Joe Baldridge, professor of entertainment and music business, has several recent accomplishments to boast including the following:
- Baldridge was honored in his hometown of Centralia, Illinois as a Distinguished Alumni, an award intended to inspire high school students to pursue their dreams. Mayor Tom Ashby, Principal Reid Shipley and community leaders look to build hope in local students by inviting high school alumni to encourage and inspire development and growth. His plaque will hang on the wall of the high school, and the city has declared Nov. 4 “Joe Baldridge Day.”
- Baldridge recorded Thomas Rhett’s recent album, “Life Changes,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Album chart upon its release and sold over 120,000 units in its first week. The album has also been nominated for the 2018 Grammy Awards as Country Album of the Year.
- Baldridge also recorded Kane Brown’s new single, “What Ifs.” The single topped the three main Billboard’s country songs charts – the Country Airplay, Country Streaming and Host Country Songs listing. The similarly titled album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart.
- Another recent recording of Baldridge’s was Keith Urban’s single, “Female,” performed at the CMA Awards last month.
- Lastly, Baldridge recorded Keith Urban’s recent single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” and most of the album, “Ripcord.” Urban won three American Music Awards for the productions.
Joe Baldridge is a successful music professional with over 25 years experience in music production, recording, mixing, artist management and brand/artist development with more than 300 album credits on AllMusic.com in the United States. He has won multiple Grammy Awards for engineering, received a nomination for 2014 Record of the Year for work on Taylor Swift’s RED and won a Dove award for production work for Toby Mac.