Emile Kelman

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Emile Kelman is a real estate developer in Los Angeles, California.

Kelman had an early career as a record producer and audio engineer. He worked with T Bone Burnett for twelve years in addition to Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, B.B. King, John Mellencamp, and Alison Krauss. He also worked on film music such as Crazy Heart, Walk the Line, and Across the Universe.[1]

Kelman produced the album Myth of the Heart for Sahara Smith, a project shepherded by Burnett. Sahara's album features many of the musicians who appeared on the album Raising Sand, such as Jay Bellerose, Marc Ribot, Dennis Crouch, and Greg Leisz.[2] The Los Angeles Times reported of the recording that he "learned his lessons well studying under T Bone Burnett" and gave Sahara's songs "plenty of sonic air in which to breathe".[3]

Kelman has produced several independent records for artists including Bryan Greenberg, with several songs placed on television shows including One Tree Hill, and ABC's October Road. His curiosity with sound has led him to write a large volume of instrumentals with heavy, dark, and tough tones, a number of which were placed in the documentary Dirty Hands about Los Angeles-artist David Choe.

In the winter of 2009, he was music supervisor for Tough Trade, a television pilot produced by T Bone Burnett and Lionsgate.

Kelman is also a classical cellist. Since the age of five he has enjoyed playing with orchestras and chamber music ensembles. He credits most of his advancements in music production to his experience in classical music. He writes string arrangements and plays on records for artists and bands, including a number of the songs he has produced.


Notable credits include:[4][5]

Project Artist Credit
God V. Girl David Poe Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Cellos
The Ghost & The Scratch Doran Danoff Producer, Engineer, Mixer
More Townes Van Zandt By The Great Unknown Leslie Stevens & The Badgers Producer, Engineer, Mixer
Broken Gold Erin Ivey Mixer, Arranger
Myth of the Heart Sahara Smith Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Cellos
Untitled Greg Allman Edit Engineer
Tough Trade (Pilot) Television: Lionsgate, Epix Music Supervisor
Country Music Willie Nelson 2nd Engineer
Women + Country Jakob Dylan 2nd Engineer
Crazy Heart Soundtrack 2nd Engineer
We Walk This Road Robert Randolph 2nd Engineer
Life, Death, Love and Freedom John Mellencamp Engineer
Akiko Akiko Yano 2nd Engineer
Loverly Cassandra Wilson 2nd Engineer
One Kind Favor B.B. King 2nd Engineer
Still BoDeans Engineer
Raising Sand Robert Plant/Allison Krause 2nd Engineer
Across The Universe Soundtrack Engineer
Waiting For Now Brian Greenberg Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Cellos
The Story Brandi Carlile Engineer
Riverside Battle Songs Ollabelle 2nd Engineer
True False Identity T Bone Burnett 2nd Engineer
Twenty/Twenty T Bone Burnett 2nd Engineer
Thunderbird Cassandra Wilson 2nd Engineer
Teacher's Toolkit Camp Clovenhoof Producer, Engineer, Mixer
Distant Land To Roam Ralph Stanley 2nd Engineer
Walk The Line Soundtrack 2nd Engineer
Howl Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 2nd Engineer
Ladykillers Soundtrack 2nd Engineer
Boot and a Shoe Sam Phillips 2nd Engineer


  1. ^ "Emile Kelman Biography" (PDF). Ktsmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Emile Kelman – Records". Yonatanelkayam.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Pop & Hiss : Album review: Sahara Smith's 'Myth of the Heart'". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Emile Kelman Discography" (PDF). Ltdmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Searching for "Emile Kelman" on Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

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