Rob Chiarelli

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Rob Chiarelli
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Background information
Born (1963-01-13) January 13, 1963 (age 55)
Newton, Massachusetts
Occupation(s) Producer, Mix Engineer, Musician
Instruments Electric Bass, Guitar, Drums
Years active 1985 - Present
Associated acts Will Smith, Christina Aguilera, Kirk Franklin, Pink, LeAnn Rimes, Mary Mary, Jonathan McReynolds, Musiq Soulchild, Janet Jackson, Keiko Matsui, Coolio, Ray Charles, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, American Idol, Johnny Mathis, Stevie Wonder, Paula Abdul, Diana Ross, En Vogue, Ice Cube, The Four Tops, Yolanda Adams, The Temptations, 3LW, K-Ci & JoJo, Madonna, Club Nouveau, Calloway, Chuckii Booker, Teddy Pendergrass, Aaliyah, Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Ricky Martin, The Corrs,[1] Luther Vandross

Rob Chiarelli (born January 13, 1963) is an American record producer, mix engineer, musician, published author and multiple Grammy Award winner.[2] Widely recognized as a music producer for Will Smith and Men in Black II (2002),[3] Chiarelli's work appears on numerous Gold and Platinum albums and motion picture soundtracks, including nine GRAMMY winners.[4]

Early life[edit]

Chiarelli was born in Newton, MA and raised in Waltham, MA. He started playing the drums when he was ten years old. By junior high school, he was performing in school bands and participating in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. By age 17, he had received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (twice) and numerous awards from the International Association of Jazz Educators (formerly the National Association for Jazz Education, NAJE). Chiarelli graduated from Waltham High School in 1981 and attended the University of Miami School of Music on a scholarship, where he studied under the direction of Don Coffman, Fred Wickstrom and Vince Maggio. He formed his own band Inferno which recorded with producer Gary Vandy and included members Tim Mitchell (guitar), Dag Kolsrud (keyboards), Rick Margitza (sax), Mike Mangini (drums), Ed Calle (sax) and Mike Lambert (trumpet).[4]


After moving to Los Angeles, CA in 1989, Chiarelli joined Paramount Recording Studios[5] as an assistant engineer and quickly worked his way up to a first chair recording and mix engineer. His professional breakthrough came with legendary producer Jay King while working with the Grammy-winning R&B group Club Nouveau. Impressed with Chiarelli's work, King asked him to mix the entire Nouveau album, which reached #12 on the Billboard R&B Charts. While working on Club Nouveau at Aire LA Studios in Glendale, CA, Chiarelli met mix engineer/mentor Craig Burbidge and worked on numerous hit records from artists such as Calloway, Chuckii Booker and Teddy Pendergrass.[6]

In 1991 Chiarelli founded Final Mix, Inc., a music production company specializing in contemporary music and artist development. Chiarelli was also CEO of Metro Beat Records, a joint venture with Semaphore Records from 1993 until 1996. In 1997, Chiarelli formed 3.6 Records, a Joint Venture Record Label distributed by BMG/Red Ant and located in West Hollywood, CA.[5][6]

In 2008, Chiarelli co-founded Gauge Precision Instruments, Inc. (originally Gauge, Inc.), a manufacturer of audio electronics and accessories for professional and consumer markets. In 2013, Final Mix, Inc. expanded to include music software development.[7][8]

Mixing & Production[edit]

As a mix engineer and record producer, Chiarelli has worked with such well known artists as Will Smith, Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Keiko Matsui, Coolio, Ray Charles, American Idol, Pink, Johnny Mathis, Paula Abdul, Diana Ross, En Vogue, Ice Cube, The Four Tops, Yolanda Adams, The Temptations, 3LW, K-Ci & JoJo, Madonna, Aaliyah, Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Ricky Martin, The Corrs, Luther Vandross, Erin Boheme, Demetrius Ross and Charlie Wilson.[9]

His recordings have been nominated numerous times for Grammy Awards including Christina Aguilera, Will Smith, Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams.[10]

As a Musician[edit]

Chiarelli is a classically trained musician; his principal instruments include both the electric bass and orchestral percussion. As a musician his work can be heard on the recordings of Keiko Matsui, Will Smith, Hilary Duff, Waldemar Bastos, Jesse McCartney, Tatayana Ali, Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, Jennifer Paige and The Corrs.

