Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell
Producer, Audio Engineer,
Studio and Label Owner
As the son of the late, great Willie Mitchell, Royal Studios’ Boo Mitchell has music in his blood. Having admired his dad’s work from a young age, Mitchell has grown up to be just like his dad with his own accolades to show for it.
Since winning a Grammy in 2016 for his work on “Uptown Funk,” Mitchell has engineered and produced multiple Billboard Number Ones for the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Robert Cray and the North Mississippi Allstars. “I have just been really blessed to work with some great people. Sometimes it is just a magic that happens when you have got the right people working together,” says Mitchell.
Not only does Mitchell count his triumphs as beneficial for himself, but says he wants to be known as one of the people responsible for restoring Memphis to its musical glory. Whether artists come to the Mid-South to make music at Royal or one of the other studios in the area, if folks are coming to town to make music, that is a success in Mitchell’s book.
Besides giving back to Memphis by bringing business to the city, Mitchell participates in career days with schools around the region and is partnering with the Memphis Music Initiative to give back to the community. Mitchell says that for him, the most important thing of giving back is giving back to the children because they are the future.
As far as the future of the music industry itself is concerned, Mitchell hopes that musicians, artists, and producers can figure out how people can make money in music again. “We all do it because we love it, but musicians should get paid. Music is an important service we provide, especially in America. As Memphians, we have given the world modern music and that’s one of America’s greatest contributions - modern music and freedom of expression. If anybody should be getting it right, it should be us,” says Mitchell.