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CRAS Graduate Wins Fourth Daytime EMMY® Award for The Kelly Clarkson Show

Robert Venable Was Recognized for His Work as the Music Mixer for The Kelly Clarkson Show


Gilbert, Ariz., July 8, 2024 – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS;, the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that 2002 CRAS graduate Robert Venable recently won his fourth Daytime EMMY® Award as music mixer for The Kelly Clarkson Show. The 51st Annual Daytime EMMY® Awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, honoring the best in U.S. daytime television programming in 2023 on June 7, 2024 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

“I don’t take this for granted…the entire experience is magical,” said Venable, who has won an EMMY each of his four years working as music mixer for The Kelly Clarkson Show. “This was completely a team effort. I’d have no music to mix if it weren’t for the entire audio team. This is the most well-oiled machine in television.”

Robert Venable

Venable is an EMMY®- and Dove Award-winning, GRAMMY-nominated  record producer/mixer/engineer based in Nashville, Tenn. who has worked with GRAMMY-winning and multi-platinum recording artists including Megadeth, Kelly Clarkson, Twenty One Pilots, Kutless, MuteMath, Kim Burrell, Neal McCoy, and more.  He is also a Billboard #1 songwriter with Shoalsville Music and SESAC.

“More than 20 years ago, as an eager-to-learn student at CRAS, I never thought I’d actually end up with a shelf full of awards like these,” Venable continued. “CRAS has walls lined with gold records, EMMYs, GRAMMYs, etc. from grads, but I never thought it would include me. Having EMMYs doesn’t make me a better music mixer than the next person, but it is nice to be recognized for my abilities and dedication to the art. I was told during my time at CRAS to keep my head down and grind, so I did. I was told to ask questions from people better than myself, and I did. I still do. That’s how you grow. That’s how I’ll continue to grow.”

Venable’s recording studio is just 20 minutes south of Nashville where he produces and mixes his projects. In addition to music production and his work on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Venable has mixed music for television, broadcast, film, and web streaming. In addition to music production, Venable is also a drummer. His band, As We Ascend, comprised of former We As Human members Jake Jones and Justin Forshaw, has won multiple awards and had three Billboard Top Five charting singles, including “Tell Me”, which stayed at #1 for several weeks.

“No matter the pro AV category, our grads continue to motivate our current students with their hard work and determination,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “The EMMY Awards recognize the best in American daytime television programming and we could not be more proud of Robert and all of our grads who are living their dreams. Those who reach the pinnacle of their chosen fields are tremendous inspirations where hard work and dedication can take you.”

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is composed of two nearby campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz. A CRAS education includes broadcast audio, live sound, film and TV audio, music, and video game audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have all excelled in their individual fields, including sound reinforcement, audio recording and production, digital recording, troubleshooting/maintenance, and music business.

CRAS structured programs and highly qualified teaching staff provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by its small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording for more than three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS’ course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students’ success in the audio recording industries.

The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised with state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear, the same equipment used in today’s finest studios and remote broadcast facilities, including Pro Tools 12, API Legacy consoles, SSL AWS consoles, Studer Vista consoles, and much more. All students must complete a 280-hour industry internship to graduate from the Master Recording Program II that may ultimately lead to industry employment.

For more information on the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, please visit, contact Kirt Hamm, administrator, at 1-800-562-6383, or email to [email protected].

About The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

Based in the heart of The Valley of the Sun with two campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz., The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is one of the country’s premier institutions for audio education. The Conservatory has developed a unique and highly effective way to help the future audio professional launch their careers in the recording industry and other related professional audio categories.