA, ACM, CCMA, ASCAP, SOCAN and NSAI.[1] He is credited with discovering and developing country duo, The Judds, and subsequently produced all ten of their albums, writing many of their hit songs.[2] Maher is also the CEO of Moraine Music Group and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Country Music.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Chase, Kansas, Maher lived there until he moved to Denver, Colorado as a teenager. He joined the Air Force after high school where he played guitar and trumpet in his band, The Journeymen. After leaving the Air Force, Maher was hired by Monument Records president, Fred Foster and chief engineer and eventual mentor, Bill Porter, as an assistant engineer in Nashville, Tennessee.[4] Maher later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to work at United Recording where he engineered Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” The 5th Dimension's "Age of Aquarius", Duke Ellington's last record, Chuck Berry, Sammy Davis Jr., Gladys Knight, Sly and the Family Stone, and others. Maher’s work as a producer picked up when he recorded Benny Hester's debut LP in Vegas.[5]

In the late 1970s, Maher moved back to Nashville to help owner Buzz Cason build Creative Workshop Recording Studio. In Nashville, Maher engineered Elvis' last number one song “Way Down" in addition to engineering records with Olivia Newton-John, Ray Charles, and Merle Haggard. Other producer credits include albums with Dottie West, Kenny Rogers and Dave Loggins.[4] In the early '80's, Maher discovered mother/daughter duo, The Judds and developed their acoustic county sound. After getting The Judd's a record deal with RCA/Curb, he co-wrote many of their hits and produced all their platinum LP's.[2]

Musical career[edit]


Maher received Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music for writing and producing the Judds’ 1984 chart-topping single, “Why Not Me.” It was followed by awards for “Girls Night Out” (1985), “Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain” (1986), “I Know Where I’m Going” (1987), "Let Me Tell You About Love" (1989), “Born To Be Blue” (1990), and other Judd hits.[2] Maher also co-wrote many of Johnny Reid's hit singles in Canada including "Out of the Blue” (2007), "A Woman Like You” (2009 – CCMA for Single of Year), "Let's Go Higher" (2010), and "Today I'm Gonna Try and Change the World" (2010).[6]

Additional hits include “Some Kind Of Trouble,” (Tanya Tucker), “Lesson In Leaving’,” (Jo Dee Messina), “When Love Starts Talkin’,” (Wynonna) and other recordings by Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West, Carl Perkins, Jo Dee Messina, Wynonna, and Shelby Lynne.[3]


Maher produced all ten of The Judds’ records, Kathy Mattea’s “Good News,” Shelby Lynne’s big band project “Temptation,” and albums by artists including Kenny Rogers, Dottie West, Benny Hester, and Jo Dee Messina.[2] On the international scene, Maher produced Canadian Country artist Johnny Reid’s breakthrough Country record "Kicking Stones" and following LP's "Dance With Me" and "A Place Called Love," making Reid one of the top-selling artists in Canada. The albums won CCMA awards for Album of the Year (2009), Best Selling Canadian Album (2009, 2010, 2011), and a Juno Award for Country Album of the Year (2010, 2011). Maher also developed and produced the Grammy nominated self-titled debut from Bering Strait, a young band composed of seven Russian musicians whose story was covered by 60 Minutes.[6]


Maher's engineering credits include all the projects he has produced, and also extend to Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” Roy Orbison, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Faces, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Sammy Davis Jr., Gladys Knight, Merle Haggard and the Strangers, Glen Campbell/ Tanya Tucker, Sly and the Family Stone, and others.[5]

Second engineer for 17 years was Philip Ray Scoggins, he and his wife Carrie Geren Scoggins left Moraine Music in 2003. Brent Maher is the proprietor of Moraine Music Group, not as CEO. He is a Christian man, belongs to a Methodist Church just outside Nashville, TN, where he lives on a horse farm. His daughter Dianna Maher runs Moraine Music Group as management. His son Brian Maher also works at Moraine. They named Moraine Music after Moraine Mountain in Etes Park, Colorado, where they go yearly. He has hundreds of number 1 songs, and had on staff writers when Moraine was Moraine Music Publishing, selling songs to Nashville performers. Noted for number 1 parties, when the albums went "gold," getting special coverage from CMT, Moraine Music was weekly giving television interviews by many that were associated with this publishing company.


