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StarMentors/Joseph Macklin Studios Kansas City

A ”team” is not just people who work at the same time in the same place. A real team is a group of very different individuals who enjoy working together to help their organization achieve its goals and purpose.


Meet Joseph “Jo Blaq” Macklin


Joe is regarded as one of the music industry’s most innovative music producers. He has quickly become a light of his own in the music industry. Known as a rare “100 percenter” in his industry, he is a sought-after songwriter, vocalist, musician and producer.

Jo has worked with many of the mainstream artists of our time. In 2015, he was nominated for a “Best Pop Vocal” Grammy for his vocal production work on Ariana Grande’s My Everything Album. Jo was again nominated for two Grammys in 2016 for the vocal production on Tim Bowman’s Listen album and Jill Scott’s Woman album.

Over his genre-spanning career, Jo has worked with artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Anita Baker, Justin Bieber, Cruz Beckum, Mario, Big Sean, B5, Chris Brown, 98 Degrees, Jasmine V, Next, Kendrick Lamar, B. Smyth, Evan Ross, Jordin Sparks, Shaunice, and more.


Specifically, Jo executive produced LeToya Luckett’s (a founding member of Destiny’s Child) Until Then album. He worked with “June’s Diary,” Kelly Rowland’s (another founding member of Destiny’s Child) girl group, producing music for the show “Chasing Destiny.” It wasn’t his first introduction into producing for a television series. In fact, from 2014 to 2017, he produced music for the hit show Empire.

Jo splits his time between Los Angeles and Kansas City, making a point to cultivate local talent. He co-founded a record label, DISTRKCT, which has produced albums by KC-based artist Effie (Curve My Enthusiasm, 2020) and Kimberly Keys.
Today, Jo’s passion is to bring music and light to his community, and his calling is giving back to the Kansas City Metro area, his hometown. He invests his time, money, and energy into local initiatives, including the first-ever Christmas tree lighting and Christmas of Diversity concert in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District and the rehabilitation of the Quindaro Museum, which houses historical artifacts from the African-American community. Jo has served as the event music producer for the American Jazz Museum and has taught music theory and coding classes through the Full Employment Council and University of Central Missouri—for free. The classes offer metro-area teens paid internships and access to Jo as a mentor.
Jo’s focus is on building a musical and social culture that provides a space for every man, woman, boy and girl to live their dreams—and that especially includes his better half McClain Bryant Macklin & two-year-old son, Micah Jo.

Music Produced by Joe

About Our Studio

StarMentors and Joe Mackin Studios located in beautiful Kansas City Missouri is a state-of-the-art recording studio. The studio is busy and active. It is becoming the center of the production of some of the best new music. Designed by renowned music producer Joseph Mackin and StarMentors music executive Tony Biondo provides the right creative environment for our StarMentors family of artists and our other commercial clients. We are looking to provide world-class recording services for bands, artists, movies, television, and other commercial audio projects. Feel free to contact us to discuss the full range of services we can provide for your recording and music production needs.


Haley Brooke – StarMentors Artist

Olivia Stuck


  • Justin Bieber
    • “All That Matters”
    • “Change Me”
  • Jill Scott
    • “Fool’s Gold”
  • Serayah
    • “So Good”
  • Elijah Blake
    • “6 Year Old”
  • Kierra Sheard (Writer & Producer)
    1. “Save Me”
  • Al Japanese MegaStar (Lady Gaga of Japan) [Writer, Producer & Vocal Arranger]
    1. “After The Storm”
    2. “For You”
    3. “Top Of The World”
    4. “Hands Up”
  • Travis Garland
    1. “Twilight”
  • Single Ladies (VH1 Network)
    1. “Don’t Make Me Wait”
  • Love & HipHop Atlanta (VH1 Network)
    1. “Confused In Love – Ariane Davis”
  • Evan Ross (Writer & Producer)
    1. “How To Live Alone”
  • 98 Degrees
    1. “Make Life Easy”
    2. “Invisible Man”
    • American Girl (Amazon Network)
      1. “Love Has To Win” 
  • Karma’s World (Netflix)
  • Ariana Grande
    • “Almost Is Never Enough”
    • “Better Left Unsaid”
    • “Piano”
    • “Right There”
    • “Right There [feat. Big Sean] (7th Heaven Radio Mix)”
    • “Right There (Ralphi Rosario Radio)”
    • “Too Close”
    • “You Don’t Know Me”
  • Empire (Fox Network) [Writer, Producer & Vocal Producer]
    • “Heart of Stone”
    • “Momma I Love You”
    • “I Got You”
    • “Crazy Crazy”
    • “Free Freda”
    • “Play The World”
    • “Throne”
  • LeToya Luckett
    • “B2L”
    • “Grey”
    • “Show Me”
    • “Disconnected”
    • “Use To”
    • “Weekend”
    • “Worlds Apart”
    • “Higher”
  • Propain
    1. “Complicated”
  • The Game
    1. “Art Of War”

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