In his words...
“I love music, I'm a fan of music, I'm a maker of music, and I'm an infinite student of the
industry. I've always had the distinct ability to know a hit when I hear it.”
Earl Powell is a Grammy-recognized, Billboard-charting songwriter/composer, Gold certification honoree, and a native of Chicago's west-side, now making his mark in Los Angeles, CA.
Earl's career has afforded him the opportunity to work with several of music's greats including Jennifer Hudson, Keyshia Cole, The Jacksons, Tito Jackson, the late great Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), LaTocha Scott (Xscape), and Syleena Johnson, to name a few. His big screen credits include work on “The Truth” (directed by Hill Harper), “Nothing Like The Holidays” (starring Debra Messing & John Leguizamo) and “Of Boys & Men” (starring Angela Bassett & Robert Townsend).
Earl's Grammy and Gold recognition are from Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut recording project, as a Writer, Producer, and Engineer on the song “Stand Up.”
Before working with Jennifer, Earl and best friend Jack Williams were head producers at Un-D-Nyable - record label started by Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. Their production duo was affectionately known as "E&J". This label gave birth to the musical careers of the group Entourage, from which Jay “Slique” Adams, originated, the group Strong, from which Ben One originated, as well as Dejah Gomez, performing artist who has toured extensively with Stevie Wonder, The Lion King, and many more.
More recently, he has enjoyed working with emerging Canadian artists including Wes Mason, Raff Pylon, Matt Hoyles, Ben Pelchat, Nina Browwn, and Rats of the Universe.
A host of many more notable accomplishments in music and movies are featured on our Gallery section.
Beyond the studio, Earl taught Record Production at Chicago's Columbia College, an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education. He went on to introduce the same course as well as a Music Business course at Triton College in River Grove, IL. Many of his former students continue to stay in touch with him, and have gone on to establish successful, solid careers in the music business.
Beyond the institutionalized classroom setting, Earl has been an asset to the community by way of Beat Creators, an after-school not-for-profit music educational program that was started to keep music in schools & help offset budget cuts. He very fittingly implemented the program initially at his high school alma mater Manley High.
Earl's interest in music began in his elementary school years. His brother Amherst brought a trumpet home when Earl was in the 2nd or 3rd grade, Earl took it, started playing with it, and so the journey began. He joined Intermediate Band as soon as he could, which was in the 5th grade at Sumner Elementary School, under the leadership of Mr. Savage. He recalls that Mr. Savage had a table full of instruments to choose from. Because of his familiarity with the trumpet, Earl chose the trumpet and there began his formalized training. After Intermediate Band, Earl went on to join Concert Band to conclude his elementary school band experience.
Earl attended Manley High School, where he went in swinging, under the leadership of Mr. Wisniewski, affectionately known as 'Wiz'. He started off playing 3rd trumpet as a Freshman. At the end of his sophomore year until he graduated, he played 1st chair. Junior & Senior years, he was unanimously voted President of the Jazz Band, receiving much prestige and recognition, including Musician of the Year for both years.
Also during high school, under the suggestion of Mr. Wisniewski, Earl auditioned and subsequently performed with Chicago's All City Jazz Band. This was a high honor, as it was comprised of the cream of the crop players from the entire city.
Finally, Mr. Wisniewski was the one who rallied behind Earl being recognized in the 1988 - 1989 Edition of Who's Who In Music, which is an esteemed international honor.
Earl fondly reflects of his experience with Mr. Wisniewski, comparing him to the band instructor in the movie Whiplash. Wiz would (literally) throw something at you if or when you didn't get your part right. So if you didn't respect the discipline initially, you would by the time Wiz was done with you.
After high school, Earl continued his music education at the highly respected VanderCook College of Music for 2 years.
With over 25 years in this business, Earl's unofficial mission has been helping others by sharing the knowledge, wisdom and resources he's collected during this time. It's just what he does. He works with all types, from beginners to legends, groups to solo artists. He connects with his clients in a way that brings the best out of them musically, thereby bringing timeless music to the world, one note at a time.