Music Maker USA is a South Carolina based audio, video, and lighting company.
We are focused on providing the finest audio, video, and lighting experience to churches, schools, theaters, clubs, and commercial venues. With our knowledgeable staff and large inventory selection,
you can be sure that Music Maker will be here to meet all of your needs large or small.
If you need to repair your system, build a new one, or simply upgrade your existing system,
Music Maker's experience enables us to provide you with the system you want with the budget
you have. Whether you are preaching or singing we will make sure
that your message will be heard comfortably and clearly.
Bobby Simmons: CEO/Owner
Bobby Simmons started his music career at the age 7. He went on to have 8 years of formal piano training and 6 years of playing brass horns. After touring 4 years with The Ice Band in the late 70's. Bobby Entered the Real Estate Business for 22 years. In 2000 he sold his company and returned to his first love, music. Bobby formed The Rickey Godfrey Band with Nashville guitarist, Rickey Godfrey, and recorded their first CD "Soul Sensations". In 2004 The Rickey Godfrey Band won the CBMA Band of the Year, Album of The Year for "Soul Sensations", and Song of The Year for "Can't Change My Heart". Bobby also won Producer of The Year for "Can't Change My Heart", which topped the charts for 13 months. In 2008 Bobby came off the road and played with numerous local bands in Upstate SC, while working partime at The Music Maker. In 2009 Bobby purchased The Music Maker and began to focus on Sound Engineering. He became a Grandpa in August 2010 and again in 2017. "I love what I do,” “I have made so many good friends all over the world through music and The Music Maker.” "I love going to work everyday and there's not many people my age can say that." "We have a team here that is all-in.” " Once you accomplish that, the rest is downhill !"
Caleb Baker: General Manager
Caleb has been with Music Maker for 10 years and has been involved with the
installation side of the business since day one. He works closely with our Churches,
Business Owners, and Venue Management to ensure all of our projects are a success.
He leads worship at his home church and has been a musician/singer practically all of his life.
“I really enjoy working closely with our customers and their technicians through our
training and work shops. It is awesome to see them gain the knowledge and become comfortable using the gear! That is why we do it!”
Charles Swearington: eCommerce & Retail Sales/Production Engineer
Charles has been involved with Music Maker since the spring of 2015 working
with our install crew and working various roles in live production events. He transitioned to our sales team in 2016 and now oversees online sales and other retail operations. Charles also works with customers all over the world in product support to ensure that the end user is comfortable and satisfied with their purchase. "It is all about customer satisfaction. We do everything possible to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied. Once we establish that, everything else falls into place." Charles is also a recent graduate of Clemson University with a BA in Audio Engineering.
Don Dockery: Service Department Manager
Don and his son Josh joined our team in early 2017. Don currently oversees our service department and came to us with over 30 years of experience. Don started in the music industry working on electronic musical instruments and Hammond organs for Rice Music. From 1980 - 1988 Don worked with Dixie Communications installing and repairing sound equipment. From 1988 - 2016 Don was self-employed servicing and installing church organs, digital keyboards, sound, video and lighting systems.
Dalton Kelly: Project Manager
Dalton joined us part-time while in college in 2018 then came on full time in 2019 right after graduation. He graduated with a BA in Mass Communications with a focus in Broadcast Media from North Greenville University. Dalton has also has a background in live sound production. He joined us as an install tech and has grown into a project management position. He loves working with clients from start to finish to see their desires become reality.
Logan White: Installation Technician
Logan joined our team in mid 2020. He currently works with our installation team and assists with service calls when needed.
Buddy Strong: Lead Audio Engineer
In 2011 Buddy joined forces with Bobby Simmons to form Music Maker Productions. In the last 5 years we have worked with Arron Tippon, Karen Peck, Mac Arnold, Sammy Kershaw, Waka Flaka Flame,John Michael Montgomery, Gold City, Marcus King, Jay and the Americans, Maurice Williams and to many more to name here. Buddy started his career in music in 1965 playing in local bands. After several years on the road he decided to use the knowledge he gained working in some of the best studios to help other artist in the studio and with live production. He and a friend opened South Eastern Sound Studios in 1988 and he has engineered and or produced projects by The Marshall Tucker Band, Mac Arnold, Marcus King, and many more. He started doing production for Characters in '92-'99 and worked with Cheap trick, Little River Band, K C and the Sunshine Band, 98 Degrees, Merle Haggard, Styx, Pat Benatar, Anita Ward, Kool and the Gang, Coolio, The Isley Brothers, Maze, De La Soul and many more. In 1994-'01 he did shows with Special Events Services where he worked Jay Z, Steppenwolf, B 52s, Dwight Yokum, Hootie and the Blowfish, Earth Wind and Fire, Travis Tritt, Blues Travelers, Greg Allman, LLCool J, Lee Greenwood, Bruce Hornsby and the Rain, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, Doobie Bros, Govt mule, 38 special, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Jimmy Buffet, Little Kim, Outkast, Missy Elliot, Goodie Mob with Ceelo Green, and members of the Greatful Dead, to name a few. Buddy then moved to Brookwood Church '04-'10 as head audio engineer where he also worked with Chasen and Need to Breathe. From 2011 to the present he has been at Berea 1st Baptist as head engineer.
Harman: Vice President
Harman joined our team in July of 2016 from St. Jon Cavaliers in Martin Ga.
His skills include sleeping and begging for treats. Harman also serves as our
greeter at the Easley retail location.