Trina Shoemaker was born in 1965 and raised in Joliet, Il., about 45 minutes southwest of Chicago. There was nothing she loved more than listening to her dad’s Hi-Fi stereo and comparing it with the other systems in the neighborhood. They were all good, some better than others. Her dad’s was the best and it was loud! By 13 Shoemaker knew she wanted to record albums, whatever that meant, and by 19, she had a little apartment in Los Angeles and an entry level job at Capitol Records.
It would be a long road finding her way to a console. Her rather circuitous route to recording began in a basement studio in a London flat with artist Hugh Harris, then wound through Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, and further on down to the Mississippi River Delta, where she began by cleaning studios in New Orleans. Eventually, she found her way to Kingsway, Daniel Lanois’ famed studio in the French Quarter where she was hired as a tape op and second engineer in 1991 and quickly became the house engineer. During those early Kingsway years, Shoemaker worked on Iggy Pop’s “American Ceasar”, The Throwing Muses “University”, Giant Sand’s “Glum” and Emmylou Harris’ iconic “Wrecking Ball”, among many others. In 1995, after completing “Wrecking Ball”, Shoemaker decided to leave Kingsway and strike out on her own. Within a few months she was hired by Sheryl Crow and over the next year recorded Crow’s breakout self-titled album featuring the hit songs “If It Makes You Happy” and “Everyday Is A Winding Road”. They followed it up with “The Globe Sessions” in 1998 with Shoemaker winning two Grammy Awards® for Rock Album Of The Year and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, making her the first woman to win the latter. During the late 90’s and early 2000’s, she recorded Whiskeytown’s “Pneumonia” at Dreamland in the Catskills, Queens Of The Stone Age “Rated R” at Sound City in Los Angeles, Victoria Williams’ “Musings Of A Creek Dipper” in Joshua Tree and Something For Kate “Echolalia” in Australia. In 2001, Shoemaker and Crow reunited for her fourth studio album “C’Mon C’Mon”, where Shoemaker was once again nominated for the Best Engineered Album Grammy Award®. In 2003, Shoemaker mixed several tracks for The Dixie Chicks and in 2004 she won her third Grammy Award® for her work on Steven Curtis Chapman’s album “All Things New”.
After Shoemaker lost her New Orleans home during Hurricane Katrina, she moved to Nashville along with her husband and 7 month old son. During her 5 years in Nashville, she produced, engineered and mixed dozens of albums including “Sunset Man” by James Otto, which featured the #1 Billboard Country hit “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”. In 2010, Shoemaker and her family moved back down to the Gulf Coast where she built Local Honey Studio. Since then she has mixed the critically acclaimed “Pauper’s Field” by Dylan LeBlanc, engineered and mixed The Indigo Girls, produced, recorded and mixed Brandi Carlile’s “Bear Creek” and Brandi’s newest album “The Fire Watcher’s Daughter”. Trina was again nominated for Best Engineered Album Non-Classical in the 2013 Grammy Awards® fort the album “The Moorings” by Andrew Duhon.
Trina lives with her husband, musician Grayson Capps, and their kids, dogs, cats and horses on Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama.