Rick Beato began playing guitar in rock bands at age 13. After high school he pursued music in college eventually receiving a Masters degree in jazz guitar and classical bass from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. By the mid-90's he moved to Atlanta. GA and formed the 70's hard rock band Billionaire. While recording their major label debut he became obsessed with recording and production. Since 1999 he has been working full-time as a writer/producer. His work has included such diverse bands as Shinedown, Needtobreathe, Crossfade, Trey Anastasio, Stuck Mojo, Charlie Mars. Bullet for My Valentine, Dark New Day, Boys Like Girls, Von Grey, Parmalee, Desmond Child and Vince Neil. He has his own studio called Black Dog Sound based in Atlanta, GA.