Meet our Staff

Studio Owner
615.467.4487
mcbride@blackbirdstudio.com

JOHN MCBRIDE

John has a passion for great audio like no other. Just spend 10 minutes with him and you'll understand. That passion can be seen everyday here at Blackbird. Truly a dream come true for John, Blackbird is a dead reflection on his mentality about what is amazing about great music. As he puts it, The Beatles started it off for him. They just hit him straight in his DNA. You'll find plenty of Beatle memorabilia around the studio, not to mention his collection at his house. John's career has spanned over 20 years from the live world, mixing front of house, production managing for Garth Brooks, to Engineering Martina McBride's last three studio albums. He's still involved in the daily operations for Clair/Showco's Nashville office.


Studio Manager
615.642.2277 m
rolff@blackbirdstudio.com

ROLFF ZWIEP

Rolff handles all of the booking needs for the studios here at Blackbird. Everybody knows Rolff from Blackbird Audio Rentals, well he's made the jump into the studio world. As studio manager Rolff oversees all operations, and is the new face of Blackbird Studio.


Chief Technical Engineer
615.515.6643
richealey@blackbirdstudio.com

RICHARD EALEY

Richard's career in pro audio started in the late 1970's working for Studer Canada. He spent the 80's as the head tech working for Le Studio Marin Heights in Canada. Richard then moved to Ardent Studios in Memphis for most of the 90's as chief tech. He came to Nashville in '98 to work for Masterfonics/Emerald, and in 2005 he made the move to Blackbird. Just in time for the construction of our first 9K SSL room, Studio F.


Studio Asst. Manager / Internship Coordinator
615.467.4487
rich@blackbirdstudio.com

RICH HANSON

Rich is a KC native, but resides here in Nashville. Blackbird hired Rich in 2011 from Loud. Rich at Loud is now, Rich at Blackbird!



Network Administrator/ Office Manager/ Finance
615.515.6616
nicks@blackbirdstudio.com

NICK SHASSERRE

Nick has been with Blackbird since April 2006 handing the accounts payable/receivables. Rising up the ranks from an intern to Network Admin, among his other roles. He attended Southern Illinois for mass communications, receiving his Bachelor's degree in 2005. He has an associates in Computer Networking from NSCC. He's married to his lovely wife Miriam and has twins, Natalie and Matthew who are now 2 years old. Go Cardinals!


Receptionist / Admin Assistant
615.467.4487
blair@blackbirdstudio.com

BLAIR MINGES

Blair Minges is from Greenville, NC. She came to Nashville to pursue a singing career and to attend Belmont University. Blair graduated in May 2009 with a degree in Music Business. During her time at Belmont, she interned for us at Blackbird. In January 2010, she was hired as our Receptionist / Administrative Assistant. We are happy to have her back at Blackbird!


Staff Engineer
615.467.4487
lowell@blackbirdstudio.com

LOWELL REYNOLDS

There's hardly a day that goes by without Lowell in the house. Another Indiana University graduate that made his way to Nashville's music industry. Lowell spends most of his days in Studio D and has a client list that includes The White Stripes, Beck, Neil Young, The Raconteurs, Kings of Leon, Foy Vance, Kaleo, YMAS, Moon Taxi, Frank Turner, Eliza & The Bear, James Bay, Lionel Richie, City & Colour, The Killers, Boy & Bear, and Louis Berry to name a few.


Staff Engineer
615.467.4487
sethmorton@blackbirdstudio.com

SETH MORTON

Seth is from Tallahassee, FL and has been with Blackbird since 2005. He spends most of his days in Studio E, but can handle any of our rooms here at Blackbird. Some of Seth's recent clients include Bon Jovi, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and LeAnn Rimes.


Staff Engineer
615.467.4487
aditto@blackbirdstudio.com

ALLEN DITTO

Known to the Nashville community as "Tito", Allen came to Blackbird with lots of experience in live and studio production. He's been engineering in the industry since 1995, working with such clients as Martina McBride, Keith Urban, 3 Doors Down, Elvis Costello, Garth Brooks, Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as many others. He also has produced a number of live TV shows in Mississippi over the past 15 years. Allen came to Blackbird in January 2006. When he's not in the studio, there's a good chance he's on the road with Martina's tour working as the main set carpenter.


Staff Engineer
615.467.4487
ernesto@blackbirdstudio.com

ERNESTO OLVERA-LAPIER

Some say...He was the goverment's first & only attempt at creating the world's first fully functional bionic man....only the budget was cut down to 204 dollars & 7 cents. All we know is we call him - Ernesto


Staff Engineer
615.467.4487
seanbadum@blackbirdstudio.com

SEAN BADUM

From intern to assistant, Sean has been with us since 2011. He's a northeast native, and a Full Sail grad. Sean's credits include Straight No Chaser, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Guy, and Gavin Degraw among many others. He's our youngster, but works hard to make your session perfect.


Night Operations / Staff Engineer
615.467.4487
luke@blackbirdstudio.com

LUKE FOREHAND

From Yukon, OK, Luke graduated from Full Sail in 2009. After spending some time in central Florida playing music and working in live sound he migrated to Nashville in 2011. He interned with Blackbird and Blackbird Pro Producer David Hall for over a year before joining the staff in 2013.