Michael Freeman

Michael FreemanAfter moving from London, England to Chicago in the early 70’s Michael began his music industry career as an Artist Manager. In 1975 he moved into the world of journalism, publishing a local monthly music magazine named Stage Pass. By the late 70’s he was working in the Chicago area recording community and was asked to manage a seminal studio complex in the Chicago suburbs initially named Hedden West and later named Remington Road Studios. The complex included two multi-track studios, a State of the Art Mastering room, a recording school and a duplication facility. While managing the complex he also learned the art and craft of record making and after a nine year tenure struck out as an Independent Producer/ Engineer in 1986.

While at Remington Road Studios he accumulated experience and credits in many different musical genres – R&B, Soul, House, Blues, Indie Rock, Classical and Americana and as he moved to independent status and established himself as a prominent figure on the Chicago recording scene, he began to amass an extensive discography which continues to this day. Additionally he owned a duplication company in downtown Chicago for over a decade named Duplicates Inc.

Michael’s work to date as a Producer and/or Engineer has received 3 Grammy Nominations and 1 Grammy Award, 5 Blues Music Award Nominations and 1 Blues Music Award and the Blues Foundation presented him with the prestigious “Keeping The Blues Alive Award – Producer” in 2011. He has worked on over 200 albums, during a career which now spans 5 decades. Sixty of these recording are in the Blues genre alone.

His extensive experience in recording studios all over the United States and several countries has led to projects as a consultant, most recently for Terminus Recording in New York City. Their clients have included Philip Glass, Lisa Minelli and Michael Feinstein, rapper Icon and several NYC based A list engineers among others.  He also teaches master classes in recording at Columbia College in Chicago.

In 2014 Michael began collaborating with The Grzebik Design Group bringing his knowledge and expertise in design, operations and management of recording studios to their team.

Michael has served as a Governor, Chapter President, and National Trustee for the Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy (NARAS) and currently serves again as a committee chair. He has chaired several national committees for The Recording Academy and has served on the advisory council for their Producer & Engineers Wing. He is a member of AES - The Audio Engineering Society and a founder member of EARS – Chicago’s Engineering and Recording Society and currently sits on The Board of Directors for The Blues Foundation in Memphis.