Brent Maher is also a music publisher and CEO of Moraine Music Group, which has produced hit singles over the last 20 years. His current studio is called The Blue Room and located in Nashville, Tennessee.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

2007 – Lost HighwayWillie Nelson and Ray Price (Engineer)

1993 – Good NewsKathy Mattea (Producer)

1991 –Love Can Build A Bridge – The Judds (Producer)

1988 – Give A Little Love – The Judds (Producer)

1986 – Grandpa – The Judds (Producer)

1984 – Mama, He’s Crazy – The Judds (Producer)

ASCAP Awards[edit]

1978 – Bluer Than BlueMichael Johnson (Producer)

1979 – You Pick Me Up (And Put Me Down) – Dottie West (Writer)

1980 – Leavin's for Unbelievers – Dottie West (Writer)

1980 – A Lesson in Leavin' – Dottie West (Writer)

1985 – Why Not Me – The Judds (Writer)

1985 – Girls' Night Out – The Judds (Writer)

1986 – Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain – The Judds (Writer)

1988 – I Know Where I’m Going – The Judds (Writer)

1989 – Turn It Loose – The Judds (Writer)

1989 – Crying Shame – The Judds (Writer)

1990 – Let Me Tell You About Love – The Judds (Writer)

1991 – Born to be Blue – The Judds (Writer)

1992 – Some Kind of Trouble – Tanya Tucker (Writer)

NSAI Awards[edit]

1987 – Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain – The Judds (Writer)

Songwriter discography[edit]

Girls' Night Out The Judds Why Not Me RCA/Curb #1 Country Single, Multi-Platinum US
I Know Where I’m Going The Judds Heartland RCA/Curb #1 Country Single, Album rel., Multi-Platinum US
Let Me Tell You About Love The Judds River of Time RCA/Curb #1 Country Single, Multi-Platinum US
Why Not Me The Judds Why Not Me RCA/Curb #1 Country Single/ACM Song of the Year, Multi-Platinum US
Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain The Judds Rockin' with the Rhythm RCA/Curb #1 Billboard, Multi-Platinum US
Born to be Blue The Judds Love Can Build A Bridge RCA/Curb #1 Country Single, #4 Billboard, Album rel., Multi-Platinum US
Turn It Loose The Judds Heartland RCA/Curb #1 Country Single, Multi-Platinum US
When Love Starts Talkin' Wynonna Judd The Other Side Curb #13 Country Single, Multi-Platinum US
Leavin's for Unbelievers Dottie West & Kenny Rogers Special Delivery EMI/Capitol #13 Country Single US
Lesson in Leavin' Jo Dee Messina I'm Alright Curb #2 Country Single, Album rel., Multi-Platinum US
Some Kind of Trouble Tanya Tucker What Do I Do with Me Liberty #1 Country Single US
Crying Shame Michael Johnson That's That RCA #4 Country Single US
Tell Me True Juice Newton Emotion RCA #8 Country Single US
Where Do We Go From Here Shelby Lynne Temptation Morgan Creek Album rel. US
Work On Me Tina Turner Work On Me/Born Free United Artists Album rel. US
What I Did For Love Kenny Rogers Love Is Strange Reprise Album rel. US
Written On My Heart Jenai Cool Me Down Atlantic Album rel. US
Out of the Blue Johnny Reid Kicking Stones Open Road/UMG Top 10, Multi-Platinum CA
A Woman Like You Johnny Reid Dance With Me Open Road/ UMG #3 Country Single, Multi-Platinum CA
Today I'm Gonna Try and Change the World Johnny Reid A Place Called Love EMI #2 Country Single, Platinum CA
Let's Go Higher Johnny Reid A Place Called Love EMI #2 Country and AC Single, Multi-Platinum CA


Other ventures[edit]

Beyond his musical career, Brent Maher has given lectures on engineering and production for various schools and universities. Maher has one of the largest collections of vintage Gretsch guitars in the US. Maher was also one of the founding members of Middle Tennessee Fly Fishers Inc. In 2011, he created "Cowboy Golf" and now designs golf courses on farms, which led to founding the Boots and Bandana Golf Association based in Franklin, Tennessee at Pines Golf Course. Maher, John Reger, Jr. and Michael Pasternak and associates are currently establishing a network of BBGA courses with ranch owners and recreational facilities across the country to build their own cowboy style golf courses. The events benefit MusiCares, The Facial Pain Research Foundation, and Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses.[9]


  1. ^ "Brent Maher". Nettwerk Music Group. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kawashima, Dale. "Great Success Story: Writer/Producer Brent Maher & The Judds". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Fabian, Shelly. "Brent Maher: Sets Up a Country Music Talent Incubator with Moraine Records". Country Music. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Millard, Bob (2012). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. NY: Oxford University Press Inc. ISBN 9780195395631. 
  5. ^ a b Moore, Rick. "Nashville Songwriter Series: Brent Maher". American Songwriter. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Brent Maher: About". Brent Maher. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Lingle, Breean. "Brent Maher: The Path to the Blue Room was Paved with Strong Songs". Mix: Professional Audio and Music Production. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Songs written by Brent Maher". Music Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leadership: The "Boots and Bandana Golf" Posse". Boots and Bandana Golf. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 

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