Julian King (recording engineer)

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Julian King
Julian King in the Studio.jpg
Julian King in the Studio
Occupationrecording engineer, mix engineer, record producer and musician
Years active1987–present

Julian King is a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, mix engineer, record producer and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. In one capacity or another, he has been involved with records that have sold more than 100 million units (see listing below).[1] King has worked with some of the most notable artists in country music, such as George Jones, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard. Other artists he has worked with include Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams, Jr., Clint Black, Martina McBride, Randy Travis, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Alabama and The Judds. His credits also extend to some of the hottest young acts in country music today, such as Sugarland, Chris Young, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina and Casey James.[1][2]

King earned a Grammy as the recording engineer of Faith Hill's multi-million-selling, pop-crossover album Breathe.[3]


Raised by school principal parents in Charlottesville, Virginia, King attended nearby James Madison University as a music major, with a plan to become a session trumpet player, but his true calling was tied to using technology to reproduce music. In 1987, during his junior year at college, he landed an internship working as "an assistant to the assistant" engineer at recording sessions for producer Jimmy Bowen. King learned quickly and was told a job would be there for him when he graduated the following year. Working under producer Bowen, King was instantly in sessions with such country superstars as George Strait. While working on an album with Charlie Daniels, King was teased by the star for being a trumpeter. Eventually, Daniels not only asked King to play trumpet on the record, he paid for King to join the American Federation of Musicians union.

In time, King became a favorite of top producers James Stroud and Byron Gallimore. Some of the earliest Number One hits King engineered were the career-launching singles by Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker. One of his favorite projects from those early years is the 1992 John Anderson CD Seminole Wind. In 1993, he was tapped to engineer the disc debut of the then-unknown Tim McGraw. King has engineered every Tim McGraw album since that time. He also helped create the sound that kick-started Toby Keith's career.

King was behind the board for Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, an album that won the CMA Award as Album of the Year for 1994. Stroud brought him on board as a co-producer in 1998, and King delivered "I'm Yours" as a hit for Grammy-winning singer Linda Davis. In the following year came Faith Hill's Breathe, which earned King his own Grammy Award. Noting his increasing prominence, Mix magazine profiled Julian King in 2001.[4]

Since then, King has produced "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)" as 2001–2002 hits for Emerson Drive. In 2007, King reunited with Tracy Lawrence and co-produced the star's CMA Award-winning hit "Find Out Who Your Friends Are". He has also continued to work constantly as an engineer, notably on Lee Ann Womack's 2005 CMA Album of the Year There's More Where That Came From and on the multi-million selling discs of two-time CMA Group of the Year, Sugarland. King engineered the two most recent albums by Chris Young which produced a string of five consecutive #1 hits, as well as albums by Kix Brooks (formerly of Brooks & Dunn) and American Idol finalists Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina and Casey James.[5]

Most recently, King has been involved in producing Tyler Farr's debut album for Sony/BNA.




Year Album/"Single" Artist
1998 I'm Yours Linda Davis
1998 "From the Inside Out" Linda Davis
2001 Hits Perfect Stranger
2001 A Little Bit More of Your Love Perfect Stranger
2002 Emerson Drive Emerson Drive
2002 "I Should Be Sleeping" Emerson Drive
2002 "Only God (Could Stop Me Loving You)" Emerson Drive
2006 All Gone Fishin' Various Artists
2007 All Wrapped Up in Christmas Tracy Lawrence
2007 For the Love Tracy Lawrence
2007 "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" Tracy Lawrence
2007 "Til I Was a Daddy Too" Tracy Lawrence
2008 "You Can't Hide Redneck" Tracy Lawrence
2013 Redneck Crazy Tyler Farr
2013 "Whiskey in My Water" Tyler Farr
2013 "Redneck Crazy" Tyler Farr
2015 Suffer in Peace Tyler Farr
2015 "A Guy Walks Into a Bar" Tyler Farr
2016 "Our Town" Tyler Farr


