Nick Brophy

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Nick Brophy
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Background information
BornSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Producer
  • Engineer
  • Mixer
  • Songwriter
InstrumentsMulti-instrumentalist
Years active1990-present
Associated acts
Websitewww.nickbrophy.com

Nick Brophy is a GRAMMY award-winning mixer[1] and multi-platinum engineer, producer and songwriter. The artists he has collaborated with and written for include Jason Aldean, the Rolling Stones, Avril Lavigne, Hootie & the Blowfish, Kenny Chesney, Carly Simon, Taylor Swift, Garbage and Everclear. His engineering credits include Everclear's 1x platinum “Sparkle and Fade”, Avril Lavigne's 6x platinum “Let Go” and the Rolling Stones 4x platinum “40 Licks”. His mixing credits include three consecutive #1 singles by Kip Moore; 2x platinum “Somethin' 'Bout a Truck”, certified gold “Beer Money” and 1x platinum “Hey Pretty Girl”, as well as Jimmy Fallon's 2013 Best Comedy Album[2]Blow Your Pants Off" which features many A-list artists including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Justin Timberlake. His songwriting credits include recordings by Hootie & the Blowfish, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts.

History[edit]

Brophy was born in St. Louis, Missouri but grew up all over the world. He spent time overseas in Japan, Greece, Egypt as well as many states in the U.S., eventually settling in Southern California. He began playing guitar at age 13 and was in several SoCal bands before joining Aircraft, a local band out of San Diego consisting of Ronnie Jones, Larry Madison, Rob Lamothe and Alan DeSilva. Aircraft relocated to Los Angeles where it performed shows at Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go, Troubadour, Gazzarri's, the Roxy and other venues. After disbanding in 1987, drummer Alan DeSilva contacted Lamothe and Brophy to form a new band.

Career[edit]

Riverdogs[edit]

In 1988, together with DeSilva and Lamothe, Brophy formed the Riverdogs. Then Whitesnake guitarist, Vivian Campbell was helping produce the group's demos and later left to join the Riverdogs.[3] In February 1989, Riverdogs signed to Tony Martell's imprint label Epic Associated Records and began pre-production on its debut album “Riverdogs” which was released in June 1990.[4] The album was critically lauded and received Holland's Edison Award for best hard rock album of 1991.[citation needed] Campbell left the band in November 1990 and later joined Def Leppard. After 2 follow-up albums, 1992's “Absolutely Live” and 1993's “Bone”, the Riverdogs disbanded. During the making of “Bone”, Brophy assumed the role of engineer and in 1994 began engineering at the newly built Rondor Music Publishing studios in West Los Angeles.

Rondor Music[edit]

In 1994, after 3 months of working as an assistant engineer, Brophy was promoted to head engineer by Herb Alpert. During his 5 years at Rondor, Brophy engineered alongside veteran producers Lou Adler (the Mamas & the Papas, Carole King), Richard Perry (Harry Nilsson, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel), Bones Howe (Elvis Presley, Tom Waits, the Fifth Dimension) and contemporary producers Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Adele, One Republic), Jay Joyce (Wallflowers, Patty Griffin, Eric Church) as well as writers and artists Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin, Olivia Newton-John, Everclear,[5] and Garbage. While at Rondor, Brophy was signed to EMI Music Publishing and had international success with records by Trine Rein, Momoko, Jill Johnson, and Coco Lee as well as film and TV placements including ABC's “Wasteland” (theme song),[citation needed]> Eddie Murphy's “Pluto Nash”(movie trailer) and a song on the motion picture soundtrack for “The Wedding Planner”.

World's End[edit]

In 2001, Brophy signed to World's End Producer Management. In Sept of 2001 he worked with the production team The Matrix on Avril Lavigne's “Let Go” album which eventually sold over 6 million copies.[6] The following year Brophy engineered 3 albums with producer Don Was, which included Hootie & the Blowfish “Hootie & the Blowfish”, the Rolling Stones “40 Licks” and Carly Simon “Christmas Is Almost Here”.[7] During his time at Worlds End, Nick worked on albums with producers Dave Sardy, Paul Lani and Was as well as producing an album for Warner Australia artist “Mishelle Bradford-Jones".

