About Rodney Mills
Growing up in Douglas, Georgia as a tobacco farmer, Rodney began his music career in 1962 playing bass for The Bushmen. During his seven years with the group, he became intrigued with recording music and actively started pursuing a career as an engineer in 1967.
In 1968, Rodney became chief engineer at Lefevre Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. During his three-year tenure, he engineered records for several local and national acts ranging from gospel, country, R&B and rock. Some of those artists included Joe South, Billy Joe Royal, Dennis Yost and the Classics IV, The Meters, The Stamps Quartet, James Brown, The Winstons, Mylon LeFevre and scores of other projects.
Studio One Years
In 1970, Rodney was approached by songwriter and producer Buddy Buie to build a studio and offered him the position as chief engineer. Rodney co-designed and oversaw the construction of the famous Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. For the next sixteen years, Rodney worked almost exclusively in the popular studio on hundreds of records.
Along with engineering projects, Rodney eventually began producing records for several artists such as B.J. Thomas, The Atlanta Rhythm Section (11 albums), Lynyrd Skynyrd (4 albums), .38 Special (7 albums), The Outlaws, Journey, Eric Martin, Helix, Alicia Bridges and others.
In 1986, Rodney left his full-time position at Studio One to continue his career as an independent producer and engineer. Traveling nationwide, he worked with artists at popular studios including The Record Plant in San Fransisco, Criteria Studios in Miami and Muscle Shoals Sound in Alabama. Rodney went on to produce more records for .38 Special (2 albums), Gregg Allman (2 albums), Cruzados (2 albums), The Radiators (2 albums), The Doobie Brothers (2 albums) and several others. In 1989, Rodney produced Billboard Magazine’s #1 Adult-Contemporary Song of the Year with .38 Special’s “Second Chance”.