Fred Lavery is a music producer, singer-songwriter, and co-owner (with Gordie Sampson) of Lakewind Sound. He was born and raised in Cape Breton. In 1978 he released "Song For Noel". In 1981 the artist's full length album "First Impressions" was released on Glencoe Records, produced by Paul Mills and engineered by Daniel Lanois. Singles "Little Children", and "Forty Five Years" charted on national radio.
In the mid 80's, Lavery enrolled in the music programme at St. Francis Xavier University to focus more on musicianship, composition and production. He has written more than 100 songs, some 40 of which have been recorded by various artists. He has produced over 30 albums and has performed with artists such as John Allan Cameron, The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Guthro, Gordie Sampson, Stephanie Hardy and Aselin Debison.
In 1996 Fred Lavery and Gordie Sampson founded Lakewind Sound Studios. The studio quickly has won 7 consecutive ECMA's and 5 MIANS Studio of the Year Awards.
In 2001 Lavery won ECMA SOCAN "Songwriter of the Year" for "Get Me Through December" a song co written with Gordie Sampson recorded by Natalie MacMaster and sung by Alison Krauss. In the Spring of 2007 Alison Krauss included this song on her Rounder Records US release "A Hundred Miles or More".
In 2005 Lavery won the Music Industry of Nova Scotia's "Producer of the Year". In February 2007 Lavery was given the Industry Professional of the Year Award at the East Coast Music Awards. In November 2007 he was awarded Producer of the Year and Industry Professional of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards
Production Credits (partial list):
Andrew Doyle - Andrew Doyle 1999,
Blues Merchants (The) - Blues Merchants 2001,
Men of the Deeps- Their Lights Will Shine 2004,
Cape Breton Summertime Revue Productions - 1993 and 1995,
Eric Angus Whyte - Always Home (2004),
Barra MacNeils (The) - Rock In A Stream,
John Gracie - Thinkin' 'Bout Midnight,
4/4 The Lord - Makin' Waves 2001,
Buddy MacDonald - We Remember You Well 2000,
Jason MacDonald - The Day & Leave My Mark 2006,
McCarrel Sisters (The)- The McCarrel Sisters 2003,
Stephanie Hardy - Brand New Skin 2006,
Hughie McDonell - Keepin It All In Tune 2006,
Chrissy Crowley - Chrissy Crowley 2006,
Men of the Deeps- 40 Years Young 2007,
Chad Tetford - City of Strangers 2007,
Hugh Toner & Jane Robichaud - Angels & Light 2007,
Troy Young Troy Young 2007,
Andrew Doyle - See the Light 2007,
Thor Kristinsson - Running Naked 2008