Fred Lavery

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Fred Lavery
Birth nameFred Lavery
OriginPoint Aconi, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fred Lavery is a music producer, singer-songwriter, and co-owner (with Gordie Sampson) of Lakewind Sound. He was born and raised in Cape Breton. In 1978 he released "Song For Noel". In 1981 the artist's full-length album "First Impressions" was released on Glencoe Records, produced by Paul Mills and engineered by Daniel Lanois. Singles "Little Children", and "Forty Five Years" charted on national radio.[citation needed]

In the mid 80's, after experiencing voice problems, Lavery was diagnosed with spastic dysphonia, which ended his singing career. He then enrolled in the music programme at St. Francis Xavier University to focus more on musicianship, composition and production. He has written more than 150 songs, many have been recorded by various artists. As freelance producer he has two Music Nova Scotia Producer of the Year Awards, over 50 albums to his production credits and has performed with artists such as John Allan Cameron, The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Natalie MacMaster, Aselin Debison. Bruce Guthro, and Gordie Sampson.

In 1996 Fred Lavery and fellow musician/writer Gordie Sampson founded Lakewind Sound Studios. The studio has won 9 ECMA’s[1] and 5 MIANS Studio of the Year Awards.[2]

In 2001 Lavery won ECMA SOCAN "Songwriter of the Year" for "Get Me Through December" a song co written with Gordie Sampson recorded by Natalie MacMaster and sung by Alison Krauss. In the Spring of 2007 Alison Krauss included this song on her Rounder Records US release "A Hundred Miles or More".

In April 2016 Fred was presented with the prestigious ECMA Industry Builder Award as well as a Studio of the Year Award, for Lakewind Sound Studios. Fred's current band "The Blues Merchants" released a new CD in 2016, while he still found time to co-ordinate talent and act as musical director for the inspiring Cape Breton fundraiser concert "Givin’ Back to the Mac" which raised over $250,000 for victims of the devastating Alberta wild fires. Fred continues to write, perform, and produce music for new and established artists and will tour with "Cape Breton Summertime Revue" again in 2017 along with selected dates with the Blues Merchants. Fred is a recipient "Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal", for significant achievements, service and contribution to his community. Awards: ECMA Songwriter of the Year (1) ECMA Industry Professional (2) MNS Producer of the Year (2) MNS Industry Professional (2) ECMA and MNS Recording Studio of the Year (14) 2016 Honorary ECMA "Industry Builder" Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Musical Director on annual fundraisers : Cape Breton Christmas Daddies Telethon / Terry Fox Concert Fundraiser, / Relay For Life / Cancer Care Patient Care Fund / McKeough Music Scholarship Fund /

Fred is also a founding member of the Cape Breton Music Industry Co-Operative, (CBMIC), which was created to help grow the music industry in Cape Breton.

Production Credits (partial list)[edit]

  • Blues Merchants – Davis Street 2016
  • Andrew Doyle – The Price 2011
  • Leona Burkey – Wave Theory 2015
  • Adrianne & Mike – Where the Heart Lies 2014
  • Hughie McDonell – Last mile Home 2014
  • Marilyn MacDonald – Be Still 2013
  • Kenny Walsh – Better Days Ahead 2013
  • Aaron C Lewis – Discovering Gold – 2013
  • Sam Moon – Never Let Me Go – 2011
  • Aselin Debison – Homeward Bound 2010
  • Carmel Mikol – In My Bones – 2010
  • Lawrence Martell – Spirit of the Fiddle 2013
  • Hugh Toner – Live 2009
  • Richard Poulette – Let Go Let God 2009
  • Stephanie Hardy – Brand New Skin 2006
  • Andrew Doyle – Andrew Doyle 1999
  • Blues Merchants (The) – Blues Merchants 2001
  • Men of the Deeps- Their Lights Will Shine 2004
  • Cape Breton Summertime Revue Productions – 1993 and 1995
  • Eric Angus Whyte – Always Home (2004)
  • Barra MacNeils (The) – Rock in a Stream
  • John Gracie – Thinkin’ ‘Bout Midnight
  • 4/4 The Lord – Makin’ Waves 2001
  • Buddy MacDonald – We Remember You Well 2000
  • Jason MacDonald – The Day & Leave My Mark 2006
  • McCarrel Sisters (The)- The McCarrel Sisters 2003
  • Hughie McDonell – Keepin It All in Tune 2006
  • Chrissy Crowley – Chrissy Crowley 2006
  • Men of the Deeps- 40 Years Young 2007
  • Chad Tetford – City of Strangers 2007
  • Hugh Toner & Jane Robichaud – Angels & Light 2007
  • Troy Young Troy Young 2007
  • Thor Kristinsson – Running Naked 2008
  • Bernie McCuish – Walk On Water 2006
  • Rod Senior – The Huddled Masses 2005
  • The Rockin' Saints – 2002


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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