Nashville[edit]

In 2003, at the suggestion of friend and country artist Phil Vassar, Brophy re-located to Nashville, Tennessee. He arrived and began co-producing Phil Vassar's “Shaken Not Stirred”. In Nashville Nick has written, produced, engineered and mixed albums and singles with; Vassar, Taylor Swift,[8] Jennifer Hanson, Hootie & the Blowfish,[9] the JaneDear Girls, Kip Moore, Big & Rich, Jimmy Fallon and many others. Nick's work as a mixer has earned him several number 1's as well as Fallon's “Blow Your Pants Off” winning a Grammy for best comedy album.

Cornman Music[edit]

In 2015, Brophy signed to Cornman-Warner/Chappell Music. During this time he has had recordings by Jason Aldean,[10] Kenny Chesney,[11] Rascall Flatts, Brooke Eden and The McClymonts.

Discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Title Credit
2021 LÒNIS Here's To The Future (feat.JayXander) Single ”Here's To The Future (feat.JayXander)" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
2020 Jon Wood What Her Leavin' Left (Single) ”What Her Leavin' Left" Mixing
Hudson Moore Nothin' Like This (Single) ”Nothin' Like This" Mixing
LÒNIS Wonderful Place To Be (Single) ”Wonderful Place To Be" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Michael Logen & Jennifer Hanson Tides Will Turn (Single) ”Tides Will Turn" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Chris Mann Noise (EP) - Mixing
The Buckleys Daydream "Til You Can't Go Back" Composer
LÒNIS & Jeffrey James Ready For Somethin’ New (Single) "Ready For Somethin’ New" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
LÒNIS Some Magic (Single) "Some Magic" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Shelly Fairchild Nothin Better (Single) "Nothin Better" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Michael Logen & Jennifer Hanson Here's To Hoping (EP) - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
LÒNIS This Summer (feat. Jeffrey James) Single "This Summer (feat. Jeffrey James)" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
LÒNIS Ordinary (feat. Rayelle) Single "Ordinary (feat. Rayelle)" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Michael Logen & Jennifer Hanson Here’s To Hoping (Single) "Here's To Hoping" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Justin Forrest Lighthouse (Single) "Lighthouse" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Carter Winter Higher On You (Single) "Higher On You" Mixing
LÒNIS & Jeffrey East Believe (Single) "Believe" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Daniel Saint Black Daniel Saint Black (EP) "When Things Break Apart" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Daniel Saint Black Daniel Saint Black (EP) "Reason" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Daphne Willis Feels Like Home (Single) "Feels Like Home" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Big & Rich Stay Home (Single) "Stay Home" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Daniel Saint Black When Things Break Apart (Single) "When Things Break Apart" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Jeffrey East Brightest Stars (Single) "Brightest Stars" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Jeffrey East Brightest Stars (Coffeehouse) Single "Brightest Stars (Coffeehouse)" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Alexander Ludwig Let Me Be Your Whiskey (Single) "Let Me Be Your Whiskey" Mixing
2019 Mark Mackay Always Rains In Portland (Single) "Always Rains In Portland" Mixing
Humbear Take Your Time (EP) "Favorite Place" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Daniel Saint Black Reason (Single) "Reason" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Riverdogs Pre-Production 1989 - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Jeffrey East Life After Love Volume One (EP) - Mixing
Humbear Favorite Place (Single) "Favorite Place" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
LÒNIS Assassin (Single) "Assassin" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Daphne Willis & LÒNIS Work For It (Single) "Work For It" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Hudson Moore Coming Home (Single) "Coming Home" Mixing
Sam Tinnesz We’re Gonna Make It (Single) "We’re Gonna Make It" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Chris Mann If You Ever Leave (Single) "If You Ever Leave" Mixing
Rayelle & LÒNIS TFW (That Feel When) Single "TFW (That Feel When)" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Mark Mackay Get Me Through the Night (Single) "Get Me Through the Night" Mixing
Hudson Moore Universe (Single) "Universe" Mixing
LÒNIS Ready For This (Single) "Ready For This" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Chris Mann Noise (Single) ”Noise" Mixing
