October 29, 2003 – Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville recording studio has received a TEC Award, presented by Mix magazine and the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio. The awards were presented at the 19th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards, sponsored by Mix magazine, October 11 at the New York Marriott Marquis hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. The TEC creative award for record production was for work on Sheryl Crow’s album C’mon C’mon.
Ocean Way Nashville, also was recently named the Top Country Recording Studio, as announced in the September 27, 2003 edition of Billboard magazine, the fourth straight year Ocean Way Nashville has won that designation.
Belmont University acquired Ocean Way Nashville, an 1850’s-era church-turned-recording studio, in 2001, making it part of the school’s fast-growing recording and music business program. Ocean Way also continues to operate as a commercial studio. Among the big hits recorded there recently: Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?,” Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” Joe Nichol’s “Brokenheartsville” George Strait’s “She’ll Leave You With A Smile,” and Tim McGraw’s “Unbroken.”
Also this year, Ocean Way Nashville was named Nashville’s Best Studio by Music Row Magazine, based on votes by subscribers.
The photo shows Belmont University music business professor Wes Bulla (center, rear) and the staff of Belmont’s Ocean Way Nashville recording studio showing off their 2003 TEC Award. From Left to right: Engineers: Leslie Richter, Bryan Graban, Julie Brakey; Director: Wesley Bulla; Exec. Asst: Heather Kerr; Tech. Engineer: Sal Greco; Manager: Sharon Corbitt; Accountant: April Presley