Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell
The owner of Royal Records describes the importance of music education and why music connects to everything.
Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell is an American musician, songwriter, audio engineer, record producer, and owner of Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. His father, Willie Mitchell, operated Royal Studios and was vice president of Hi Records. Mitchell became interested in music from a young age. Growing up, he was surrounded by top recording talent, including Al Green, the Jacksons, KC and the Sunshine Band, Michael McDonald, and the Doobie Brothers. Mitchell has been a producer at Royal Records since the early 1990s, collaborating with artists like John Mayer, Snoop Dog, Terrence Howard, and Bruno Mars. He produced the documentary Take Me To The River that was released in 2015 and won film festivals like SXSW and London’s Raindance Festival. He also won the Record of the Year GRAMMY in 2016 for the hit Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. Additionally, Mitchell is the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Memphis Chapter, and is a leading ambassador of the Memphis sound. Mitchell and his wife Tanya have five children.