RONNIE THOMAS

Artist Manager - A&R

Professional Summary:
Highly accomplished Music Business Executive, Music Producer and Audio Engineering professional. Extensive experience in building and leading operations for entertainment studios,musical artists, and record companies. Immeasurable impact on artist’s sales and success with superior recordings and high-quality branding. Proven leadership, communication, negotiation and team skills. Indispensable contributions to company efficiency, organization, growth, and profitability.

Professional Experience:

Managing Principle/Engineer 2016 to present

Sonic Virtue, Nashville, TN

  • Engineered, mixed and mastered 3D immersive audio for consumer HRTF headphones.
  • Developed and pitched new immersive audio streaming and distribution ideas to record labels
  • and financial investors.

Managing Director of A&R 2014 to 2016
Winoner Music Group, London, UK/Nashville, TN

  • Major contributor to the development and launch of the Winoner independent music label.
  • Hired and managed six A&R staff employees for the UK office.
  • Created and developed the Winoner Music website for artist submissions and review.
  • Set budgets for upcoming signed artists and managed project direction.

Artist Manager and Talent Scout
Record Producer and Music Publisher

Audio Mastering and Recording Engineer 2004 to 2014

VisionGate Entertainment | R.L.T. Productions, Franklin, TN

  • Developed artist careers including co-writing partnerships, recorded music projects, and pitching to record label A&R representatives.
  • Developed and organized label showcases to promote artists and their brand names.
  • Created artist promotional media and initiated revenue generation through CD music sales.
  • Mastered, edited and assembled more than 250 CD music projects as an independent audio mastering engineer.

Audio Mastering Engineer/Audio Editor
Business Developer 1989 to 2004

MasterMix Studio, Nashville, TN

  • Transferred, edited, and mastered production workflows for more than 1,000 major label projects.
  • Engaged and worked with the world’s largest Classical Music label, Naxos of America.
  • Auditioned analog and digital media sources, reviewed, and quality-checked 1,000 album projects using the Sonic Solutions Hard Disk Editing System.
  • Created, organized, and maintained audio archives on all analog and digital formats.
  • Increased profits by 30 percent from mastering multiple CD Classical Music box sets.

Career Highlights and Achievements:

Digital Editing Engineer

  • Brooks and Dunn, “Greatest Hits” and “Steers and Stripes”
  • Jeff Foxworthy, “You Might Be A Redneck” and “Games Rednecks Play”
  • dc Talk, “Jesus Freak”, “Supernatural,” and “Intermission: The Greatest Hits”
  • Lee Ann Womack, “Lee Ann Womack”, “Some Things I Know” and “I Hope You Dance”
  • Alan Jackson, “Greatest Hits” and “Drive”
  • Kenny Chesney, “When The Sun Goes Down”

Mastering Engineer and Record Production

  • Metallica Fan Can #1, “Reasons To Be A Fan”
  • Music From Steven Spielberg’s “Taken”
  • Dwight Yoakam, “In Other Words”
  • 32 Naxos World CD projects: Cuban Jazz, Russian Music, Bahamian, and African Choral
  • 15 Naxos “Eternal Series” CD projects: Strings, Guitar, Piano and Beethoven
  • 25-CD set, “Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music” (2005, 2008, and 2013)
  • Yankee Grey, “Untamed” (Record Producer)

Education:

Bachelor of Business Administration
Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
Major: Music Business with Emphasis in Audio Engineering and Record Production

Professional Affiliations:

  • Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Country Music Association (CMA)
  • Academy of Country Music (ACM)
  • National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)
  • The Recording Academy (Grammy)

Accomplishments and Awards:

  • Grammy Award for Mastering the Naxos World album “Sacred Tibetan Chant”
  • Vince Gill Music Business Scholarship Belmont University
  • Robert E. Mulloy Engineer of the Year Award Belmont University

Platinum and Multi-Platinum RIAA Awards:

  • Brooks and Dunn, “Greatest Hits” and “Steers and Stripes”
  • Jeff Foxworthy, “You Might Be A Redneck” and “Games People Play”
  • Lee Ann Womack, “Some Things I Know” and “I Hope You Dance”
  • Alan Jackson, “Greatest Hits” and “Drive”
  • Gretchen Wilson, “Here For The Party”
  • dc Talk’s, “Jesus Freak” “Supernatural” and “Intermission: The Greatest Hits”
  • Bill Engvall, “Here’s Your Sign”
  • Gary Allen, “Smoke Rings in the Dark”

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