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Most Recent Work: Rita Wilson 

Tom Tapley
Producer & Engineer

Hailing from the great state of Alabama, producer/engineer Tom Tapley grew up in an artistic family where music was his creative outlet and the influence that would shape his life and career. In 2002 in Atlanta, Tom acquired a job as house engineer at an R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop studio called Silent Sound.  Here he sharpened his engineering chops recording music with artists like Destiny’s Child, T.I., The Counting Crows and Elton John.

In 2004 he was hired to be chief engineer of Souther Tracks, but quickly proved himself an indispensible cohort of Nick DiDia and world famous, multi-platinum selling, Grammy-award winning producer Brendan O’Brien.  Tom had the privilege of becoming part of O’Brien’s elite team and for the next five years engineered records for Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Incubus, Augustana, Trey Anastasio, Audioslave, Train, Velvet Revolver, The Offspring, The Wallflowers, Billy Talent, The Bravery, and Mastodon. 

During his tenure at Southern Tracks Tom also engineered records for Third Day, Rose Hill Drive, Zach Deputy, Joe Perry, The Indigo Girls, Earl Klugh, and Killswitch Engine brandishing his talent and diversity. It was also during this time that Tom was nominated for two Grammy's. One in 2007 for Decemberadio's Self-Titled debut and again in 2008 for After Edmund's "Hello".

After years of success at the helm of Southern Tracks, Tom left in 2009 to pursue another true calling of his heart, country music.  In the last few years Tom has been splitting his time between Nashville and Atlanta working with the likes of Sugarland, Faith Hill, Martina McBride and super producer Byron Gallimore.  He also contributes his exceptional talents producing hits for indie artists, The Goldest, Dead Rabbits, Six Shot Revival, and Zruda.

In 2011 Tom mixed Tom Morello’s critically acclaimed The Nightwatchman “World Wide Rebel Songs” and Atlanta’s bluegrass sensation The Mosier Brothers Band “On My Way.”  He also engineered the smash collaboration of Sugarland and Lady GaGa’s “You and I.”

Currently Tom is the right arm of production wizard Kristian Bush and runs a private studio out of Decatur, Georgia.  He’s involved in publishing and song production with a variety of artists spanning the genres he’s showcased throughout his illustrious career.