Atlanta, GA (May 16, 2006)–Producer Jazze Pha (Nelly, Ludacris, Trick Daddy) has been camping out in Tree Sound’s Studio A working on numerous projects, including Universal R&B vocalist Mya, who stopped in with Jazze to track in Studio A. Nico Solis engineered the session, while Mack Woodward of Tree assisted. Jazze also brought R&B group, Cherish, into Studio A to flesh out some new tunes for their upcoming Capitol Records release, working again with Solis and Woodward.
Also working in Studio A was Nephu, the R&B quartet out of Atlanta. Nephu has been hard at work finishing their debut album for Capitol Records, with producers Jazze Pha, Sean Garrett (Jamie Foxx, The Pussycat Dolls, Destiny’s Child), and collaborators like songwriter Johnta Austin (Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jermaine Dupri).
Super-producer Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Ben Folds, Disturbed) rolled into Tree’s Studio A with Epic artists Moses Mayfield. Grosse and the boys of Moses Mayfield worked on some new tracks for their debut release with the assistance of Tree Sound’s Travis Daniels.
Andre 3000 also worked at Tree recently, in Studio A tracking drums, keys, clarinet and saxophone for yet another upcoming release. Tree’s Zack Odom engineered while Daniels assisted. And, New York rapper Tru Life worked in Studio A tracking keys and vocals for a track. Polow da Don produced the track and Daniels engineered.
Pictured in Studio A at Tree Sound are (l-r): engineer Kenneth Mount, studio manager Nina Baldridge, David Gray, and engineer Zack OdomAtlanta radio station 92.9 Dave FM continues to bring an exciting series of live performances to Tree called Circle of Friends. Lucky listeners call into the station and win an invitation to see their favorite artists performing live at Tree Sound Studios in a very intimate setting. Recent Circle of Friends sessions have included Shawn Mullins, David Gray, G Love, Jamie Cullum and Death Cab for Cutie.
An Atlanta native, Mullins performed portions of his new record, 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor, out on Vanguard Records. The album is named after the studio where the record was recorded, which had been located in the 9th Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, and was destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The album is full of New Orleans flavor including a cover of the classic “House of the Rising Sun.” Having made Tree his home for past projects, the staff was happy to welcome Shawn back.
David Gray’s Circle of Friends performance included some tunes from his new album, Life in Slow Motion, as well as some of his older songs. Lucky fans were able to get a taste of what to expect from Gray’s sold out show at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre that night. Tree Sound’s Ryan McDavid ran live sound while Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount recorded the session in Studio A.
G Love and Special Sauce brought their brand of Philadelphonic funk into Tree Sound while on their way down to Langerado Music Festival in South Florida. John Holmes engineered their Dave FM Circle of Friends set, which included fan favorite, “Blues Music,” while Daniels assisted and Ryan McDavid ran live sound. Dynamic British singer, songwriter, and pianist Jamie Cullum wowed an audience of Dave FM radio call-in winners with tunes from his new album, Catching Tales, out on Verve Records. Tree engineers John Holmes and Daniels tracked the set in Studio #11 while Jamie and his band rocked out in the Cave under the expertise of FOH engineer McDavid.
Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie (center) with the Tree Sound Studios staff in the CaveIndie-rockers Ben Gibbard and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie were the featured artists of the most recent Dave FM Circle of Friends. Taking time out between performing two nights in a row at The Tabernacle, Gibbard and Walla delivered an acoustic set in the Cave to the delight of die-hard fans. Odom and Mount recorded the session in Studio #11 and McDavid manned Front of House.
Jam band super group Perpetual Groove stopped by Tree for a whirlwind three days that included two live shows that will ultimately be released as a live CD on Tree Leaf Music. One night was reserved for family and friends of the band and the second for the hardcore P Groove devotees lucky enough to snag an invite. The session was recorded by Tree alum Shawn Grove (Sevendust, Edwin McCain, Collective Soul) while Daniels assisted. Tree’s in-house production team of Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, ZK Productions (Cartel, Doria Roberts, Driving East, Typhoid Mary), completed their most recent project for singer/songwriter Mike Willis. As a native of Atlanta, Willis has been a key player in the city’s music scene for years. Odom and Mount utilized every studio at Tree Sound to expertly craft Willis’ new record.
Meanwhile, Tree’s Studio M has been busy hosting artists the likes of Virgin Record’s rapper Bubba Sparxxx, who lit up Studio M while tracking vocals for various radio drops. Grammy-nominated, Gospel crooner Deitrick Haddon came into Studio M to lay down some vocals. The Jive Records artist produced while John Holmes engineered. Atlanta’s hometown hero Mason “Mase” Betha brought his master MC skills into Studio M to work on a new track, engineered by Tree Sound’s Woodward.
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