The Delicate Balance: Life X Work In The Studio
Houston-bred producer LaNell “NELL” Grant brings a unique and ear-catching presence to the music industry through her dynamic, sophisticated and intricate production. Amassing a catalog of over 10 albums in less than 5 years (all while she and her husband Cory were growing their family), Nell’s award-winning sound helped pioneer a new wave of Hip Hop music.
Often using her own voice in the background as instrumentation, Nell specializes in captivating your attention while leaving space for the artist to work. As a former high school teacher and basketball coach, Nell continues to help other creatives learn and grow, no matter their level of experience in production.
In addition to being a wife, mother, producer, and many other things, Nell is also the owner, founder and lead visionary of Women Produce. Women Produce is an organization committed to championing the creativity of women, specifically in music. One of the things Nell loves to remind women is that “Our true essence is that we produce, we create”.
GRAMMY Award-winner and eight-time nominee, Emily Lazar is one of the most respected mastering and mixing engineers in the world. Combining old-school style with a deep knowledge of music and cutting-edge technology, Lazar ensures that the magic created in the studio is fully reflected in the final product. She is a true trailblazer, mastering more than 4,000 albums for a hugely diverse group of chart-topping musical luminaries ranging from The Beatles to Wu Tang Clan and virtually everyone in between, breaking countless barriers along the way.
This year, she earned a historic three GRAMMY nominations in the Album of the Year category for her work with Coldplay, HAIM and Jacob Collier, scoring the most nominations any mastering engineer has ever received in that prestigious category in a single year. She made history in 2019 as the first female mastering engineer to win the GRAMMY for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Beck’s album Colors. She has previously earned GRAMMY nominations for her work with Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend, Bird and the Bee and Sia.
Lazar is the Founder and Chief Mastering Engineer of The Lodge, a world-renowned mastering, mixing and specialized recording facility. She is a Trustee of The Recording Academy and is a member of its National Advocacy and Producer & Engineer’s Wing Steering Committees.