Chris Mann Gentleman (Single) ”Gentleman" Mixing
Jeffrey East Retro (Single) ”Retro" Mixing
2018 LÒNIS (feat. Daphne Willis) Better Than Christmas (Single) "Better Than Christmas" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Harper Grae Buck Moon Medleys (EP) - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Harper Grae Monster (Single) "Monster" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Jeffrey East Roller Rink (Single) "Roller Rink” Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Harper Grae Bloodline (Single) "Bloodline” Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Jeffrey East Time Is Cold (Single) "Time Is Cold” Mixing
Jason Aldean Rearview Town "I'll Wait For You" Composer
Josh Mirenda Josh Mirenda (EP) - Mixing
2017 Temecula Road Everything Without You (Single) "Everything Without You" Composer
Jennifer Hanson Under The Tree (EP) - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Natalie Merchant The Natalie Merchant Collection - Engineer
Oskar Cartaya Bajo Mundo - Mixing
Jeffrey East Still Crazy (Single) "Still Crazy" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Riverdogs California - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Jeffrey East Roller Rink (Single) "Roller Rink" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Big & Rich Did It for the Party - Engineer, Mixing
Rascal Flatts Back To Us "Roller Rink" Composer
Brooke Eden Act Like You Don't (Single) "Act Like You Don't" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Big & Rich California (Single) "California" Engineer, Mixing
The McClymonts Endless "Endless" Composer
2016 Michael Logen Paper Thin - Composer
Brooke Eden Diamonds (Single) "Diamonds" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Kenny Chesney Cosmic Hallelujah "Trip Around the Sun" Composer
Jason Aldean They Don't Know "The Way A Night Should Feel" Composer
Brooke Eden Welcome To the Weekend (EP) - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Brandon Ray American Way (Single) "American Way" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2015 Brooke Eden Daddy's Money (Single) "Daddy's Money" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Andy Gibson Best of Andy Gibson "The One" Composer
Kip Moore Wild Ones - Engineer, Mixing
2014 Brandon Chase One (Single) "One" Mixing
Dean Alexander Live A Little (Single) "Live A Little" Mixing
Various Artists The Best of Me "Motion Picture Soundtrack" Engineer, Mixing
Big & Rich Gravity - Engineer, Mixing
Cowboy Troy King of Clubs - Engineer
Various Artists Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe - Mixing
Bill Engvall Ultimate Laughs - Mixing
2013 Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (Album) "Heart of Dixie" Mixing
Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (Single) "Heart of Dixie" Mixing
Cowboy Mouth This Train - Mixing
2012 Jimmy Fallon Blow Your Pants Off - Mixing
Big & Rich Hillbilly Jedi - Engineer
Cledus T. Judd Parodyziac!! - Mixing
The Farm The Farm - Mixing
Kip Moore Up All Night - Mixing
Bullet Saints Hellbound (Single) "Hellbound" Mixing
Bradley Gaskin Diamonds Make Babies (Single) "Diamonds Make Babies" Engineer, Mixing
2011 Riverdogs World Gone Mad - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Bradley Gaskin Mr. Bartender (Single) "Mr. Bartender" Engineer, Mixing
Footloose (2011) Motion Picture Soundtrack "Fake ID" Mixing
John Rich For the Kids - Engineer, Mixing
Victoria Shaw Fa La La "Santa's Toy Ride" Composer
Various Artists My Country, Vol 2: Smash Hits - Vocal Producer, Mixing
John Rich Rich Rocks - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
the JaneDear Girls the JaneDear Girls - Vocal Producer, Engineer, Musician
2010 Ashlyne Huff Ashlyne Huff - Producer, Engineer, Composer, Musician
Natalie Merchant Leave Your Sleep - Engineer
Bleu Edmondson The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - Engineer, Guitar
2009 Billie Myers Tea & Sympathy "No Regrets Allowed" Composer
2008 Jessica Sierra Deepest Secret (EP) "Deepest Secret" Producer, Engineer, Composer, Musician
Rusty Truck Luck's Changing Lanes - Engineer, Mixing
Juliana Cole Little More of Me "Deepest Secret" Composer
Mark Bryan End of the Front - Producer, Mixing, Mastering
Cowboy Mouth Fearless - Mixing
Jennifer Hanson 73 (Single) "73" Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Joyride" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Love Will Find A Way Around" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Bittersweet" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Won't Give Up" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Thankful" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "73" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Can't Get Back the Love" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Incredible World" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Musician
