From Nickelodeon screenwriter to International Bestselling author, Suzanne Collins has proved herself to be a force in the writing world. With a slew of awards including the California Young Reader medal and The Hunger Games movie set to premiere this March, she has much to be proud of. Suzanne began her writing career in Children’s television with shows like Clarissa Explains It All and Little Bear, but when she published The Hunger Games trilogy in 2008, she changed the face of the young adult novel. Elegantly written yet painfully real, The Hunger Games were aimed at a younger demographic intentionally to raise awareness about war and spark conversation amongst America’s youth. T Bone Burnett was at the helm for the film’s soundtrack, writing original music, collaborating with Grammy winning artists and musically producing for the much‐anticipated March premiere. Studio’s B and D acted as home base for the project with Jason Wormer and Mike Piersante engineering and Vanessa Parr assisting.
“Age ain’t nothing but a number” is how Mayer Hawthorne responds to labeling.
He has been called “Retro Soul” amongst other tags, but Mayer isn’t trying to be
a throwback artist, he is merely innovating the art of new/old.
It is clear from his
music video for “The Walk” that Hawthorne’s strengths lay not only in his vocal
ability and solid arrangement skills, but when a sense of humor comes in to play, he
was served a heaping helping of that as well.
Apparently, “swagger” looks like Buddy
Holly glasses and seersucker tennis shorts. With a little help from Alex Williams,
Studio B was alive with the sounds of Mayer’s new work. And if you’re looking to see
him live, the next gig will be a DJ set, exclusively spinning 45’s, on New Years Eve in
Los Angeles. Mayer is one to watch; he is shaking things up in the music world and
he’s not apologizing for it.
Calling Al Gore a remarkable human being would be an understatement. Not
only did this Harvard grad serve his Country as the 45th Vice President of the
United States, but he has authored several books and essays, founded numerous
environmental non-profits, become partner of a venture capital firm and won a
Primetime Emmy Award, a Grammy award and (no big deal), a Nobel Peace Prize.
Born and raised in Washington D.C, Gore and his family were steeped in politics and
academics from the start. His mother and father are equally as impressive as their
son; Pauline LaFon Gore was one of the first women to graduate from Vanderbilt
University Law School and Albert Gore Sr. served as the U.S senator for Tennessee.
Former Vice President Gore visited The Village this month to record an audio book,
details to come, and we were more than honored to have him in our Studio A with
Originally a side project for James Mercer, The Shins have blossomed into an alternative rock/pop experience unlike any other. Not only are the melodies infectious in the best way, but I challenge any listener to resist tapping their feet and Charlie Brown‐ing to 2011’s “Australia”. Before Flake Music (James’ first commercially successful group) disbanded, The Shins accidentally came together through the coinciding of Mercer writing new material and Flake fizzling out. Nowadays, fans have a new album to look forward to set to be released in mid‐ March, but for now, make sure you check out the hit single from this record, “Simple Song”. The Shins shared their surf rock in Studio B with engineer Shin Miyazawa (seriously, his name is Shin) and assistant Alex Williams for a KCSN broadcast with Nic Harcourt. Feb 28, 2012
Blue Sky Riders is a powerful trio made up of some of music’s brightest stars: Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. Since Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr met in 2008, they knew they had found something in each other. Loggins was quoted saying about Burr, “…when we sang together, we sounded like brothers. The last time I experienced that kind of blend was with Jimmy Messina in 1971.” The last piece of the puzzle was finding a third voice to add to the mix, and Middleman entered the picture. They have all earned their star in the music world whether it is through writing, performing or both and the creation of BSR has been met with rave reviews. The group was hunkered down in Studio F this month working on their first album, “Finally Home” which will be released in January 2013. Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon) produced, Nathaniel Kunkel engineered and Vanessa Parr assisted.
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