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Meet The Team


Justin Cortelyou

Engineer, Mixer, Producer

Justin Cortelyou is a Grammy-award nominated, and multi-platinum mixing engineer/producer. Justin started his career working with Chuck Ainlay at Soundstage Studios in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles to work with legendary mixing engineer, Mike Shipley at The Animal House. Following his time with Shipley, Justin teamed up with artist/producer Tommy Henriksen and in 2008, moved their operation back to Nashville, and began working with legendary producer, Bob Ezrin. 

Sam Melrod

Sam is the studio manager, engineer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who moved to Nashville from New York City in 2019 to attend The Blackbird Academy. Born in the D.C. area, Sam moved to NYC to the attend The New School where he received a BA in music. As a student, he spent time interning at several prominent recording studios. He spent a majority of his time working at the city’s oldest recording institution: Sear Sound (formerly the Hit Factory).
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