Leona Lewis stands out from her contemporaries in this new generation of pop music. The power and emotion in her voice harkens back to a time when Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston ruled the radio. Originally from England, Leona brought her sound to the US after winning the popular TV show “The X Factor.” Her single “Bleeding Love” reached number 1 on the pop charts in more than 30 countries, and at age 25, she has already been nominated for a Grammy 3 times. Ms. Lewis was recording voiceovers this February in Studio F with the help of engineer Nathan Alford.
Since he was 18, Alan Parsons has been an extremely influential contributor in the music biz. Getting his start at London’s famed Abbey Road studios, Parsons’ talent for producing and engineering was clear from the beginning. Before long, he was working on legendary records such as “Abbey Road”, “Let It Be”, and “Dark Side of the Moon”, all while forming his own band “The Alan Parsons Project”. Along with band mate and producer PJ Olson, Alan engineered in Studio A with assistant Scott Smith for his newest creative venture, a yet unannounced project.
Given the nickname, “The Princess of Rock and Roll”, Lisa Marie Presley has been steeped in great music since she was a kid. In 2003, she released her first album, which soared to number 5 on the Billboard Charts and did very well in the UK. Lisa Marie has written or co-written almost all of her own songs and has teamed up with several musicians including Gus Black and Richard Hawley during the span of her career. T Bone Burnett was back at The Village to produce Lisa Marie’s third album along with engineer Jason Wormer and assistant Vanessa Parr.
When Eminem first hit the scene, he changed the game for up and coming rappers. His image, style and work ethic shot him straight to the top as he created a brand new sound in hip hop and an exponential fan following. Though a battle with addiction caused a temporary fade into black, Eminem is back and stronger than ever, dropping some of the hottest new tracks. The Village was thrilled to be a part of his re-emergence into the spotlight when he and hip hop group Slaughterhouse occupied Studios B and D for what could be the beginning of another epic partnership. Scott Smith and Chris Owens assisted on the project, which we hope to hear on the airwaves soon.
A van dedicated to Eminem (Slim Shady) Image taken from wikimedia commons 2012 (Author: robstephaustralia)
Every year in February, The Village is graciously honored to host the pre-Grammy Award celebration for the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. Each studio transforms into a show room for cutting edge audio gear with product demos for all the next big innovations in capturing sound. The night isn’t complete without a live performance or two and the foundation also uses this rare occasion to commemorate our peers and their significant contributions in music to date. This year, in honor of the P&E Wing’s 10th anniversary, producer T Bone Burnett was presented with the President’s Merit Award, highlighting his vast achievements in sound and his unsurpassed knack for making truly renowned records. Following a moving acceptance speech, guests were treated to a live show by one of T Bone’s latest protégés, The Secret Sisters – a talented female duo from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This unforgettable night in music was made possible through an extraordinary convergence of audio professionals and artists alike. Among friends, cocktails, and fun, the event proved as always, to be a genuine display of the art of recording music.