Alum Joel Jimenez ’01 receives new Country Music Association Backline Technician of the Year Award

Jimenez poses with his CMA Backline Technician of the Year Award.

Goshen College alumnus Joel Jimenez ’01 was recently honored as Backline Technician of the Year at the Country Music Association Touring Awards for his exceptional work as backline crew chief and guitar tech for renowned country music artist Thomas Rhett.

“This award is a huge honor, and even being nominated in the first year of the category would have been far beyond my expectations,” said Jimenez, who was born and raised in Costa Rica and currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee. “I don’t do my job for a pat on the back, I do it because I love it.”

Throughout his career, Jimenez has made significant contributions to the music industry as an accomplished audio engineer and bassist. His expertise has been sought after by various esteemed music artists, including Lotus, Marc Scibilia, Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, Phil Keaggy and Jewel.

Jimenez speaks on stage after accepting his CMA award in Nashville on Feb. 12.

While a college student, Jimenez studied communication and had opportunities to gain real-world experience working with the college’s ITSMedia Office. Reflecting on his achievement, Jimenez gave special credit to Paul Housholder, director of ITSMedia technical and business services at the college.

“Paul was the person who helped and encouraged me the most at GC,” said Jimenez. “Working with him and ITSMedia was instrumental to my development as a person and when working as an audio and sound engineer.”

Jimenez’s dedication, attention to detail and ability to deliver top-notch performances has earned him a stellar reputation among his peers and collaborators.

“Since I earn my salary when things go wrong, operating under pressure is key,” said Jimenez. “It’s all about how quickly you can respond when somebody throws you a curveball.”