Paul Blakemore is a Grammy winning audio engineer with over 40 years of full-time experience in a wide range of musical styles including Americana, blues, bluegrass, classical, jazz, Latin jazz, pop, and rock.

Paul has over 500 verified album credits on Allmusic.com. He has also worked in national radio and television audio, surround sound design for film, and dialog recording/replacement work for feature films and episodic television, including "Enemy of the State" (Will Smith), "The Chamber" (Gene Hackman), and others.

Before becoming a full time audio engineer in the mid 1970's, Blakemore was a professional musician in the Austin, TX, scene. He studied applied percussion at the University of Texas, Austin, and recording techniques at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has taught college level recording courses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, SUNY Fredonia, University of Colorado Denver, and University of Miami. He has been speaker for the Audio Engineering Society convention in New York, and also the Full Sail recording school in Orlando,FL. Blakemore has resided in Cleveland, OH, since 2000.

He is currently staff mastering engineer for Concord Bicycle Music, the largest independent music company in North America with main offices in Beverly Hills, CA, which is comprised of 30 active and catalog record labels plus music publishing. He does both new release mastering and catalog album remastering and audio restoration for record labels including Concord Jazz, Concord Records, Fantasy, Loma Vista, Original Jazz Classics (Pablo, Riverside and Milestone), Prestige, Razor & Tie, Rounder, Sugar Hill, Stax, Telarc, Vanguard, VeeJay, and Wind Up Records.


2017 Award & Recognition

Coming in late May, 2017: Interview on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon for work on the Jaco Pastorius “Truth, Liberty, and Soul” album.

2016 Award & Recognition

Grammy nomination, Best Engineered non-classical category for “Undercurrent” by Sarah Jarosz.

Juno Award Winner, Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, mastering engineer for “Clear Day” by Emilie-Claire Barlow.

Juno Award Nominee, Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, mastering engineer for “Wallflower” by Diana Krall.

2015 Award & Recognition

Latin Grammy Nomination, Best Engineered category for “Made In Brazil” by Eliane Elias.

Grammy Nomination, Best Engineered non-classical category for “Wallflower” by Diana Krall.

NAMM TEC Award Nomination, Album Production category for “Wallflower” by Diana Krall.

2012 Award & Recognition

Latin Grammy Winner, Best Engineered category for “Dear Diz: Every Day I Think of You by Arturo Sandoval.

Latin Grammy Nomination, Album Of The Year category for “Dear Diz: Every Day I Think of You by Arturo Sandoval.

2004 Award & Recognition

Grammy Nomination, Best Surround Album category for the surround SACD “Raise Your Spirit Higher” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

2001 Award & Recognition

Chamber Music America/WQXR Best Recordings of 2001, recording and mastering engineer, music editor for “Ravel” by the Borromeo String Quartet.

1998 Award & Recognition

Summit Creative Award, audio sweetening/editing, for the film “One River Many Voices” (Albuquerque Aquarium.)

Listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in Entertainment”

Native American Music Awards, co-producer and mastering engineer for Walela (Rita Coolidge, et al.

1997 Award & Recognition

Aurora Gold Award, sound design, for the film “One River Many Voices” (Albuquerque Aquarium.)

1989 Award & Recognition

International Radio Festival Gold Medal, recording engineer, Music from Washington (WETA/NPR)

1980 Award & Recognition

George Foster Peabody Award, technical director, Jazzmobile Sunday Festival (NPR)


Paul has been nominated for six Grammys in engineering categories and won a Best Engineered Latin Grammy in 2012. In addition, he has credits as an engineer or music editor on 43 Grammy nominated and 19 Grammy winning recordings. He also is credited as mastering engineer on Juno Award winner in the Best Vocal Jazz category “Clear Day” by Emilie-Claire Barlow. View Entire List on AllMusic grammy image
Grammy Winners
Grammy Nominees
Kip Winger and Paul Blakemore together at the Grammy Nominees Reception in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2017, proudly displaying their nominee medals.
Kip Winger (L) and Paul Blakemore (R) together at the Grammy Nominees Reception in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2017, proudly displaying their nominee medals. Paul mixed and mastered Kip's symphonic album, "Conversations With Nijinsky." Kip was nominated in the "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" category. Paul’s nomination was in the "Best Engineered non-classical" category for work on the album, "Undercurrent" by singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz.

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