The Kansas Music Hall of Fame announced this week that Nashville producer Garth Fundis will be inducted as part of the class of 2011.
Fundis is being honored with the Directors Award. According to Bill Lee, the hall’s president, Fundis was born in Baldwin City, Kan., about 45 miles southwest of Kansas City and just south of Lawrence. Fundis got his start playing in Lawrence-area bands and as a booking agent.
He moved to Nashville in the 1970s and has been a fixture in the country music community ever since. His production credits include some of country music’s best and best-known artists, including Trisha Yearwood, Keith Whitley, Sugarland, Alabama and Emmylou Harris. He also was an executive at RCA Records and Almo Sounds in the 1990s.
Fundis is the owner of Sound Emporium Studios, one of Nashville’s oldest running studios. Sound Emporium traces its roots to Jack Clement, the legendary producer who produced Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at Sun Records in Memphis and moved to Nashville in the early 1960s.
Clement opened Jack Clement Recording Studios in 1969, which was sold and renamed Sound Emporium in 1979.
Fundis joined the studio as an intern in 1971 and became a house engineer a few years later. He bought Sound Emporium in 1992.
The 2011 induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, in Lawrence.