Brian Howes

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Brian Howes
Brian Howes in 2015.jpeg
Background information
Born1965 (age 52–53)
OriginBritish Columbia, Canada[1]

Brian Howes is a Canadian[1] songwriter, producer,[2] multi-instrumentalist, A&R professional and studio owner based in Los Angeles. Howes has won two Juno Awards for his work as a music producer.

Early life[edit]

Howes grew up in Courtenay, British Columbia, and graduated from Georges P. Vanier Secondary School.[1]


Howes played in a local band, Young Guns, and later fronted the group DDT which blended punk, ska, and rap. The band was signed by Lars Ulrich from Metallica's label through Elektra in the late 1990s.[3] DDT's Urban Observer album was supported by the first single "Walkabout".

With Brian Jennings, Axel G and Robin Diaz, Howes formed the alternative rock band Closure in 2002 in Vancouver[4] and signed to TVT Records. They released a self-titled album in 2003[5][6] and their single, "Look Out Below", was included in the soundtrack of the 2003 film Darkness Falls. The group was dropped by the label and disbanded in 2006.

Howes went on to become an award winning producer.[7] He produced, engineered and co-wrote Hinder's debut album, Extreme Behavior.[8] He also produced and helped write Skillet's 2006 album, Comatose.[9][10] In 2007 he was named Producer of the Year at the Juno Awards.[3]

In 2013 he was given a plaque on the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement.[1]

Awards include[edit]

  • SOCAN's International Achievement Award in 2010[11]
  • 2007 and 2012 JUNO Award for Producer of the Year for his work on Hedley and Nickelback.
  • Nominated for Producer of the Year in 2010 and 2014.[7]
  • 2008 BMI Pop Awards, including top honor Song of the Year, as well as Top Digital Song for "Lips of an Angel"
  • Won three additional BMI Pop Awards in 2009 for work with Daughtry and Skillet
  • Won BMI award for "Light On" (David Cook) in 2009
  • Won several SOCAN awards for various projects, including the Pop Rock Award in 2012
  • Nominated for a Grammy (Skillet) in 2008
  • Dove Award for his work on Skillet's Comatose



Year Artist Album
2003 Closure Closure
2005 Hedley Hedley
Hinder Extreme Behavior
2006 Skillet Comatose
2007 Faber Driver Seven Second Surgery
Puddle of Mudd Famous
2008 Rev Theory Light It Up
Hinder Take It to the Limit
2009 Puddle of Mudd Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk
2011 Simple Plan Get Your Heart On!
Hedley Storms
Nickelback Here and Now
Stellar Revival Love, Lust, and Bad Company
2013 Airbourne Black Dog Barking
Hedley Wild Life
2015 Hedley Hello
2016 Skillet Unleashed
Artist Album/Song Producer/Writer
Adelitas Way Adelitas Way Producer/Writer
Stuck Producer/Writer
Airbourne "Black Dog Barking" Producer/Writer
Boys Like Girls "Love Drunk" Producer/Writer
Caleb Johnson "Forthcoming" Writer
Daughtry Daughtry Writer
Leave This Town Writer
David Cook "Light On" Co-writer
Eleven Past One "Eleven Past One" Producer/Writer
Halestorm Halestorm Writer
Hedley "Hedley" Producer/Writer
"Famous Last Words" Writer
"The Show Must Go" Producer/Writer
"Storms" Producer/Writer
"Wild Life" Producer/Writer
"Hello" Producer/Writer
Hinder "Extreme Behavior" Producer/Writer
"Take It to the Limit" Producer/Writer
Joe McElderry "Forthcoming" Writer
Landon Pigg "Forthcoming" Writer
Nickelback "Here and Now" Producer
Puddle of Mudd "Famous" Producer/Writer
"Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate" Producer/Writer
Reamonn "Reamonn" Producer/Writer
Reece Mastin "Forthcoming" Producer/Writer
Rev Theory "Light It Up" Producer/Writer
Serena Ryder "Is It OK" Writer
Simple Plan "Get Your Heart On!" Producer
Skillet "Comatose" Producer/Writer
"Awake" Writer
Sons of Sylvia "Revelation" Producer/Writer
Veer Union "Veer Union" Producer/Writer


  1. ^ a b c d "Brian Howes" Comox Valley Walk of Achievement website
  2. ^ "The Billboard Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 9– October 3, 2009. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ a b "Renowned producer recalls roots Musicians international career took flight in the bars of Powell River". Powell River Peak, Andy Rice, September 11, 2012
  4. ^ "Closure: Inspired By Red Wine And AC/DC » Chart Attack | Indie and Alternative Music". Chart Attack. May 29, 2003. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Closure | The Gauntlet". July 31, 2003. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013. at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Words & Music. Volume 13, Issue 4. Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada. 2006. p. 8.
  7. ^ a b Daavid Kawai (April 1, 2012). "Brian Howes won the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year award at the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Saturday, March 31, 2012". Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "EMI Music Publishing extends its partnership with award-winning rock songwriter and producer Brian Howes - EMI Music Publishing". August 13, 2013. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "An Evening With..." Alternative Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  10. ^ Deborah Evans Price (October 14, 2006). "Rock Act Scoring on Christian, Active Rock Fronts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 57–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  11. ^ "Nickelback, Theory have most-played songs". CBC News November 22, 2010

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