As a songwriter his work has appeared on Erin Boheme (Concord Records), Sunz of Man (BMG/SONY) and on the motion picture soundtrack of Love Stinks, a 1999 comedy starring French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson, Bill Bellamy and Tyra Banks.


In 2009, Chiarelli's first book The Electric Bass Bible: Volume 1 Dexterity Exercises was published by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc., a division of Hal Leonard.

Clinician & Speaker[edit]

Chiarelli has been a featured speaker & clinician at Berklee College of Music, University of Illinois, TAXI,[11] The Grammy Museum, FSU (Florida State University), MEIEA (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association), NXNE (North by Northeast Music Convention), Los Angeles Recording School, The International Digital Rights Foundation, Hank Shocklee’s Remix Hotel, California Lawyers for the Arts, The Trebas Institute & The Sacramento Music Conference.

Societies & Guilds[edit]

Selected discography[edit]


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Song/Album Field Result[15]
1996 Best Engineered Album (non-classical) Q's Jook Joint Production & Engineering Won (Quincy Jones)
1997 Best Rap Solo Performance Men In Black Rap Won (Will Smith)
1999 Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Mountain High, Valley Low R&B Won (Yolanda Adams)
1999 Best New Artist Christina Aguilera General Won (Christina Aguilera)
2009 Best Gospel Album The Sound R&B Nominated (Mary Mary)
2009 Best Gospel Song Mary Mary R&B Won (Mary Mary)
2009 Best Gospel Album Bold Right Life R&B Nominated (Kierra Sheard)
2010 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville R&B Nominated (Johnny Mathis)
2011 Best Gospel Album Hello Fear R&B Won (Kirk Franklin)
2011 Best Gospel Album Something Big (album) R&B Nominated (Mary Mary)
2012 Best Gospel Song Go Get It (album) R&B Won (Mary Mary)
2013 Best Gospel Song A Little More Jesus R&B Nominated (Mary Mary)
2014 Best Gospel Song I Believe R&B Nominated (Charlie Wilson)
2015 Best Gospel Song Help Gospel & Contemporary Christian Nominated (Mary Mary)
2015 Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Jazz, Funk, Soul Contemporary Instrumental Nominated (Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, Everette Harp)
2015 Best Gospel Album Help Gospel & Contemporary Christian Won (Mary Mary)
2016 Best Gospel Song Wanna Be Happy Gospel & Contemporary Christian Won (Kirk Franklin)
2016 Best Gospel Album Life Music: Part Two Gospel & Contemporary Christian Nominated (Jonathan McReynolds)
2016 Best Gospel Album Losing My Religion Gospel & Contemporary Christian Won (Kirk Franklin)
2017 Best Gospel Song Too Hard Not To Gospel & Contemporary Christian Nominated (Tina Campbell (musician))
2017 Best Gospel Song My Life Gospel & Contemporary Christian Nominated (The Walls Group)

Publishing history[edit]

  • The Electric Bass Bible: Volume 1 Dexterity Exercises (2009)


  1. ^ "The Biography of the Corrs in English". The Corrs. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  2. ^ "The GRAMMY's". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  3. ^ a b "Rob Chiarelli". IMDB. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  4. ^ a b "Rob Chiarelli: Mixer". Music180. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  5. ^ a b "Robe Chiarelli: Ceo at Final Mix, Inc". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  6. ^ a b Laskow, Michael. "Rob Chiarelli Interview". Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  7. ^ "Final Mix Software". Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  8. ^ "Rob Chiarelli & Final Mix Software". Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  9. ^ "Come and Mingle with Rob Chiarelli, Producer, Mixer, and CEO of Final Mix, Inc". Launch Mondays. March 18, 2010. Archived from the original on February 11, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  10. ^ "Rob Chiarelli (download needed)". DocStoc. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  11. ^ "Video: Advanced Record Production w/Rob Chiarelli, TAXI TV Live". TAXI TV Live. June 21, 2010. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  12. ^ "Guitar Center Introduces GC Pro Sales Division". Business Wire. Retrieved 2004-03-16.
  13. ^ "Discography: Rob Chiarelli". Final Mix. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  14. ^ "Julian Lennon, Tin Cup Gypsy, Donna Burke, Mark Ballas, Maxi Priest, Wendy Parr, Monday Michiru, Amber Lily, Tierney Sutton, Rie Fu and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band – Shine On! Songs Volume One". Discogs. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Grammy Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-06-30.

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