In the world of recording studios, TEC Hall of Fame winner Rose Mann Cherney is a true legend. While she began her tenure at the famed Los Angeles Record Plant working as the front desk receptionist/booker, it was Rose’s drive, talent, charisma and determination that catapulted her to the top.
In 2015, after a 35-year career in the recording industry, Rose decided to step down from her role as Record Plant president. She still maintains an equity stake in the company, but was ready to enter a new chapter in her life alongside her husband (and fellow TEC Hall of Fame inductee), Grammy-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney.
Over the past three decades, Rose has worked with a who’s who of rock stars and become renowned for treating her studio clients, big and small, as though they were all welcome guests in her home. Through the years, she learned to perform practically every job in the company, from maintenance and marketing to studio engineering. Lucky for her, she learned from the best: Record Plant founders Gary Kellgren and Chris Stone.
Ultimately, Rose became a mentor and champion to many studio engineers as they worked their way up the ranks. And while her efforts helped make The Record Plant one of the top studios in the industry, Rose credits her success to always surrounding herself with the right team. “I truly believe that you are only as good as your people.”
To learn a little more about Rose’s life in and out of the studio, we asked to complete the following thoughts…
What I enjoy most about what I do is being around the process of making music, and creating a safe and nurturing place for artists to do their best.
The way I get the most out of my musicians is by making sure they have the best snacks.
Something people don’t know about me is…well, if I told, then everybody would know.
The people I learned the most from over the years are Chris Stone and Gary Kellgren, who hired me and gave me wonderful opportunities to grow…especially Chris, who, after Gary passed, taught me about people and life.
I’m most proud of the dozens and dozens of kids that started with me and went on to have wonderful careers.
The one piece of recording equipment I can’t live without is my Cuisinart.
If I hadn’t become involved in studio management, I probably would have…I have no idea. I was born to do this.
When I’m not in the studio, you can find me in the garden or in the kitchen.
My life motto is “lead, follow or get out of the way.”
The one artist I haven’t worked with, but would still like to is, Billie Holiday.
The best way to succeed in this industry is to be persistent, certainly. Success in this business is usually built on failing—being able to learn from failure and then picking your self up to try again.