A six-time Grammy Award winner, Brent Maher has become one of Nashville’s most successful and critically acclaimed producers and hit songwriters. Maher’s accomplishments include over 20 number one singles, numerous top ten singles and a wide array of platinum and multi-platinum selling albums. His credits read as a “Who’s Who” of recording artists including The Judds, Shelby Lynne, Nickel Creek, Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina, Kathy Mattea, Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, Dave Loggins, Dottie West, Ike & Tina Turner and many more. Recently, Maher engineered the Grammy award-winning album “The Last of the Breed” with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price.
One of Maher's many successes as a producer came as a result of his discovering The Judds and developing their now famous acoustic country sound. He produced all ten of The Judds’ records, with additional production credits including Kathy Mattea’s Grammy winning release Good News and Shelby Lynne’s critically acclaimed big band project “Temptation”. Teaming up again with Wynonna, Maher produced her platinum album, The Other Side. He also produced the Kenny Rogers’ come back hits, “The Greatest” and “Buy Me A Rose.” Brent also mixed the Oscar-winning soundtrack for the Robert Duval film “Tender Mercies” and produced the title track, which was nominated for an Oscar.
On the International music scene, records that Maher produced on Canadian artist Johnny Reid have received wide acclaim and international awards. In 2009, Reid received CCMA awards for Album of the Year and Best Selling Canadian Album. In 2010, Reid took home CCMA awards for Single of the Year and Best Selling Canadian Album. And, in 2011, Reid again won a CCMA award for Best Selling Canadian Album. In addition, he also won a Juno award for Album Of The Year. Maher also produced the current independent release from Irish artist Gareth Dunlop, who recently received the 2011 Young Songwriter of the Year award from the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. Maher developed and produced the Grammy nominated debut from Bering Strait, a young band comprised of seven Russian musical prodigies. The band’s music and story was covered by 60 Minutes and inspired an award-winning documentary.
As a songwriter, Maher’s accomplishments include numerous number one singles. Maher has received over thirty awards from ASCAP and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). He received Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music for the Judds’ career making single, “Why Not Me.” Maher’s bluesy, country songs became a signature sound for The Judds as he went on to write a string of hits, including “Girls Night Out,” “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain,” “Born To Be Blue” and many others. His other hit singles include “Some Kind Of Trouble,” (Tanya Tucker), “Lesson In Leavin’ (Jo Dee Messina), “When Love Starts Talkin’” (Wynonna) and many other recordings by artists including Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West, Carl Perkins, Jo Dee Messina, Wynonna, Collin Raye, and Shelby Lynne.
Brent Maher’s engineering credits include all of the projects he has produced along with a diverse group of artists that include Ike & Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” Roy Orbison, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Faces, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Sammy Davis Jr., Gladys Knight, Merle Haggard and the Strangers, Glen Campbell/ Tanya Tucker, Sly and the Family Stone and many others. Maher also engineered Elvis’ last number one hit “Way Down.”