Santi White is a college educated, former A&R rep who left the business side of the industry to make her own music. Since her early days as front woman for punk band “Stiffed” to her debut album in 2008, Santigold has brought her own brand of talent and style to countless collaborations and live shows. The band blew us away in Studio D with their set for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, which appropriately followed the April release of their second album, “Master of My Make-Believe”. Currently on tour, future plans for the group have not been disclosed but after watching Santi and the band in action, we will be paying close attention to where they are headed. Ghian Wright engineered while Alex Williams assisted.
Some say that persistence is the key to success and no one knows that better than Curtis James Jackson, better known as 50 Cent. After a rough childhood resulted in 50 living with his grandparents, the young rapper started boxing and even made it to the Junior Olympics. From there, 50 discovered his natural talent on the mic and was mentored by several heavy hitters in the industry, most notably, Jam Master Jay. He has had a lot of set backs in his life, but in 2002 when Eminem got a hold of his work, 50 Cent’s career truly began. 50 was working on new material in Studio B with engineer Eric Denniston, and keep an eye out for his fifth album, set to drop this July.
Image from Wikimedia commons: 50 Cent at the 2009 American Music Awards Red Carpet. Photo by Burning Karma
Since it’s inception in 2002, American Idol has dominated the airwaves and whipped viewers into a frenzy in hopes of discovering the perfect pop star. Thanks to Idol we have artists like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, and Season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze. Originally from Illinois, DeWyze struggled to be a musician, working at a paint store by day and gigging with his band at night. He became an early audience favorite while on the show, and his large fan base helped him beat out fellow contestant Crystal Bowersox and take the title. Lee joined assistant Jared Nugent in Studio J this month to write for what we can imagine will be a fantastic upcoming album. The Village had Idol fever this April also playing host to the American Idol/ Ford Music video challenge. The Wojahn Brothers were hard at work in Studio D musically producing this collaboration between amazing session players, the Idol finalists and Ford cars resulting in short music videos aired each week. Francis Buckley engineered with Vanessa Parr assisting.
Image from Wikimedia commons: Lee DeWyze performs at the 2010 Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark, on Friday, June 4, 2010.
“Big Time Rush” is the highest rated live action series in youth cable network Nickelodeon’s running history. After sparking a mass curiosity amongst viewers with an hour long pilot in 2009, the debut episode aired to huge success and it continues to be, now 2 years later. The boy band on the show records and performs the songs featured on each episode, bringing them to The Village’s very own Studio F. On their visit this month, Noel Zancanella engineered with Ravel Boynton assisting.
Image: Big time rush series logo, taken from wikimedia commons 2012.
From the halls of his high school to the control room of Studio A, John Mayer has been navigating the waters of success since he was a teenager. After leaving Berklee College early to start his career, John burst onto the music scene with “Room for Squares”, instantly earning him multi platinum album status. Since 2003, he has been nominated for a Grammy 18 times and won 7, not to mention awards from MTV, VH1, Les Paul and Gibson guitars and the People’s Choice Awards. Recently, John announced the cancellation of his upcoming tour due to the return of a granuloma on his vocal chords. We are all deeply saddened by the gravity of this situation, but in typical John Mayer fashion, he continued to forge ahead and put the finishing touches on his new album, which is still set to debut this May. Born and Raised is produced by Don Was, engineered by Chad Franscoviak and assisted by Jared Nugent.