Glenn Tabor III is a sound engineer, music producer, and the founder of Gat3 Records, a studio that has existed for over 20 years. He has produced music across many genres and is the recipient of two Grammy Awards. He has worked with many artists across the globe and garnered much experience which has made him a favorite of many artists/labels over time. Glenn is also the founder of the Gat3 Recording Program where he has successfully taught Audio Engineering to a lot of people who are professionals today. Glenn took the time today to share with the world through TBAP his journey through life and in the music industry. Follow our conversation below!
Miranda ~ Hello Glenn! Honored to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Glenn: Thank you for the great questions. I married my high school sweetheart, Susan, and we have two beautiful daughters, Madelenn Marie and Julia Grace. I started Gat3 nearly 22 years ago to work with artists from all over the globe. Since everyone always asks what Gat3 stands for, it’s just my initials – Glenn A Tabor III.
Miranda ~ How did you become a Christian? We’d love to hear your story! In what way do you believe your personal story and journey as a Christian can help inspire others?
Glenn: I became a Christian at the age of five. My father was a pastor, and my mother, a Christian singer. Selflessly, they have and continue to dedicate their lives to helping others find Jesus. They have been a true example of Christianity all of my life.
Miranda ~ At what point did music become a part of your life? What events in particular led to you becoming a professional sound engineer and music producer? For each case, is the story the same? Are you also a songwriter?
Glenn: Music was really always a part of my family. When I was a young boy, my mother went into the studio to record her first record. From that moment, I knew I would make music—there was no plan B! I’m sure I drove the engineers and producer crazy with questions. I do have songwriting credits and a publishing company, but I wouldn’t call myself a songwriter. There are MANY great writers out there, and I like to think my best skills involve bringing someone’s idea to life—making it the best it can be!
Miranda ~ How would you describe your early days in the industry? What lessons/principles did you pick up along the way that resonate with you even now? In what way has your journey in the industry bettered your walk with God?
Glenn: In my early years, I was relentless! I spent nearly every waking moment in the studio developing skills and learning. I slept only a few hours a night, a practice that still sticks with me to this day. Back then I recorded to analog tape! It was (and still is) an organic and multi-sensorial experience. We didn’t have unlimited tracks and takes like today, so capturing the moment was paramount. I still have several analog multitrack recorders, and although I don’t get to use them as often as I’d like, the concept of coaxing the best, most alive and genuine performance from an artist is a principle I still follow in today’s digital world. Diligence and hard work always pay off. It isn’t always easy, but your journey in Christ often parallels that.
Miranda ~ You’d been nominated a couple of times before your first Grammy Award. What were the thoughts that crossed your mind the moment you were called for the first award? How did this affect you personally, and particularly, in your walk with God?
Glenn: I remember the exact moment I got the call for the first two Grammy™ wins. It is certainly a great honor to be recognized professionally by your peers; however, it doesn’t change who I am or what I do. I’m thankful it has opened doors for me to work with more artists who want to creatively share Christ. I’m often asked, “Who is your biggest client?” The philosophy for me and everyone at Gat3 is “whomever we are working with today!” I want to honor and serve EVERY artist to the best of my ability, regardless of their record sales or popularity. God has always honored the sacrifice and hard work that my staff and I put in daily to make the best music we can.
Miranda ~ What inspired Gat3 Productions to start an academy? What do you hope to achieve through your academy? What do you believe a Christian in the music business can offer to the world?
Glenn: I always wanted to start a recording school. The majority of interns and applicants we received from the “big schools” just didn’t get it and that was frustrating for me. Anyone can learn to press a button, but making a difference requires so much more than that! My goal was to raise people up to be their best…to be who they were designed to be. When you can truly serve others, your impact and influence multiplies!
Miranda ~ Christian/mainstream industries are on the lookout for spectacular talent. How would you describe spectacular on the Christian front today? What would you say is the key to an award-winning talent/song?
Glenn: You know, it takes creativity to even call yourself a Christian. Originality is what makes things spectacular. That is difficult to find in our modern culture. We can be so consumed by looking like/sounding like/being like someone else, we lose sight of our own identity. Genuine and true creative expression is what makes extraordinary songs. Creativity is truth, and truth always stands the test of time.
Miranda ~ What would you like to see change in the Christian music industry? Do you teach these principles in the Gat3 Academy?
Glenn: This is somewhat related to the previous question in my mind. Our social media driven, fake and plastic world, is SO temporary. The better servants we are, the more effective our music and lifestyle becomes. In the Gat3 Recording Program, we strive to teach people how to become valuable to others, while learning the art of making music.
Miranda ~ What are you most grateful for right now and generally?
Glenn: I’m grateful for a wonderful and healthy family! My wife is an incredible business partner, who manages the business (and me) with remarkable resolve. My older daughter has become an incredible videographer and also helps with the day-to-day operations. My younger daughter is an awesome drummer, who is full of unique surprises! These three women love God, and have shown me what unconditional love means.
Miranda ~ What advice would you offer to a person who wants to go into the sound engineering/music production business?
Glenn: Make yourself valuable to others! And of course, take the Gat3 Recording Program!
The Fun Qs!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, and the darker the roast, the better!
Gym or Outdoor? Outdoors, but I’d rather be in the studio!
Sneakers or Boots? Boots, but really cool ones
Running or Walking? Walking
Cereal or Fruit? How about a protein shake?
Music or Books? Music of course
TV or Magazine? Magazine
Summer or Spring? What happened to Fall?
Rain or Snow? Rain, but sunshine is preferred
Blazer or Leather Jacket? Leather jacket
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Glenn Tabor’s career as an Engineer and Producer has spanned many years and numerous musical genres. He started his career in the mid 90’s graduating from Full Sail University in Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in engineering. An opportunity for a chief engineer position brought him to North Carolina where he started his professional career at a small Christian label. Glenn’s ambition and passion for the industry propelled him shortly after that, to start his own production company and studio appropriately named Gat3 Productions (representing his initials) in 1996. He built Gat3 to be a studio of the utmost quality with amazing spaces and some of the most sought after modern and vintage microphones, equipment and instruments available. The reputation that Gat3 has built over the 20 plus years since Glenn first started it is one of integrity, amazing sound, and warm environments.
Glenn’s experience throughout the decades of recording and mixing for artists and labels includes Pop, Rock, Christian, Bluegrass, Folk and Jazz worlds among others. After receiving a previous Grammy Nomination in 2008 for the Album, Tell Someone (Rebel Records), by Kenny and Amanda Smith for the category of Best Southern, Bluegrass or Gospel Album category, he went on to receive two additional Grammy nominations, winning both. He completed production work as well as mixing on the award–wining album, Oh Happy Day (EMI Gospel/Vector Recordings), including the title cut performed by Queen Latifah. The album took home the award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. The second album that also won that evening was Heather Headley’s Audience Of One (EMI Gospel), which was awarded Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album of the year.
With so much experience in the Christian Music industry and the passion Glenn has for that style of music, many Churches, Artists, and Groups turn to him for his production and mixing skills in order to transform their songs and propel their music to a further reach.
Because of his love of the music industry and the process of recording and mixing, Glenn wanted others to be able to have an opportunity to also learn and eventually work doing what they love. In 2013 he started the Gat3 Recording Program, in the same Charlotte location as the studio. This program enabled those interested in Audio Engineering a way to learn the skills necessary to become an Audio Engineer at an affordable cost and in an intimate environment. Since launching the program, courses have been very successful and popular for aspiring engineers to learn from experienced and award winning engineers. Learn more about Glenn on his official website.