Rebekah Long, a 2009 graduate of SAE Institute Nashville’s Audio Technology Program, has a full work schedule as the newest house engineer at CTM (Catch This Music) Studios in Nashville.
Her high-profile job had its beginnings in a recording session at CTM when a producer needed a last minute replacement engineer. Long’s work was so impressive to CTM owner Eddie Robba that he decided to bring her on board as a full-time employee in 2013.
“Rebekah is a huge asset to the studio,” said Eddie Robba, owner and CEO of Catch This Music. “Some clients aren’t used to working with a female engineer, but when they hear how great she makes their projects sound, they quickly become her fans. SAE should be proud to count Rebekah among their star grads, and I’m proud that she’s part of the CTM team.”
Born in Lincolnton, GA, Long grew up listening to and loving the region’s rich bluegrass music heritage. In 2002, she earned a B.A. in Music Education and was the school’s first graduate of Glenville’s B.A. program in Bluegrass. After graduation, Long toured as the bass player and backup vocalist for some of bluegrass’s finest bands, including The Little Roy & Lizzy Show and the Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Band. Long also contributed bass and vocals to the CD “Bluegrass Bouquet” by the Daughters of Bluegrass on Blue Circle Records, which was awarded International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Recorded Event of the Year” award in 2009.
“After earning my degrees at Glenville State College, I saw there were opportunities to produce bluegrass bands, so I was looking to gain practical, hands-on knowledge about digital music production and professional studio techniques,” says Long. “I didn’t want to pursue another four-year degree, and SAE’s Audio Technology Program offered exactly what I needed. It helped to make me immediately hirable once I graduated in 2009.”
In 2013, Long worked as an engineer, musician, and songwriter for the Daughters of Bluegrass box set entitled “Pickin’ Like A Girl”, which consists of performances by 130 female bluegrass stars, including Stella Parton, Pam Tillis, Donna Ulisse, and Fayssoux Starling McLean. Currently, Long is engineering projects at CTM for Tanya Tucker, newcomer Jared Mitchell, songwriter Marcus Hummon, and an album with legendary gospel artist Ben Speer, which will feature contributions from Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Martins, and many other.
“For women who want to pursue careers in audio engineering or production, I’d definitely recommend SAE as a place to get your education, build your confidence, and give you an advantage in your job search,” says Long. “Learn everything you can every day, don’t be intimidated by the ‘big dogs’ in your classes and who you meet along the way, and work hard so you can slug it out with the boys and show ’em that you know your stuff.”