Atlanta, GA (July 21, 2005)–Atlanta-based engineer/mixer Kelly “Dred” Liebelt passed away June 1st of a heart attack. Liebelt was the chief engineer at ZAC Digital recording studio in Atlanta.
In spite of Liebelt’s short career of two years, he gained enormous accolades in the local community, as well as, a Grammy nomination for engineering on Usher’s Confessions. Affectionately known as “Dred,” Liebelt was currently mixing the debut release for rapper Sun N.Y., on Virgin Records, as well as having just completed mixing theme music for Bobby Brown’s reality TV show, Being Bobby Brown.
Hailing from Phillips, in the northern parts of Wisconsin, “Dred” attended Madison Media Institute, under instructor Brian Liston, prior to beginning his internship at ZAC. As an intern, he quickly gained the confidence of clients and soon began his engineering career. Producer Dave Fortman commented, “Dred was definitely one of the best ‘listening’ assistants I’ve ever worked with.”
ZAC owner/studio manager, Jim Zumpano, followed up, “Dred could work with any of my clients, from rock to rap–he really had an uncanny ability to just see the music. Kelly was the flagship engineer here, as in the old days, people came to ZAC because they wanted to work with Dred. Atlanta and the entire music making industry has suffered the loss of one of its brightest young stars.”