Joe Baldridge has joined The Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business as Director of Studio Operations at Ocean Way Nashville.
In addition to teaching, Baldridge boasts a 35-year audio engineering career stacked with multiple No. 1s. He holds nearly 600 credits on All Music, earned a Dove Award for his work with TobyMac and a Grammy nomination for his work on Taylor Swift’s album Red.
“Joe has a fantastic balance of vast commercial and teaching experience and is a highly respected faculty member in our field,” says Michael Janas, Audio Engineering Program Chair and Instructor of Audio Engineering Technology. “With a combination of 35 years of professional experience and more than 13 years in the classroom, he understands the highest level of skill needed to succeed in the industry as well as what it takes for students to reach that level.”
“Ocean Way isn’t just a world-renowned studio; it’s also a space for students to learn and hone their crafts,” states Dr. Sarita Stewart, Interim Dean of Curb College “We’re excited for Joe to continue leveraging the Ocean Way name to bring more eyes to Belmont. After a national search, it was clear he was the best person to fill the role.”
“We have an excellent team here built on a solid reputation created by those who came before us,” says Baldridge. “We are excited to continue to serve recording arts and grow Ocean Way Nashville as a home for creatives from all over the world to do their best work.”
Additionally, Ocean Way recently hired Austin Atwood, a 2012 music business alumnus, to serve as Operations Manager and promoted Jamie Warden to Business Manager.
Designed by award-winning recording engineer Allen Sides and purchased by Belmont University in 2001, Ocean Way Nashville is the number one tracking room in Music City. The world-class teaching facility also serves an impressive client roster. Housed in a 100-year-old Gothic revival gray stone church, Ocean Way Nashville serves a diverse list of clients spanning pop, rock, hip hop, country and gospel and has emerged as the premier scoring facility in the Southeast. Besides being a sought-after space for full-band tracking, Ocean Way Nashville has become an internationally favored destination for orchestral recording as well as scoring for films and video games.
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