Nashville Music Producer, Kelly James Schoenfeld, has been working as a music industry professional on Nashville’s Music Row for almost 20 years. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in Music and a minor in Business. After making his way to Nashville, Kelly did his internship with Soundstage Studios. Working 100 hours a week, he climbed his way up the ropes until he was offered a position as staff engineer working with artists such as Tracy Lawrence, Michael McDonald, Jewel, Joan Biaz, Marty Stewart, Leroy Parnell, Martina McBride, Joe Diffie, Gordon Lightfoot, John Michael Montgomery, Lila McCann, and Jo Dee Messina. He also worked with Brad Paisley during his development deal.
Later, as a freelance engineer Kelly was privileged to engineer great moments in country music including Kenny Chesney’s first #1, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Sara Evans’ hit “No Place That Far” (duet with Vince Gill), Garth Brooks Live 2 disc album, and records for Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker, The Kinleys, Bebe Wynans, a solo record on Beeb Birtles from The Little River Band, The Wilkinsons, Travis Tritt, Deana Carter, Tricia Yearwood, Trace Atkins, John Barry, Michael English, and Legacy Five (formerly the Cathedrals) for which he was nominated for a Dove Award for Best Gospel Record, “Heroes of the Faith.”
In the late 90’s, Kelly started producing new talent as well as legacy artists under his own production company, Kelly Schoenfeld Productions. His first studio was called The Velvet Room named for its blue velvet walls.
Kelly is currently living his dream of owning a studio on Nashville’s Music Row. The studio is called Ragtop Recording and he co-owns it with Kim Copeland. The studio is appointed with top of the line equipment including Frank Zappa’s Trident 80B Mixing Console, the house Drum Kit set up and tuned by session drummer, Wayne Killius, a Yamaha C7 Grand Piano (rated in the top 5 pianos in Nashville by SESAC), a Hammond B3 Organ with a Leslie cabinet, total of 5 Isolation Booths, lounge, and an enormous lava lamp.
If you’d like to learn more or ask questions about working with Kelly on an artist project, song demos, engineering, mixing, or producing, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 335-3185.
Below you’ll find images from a small sampling of the records that Kelly has engineered and/or produced.