John Kennedy

Producer/Mixer/Songwriter

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Award winning Songwriter/Producer (Faith Hill/Leann Rimes/Emerson Hart) with 20 years experience in producing, mixing and writing Pop and Country hits.

I offer label-ready production, tracking and/or mixing for songwriters at any level of experience. I’ve worked with signed artists as well as songwriters working on their first songs. Services range from writing, mixing, producing, tuning and small demo recordings to full productions with A-list musicians and studios. With over two decades of major publishing, production and recording experience, any production need can be covered with your satisfaction guaranteed. I deliver the highest level of quality at the most competitive prices available.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Languages

  • English

104 Reviews - 25 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by matt f.
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    John was very professional and has a great ear for mixing/mastering. I hired him for mixing and vocal editing on one of my songs. Highly recommended and will use again!

  2. Review by Jonathan L.
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    This is my second time working with John, he did awesome job and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future!

  3. Review by Skip
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    Another great experience with John. Worked on a duet and going back-and-forth between singers remotely was time consuming, but John was patient throughout the process and we ended up with a pretty good duet. John provided great advice and suggestions for how to make the tune even more commercial and just better and I really appreciated his input. I really look forward to working with John again soon as he brings the best players and has fantastic instincts. Great mixer as well! Thanks John!

  4. Review by Sara K.
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    Repeat customer! John did another awesome job! He is so talented and really brought my song to life. It is definitely worth noting that the first song I did with John, "Jacoma", was a 2021 International Songwriting Competition Semifinalist and was nominated for a San Diego Music Award in 2022. John is amazing and I highly recommend working with him!

  5. Review by Skip
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    John is a very experienced producer. He is not one of the highest rated producers on the SB site for nothing. He brings years of experience to your project and his instincts are always spot on. He is extremely professional and very generous of spirit when it comes to needed revisions. His laid back style sets a great working environment. From start to finish, it was such a pleasure working with him. His technical skills are massive and he will get the sound you want. Def will work w/John again!

  6. Review by Carolyn M.
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    I hired John to produce a song for me and the process has been nothing short of a dream come true! I told him my vision for the song and he brought my dreams to life! He is a musical genius who is incredibly detail oriented. His mixing skills are next level! Everyone I played the song too said it's my best record yet!!! If your looking for a producer for your next project, John will not disappoint!

  7. Review by Jonathan L.
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    If I could give John more stars I would. The songs sound amazing, and he was so helpful in every way. I will continue to use John and you should too! Thank you!

  8. Review by robert s.
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    John is a consummate professional. He delivered a wonderful guitar track. I am beyond pleased. I look forward to working with him in the future.

  9. Review by Michael T.
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    Hands down, amazing producer! I looked at the reviews and thought, "man, these people all must be friends or something", but seriously, John is just amazingly talented at what he does. He took my songs from bare bones and created amazing tracks around them. John is very quick to communicate and has great vision! A true professional!

  10. Review by Dave S.
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    John was awesome to work for and made my song exactly what I wanted

  11. Review by Jeff C.
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    John had an uncanny way of hearing what my intentions were over and above what I was able to communicate. You could really tell my project was not just a number, but something he cared about and took pride in the outcome of. I cannot recommend John more highly. The sound, experience, and outcome are all first-class, top-notch. Money well spent.

  12. Review by Devin Robinson
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    John was very clear about what he would be able to do with my song, and my expectations were exceeded! What a great talent.

  13. Review by Toni K.
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    Finished a big project with John. Nice guy, perfect sound.

  14. Review by Skip
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    Second time working with John & it was truly a pleasure from start to finish. John's very good about keeping the process moving forward. He has a great ear and works with some awesome session players & they were able to take my vision & make it a reality. Great arrangement & the final mix is clean, bright & uncluttered. John is so damn good at what he does, you really will be blown away at what he can do with a simple reference track. Looking forward to working with John again. Highly Recommend!

  15. Review by Mark R.
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    I really enjoyed working with John, on my song, 'Grow'. He took the song in a bit of a different direction than I had envisioned. but it worked perfectly.
    John, is friendly and easy to work with, plus he is an awesome musician.
    Thanks again John !

  16. Review by Sara K.
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    John is a true visionary! He was easy to communicate with, answered every question I had and produced an awesome track. Stellar job!

  17. Review by Tim W.
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    Want to thank John for an outstanding final product. He is a talented producer with an outstanding ear. Listened to us and gave us the mastered track we were looking for. Couldn't be happier. Sincerely, Tim Willis. Frank Cabri. GOING LONG MUSIC. Sound Management.

  18. Review by Gerald B.
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    Working with John and his talented musicians was a pleasure. It was amazing to hear how they brought my song vision to life. AND the song, "Small Town Dance" was just added to a country music station today. I look forward to working with John Kennedy and his team on future recordings.

  19. Review by Skip
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    Loved working with John. He offered to reproduce the track I had given him, but also suggested a slightly different approach, which he felt would give the song a much more contemporary country feel. I went with John's take on the song and I am so glad I did. What John delivered was way more than what I expected or hoped for. John was really easy to work with and was so professional throughout the process. I'd definitely work with John again.

  20. Review by Toni K.
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    Great mix engineer for country tunes! Very good communication and - best of all - a wonderful mix. Thank you so much, John!

Interview with John Kennedy

  1. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  2. A: I can deliver an extremely high quality project at most any budget. I have done this for almost 20 years and have learned the most efficient ways to deliver the highest quality product.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both. We live in a hybrid world these days. The goal is to get the analog sound in the box - and that can be achieved without the massive budgets of yesteryear.

  5. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  6. A: The industry sometimes has the reputation of being nothing but sharks. There ARE people with integrity out there. People that will deliver above and beyond. I consider myself one of those people.

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Find someone that relates to what you're doing. Look for integrity and sincerity.

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: Elam 251, Martin D-28 Authentic, Retro Instruments Sta-Level, Neumann KM84 and Pro Tools...

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: It depends on if you're talking about songwriting or production. In songwriting, I would say an ear for melody and truthful, honest lyrics. For production, my ability to listen, cast the right players and know the end goal for the project.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I'm kind of a Pro Audio nut! I have a small home studio with a hybrid of hardware and software. I have the ability to work in Pro Tools, Cubase or Logic and can mix and deliver an album quality result with any of them.

  15. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  16. A: Classic 70's albums. Country, Rock, Jazz, Blues - my tastes are pretty wide ranging and ever-changing! A modern take on tried and true vintage recording approaches.

  17. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  18. A: I've done many demos for songwriters and produced, recorded and mixed many album projects.

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Terms Of Service

Turnaround time depends on project, but will be stated during negotiation. Mixing: Limit of 3 revisions, $15/revision beyond Editing and/or tuning not included files should be ready for mix on deliver

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