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Kick the Jukebox" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Jennifer Hanson Thankful "Believed To Be Seen" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Musician
2007 Jessica Sierra Unbroken (Single) "Unbroken" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Live Oak Decline Gravity - Mixing
Alana Grace Break the Silence "The Other Side" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Jennifer Hanson Joyride (Single) "Joyride" Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer
Phil Vassar Super Hits - Producer
2006 Radio Mundial Momento Eterno - Engineer, Mixing
Hootie & the Blowfish Live In Charleston (DVD) - Composer
Hootie & the Blowfish Live In Charleston - Composer
Django Walker Six Trips Around the World - Mixing
Cowboy Mouth Voodoo Shoppe - Mixing
2005 Hector On Stilts Same Height Relation - Mixing
Hootie & the Blowfish Looking for Lucky "Hey Sister Pretty" Composer
Hootie & the Blowfish Looking for Lucky "Get Out of My Mind" Composer
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Motion Picture Soundtrack "Black Roses Red" Engineer, Producer
2004 Various Artists The King of All Of Me - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Musician
The Mooney Suzuki Alive & Amplified - Engineer
Oskar Cartaya My Music, My Friends, My Time - Engineer, Mixing
Phil Vassar Shaken Not Stirred - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Musician
Hundred Reasons The Great Test - Editing
Hundred Reasons Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge - Editing
2003 The Revolution Smile Above the Noise - Engineer, Editing
Rusty Truck Broken Promises - Mixing
Mishelle Bradford-Jones Firefly - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Musician
Various Artists Handpicked, Vol 2 - Producer, Mixing, Guitar, Loops
Hootie & the Blowfish Hootie & the Blowfish - Pro Tools
Five Way Friday Wrecked - Mixing, Mastering
Patrick Davis Chances Are - Engineer, Mixing
Jamai Loman Jamai "I Love the Sun" Composer
2002 Avril Lavigne Let Go - Engineer, Programming
Brooklyn Run Brooklyn Run - Programming, Digital Editing
Magna-Fi Burn Out the Stars - Pro Tools
Rolling Stones Forty Licks - Engineer, Pro Tools
Carly Simon Christmas Is Almost Here Again - Digital Editing
Carly Simon Christmas Is Almost Here - Digital Editing
Off By One Off By One - Programming
2001 The Wedding Planner Motion Picture Soundtrack "Life Is What You Make It" Producer, Composer
Momoko The Create Collection - Composer
Rob Lamothe Steering With My Knee - Composer
Bosson One In A Million - Guitar
2000 Jill Johnson Daughter of Eve "Live for Today" Composer
Yve Adam Fiction - Assistant Engineer
Mishelle Bradford-Jones Stay (Single) "Stay" Producer, Engineer
Tim James I'll Be Your Secret "You (TV Series Wasteland)" Composer
Coco Lee You & Me "Brave" Composer
1999 Human Nature Counting Down - Engineer
Garbage You Look So Fine "Get Bizzy with the Fizzy (Single B-Side) Assistant Engineer
Garbage Version 2.0 - Assistant Engineer
Trine Rein To Find the Truth "Stars and Angels" Arranger, Composer
1998 Human Nature Cruel (Single) "Cruel" Engineer
Various Artists A Tribute To Tradition Engineer
Miss Jones The Other Woman (Bonus Track) - Engineer
Miss Jones The Other Woman - Engineer
Elliot U.S. Songs - Engineer
1997 S.H.E. 3's A Charm - Engineer
Vanessa Williams Next - Assistant Engineer
Everclear So Much for the Afterglow (Bonus Videos DVD) - Assistant Engineer
Everclear So Much for the Afterglow (Japan Bonus Tracks) - Assistant Engineer
Everclear So Much For the Afterglow - Assistant Engineer
Steel Motion Picture Soundtrack - Engineer, Mixer
1996 Sherree Ford-Payne Sherree Ford-Payne - Engineer
Gerry Goffin Back Room Blood - Engineer, Mixing
The Borrowers The Borrowers - Engineer
Shaquille O'Neal You Can't Stop the Rein - Engineer
1995 Various Artists Sharks Patrol These Waters Producer
Everclear Heroin Girl (Single) "Heroin Girl" Engineer
Everclear Sparkle & Fade (UK) - Engineer
Everclear Sparkle & Fade - Engineer
1994 Love Spit Love Am I Wrong (Single) "Am I Wrong" Engineer
Jade Mind, Body & Song - Engineer
1993 Riverdogs Bone - Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Composer
Ether TV, Church and Bars - Guitar
1992 Rich Lang Big Dream - Vocals (background)
Riverdogs Absolutely Live - Guitar, Vocals (background), Composer
1990 Riverdogs Riverdogs - Guitar, Vocals (background), Composer

