Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Chris Finney

Audio engineer and music producer Chris Finney sits down with Dr. Jeff Albert for an interview (02/03/2014).

About Chris Finney

With a skill set ranging from record production to studio design, two-time Grammy Award-winning Chris Finney has been a leading audio engineer and music producer for over 25 years. His credits include contributions to albums by Harry Connick Jr., Shannon McNally, Randy Newman, Bonerama, and Marcus Miller, among many others. In 2008, Finney won a Grammy Award from his work on Dr. John’s The City that Care Forgot, and again in 2011 for his work on the Rebirth Brass Band’s The Rebirth of New Orleans.

A New Orleans native, Chris partnered with his brother Billy to found Coastal Cultivars, LLC after the devastation of the 2010 BP oil spill. As a wholesale tree nursery specializing in the Pelican Variety of the Black Mangrove tree, Coastal Cultivars strives to serve the needs of ongoing Louisiana coastal restoration efforts.

In 2013, Chris was appointed as Lead Instructor of the Fredman Music Business Institute at the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In conjunction with Tulane University, Music Rising, and the Center for Gulf South Studies, The Fredman Institute provides extra-curricular music, business, and production education to local high school students in the New Orleans area. Chris brings a tremendous amount of first-hand knowledge, experience, and fun into the classroom, and serves as producer for various concerts throughout the year, including "Shorty Fest," the Trombone Shorty Foundation's annual music festival held in each May.

Since 2015, Chris has worked as an adjunct lecturer at Tulane University, where he teaches courses in music production and music business.