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.

Lefevre Sound

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”.

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.

Lefevre Sound

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”.

The Masterhouse is Formed

Rodney Mills Masterhouse-Studio A
In the early 1990’s, Rodney opened ‘Rodney Mills Masterhouse‘, a local mastering service in Atlanta which quickly grew to national acclaim. Since its opening, Rodney has mastered tens of thousands of projects for regional & national acts including Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers, Collective Soul, Sugarland, Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, R.E.M., Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy, Sheryl Crow, Unk, DJ Drama, Rage Against The Machine, Drive By Truckers, Keith Sweat, Cartel, Local H, Irene Cara, George Clinton, Ying-Yang Twins and more.

Hall Of Fame and Beyond

1996 was a special year for Rodney as he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Along with the acceptance of this most prestigious award, he was permanently enshrined in the Hall of Fame building in Macon, GA among other notable inductees including Ray Charles, Lena Horne, James Brown, Bill Lowery, Buddy Buie, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, Joe South, TLC, R.E.M. and many others.

For over 15 years, Rodney served on the Board of Governors for NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), the organization responsible for the nomination and voting of the Grammy® awards; one of the highest honors awarded for excellence in music. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Friends of Georgia Music, where the group continues the 30 year old tradition of honoring musicians by inducting them into the famous Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Rodney continues his mastering work and looks forward to many more years serving the music community here in Georgia and around the world.

Discover Our Work!

We’re excited to have worked on so many great records! As you can imagine, there’s over 50 years of music we’d like to showcase and we’re always trying to round up new artwork & music samples for you to hear. We’ll have a full collection of clients added to our site soon, but in the meantime, check out some of these other sites that list some of our previous works:

Interviews with Rodney Mills

Learn more about Rodney Mills’ career through the years with these interviews

Watch Rodney’s full, 1-hour interview with Kevin Wyglad at www.BackstageATL.com!