Certified RIAA[edit]

Year Date Artist Album/Song Certified Units
1995 Mar 16 Jade Mind, Body & Song 0.5 Million[12]
1996 May 2 Everclear Sparkle & Fade 1 Million[13]
1998 Dec 24 Everclear So Much for the Afterglow 2 Million[14]
1999 Feb 24 Garbage Version 2.0 1 Million[15]
2003 Jan 24 Rolling Stones Forty Licks 4 Million[16]
Apr 30 Avril Lavigne Let Go 6 Million[17]
2006 Mar 31 Avril Lavigne Sk8er Boi (Single) 0.5 Million[18]
I'm With You (Single) 0.5 Million[19]
2013 Jun 17 Kip Moore Beer Money (Single) 0.5 Million[20]
2014 Dec 9 Kip Moore Hey Pretty Girl (Single) 1 Million[21]
Somethin' Bout A Truck (Single) 2 Million[22]
2017 Feb 22 Big & Rich Look At You (Single) 0.5 Million[23]
Aug 4 Kip Moore Up All Night 1 Million[24]
Oct 2 Danielle Bradbery Heart of Dixie (Single) 0.5 Million[25]

Grammy Related Works[edit]

Year Artist Album/Song Category Award
1996 Shaquille O'Neal Stomp (Track) Best R&B Performance By Duo or Group With Vocal Nominated[26]
1998 Everclear El Distorto De Melodica Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[27]
Garbage Version 2.0 Best Rock Album Nominated[28]
Album of the Year Nominated
1999 Garbage Special Best Rock Performance By Duo or Group With Vocal Nominated
2002 Avril Lavigne Let Go Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated[29]
Complicated Song of the Year Nominated
Complicated Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
Sk8er Boi Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
2012 Jimmy Fallon Blow Your Pants Off Best Comedy Album Won[30]
2017 Oskar Cartaya Bajo Mundo Best Latin Jazz Album Nominated
2018 Kenny Chesney Cosmic Hallelujah Best Country Album Nominated[31]

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