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Jacob Danieley is an American musician, producer, engineer, and songwriter. Jacob’s professional career launched in 2011 as a touring musician for various Southern gospel and country music artists. Making his Top40 Country Music debut playing pedal steel for Capitol Records Nashville artist, Jon Pardi, Jacob has since worked as a musician or engineer with numerous world renown artists including: Bill Gaither, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs, The Gatlin Brothers, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gordon Mote, Daily and Vincent, and many more. During that tenure, he received a SGMA Award for Band of the Year, and a Nomination for the Singing News “Musician of the Year” award.
After marinating his playing chops on the road, Jacob quickly found his niche in the recording studio as a session musician, producer, and mixing/mastering engineer. With over 80 professional recording credits, Jacob’s first charting single came with “Victory is Sweet” from the Sneed Family’s 2012 release, Telling the Story. Shortly thereafter, Jacob ventured to Europe in order to team up with Netherlands based vocal ensemble Men4Christ, to produce their debut record, “A Voice For You.” In 2015, Jacob received a GMA Dove Award for his work as a recording and mixing engineer.
Earning his MBA from Elon University in 2016, Jacob has joined the faculty at Guilford Technical Community College as an Instructor of Entertainment Technology. In addition, he maintains his musicianship as the keyboard and guitar player for the corporate band. Back Porch Orchestra.
His instrument credits include Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Pedal Steel, Piano/Keys, Banjo, Dobro, and Mandolin.
Thomas “TJ” Johnson is an American audio engineer, producer, and musician. He is best known for his work with Porno for Pyros and Rancid.
Johnson has been an active professional in the industry since 1981, and trained at the Recording Workshop, in Chillicothe, Ohio. Johnson’s involvement with Porno for Pyros began during the recording of their second album, “Good God’s Urge”, on which Johnson engineered, co-produced, and played. Following the album’s release, Johnson toured with Porno for Pyros from 1995 until the spring of 1997, providing samples, playing keyboards, and singing. During that time, Johnson also recorded new tracks for what should have been Porno for Pyros’ third album, which was instead released on Perry Farrell’s solo effort “Song Yet to Be Sung” and Jane’s Addiction’s “Kettle Whistle”.
Johnson has worked with an array of major and independent labels including Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, Mercury, Virgin Records, Geffen, and RCA. He also did work for Epitaph Records, and its offshoot, Hellcat Records. In the spring of 1997, Johnson started a long relationship with Rancid, resulting in his recording “Life Won’t Wait” and Rancid 2000 for the Bay Area punk band.
Johnson has been a part of Entertainment Technology since its beginning in Fall 2000.
Voting Member of NARAS (Grammys).
Full Member Audio Engineering Society (AES).
Pro Tools Certification Operator Music Pro Tools 6.x
Ron Barrans is a Live Sound and Lighting technician with more than 30 years of experience in club, radio, theatre and house of worship environments.
Barrans’ love for music began studying classical violin under Angelo Gatto, playing with the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and summer studies at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, having the opportunity to play with Isaac Stern, Jascha Heifitz and YoYo Ma.
Ron has worked with several theater groups, including the High Point Tower Players, Greensboro Community Theatre, Kernersville Little Theatre, the Good News Players, the Carolina Skyline Theatre, and Drama Kids International, designing and operating lighting and sound reinforcement for more than one hundred performances.
While working as Technical Coordinator for First Christian Church Ministries, Ron worked to maintain, operate and upgrade three permanent performance stages, including sound, moving and conventional lighting, image magnification, robotic and hand-held cameras, and web streaming.
Over the past several years, Ron has worked with numerous touring acts and speakers, including the Crabb Family, Seven and Seven Is, Natalie Grant, Newsong, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Nicole C. Mullen, Karen Kingsbury, Jason Crabb, and several senators and congressmen.