Renowned music producer Michael Knox, who was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Hot Country Producers for 2010, is living up to that title this week as he celebrates his first-ever CMA Award nominations for his work on Jason Aldean’s wildly successful fourth CD, MY KINDA PARTY.
Knox is nominated for the coveted CMA “Album of the Year” trophy as producer of Aldean’s latest CD, which is currently nearing double-platinum status, and is also up for CMA “Single of the Year” for the chart-topping Jason Aldean/Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” The crossover smash is currently enjoying success at pop radio after topping the country charts for three weeks straight and is at #4 and climbing on the A/C Pop Mediabase charts.
One of Nashville’s hottest and most in-demand producers, Knox currently has four singles on the charts: Trace Adkins’ “Just Fishin,” Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Montgomery Gentry’s “Where I Come From,” and Jason Aldean’s latest single, “Tattoos on This Town.”
Over the past year his producing credits include Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Owen, Rachel Farley, Josh Thompson, Frankie Ballard, Hank Williams Jr. and Chuck Wicks. He has produced seven number one career singles for Jason Aldean so far, including “The Truth,” “Big Green Tractor,” “She’s Country,” and the recent smash “Dirt Road Anthem,” which has been the #1 ringtone in all genres for 15 consecutive weeks.
As the son of 50’s rock legend Buddy Knox, (“Party Doll” 1957) Knox grew up around music, and having worked as a song plugger and executive for Warner Chappell Music for a decade in the early days of his career, he clearly knows his way around a hit. During his time at Warner Chappell, he garnered more than 300 cuts in eight years, and was responsible for writer and artist development and song placements that left his stamp on more than 150 million records.
Last year, Knox was named Senior Creative Director for Peer Music. He fulfills his duties with the established publishing company and still finds time to record hit music. He is also managing RCA Nashville recording artists Bush Hawg.