Based in Nashville,TN, Grainger began making records in the early 90’s while attending Belmont University. He quickly moved into working on a variety of projects, including Grammy nominated recordings by Wilco, Switchfoot, and Sixpence None the Richer (including the hits “Kiss Me and There She Goes”). Grainger also wrote, recorded, and toured nationally during this time with his own instrumental avant jazz group, SCHFViLKUS (Paras/Rykodisc), that included Grammy award winning saxophonist & current member of the Dave Mathews Band, Jeff Coffin.
Grainger continues his interest in performance by producing & engineering live recordings and mixing for The Cadillac Three, Old Crow Medicine Show, Over the Rhine, Josh Rouse, John Hiatt, Jeremy Camp, Mercy Me, Nichole C. Mullen and many others. He joined in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band by producing, engineering and mixing their live New Orleans Jazzfest record, We Got Robbed. (Rykodisc Japan)
In early 2003, Grainger decided to focus on developing new artists helping them to define their own unique identities. The first of which was Minneapolis band Dropping Daylight, whose demos created interest from several major labels, and shortly after signed with Octone Records. Grainger has since found similar success in the following years working with Luna Halo (American), Ludo (Island), and Janus (RealID/ILG). Most recently, Ace Reporter (Ooh La La Records), Kopecky Family Band (ATO), and Five Knives (RedBull Records).
Fueled by the desire to link the history of recording with the latest in technology, Grainger teamed with drum software pioneers Toontrack and Roy “Futureman” Wooten (Bela Fleck) at Blackbird studios in November of 2008 in Nashville to record the “Jazz” and the new “Roots” kit for their EZ drummer and Superior software lines. The entire Toontrack staff at Winter NAMM ’09 called the Jazz & Roots kits their crowning achievement from both a technological and sonic standpoint to date, and the latest industry reviews of this product echo their statements. Grainger also enjoys keeping up to date with the latest tools being introduced to the recording industry, and is a frequent contributor of articles published in Mix Magazine.
In 2020, Grainger’s driving passion is collaborating with artists looking for unique sounds, creative arrangements, and imaginative direction. Many of these artists’ productions have recently aired on shows for networks such as: MTV, E!, USA, Oxygen, Lifetime, Fox and ESPN. Finding breakthrough success in 2010 with Nashville songsmith, Kyle Andrews, having placements in nationwide and worldwide ad campaigns with Holiday Inn, Doritos, Dell
Computers, and the Fox Network. Kyle’s video for the song “You Always Make Me Smile” is over 2.9 million hits on You Tube, and released Robot Learn Love (Elephant Lady/30 Tigers) to national critical acclaim. Kyle’s record, Brighter Than The Sun (Elephant Lady Records) has also garnered rave reviews and was released July 23rd,2013.
As of late, Grainger continues to be involved with the development of some of the latest upcoming indie buzz artists:
The reemergence of one of Chicago’s best metal acts, Janus, who has created a new model of music with a message. Check out www.musicsparkschange.org for more information about their vision to impact lives for the better. Look for new material from them on Spotify and new Janus material coming in 2020.