Year Album Artist Awards/Certification
1989 Beyond the Blue Neon George Strait Platinum
1989 When I Call Your Name Vince Gill CMA Award, 2x Platinum
1989 Simple Man Charlie Daniels Band Platinum
1990 Country Club Travis Tritt 2x Platinum
1990 Finest Moments Sandi Patti Gold
1990 Livin' It Up George Strait Platinum
1990 On Down the Line Patty Loveless Gold
1990 Put Yourself in My Shoes Clint Black 3x Platinum
1991 Soft Talk Shelby Lynne
1992 Life's a Dance John Michael Montgomery 3x Platinum
1992 Seminole Wind John Anderson 2x Platinum
1992 Where Forever Begins Neal McCoy
1993 Alibis Tracy Lawrence 2x Platinum
1993 Clay Walker Clay Walker Platinum
1993 If Only My Heart Had a Voice Kenny Rogers
1993 Letters From a Paper Ship Billy Falcon
1993 More Love Doug Stone Gold
1993 Out of Left Field Hank Williams Jr.
1993 Solid Ground John Anderson Gold
1993 Tim McGraw Tim McGraw
1993 Written in the Stars Rhonda Vincent
1994 1994 Merle Haggard
1994 Common Thread Songs of the Eagles Various Artists CMA Award, 3x Platinum
1994 Country 'Til I Die John Anderson
1994 I See it Now Tracy Lawrence Platinum
1994 If I Could Make a Living Clay Walker Platinum
1994 Not a Moment Too Soon Tim McGraw 6x Platinum
1994 One Emotion Clint Black Platinum
1995 All I Want Tim McGraw 3x Platinum
1996 Greater Need Lorrie Morgan Gold
1996 Hindsight 20/20 Carlene Carter
1996 Jo Dee Messina Jo Dee Messina Gold
1996 Paradise John Anderson
1996 Trouble Free Rhonda Vincent
1996 My Relations The Neville Brothers
1997 Everywhere Tim McGraw CMA Award, 4x Platinum
1997 Evolution Martina McBride 3x Platinum
1997 Nothin' But the Taillights Clint Black Platinum
1997 Rumour Has It Clay Walker Platinum
1997 Shakin' Things Up Lorrie Morgan Gold
1997 Somebody's Comin' Terry McMillan
1998 Burnin' the Roadhouse Down Steve Wariner Gold
1998 Faith Faith Hill 6x Platinum
1998 I'm Alright Jo Dee Messina 2x Platinum
1998 Prince of Egypt (Nashville) Various Artists Gold
1998 You and You Alone Randy Travis
1999 Breathe Faith Hill Grammy Award, 8x Platinum
1999 How Do You Like Me Now? Toby Keith Platinum
1999 Man Ain't Made of Stone Randy Travis
1999 Tight Rope Brooks & Dunn Gold
1999 D'Lectrified Clint Black Gold
1999 A Place in the Sun Tim McGraw CMA Award, 3x Platinum
2000 Burn Jo Dee Messina Platinum
2000 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Faith Hill
2000 Hard Rain Don't Last Darryl Worley
2000 Judds Reunion Live The Judds
2000 New Day Dawning Wynonna Judd
2000 Songs from Dawson's Creek Television Soundtrack
2001 Set This Circus Down Tim McGraw 3x Platinum
2001 Ten Rounds Tracy Byrd
2001 Thunder and Roses Pam Tillis
2001 Who I Am Jessica Andrews Gold
2002 Can You Hear Me Now Sawyer Brown
2002 Cry Faith Hill 2x Platinum
2002 I Miss My Friend Darryl Worley
2002 Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Drs. Tim McGraw 3x Platinum
2002 Unleashed Toby Keith 4x Platinum
2003 Have You Forgotten? Darryl Worley Gold
2003 Jimmy Wayne Jimmy Wayne
2003 Willie Nelson & Friends Live Willie Nelson
2003 Shockin' Y'All Toby Keith 4x Platinum
2004 Greatest Hits Lee Ann Womack
2004 It Will Always Be Willie Nelson
2004 Letters From Home John Michael Montgomery
2004 Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw CMA Award, 4x Platinum
2004 Strong Tracy Lawrence
2004 You Do Your Thing Montgomery Gentry Platinum
2005 Chicago Wind Merle Haggard
2005 Fireflies Faith Hill 2x Platinum
2005 III Joe Nichols Gold
2005 Honkytonk University Toby Keith Platinum
2005 There's More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack CMA Award, Gold
2006 Broken Bridges Movie Soundtrack
2006 Enjoy the Ride Sugarland 2x Platinum
2006 Men & Mascara Julie Roberts
2006 If You're Going Through Hell Rodney Atkins Platinum
2007 Greatest Hits Clay Walker Gold
2007 Let It Go Tim McGraw Platinum
2007 Unglamorous Lori McKenna
2008 Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler
2008 Love on the Inside Sugarland 2x Platinum
2008 Let Me Be Your Side Track: The Influence of Jimmy Rogers Various Artists
2008 Let It Go / Set This Circus Down (Compilation) Tim McGraw
2008 Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler
2008 I'm Alright / Jo Dee Messina (Compilation) Jo Dee Messina
2008 Goddess Shawna Russell
2008 Christmas & Hits Duos Toby Keith
2008 All I Want / Not Moment Too Soon Tim McGraw
2009 The Man I Want to Be Chris Young
2009 Southern Voice Tim McGraw
2009 Gold and Green Sugarland
2009 Bigger Hands John Anderson
2010 Cowboy's Back in Town Trace Adkins
2010 Country Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless...
2010 Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn and Various Artists
2010 Classics Jon Secada
2011 Wildflower Lauren Alaina
2011 Town Line Aaron Lewis
2011 Remember Me, Vol. 1 Willie Nelson
2011 Proud to Be Here Trace Adkins
2011 Neon Chris Young Gold
2011 Looking for America Mark Wills
2011 It's About Time / Ten Rounds (Compilation) Tracy Byrd
2012 Seminole Wind/ Solid Ground (Compilation) John Anderson
2012 New to This Town Kix Brooks
2012 Emotional Traffic Tim McGraw
2012 Casey James Casey James
2012 5 Classic Albums George Strait
2012 Two Lanes of Freedom Tim McGraw
2013 Sowin' Love/ Heroes Paul Overstreet
2013 Off the Beaten Path Justin Moore
2013 Love Will... Trace Adkins
2013 Headlights, Taillights, and Radios Tracy Lawrence
2013 Cut to Impress Maggie Rose
2013 Bring You Back Brett Eldredge Gold
2013 A.M. Chris Young
2014 The Hard Way/ No Time to Kill (Compilation) Clint Back
2014 Sundown Heaven Town Tim McGraw
2014 Southbound The Doobie Brothers
2014 Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe Various Artists
2014 4 Album Collection Tim McGraw
2015 On Purpose Clint Black
2015 Love Somebody Reba McEntire
2015 Damn Country Music Tim McGraw
2015 Buy Me a Boat Chris Janson
2016 Turnin Up a Sundown Tristan Horncastle
2016 Kinda Don't Care Justin Moore
2016 Deep Tracks Faith Hill
2016 A Whole Lot More to Me Craig Morgan
2016 All Over the Map Steve Wariner (Feat. Duane Eddy, Eric Johnson, Ricky Skaggs...)


  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/julian-king-mn0000310112/credits
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 10, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/julian-king-mn0000310112/awards
  4. ^ http://www.mixonline.com/mag/audio_julian_king/
  5. ^ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Julian-King-Music/285140874926953?sk=info

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