Engineer Gena Johnson is one of Nashville's premiere talents behind the mixing board, working with Chris Stapleton, Ashley Monroe, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and many more. She's the first woman to be nominated for engineer of the year by the Academy of Country Music. (April 13)
GENA JOHNSON: I'm a total lyric junkie and that's one of the best parts about this job is really being able to dig deep. I didn't know that I was the first woman at the time. But there are so many talented engineers in town. And to be nominated next to the people that I am is-- I'm so grateful and honored.
- (SINGING) I remember everything, things I can't forget.
GENA JOHNSON: And I actually had tears in my eyes when we were recording because it just felt special. I didn't think it was the last time that John would record anything.
And RCA, where we recorded Stapleton's records, that is probably my most favorite room I've ever recorded in. It feels like-- you walk in, and it's like if the walls could talk. I've had a lot of younger engineers and females that want to go for this reach out to me since the nomination happened. And that's been really humbling and really wonderful. It feels really cool to have that personal accomplishment. And then also, on top of it, being the first woman feels really good. But it also feels like we have a lot more work to do.