As a live sound and recording engineer, McBride fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening Blackbird Studio in Nashville in 2002. It’s since earned a reputation as one the finest studios in the world. Artists who have recorded Grammy-winning albums at Blackbird include Taylor Swift, Jack White and Kings of Leon. In 2013, he opened The Blackbird Academy, dedicated to providing a recording-arts education through a hands-on training curriculum. He’s married to country superstar Martina McBride, his partner in life and business.