Ian Fitchuk, family man, music man, future park ranger. A producer, songwriter,multi-instrumentalist, composer and man about town, Ian’s played on hundreds of records and collaborated with an impressive, genre-bending, range of artists. He is a beloved figure in the Nashville music scene, known as much for his skill as his warm, open-minded and infinitely likable personality.
Ian was born and raised in Chicago by parents who are both accomplished classical musicians and educators. He attributes his love of music to this unique upbringing as it enabled him to try a range of instruments and exposed him to music beyond the typical radio fare. Growing up, he was moved by records that broke boundaries while also achieving commercial success, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Paul Simon’s Graceland and years later Nirvana’s Nevermind. These disparate albums convinced him that popular music could be complex, inspired and truly groundbreaking.
He moved to Nashville in 2000 to study jazz piano at Belmont University but was quickly recruited by a local jam band to go out on the road. The opportunity to see the country and get paid playing music was all the encouragement Ian needed. A subsequent studio collaboration with Griffin House, then an upcoming artist, launched his career as professional musician.
Presently his studio work ranges from singer-songwriter and americana, to pop, rock, country music and the occasional gospel track. He has written and produced with Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew Combs, Lucie Silvas, Jacob Whitesides, Mindy Smith and Drew Holcomb among others. In recent years, he has also collaborated with artists as diverse as James Bay, Cam, Kesha, Brothers Osborne, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Amy Grant, Jake Bugg and Buddy Miller. He recently began composing for TV, including a track featured in ad for Google and several songs in the prime time hit, Nashville on ABC.
Beyond musicianship and a willingness to collaborate and improvise, Ian’s biggest asset is his intuition. A willingness to listen first and a lack of ego allow him to identify and distill the more unique aspects and gifts of an individual artist. These qualities in an artist are often obscured by the demands of work, the industry and personal insecurities. Ian has the insight to recognize and guide those qualities to the foreground. He sees himself as a conduit but his role isn’t exactly passive; he is actively seeking out paths and connections to bring out every artist and writer’s best self.
Ian’s uninterested in cultivating a particular sound. He believes each collaboration presents unique, organic possibilities. He calls himself a natural producer and whether he’s writing, playing or producing that description holds true.