Bethlehem, PA (November 14, 2006)–The Sarah Ayers Band, a blues, funk, and rock act, recently concluded sessions at StarCity Recording Company for its untitled second album, expected to be released in December, 2006. Using the studio’s facilities and working alongside Zak Rizvi, engineer/producer for StarCity, The Sarah Ayers Band is self-producing the album, with guidance and support from producer and StarCity executive vice president, Jeff Glixman.
Sarah Ayers recording at StarCity”We recorded our first release at a smaller studio and quickly sold almost 3,000 CDs,” said Sarah Ayers. “When it came time to begin working on our next release, we decided to look for a studio providing a higher level of service. StarCity offered the professionalism, equipment and efficiency we needed. Also, its location was very appealing.”
The Sarah Ayers Band is a three piece blues ensemble with vocals. The band includes Dave Smith on guitar, Suavek Zaniesienko on bass, Jim Ruffi on drums and Ayers on lead vocals. The band has been playing together for approximately three years and has toured the East Coast, but is mostly playing locally in the Pennsylvania region. The band’s new album, a 12-track CD, is composed of original music with a few covers. The band used its own instruments and amps for the album, but utilized StarCity’s inventory of microphones, its complete studio set up, as well as its Hammond C-3 organ and Leslie cabinet.
An accomplished vocalist, Ayers took home the award for Best Female Vocalist in the Lehigh Valley Music Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2004 and 2005, she also received Best Original Band, Best Blues Vocalist, Best All-Around Performer, and Best Original Song – “Body Says Yes.” Zaniesienko was also honored in the Lehigh Valley Music Awards in 2005 for Best Bass Player.
“StarCity Recording Company has been an all-around positive experience,” continued Ayers. “Recording is usually not this painless. I had been told that StarCity was good, I had been told that it was different from the rest, but it wasn’t until I went there that I saw how different! It’s really a full service studio; anything we needed, it was there.”