Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Mr Michael R Shipley (1974)

Mike Shipley is a Grammy-award winning mix engineer who has been prominent in the global music industry for several decades, having worked on projects with combined sales in the hundreds of millions of records and CD’s.

After a short stint at art school, he moved to London, where he got his first big break working for Wessex Studios, home to huge acts including Queen and The Sex Pistols. His first engineering sessions were during the punk-music explosion of the late 70’s and early 80’s and included recordings with the likes of these names and others, including The Damned. His contemporaries at Wessex included producer Roy Thomas Baker, Chris Thomas, and engineers Tim Friese-Greene and Bill Price.

Asked to work with Joni Mitchell, Shipley went to Los Angeles in 1984, where his career has been at full-steam ever since, and has included huge successes, including particularly Shania Twain, The Corrs, Anberlin, Maroon 5, Faith Hill, India Arie, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day and Nickelback.

He has produced and mixed albums for such diverse artists as Queen, AC/DC, Lynam, Joni Mitchell, The Cars, Meat Loaf, Def Leppard, A Flock of Seagulls, Winger, The Clash, Van Halen, The Corrs, Anberlin, Kim Carnes, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain, Blondie, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Foreigner, Devo, Cheap Trick, Jimmy Barnes, Enrique Iglesias, Tim McGraw, Ashley Tesoro, Maroon 5, Barenaked Ladies, Berlin, Faith Hill, Nickelback, Michael Bolton, Ronan Keating, Thomas Dolby, Ric Ocasek, Jefferson Airplane, Green Day, Blessed By a Broken Heart, The Black Crowes, Alison Krauss, Casey Chambers, Papa Roach, Shawn Colvin, Takota, John Waite and My Chemical Romance.

Until recently, he was a Senior Director at Bardic Records, a company founded by Jack Ponti with bases in New York and London. The company has since merged into another entity called The Platform Group, with which Mike is still affiliated.