Juanita Copeland Named President, Partner at Sound Emporium

Juanita Copeland

Juanita Copeland

Juanita Copeland has been promoted to President/General Manager and named to Partner at Nashville studio Sound Emporium.

“She is the heart and soul of the Sound Emporium and her passion and love for the studio is a big reason for our continued success,” said Sound Emporium owners George and Chad Shinn.

They credit Copeland’s leadership and management with securing elite recording clients at Sound Emporium, including Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Don Williams, the ABC show Nashville, Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell, Cole Swindell, Sturgill Simpson, Little Big Town, Chris Isaak, Cyndi Lauper and Drive-By Truckers.

The historic studio’s output nabbed 10 Grammy nominations for the upcoming 2016 awards.

Copeland’s first role at Sound Emporium came in 1995, when she served as Operations Manager for the Almo Sounds label, which was based at the studio for a short period before moving into its own building. Almo Sounds was run by previous studio owner Garth Fundis, who owned Sound Emporium from 1992-2011. After the label closed, Copeland became the studio’s manager a few years later. Copeland began her career in the music industry at Mercury Records Nashville in 1990.


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