Distinguished Visiting Lecturer
Drew Young has been involved in music since he received his first acoustic guitar at the age of 9. It has been a love affair ever since. After learning the complete Eagles songbook, Drew graduated onto writing his own music. Drew went straight to The University of Georgia after leaving high school. While there, the intense music scene in Athens provided intoxicating and Drew knew what he wanted to do. He quickly formed his own all-original band, Ruben Kincaid. The band became a staple of the college music circuit and the band logged tens of thousands of miles over the next 10 years. Along the way the band released 4 full length CDs, produced by John Keane (who also produced REM, Widepread Panic, and the Drive By Truckers), to great fanfare and critical acclaim. As all bands do, Ruben Kincaid decided to call it quits. Drew decided to take his keen sense of the music business and forge a new career. Drew took a position as an A&R assistant at London Records in London, England, working with the legendary Pete Tong. Upon returning to the States he quickly enrolled at the Recording Workshop to hone his skills in the field of Audio Engineering. This allowed him to speak the language of the studio. From there Drew landed a job in New Orleans as the assistant music supervisor for the episodic TV show The Big Easy. It was in New Orleans that Drew began to write and record again, producing the first of many solo CD’s. After the demise of the TV show Drew relocated to New York City were he worked as the General Manager of Clinton Recording Studios. Clinton was the home for countless legendary musicians, including Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks, Steely Dan, Billy Joel and numerous film scores and composers, including John Barry and Howard Shore. Of course, Drew had the music bug and played all over the city as well as recording three more CDs during this time. After Clinton closed its doors Drew was offered a job as the Director of Product Development/American A&R at Putumayo World Music, where he remains as a product development/A&R consultant. Drew also books a 1,000-seat outdoor concert series in Covington, LA, consults with Threadhead Records and produces artists. Drew recently finished a full length CD of all original songs with appearances from New Orleans legendary artists Dr. John, Anders Osborne, Jon Cleary, Marc Broussard and Brady Blade of Dave Matthews/Emmy Lou Harris fame all the while staying closely involved in the local and international music community. Drew is very honored to be teaching at USM and is glad to be able to share his knowledge and provide career guidance for the aspiring music professional.