Hear their recollections of engineering classic Prince hits
Purple Rain, Controversy, 1999, Little Red Corvette, Kiss, 3121, Diamonds & Pearls and many more.
FOR THE RECORD focuses on women, who not only nationwide, but worldwide, make up a remarkably small percentage of all working recording engineers and music producers. 

Lisa Chamblee, Sylvia Massy, Peggy McCreary, and Susan Rogers belong to an elite group of trailblazers, top of their craft and among the first women in the industry to earn credits on projects of such a prominent artist as Prince

Prince was groundbreaking in every single facet of his career and providing opportunities to talented women is a thread woven through nearly all of them. 

For the first time ever sharing the stage, you’ll hear from four women professionals who helped Prince achieve his vision in the studio, including his first-ever female engineer and also his last. 

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PRN Alumni Foundation held a groundbreaking panel discussion uniting four of Prince’s audio engineers, all of whom are women for the very first time in a public conversation. 
In an industry dominated by 95% men, it is historically relevant to note that Prince went well out of his way to provide opportunities to women, as well as opportunities to newcomers in their respective fields to both men and women. 

This panel discussion features the audio engineering work of those who sessioned some of Prince’s most commercially successful songs and albums. 

The songs; Let’s Go Crazy, D.M.S.R, Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry, Delirious, Purple Rain, 3121, Housequake, Adore, Kiss... our panelists today engineered those songs. 

The albums; Purple Rain, Controversy, 1999, Diamonds and Pearls, 3121, Parade, Around The World in a Day, and many others, our guests Peggy “Mac” McCreary, Dr. Susan Rogers, Sylvia Massy and Lisa Chamblee were the audio professionals helming those sessions. 

You don’t need to be technically minded or an audio professional to appreciate or be inspired by how much like all areas of his career, Prince’s approach to recording sessions was vastly different than other artists.

Laugh while Sylvia recalls procuring the perfect chair for Prince in her studio, or how Peggy unknowingly created the single “break time” all engineers who came after her experienced by showing Prince a bit of her job, and how Prince shattered nearly all established traditional processes of recording from the women who were there. 
Peggy McCreary
Peggy McCreary is an accomplished audio engineer, sound effects editor and foley mixer and spent many years at the famed Sunset Sound recording studio in Los Angeles. Peggy has worked with Booker T. Jones, Toto, Van Halen, Kris Kristofferson and Little Feat and others. 

Her time with Prince had her busy with nearly all of his projects in one of his most notably prolific periods of his career. Peggy worked on Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, The Time, Andre Cymone and Shelia E. 
Lisa Chamblee
Lisa Chamblee is a summa cum laude graduate of the Institute of Production and Recording, where she worked prior to becoming a staff engineer at Paisley Park, recording songs for Prince’s GRAMMY-nominated album 3121 as well as LotusFlower. 

Chamblee was second engineer to George Duke at Studio West, where she took part in recording Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Teena Marie, Ledisi, and Tower of Power. She also managed the prestigious Oasis Mastering and managed projects for Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Ne-Yo, and others. Chamblee is business partners with fellow alumni Dave Hampton and is co-founder and COO of their Reftone brand of recording studio reference monitors, where she oversees manufacturing, sales and marketing.
Susan Rogers
Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from McGill University (2010).

Prior to her science career, Susan was a multiplatinum-earning record producer, engineer, mixer and audio technician, best known for her work with Prince (1983-1987 on Purple Rain, Sign ‘O The Times, Around the World In a Day, Parade, and the Black Album). She is currently a Professor in the departments of Music Production & Engineering and Liberal Arts at Berklee College of Music, Boston. She teaches music cognition, psychoacoustics, record production and engineering. Dr. Rogers is also a PRN Alumni Foundation Board member.
Sylvia Massy
Sylvia Massy is a 35 year audio industry veteran recording producer, engineer and mixer.

While staff engineer at Larrabee Sound in West Hollywood, she worked on recordings for Aerosmith, Big Daddy Kane, Prince, Wendy & Lisa, Rosie Gaines, Seal, Julio Iglesias. Sylvia engineered and mixed Grammy Awarded 1997 Best Country Album, Johnny Cash’s Unchained, mixed The Beastie Boys ‘Tibetan Freedom Concert’, produced Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust, Powerman 5000, and owned and operated RadioStar Studios. Ms. Massy is an illustrator, visiting professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and the author of “Recording Unhinged”.
Hosted By Denise Y. Smith
Denise Young Smith recently closed a brilliant two—decade career with Apple and is currently serving as only the second executive-in-residence at the new Cornell Tech (Cornell Ithaca’s graduate school campus in Manhattan). Denise held a variety of executive roles at Apple, including building much of the company’s retail store initiative, and holding
responsibility for its most important resource, its talent.

Denise has been named a “Most Powerful Woman” by Ebony Magazine and Black Enterprise, has been named one of “100 Most Influential in Silicon Valley” by Business Insider, and has been featured in Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” issue. Truly
living at the intersection of technology, humanity and art, Denise is an accomplished soprano who has graced local and international recital halls—including Carnegie and SFJazz.
Moderated By Danyel Smith
Danyel Smith — aka ‘danamo’ — is a former editor in chief of Vibe, and editor of Billboard.

Among other media organizations, She has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN the Magazine, NPR, and CNN. A native of Oakland, California, Danyel Smith is completing her third book, ‘Shine Bright: How Black Women Took Over Pop Music and Changed Culture Forever (One World/ Random House, 2020).
“Amazing and beautiful stories” 
- Cindy Pickering
“This man left a legacy worth studying” 
- Kerry Counahan
"Constant WOW moments..." 
- Lenny Beason
PRN Alumni Foundation was formed by former employees of the international icon, Prince. It's our mission to continue the philanthropy that Prince quietly facilitated his entire career.

We proudly support:
  • Kids education in music, art, technology and self expression
  • Teens & young adults interested in entering Sound engineering/ audio production fields
  • Urban farming & food sustainability initiatives
  • ​Alumni members in crisis
PRN Alumni Foundation, officially formed in 2017, is comprised of former employees of Paisley Park and the international icon Prince. The group’s mission is to continue the generosity of their late boss who supported opportunities for underprivileged youth to grow in music, tech, arts and education, and helped alumni members in crisis. 
The foundation also supports urban farming initiatives that create sources of healthy foods where they are otherwise scarce.
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