Barry Blair, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Media Communications – Audio Production
Office: CCA 207
Barry Blair has been involved with audio and the music industry for over 25 years. His vast experience brings a depth to our audio and music industry classes.
Barry’s music career began as the guitarist and a founding member of the popular Christian band Audio Adrenaline. From 1991 through 1996 Barry performed in over 500 live appearances with Audio A. Barry also played guitar on 3 Audio Adrenaline recordings, including the RIAA certified gold recording, Bloom. Barry is also credited as a writer on many of the band’s hit songs, including the song “Big House”, which was named by CCM magazine as the “number 1 song of the decade” in the 1990’s.
In 1996, Barry discovered the band Bleach and brought them to Forefront Records. Barry went on to produce 2 CDs for Bleach, including the 1996 CD entitled Space which received a Dove nomination for Modern Rock Album of the Year. Barry also won a Dove Award for Modern Rock Song of the Year for the Bleach’s song “Epidermis Girl”. Other bands Barry has produced include Nine Lashes, Shaded Red, Addison Road, and Finding Favour.
In between his production projects, Barry has also had the opportunity to work as a session guitarist for various artists including Rebecca St. James, Newsboys, Bryan Duncan, and Raze.
Barry has won a total of 3 Dove Awards, one Grammy nomination and four Dove nominations.
In recent years, Barry has been working in audio post production for film and film scoring. He is credited as the Supervising Sound Editor and Rerecording Mixer for the critically acclaimed feature film “As It Is In Heaven”. In 2014, Barry composed the music score for the feature film “Hope Bridge” featuring actors Booboo Stewart (“Twilight”, “X-men:Days of Future Past”, “The Descendents”) and Kevin Sorbo (“Soul Surfer”, “God’s Not Dead”, “Let There Be Light”). Hope Bridge is distributed through Pure Flix Entertainment.
B.A. Kentucky Christian University
M.F.A. in Recording Arts and Technologies, Middle Tennesee State University