Chris Godbey (Engineer)



Originally from Houston, Texas, Godbey started out, he says, "as a musician, playing drums, bass, keyboards in different rock bands. He studied telecommunications at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1993, and during that time also worked in a small recording studio in the town.

After finishing college he started working at a big studio in Dallas, called the Dallas Sound Lab. He hooked up with a gospel artist there "Kirk Franklin", and they worked together for seven years and won two Grammy Awards [for Franklin's albums Hero in 2005 and The Fight Of My Life in 2007, both in the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album category]. "Because of his connection with Franklin he recorded mainly Christian albums for many years", but around 2007 some musician friends hooked Godbey up with Fredrick “Big Rick Frazier" and Cheryl Banks, which is how he began working with Timbaland. Since then he is wherever Timbaland is, which may be in New York, Los Angeles, Miami or his studio in Virginia Beach.”

Godbey has been Timbaland's right-hand man since 2008, and while working for the producer, he has amassed credits like Pussycat Dolls, Ashlee Simpson, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timbalake, Shakira, Drake, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown and Robin Thicke.

During his musical career, Godbey has obtained credits as composer, engineer and mastering engineer. As well as for playing synth and bass guitar, mixing, programming and producing. His work with Timbaland, however, mainly consists of engineering and mixing; a co-writing credit on one song on Thicke's Blurred Lines album is an exception. In the case of The 20/20 Experience 1 of 2 and 2 of 2, Godbey took care of almost all the engineering, apart from strings, a horn session and some guitars. As is now well known, most of the album was written and recorded in just 20 days during May and June 2012, although, as always, things are never quite what they seem. Speaking from Jungle City's Penthouse studio in New York, Godbey practices 20/20 hindsight about what exactly went on…