The Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, will host Memphis producer and studio owner Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio B in the Whitfield building on the campus of Delta State University for an interactive discussion and Q-and-A as part of the DMI All Access series.
DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring professionals from various areas of the entertainment and recording industries.
Mitchell was born in Memphis into a musical family. His father, Willie Mitchell, operated Royal Studios and was vice president of the legendary Hi Records label. The elder Mitchell produced and arranged music for a variety of acts including Al Green, Ann Peebles and Buddy Guy. Due to his father’s success, Mitchell was surrounded by top recording artists from a very young age, including Al Green, the Jacksons, KC & the Sunshine Band, Michael McDonald, the Doobie Brothers and more.
Mitchell’s own career began at age 17 when he played keyboard on one of Al Green’s gospel albums, which later won a GRAMMY award. He has been a producer/engineer at Royal Studios since the early 90s.
Since 2010, Mitchell has produced or engineered a wide range of acts, including Barbra Blue, Jay Gaunt, Axelle Red, Brandon O. Bailey, Solomon Burke, Cody Chesnutt, Snoop Dog, Bobby Rush, William Bell, Keb’ Mo’, Terrance Howard and Boz Scaggs.
In addition to his studio and production work, Mitchell is currently serving as the president of the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy.
He will be discussing engineering, production and the challenges of studio ownership durinf his visit to Delta State. The DMI All Access series, hosted by Charly Abraham, is open to the public at no charge.
The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. in Music Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry.
For information, contact (662) 846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.