Morris Township, NJ (April 17, 2017)—Top mastering engineer Tom Coyne died on Wednesday, April 12, after a lengthy fight against multiple myeloma; he was 62. A mastering engineer since the 1970s, Coyne won six Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Record of the Year, among 18 nominations, and had more than 40 category wins as well. Still at the top of his game, Coyne mastered nearly 40 Billboard Top-10 singles in the last two years alone.
Artists who he mastered included Adele, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, Sam Smith—all of whom he won Grammys with—and Marc Anthony, with whom he won a Latin Grammy. Other top acts in his discography included the Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Pink, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Usher, Maroon 5, Maxwell, Miguel, Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Martin Solveig, Carlos Vives, Prince Royce, A Tribe Called Quest, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears, among many others.
Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Coyne graduated from Kean University and began his career at New York City’s Frankford-Wayne Mastering Studios in the 1970s. He spent five years at The Hit Factory in the mid-90s before becoming a managing partner at Sterling Sound in 1998, where he worked the rest of his career.
A resident of Morris Township, NJ, he was a keen golfer and avid traveler. Coyne is survived by his wife, Mary-Kay; his daughter, Briana, and son, Dillon; his mother, Margaret LaPenta of Vero Beach, Fla.; his sisters Nancy Coyne of Camden, Maine and Kathleen Coyne of San Diego, Calif. and his brother, Timothy Coyne of Parsippany, N.J.